Is this the worst hotel in Britain?

Merchants Hotel, Manchester

A £42-a-night hotel in Manchester has been named the worst hotel in the UK after it received 266 bad reviews out of 390 on TripAdvisor.

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The Merchants Hotel was described as an "absolute joke" by guests who said it was "dirty, cold, damp, mouldy" and "awful".

One reviewer said the "only positive is the location!"

Another said the "hotel needs boarding up!! No heating!!!! Freezing cold, springs coming through mattress no toilet in room, funny smell In room not even worth £2.00 a night".

Following the reviews, Manchester Evening News sent a reporter to stay at the hotel to see if it was really that bad.

They said their room came with a sink but no toilet and "very dated decor" with old carpets and "disgusting chairs".

The reporter added that the corridor was well painted with newer carpet and was "nice and clean too".

Some of the previous guests said the graffiti outside the hotel and the noise also contributed to their 'terrible' experience.

Hotel manager Shahid Naseeb told Manchester Evening News: "We have an extensive redecoration and improvement plan for 2017. As the building is leased we are limited in the scope of this work due to contractual obligations to not alter the internal footprint of the building. We are however committed to making any improvements that we can."

Last year, a hotel dubbed "the worst in Britain" was shut down on the spot over fears people could end up being electrocuted by dangerous electrics.

Fire chiefs and council inspectors also feared a fire could break out in the Fiorenzo Cazari on East Parade, Rhyl.

The hotel - formerly known as the Morville - will not be allowed to re-open until safety work has been carried out.

The closure was believed to have caused chaos for some guests, who were left stranded.

They were only allowed back in to grab their belongings before a sign was put up warning people there was "risk of electrocution, receiving an electric shock or fire".

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Jill says: "ending up in A&E and getting my head glued and leg stitched when bricks fell out of the wall seven floors above" was her worst hotel experience.
The last thing you expect when checking into a hotel after a long day travelling is to be told you can't have a wash. But that's what happened to Jacqueline. "We were asked to stop using the shower as it was flooding reception," she tells us.
"My wife and I booked a lovely four-poster room all singing and dancing for the night of our wedding, only to be told on arrival they had double booked and we ended up in a grotty room in the new section with cars at eye level. We were not impressed but happily 10 years on this year and we're still married" - Pete
When Garry left his credit card details as a deposit at a hotel near Disneyland Paris, he didn't expect his bank to phone and question his overseas spending when he returned to the UK. "The only thing we purchased using our card were duty free cigarettes but there was a £1,500 bill," he said. "The reception staff had used our details to book flights to Nice..."
"A hotel in Glasgow had bare wires, badly fitted doors with a space at the bottom, black mould in the shower and too many other issues to mention," says Angela. "And to top it off, there was screaming and shouting, and someone loudly having sex at the back of the hotel. Despite the hotel's great location we never ever went back there."

Mark says his worst hotel experience was "being basically accused of nicking a 'butterfly print' from the walls of a five-star Paris hotel."

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