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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.
What not to Miss
- 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. Chinatown, which is centred around George Street has been a feature of the city since the 70s and is packed with restaurants, shops and karaoke bars.
- If you’re here to enjoy the nightlife Chinatown is a good place to start before you move on to The Village, around Canal Street, which has all the best clubs and bars, and one of Europe’s oldest LGBT communities. Velvet, one of our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in Manchester is right in the heart of the action here, and also has a great restaurant.
- At the other end of the scale, if you’re here to see historic Manchester then visit Castlefield - where you’ll see the remains of the original Roman settlement.
- You’ll find Manchester Cathedral in the Millennium Quarter, along with the Manchester Museum. The wonderful, neo-gothic Manchester Town Hall is on Albert Square.
- There’s plenty to do around The Quays too, what with the Imperial War Museum North and The Lowry - home to the city of Salford’s collection of paintings by L.S. Lowry.
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!
The Best Places to Stay in Manchester
For a City Break
- 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.
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. Doubles start from as little as £85 per night room only.
- 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 loungers. 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 where bold contemporary architecture is complemented by equally stylish interiors, filled with artworks including some sketches by Lowry himself.
- The Hotel Gotham is an excellent five-start hotel in the centre of town with 60 luxurious rooms decorated with Art Deco flair. There’s also a trendy, modern restaurant and a lively vibe.
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.
- Oddfellows on the Park is a converted Victorian mansion in Cheadle, just a short distance from Manchester. Here you’ll find 22 individually, and quirkily, designed rooms and a superb restaurant.
For a self-catering apartment
- If you’d prefer to stay in a private apartment we recommend you visit our online partner, booking.com.
- Outside of London, Manchester Airport is the UK’s largest with connections to hundreds of locations worldwide.
- Or you can arrive by train, at either Victoria in the north or Piccadilly in the south - Piccadilly being the main intercity station.
- If you want to hire a car - which we advise if you’re staying in Manchester but want to see the rest of the UK - we recommend you visit our online partner, Holiday Autos.
- Manchester’s weather is probably not going to draw you in to the city, but the warmest months are also when this town has the most on, and between June and August there are a lot of festivals. The months between September and December are probably the next best option.
Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Manchester for you?
Best Hotels in Manchester
ABode Manchester 61 rooms from $111Manchester
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. Buzzy Brasserie Abode offers great food and resident DJs for those who want to stay in!City Style - Victorian warehouse conversion turned trendy boutique hotel with parquet floors, high ceilings and fun young crowd.Full of characterViews - Great views from hotelLively - Hip and happening.
The Principal Manchester 275 rooms from $133Manchester
The Principal Manchester, formerly The Palace Hotel, is located in the heart of Manchester. Offers elegantly appointed accommodation with modern furnishings echoing a classical style. Come back from sightseeing to unwind with a drink in the stylish bar. A classy stay that's bound to impress!Sights nearby - Sports fans should make sure to head off on tours of the Etihad Stadium and Old TraffordGreat walks - Wander around the city's streets taking in its bustling atmosphereDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.Romantic - Good for couples.
Velvet 19 rooms from $142Manchester
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 $176Manchester
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
Oddfellows On The Park 22 rooms from $176Manchester (Cheadle)
Oddfellows On The Park is a Victorian mansion located in Cheadle, a short distance from Manchester. Luxurious individual rooms furnished in a quirky and designer manner. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail from the Stud Room Bar and superb meals at the Galloping Major restaurant. A first-rate stay!Active Holiday - Make use of the free bikes available to explore the area or head off on foot to traverse the parklandsFoodies - Oddfellows On The Park serves up delicious gourmet cuisine!Sights nearby - Be sure to see the Manchester Apollo, Old Trafford Stadium or The Palace TheatreGreat walks - The Peak District is only a short distance awayRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
The Midland Manchester 312 rooms from $280Manchester
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
King Street Townhouse 40 rooms from $281Manchester
King Street Townhouse enjoys a fabulous location in the centre of Manchester. The rooms are classical in style, featuring plenty of muted tones and upmarket furnishings. All the mod cons you'd expect from a self-acclaimed "baby grand hotel". The ideal city stay!Local markets - Manchester Christmas Market is an absolute must if you're visiting during the Festive PeriodGreat walks - Spend your days wandering around Manchester's bustling streets getting a feel for the placeSights nearby - Sports fans should definitely head off on tours of Old Trafford and the Etihad StadiumSpa
The Lowry Hotel 165 rooms from $297Manchester (Chapel Wharf)
Chic 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 $319Manchester
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