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!
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.
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.
The best places to stay in Manchester for those who want sheer luxury are:
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.
Boho chic meets glitzy cosmopolitan in this downtown boutique, a 'decadently camp' conversion in an old textile mill. Lively and romantic.
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!
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.
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.
Manchester (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.
Chic school house conversion in the centre of town, no restaurant but funky bar and rooftop lounge. Popular with business visitors.