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Today Manchester positively glows with civic pride. The city was synonymous with the final death throes of industrial decline, but was reborn in the aftermath of the 1996 IRA bomb. The Hotel Guru's pick of the best places to stay in Manchester are ideally placed to make the most of this vibrant city and range from budget boutique to top notch luxury.
Urban regeneration became the byword of late Nineties Manchester and the success of the Commonwealth Games in 2002 sealed its renaissance as a modern industrial city.
The city that gave us the world's first professional football league, the first commercial computer and the first ever Marks and Spencer store is now all boutique hotels and stylish restaurants with the glass shard-design Beetham, now Hilton, Tower a symbol of the new, stylish face of Manchester.
This rebirth has been accompanied by a slew of smart new hotel openings that cater for all budgets and are amongst our selection of the best places to stay in Manchester. They make for superb urban-escape weekends and showcase the city's new status as the style capital of the North.
The Piccadilly district is the main base for shoppers and diners, the funky Northern Quarter is growing as a centre for galleries and cafes, while Salford is developing fast as Manchester's, ahem, Left Bank.
The stereotypical images of those Coronation Street-style terraces are but a distant memory...
As with many busy cities, the best places to stay in Manchester can be tricky to book last minute. So if you want one of the best beds in town, be organised and book early!
For good value
It is increasingly hard to find quality hotels at a good price, but we've picked a couple of the best places to stay in Manchester that fit this bill.
- ABode Manchester - Offers stylish & chic city centre accommodation that won't break the bank. It also has great food in the Michael Caines restaurant and a champagne bar.
- Malmaison is a contemporary warehouse conversion. Rooms offer the usual Malmaison standards: comfy beds, power showers, etc and all at a very affordable price.
For urban chic
The city is an increasingly trendy destination, and the best places to stay in Manchester are ever more trendy with up to the minute design and funky interiors.
- Velvet is a grown up, romantic boutique hotel in Canal Street. Described as "boho chic meets glitzy cosmopolitan" it is a hip destination in this lively city.
- Great John Street is a chic schoolhouse conversion in the centre of town, where the decor is truly original. A rooftop playground offers terrace, hot tub, glass veranda and sun lounges. The Oyster Bar is ever popular with locals and residents alike.
The best places to stay in Manchester for those who want sheer luxury are:
- The Lowry - Manchester's premier hotel and part of the Rocco Forte stable. Bold contemporary architecture is complemented by equally stylish interiors, filled with artworks including some sketches by Lowry himself.
- The Midland Hotel is Manchester's "grand dame". Though recently refurbished, it retains a very traditional feel; tortoise shell vanity units feature in the bedrooms and afternoon tea is a must in the Octagon Bar.
Out of town
Looking for the best places to stay in Manchester that are away from the crowds? Didsbury House and Eleven Didsbury Park are located in a quiet suburb, yet are only a fifteen minute drive from the action. In both properties you'll find the same stylish interiors as you'd expect from an outfit which also owns Great John Street, but a quieter vibe.
Browse our list of the best places to stay in Manchester and start to plan your visit.
Best Hotels in Manchester
Velvet 19 rooms from $133Manchester
Boho chic meets glitzy cosmopolitan in this downtown boutique, a 'decadently camp' conversion in an old textile mill. Lively and romantic.Romantic - Good for couples.Lively - Hip and happening.Quirky - An experience!Restrictions on childrenRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Good Hotel Guide
Malmaison Manchester 167 rooms from $165Manchester
A chic warehouse conversion, in central Manchester. Contemporary rooms offer comfort, style and unique charm, as well as all the needed mod-cons. Enjoy the French and British dishes at the restaurant and phenomenal cocktails at the lively bar. On site spa, gym and sauna- utterly spoiling!City Style - Centrally located Victorian Warehouse turned stylish boutique hotel, complete with spoiling spa and trendy bar.Great walks - Just five minutes down the road is the scenic oasis of Piccadilly Gardens, perfect for an afternoons stroll.Lively - Hip and happening.Full of character
ABode Manchester 61 rooms from $225Manchester
Victorian warehouse building turned trendy boutique hotel. Contemporary rooms feature modern art and chic design, with subtle nods to their past in parquet flooring and ironwork columns. Enjoy the award winning cuisine at Abode Restaurant, or a night a revelry at the indulgent Champagne Bar.Foodies - Locally sourced high brow fine dining at the award-winning restaurant plus funky champagne, cocktail and tapas bar.City Style - Victorian warehouse conversion turned trendy boutique hotel with parquet floors, high ceilings and fun young crowd.Views - Great views from hotelLively - Hip and happening.
The Midland Manchester 312 rooms from $263Manchester
Manchester's recently refurbished grand old dame retains its traditional feel while providing top notch contemporary service. The sumptuous rooms boast fine antiques, plush linens and luxurious feel. A gourmet experience from afternoon tea to the city's premier fine dining restaurant.Total relaxation - Plush suites, luxury spa, pampering aromatherapy rooms and award winning food are a combination guranteed to end in relaxation.Foodies - Boasting two award winning retaurtants, The French by Simon Rogan (four AA Rosettes) and Mr Cooper's House & GardenSights nearby - Perfetly located for catching a show at the Palace Theatre, the Library Theatre or the Opera.Swimming Pool - Indoor
The Lowry Hotel 165 rooms from $279Manchester (Chapel Wharf)
Chic, Rocco Forte styling and tasteful artworks throughout make this hotel Manchester's premier one. Enjoy the plush contemporary rooms spectacular views and all the mod-cons. River Bar & Grill is on the buzzy 'Left Bank' of the River Irwell, offering great British-style cuisine.City Style - Magnificant glass fronted building wonderfully located, overlooking the River Irwell, sleek interiors and effortless style.Sights nearby - Manchester Cathedral and The People’s History Museum are both walking distance and well worth checking out.Views - Of the River Irwell.Lively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Tablet, Kiwi Collection
Hotel Gotham 60 rooms from $300Manchester
An excellent five-star hotel in central Manchester, with a taste for the decadent. The luxurious rooms are decorated in a definitively art-deco style, a theme that is replicated in the hotel's trendy, modern restaurant. Perfect for a vibrant visit to the UK's party city.City Style - A theatrical and decadent masterpiece in the heart of Manchester, perfect for an indulgent weekend away.Writing a novel - The weird and wonderful 1920's vibes will be sure to inspire you to put pen to paper.Great walks - Head out for a breath of fresh air in the nearby Piccadilly Gardens.Local markets - Don't miss out the Manchester Christmas Market in December.Recommended by - I Escape, Tablet