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Manchester has come a long way since its origins as a 1st-century Roman settlement. Today, it is a beacon of Northern culture known for its multi-faceted heritage. Mancunians are as proud of their hometown’s identity as the world’s first industrialized city as they are of its hugely influential music scene. In a place where soccer stars and artists rub shoulders with partygoers and radical politicians, anything is possible. Discover the city’s magic for yourself from one of Manchester’s best accommodation options, ranging from boutique inns to five-star hotels inspired by Batman.
Best Overall: King Street Townhouse
Ranked first on TripAdvisor, King Street Townhouse is located in the heart of the city near landmarks such as the Royal Exchange Theatre and Manchester Art Gallery. Its exterior dates back to 1872 and serves as a fine example of Italian Renaissance architecture. Inside, the hotel is both opulent and contemporary, with an intimate boutique feel made possible by its small size. Each of the 40 rooms and suites are individually decorated, with goose-down pillows, luxury mattresses, a Nespresso coffee machine and Temple Spa toiletries.
Wi-Fi is free throughout. You can feast on classic British cuisine at all-day King Street Tavern, while cocktails are served in the bar until late. Afternoon tea is a highlight; as is the 7th-floor spa area. Here, you’ll find a steam room, a relaxation room and an infinity spa pool with breathtaking views of the Manchester Town Hall clock tower. Massages and beauty treatments are also available on the third floor and there’s a gym for those that like to work out while traveling.
Best Budget: Roomzzz Manchester City
Located near Chinatown and the nightlife hub of the Northern Quarter, Roomzzz Manchester City puts you in the heart of the action. The Orient-inspired decor is ultra-modern - making this the perfect choice for those who want to save money without sacrificing style. Of the 59 apartment suites available, the most economic is the Smart Studio. It may be small, but the amenities are impressive, including an HD TV, a separate seating area and a rainforest shower.
Best of all, all apartments include a compact kitchen and dishwasher, so that you can save money on dining out. If cooking sounds like a lot of hard work on vacation, don’t worry - 24-hour shop Essentialzzz sells organic ready meals. Other money-saving perks include free Wi-Fi and free landline calls within the UK. A complimentary Grab n’ Go breakfast gets your day off to a good start, while all guests qualify for discounted rates at certain local gyms and parking lots.
Best Boutique: The Abel Heywood
Surrounded by the independent bars and restaurants of the Northern Quarter, boutique pub-hotel The Abel Heywood is named after a radical 19th-century mayor of Manchester. The decor is also proudly Mancunian, featuring local photographs and prints by L.S. Lowry. The service is genuine, and with just 15 rooms, this hotel feels a lot like home - only cooler. The air-conditioned rooms are soundproofed to minimize noise from the pub, and all of them include free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and toiletries.
Loft rooms also include a sofabed, making this a good boutique option for families or friends traveling together. The heart of the hotel is the ground-floor pub. Channeling vibes of Victorian London, the bar offers an eclectic array of craft gins, cocktails and beers, including those brewed by The Abel Heywood’s parent company, Hydes. The restaurant serves retro British fare throughout the day.
Best for Families: The City Warehouse Apartment Hotel
The City Warehouse Apartment Hotel enjoys a convenient location on the edge of the Northern Quarter, within easy reach of top family attractions such as Manchester Arndale mall and the National Football Museum. Offering stylish one- and two-bedroom apartments complete with everything you need to make yourself at home, this is the perfect choice for independent families. The largest apartments sleep up to eight people.
All rooms include a full kitchen, giving you the freedom to cook the food your family likes at whatever time best suits you. Essentials such as tea, coffee and sugar are all supplied free of charge. Although there’s no on-site restaurant, the surrounding area is full of them. With cuisines from all over the world, even the fussiest little ones should be able to find something they like.
Best for Romance: The Midland
Four-star landmark The Midland is ideally placed for romantic date nights, near Manchester Opera House and The Bridgewater Hall. The grand Edwardian building has played host to an enviable list of celebrities and royals. In particular, it’s famous as the place where David and Victoria Beckham first dated. Choose from 312 lavishly decorated rooms and suites, all with decadent beds and a tub in the ensuite bathroom.
The hotel has two award-winning restaurants - Adam Reid at The French (known for its seasonal British cuisine); and the famously eclectic Mr. Cooper’s House & Garden. The afternoon tea ritual is especially romantic, but it’s The Spa at the Midland that makes this hotel the best choice for couples. Here, you can indulge in a long list of massages or enjoy his and hers beauty treatments.
Best Luxury: The Lowry Hotel
Manchester’s original five-star hotel is a temple of contemporary luxury, located a short walk from the city center on the opposite bank of the River Irwell. Discreet, classy and quietly sexy, it’s frequented by famous soccer players and boasts the largest rooms in the city. No matter which category you choose, expect floor-to-ceiling windows, super King beds and luxe dark wood furniture.
The Charles Forte Suite is the most dazzling option. Highlights include a baby grand piano in the expansive dining area, a walk-in dressing room and stunning city panoramas. During the day, treat yourself to a massage, beauty treatment or hair appointment at the spa and gym. The River Restaurant serves gourmet seasonal cuisine, while The Terrace is a hotspot for cocktails and live music overlooking the water.
Best for Nightlife: Hotel Gotham
Surrounded by the bars of Spinningfields and the Northern Quarter, ultra-hip Hotel Gotham is Manchester’s best choice for party animals. Stay here, and you’ll automatically receive entry to the hotel’s members’ only Club Brass. Located on the seventh floor, this is the place to see and be seen: to sip Prohibition-era cocktails while rubbing shoulders with Manchester’s A-list. Before joining the party, splurge on dinner at double AA rosette-awarded restaurant Honey. From the Club Rooms to the opulent Inner Sanctum Suites, rooms at Hotel Gotham encourage you to embrace your wild side. In addition to the usual five-star amenities (think Egyptian cotton sheets, an espresso machine and a minibar), risqué “intimacy kits” are also available for purchase.
Best Business: Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre
Conveniently located in Manchester’s central business district, Crowne Plaza offers eight flexible meeting rooms, allowing you to host an event for up to 200 delegates. A professional meetings director, a 24-hour business center and free Wi-Fi add to the hotel’s corporate appeal. Make the most of Crowne Plaza’s Sleep Advantage program, which includes dedicated quiet zone rooms, guaranteed wake-up calls and luxury bedding. For the best experience, upgrade to a room with access to the Club Lounge - the perfect place to connect with colleagues over complimentary breakfast. Other useful amenities include a 24-hour fitness suite and the Glasshouse Restaurant & Bar.
Best Views: Hilton Manchester Deansgate
Located near the Museum of Science and Industry, Hilton Manchester Deansgate occupies the first 23 floors of Beetham Tower. A landmark in its own right, the tower is the tallest building in the UK outside of London - and as such, home to some pretty spectacular views. For the best vistas, book the two-bedroom Presidential Suite. Its floor-to-ceiling panoramas overlook the city, the Cheshire Plain and the distant Pennine Hills. For a slightly more affordable stay, Executive Rooms include access to the 23rd-floor Executive Lounge; while the same views can be admired by all from dramatic Cloud 23 bar.