Our first experience of Hotel Football was at September’s BlogOn Conference and we were blown away. When Hotel Football then got in touch only a month later to ask us to review their hotel and cafe we were really excited!
Our first visit was soo good and this time we would be able to take Corben with us too, which meant it would be even better. We really enjoy visiting different hotels and travelling around the UK even if it’s not too far from us, just a night away and a change of scenery is enough for us.
Hotel football has its own car park located across the road from the hotel. It has a controlled gate with an intercom to gain entry and you’ll need a code from reception upon checking out to leave the car park. There’s a £5 one-off charge, you can come and go as you please as long as there’s spaces available, which there has been on both of our visits.
Checking In & Staff
Checking in was completely stress free, the reception staff were massively helpful, very informative and had gleaming smiles for everyone which was great. One thing that really stood out and impressed was how nice the staff were, every single person we came across looked like they enjoyed their job, enjoyed interacting with guests and all knew what they were doing. We we’re given two room key cards, directions to our room and all the details we’d need regarding parking, mini-bar and Wi-Fi.
With the hotel being Hotel Football, all the rooms are equipped with all the Sky Sports and BT Sports channels, on top of normal TV channels you’d expect, and for free! Wi-Fi is not only free, but also excellent quality. I sent some work files from my laptop without a problem and we watched a couple of YouTube video and general social media use, all without any issues. There were extra towels with little shampoo, conditioner and body wash products presented on the bed, extra to the ones already available in the bathroom. To finish off the plethora of included extras was a completely FREE complimentary mini-bar! Several bottles and cans of drink, crisps, sweets and chocolate. Just to re-iterate, the mini-bars are stocked and FREE for everyone and the staff even encourage you to take advantage and take with you anything you don’t scoff during your stay!
We stayed in a squad room, that are specifically tailored for families this time around, but last month we were in a standard double room. Both were excellent but the major difference with our squad room was the inclusion of a bath as well as the walk in shower area, an extra massive bed AND two windows, one of which had the full view of Manchester United’s Old Trafford football stadium. The decor is sleek and modern, hints of football here and there without completely overpowering the theme. Our squad room had two beds, one that looked like king size, the other a double. We had two workspace/desk areas with plenty of draw space. The bedside tables had a lamp and USB ports for your charging cables. The wardrobe was spacious with an iron, ironing board and safe available to use. There was also tea, coffee, kettle and mugs etc as well as a hair dryer. In one of the desk cupboards was the mini-bar fridge nicely stocked with goodies that were devoured! A 40″ plasma with the built in sports channels I mentioned earlier made easy watching of the football. There is also an easy to use temperature panel for the air-con/heating. Finally, the bathroom, a bath and a walk in shower area were available with all of the extra little products for you to use. The shower is unreal, I could have stayed in the shower for hours!
The hotel has many floors all of which are accessible by stairs or lifts. To use the lifts you need your rooms key card to scan before pressing which floor you need, a nice security measure. The Cafe Football which will we talk about in a minute is located right next to the reception area making it easy to find. Cleanliness is obviously something of a priority when staying in hotels and Hotel Football is gleaming! The general decor throughout the hotel is really modern and well designed with the football theme in mind. There’s also a top floor of the hotel called ‘Heaven’ that’s used as either a 5-a-side football pitch, or for other events. It has glass windows down either side giving a panoramic view of Manchester on one side and Old Trafford stadium at the other. More on this at the end of the review where we’ll be giving you an exclusive DISCOUNT CODE for the October half-term football camp this month!
WE ALSO FILMED OUR STAY!
Now onto Cafe Football, where we had an evening meal and breakfast.
Cafe football is located inside of the hotel so it’s no bother to find at all. Within the cafe on top of the obvious seating area, there’s a bar if you’re just in for a casual drink, there’s an area where you can see the chef cooking your meals, a sweet shop for you to take away an array of different goodies to have in the cafe or take to your room, a self-serve area for breakfast times and if that wasn’t enough there are several TV’s covering every angle of the cafe with sports channels on.
If the theme isn’t already obvious with the name of the hotel and cafe then the menu is there to remind you. Starters are named ‘Warm-Ups’ and there’s a few dishes with familiar sounding names such as ‘The Nicky Butty’, ‘Mara-Doner’ and ‘The Goal and Zola’, very creative. There’s a few options on the menu that include Burgers, Steak Dishes, Pizza’s, Kebabs and more. Here’s a LINK TO THE MENU.
There’s also a kids menu that includes Nuggets, Fish Fingers and Burgers. Here’s the LINK TO THE KIDS MENU.
The Food and Service
Donetta went for the Rump Steak, well done. It was delicious and ‘well done’ steak can often be a little too over done becoming really hard to chew, this however was cooked to perfection and tasted gorgeous. I had the Steak Sandwich and it was amazing. The steak was fantastic and the bread and chips we’re delicious too. The portion sizes were great although if the Rump Steak could have had chips too it would have been perfect.
The service in the cafe was every bit as good as the service in the hotel side, brilliant. Massively helpful, happy and nothing seemed a problem at all. Allergy awareness is huge for us given Corben’s allergy and when we asked the question of allergies to the staff they discussed with the chef and came back confidently with good and safe information. We always carry around a bite to eat for Corben in his bag, things we know that are safe and they had no problem with him eating his own food to put our minds at ease.
We had breakfast at Cafe Football the morning after our stay and it was every bit as good as the evening meal. There’s a breakfast menu for you to order cooked breakfasts and other meals, tea and coffee was available and there is a full self-serve area for all of your toasts, breads, cereals, fruits, drinks and more. We both had a full english and the food was genuine quality and freshly prepared. Again, in regards to Corben’s allergy they had branded cereals boxed which made it easy for us to check which one’s were safe for Corben to eat.
Final Summary of Hotel Football and Cafe Football
In summary, we absolutely loved our experience at Hotel Football and Cafe Football. The staff, the facilities, the room, all the added extras, it was all fantastic and we can’t recommend it enough. Both the hotel and cafe not only met all of our pre-expectations but exceeding them. We can’t wait to go back for another stay, hopefully it won’t be too long before we’re back 🙂
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David and Donetta 🙂
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