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About Manchester

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 — ranging 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 is 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 feature 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 whole family will enjoy a day out to the Museum of Science and Industry - filled with fascinating exhibitions and set in an historic train station.
  • If you're into your football then you've come to the right place! Head off on stadium tours of Old Trafford and The Etihad, before topping it all off with a visit to the National Football Museum.
  • If you’re here to enjoy the nightlife then 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.
  • 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.

Where To Stay - which neighbourhood?

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.

  • The Millennium Quarter is where it's all happening - with high-end shops, shows at the Manchester Arena, Manchester Cathedral and a number of top nightlife spots.
  • Avid sightseers should definitely also consider the The Quays, where you'll find the Imperial War Museum North and The Lowry - home to the city of Salford’s collection of paintings by L.S. Lowry.
  • How best to describe the Northern Quarter? Well, according to some it's a mix of Soho and Camden, with a healthy dose of Northern spirit on top. Brimming with character, it's home to Manchester's creative types.
  • At the other end of the scale, if you’re here to see historic Manchester then opt for Castlefield - where you’ll see the remains of the original Roman settlement.

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, especially those offering parking. So if you want one of the best beds in town, be organised and book early!

The Best Places to Stay in Manchester

For the Northern Quarter

  • ABode Manchester offers stylish & chic city-centre accommodation that won't break the bank. Doubles start from as little as £79 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 the Millennium Quarter

  • The Hotel Gotham is an excellent five-star 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.
  • The King Street Townhouse is a magnificent city break: it's in a great location, with smart rooms and a spa to come back to after a day out sightseeing.

For The Village

  • Velvet is a grown up, romantic boutique hotel in Canal Street. Described as "boho chic meets glitzy cosmopolitan", it's a hip destination in this lively city.

For the centre of town

  • 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.
  • The Principal Manchester, set in an iconic Victorian building, is a smart city-break choice. The individually decorated rooms are sure to please, as will the close proximity to the city's top sights.
  • 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.

Just off centre

  • 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 Ainscow Hotel is a great value, stylish option with easy access to the centre of town. Interiors feel industrial with exposed brickwork and grey tones. Plus there's a lively roof top bar and excellent restaurant. Doubles from just over £70 per night.

Further outside town

  • Didsbury House and Eleven Didsbury Park are located in a quiet suburb, yet 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.

Travel Information

  • Outside of London, Manchester Airport is the UK’s largest with connections to hundreds of locations worldwide.
  • Or you can travel by train - arrive at either Victoria Station in the north or Piccadilly in the south. Piccadilly is the main intercity station.
  • If you want to hire a car - which we advise if you’re staying in Manchester but want to travel further afield - we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
  • 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 - between June and August there are a lot of festivals. The next best option is probably coming in spring, between March and May. However Manchester is a very popular destination year round.

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Best Hotels in Manchester

  • Ainscow Hotel Manchester (Trinity Way) 70 rooms from £70

    Value chic  -  A stylish hotel offered at a very reasonable rate.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    A stylish hotel with easy access to Manchester's centre. Industrial style rooms feature exposed brick, grey tones, crisp white linen and pops of orange from the soft furnishings. The roof terrace bar and excellent restaurant are enticing spots to return to after a day spent exploring the city. See More

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  • ABode Manchester Manchester 61 rooms from £95

    City Style  -  Victorian warehouse conversion turned trendy boutique hotel with parquet floors, high ceilings and fun young crowd.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Full of character
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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    Victorian warehouse building turned trendy boutique hotel. Contemporary rooms feature chic design with subtle nods to their past in parquet flooring and ironwork columns, not to mention super comfy beds. Buzzy Brasserie Abode offers great food and resident DJs for those who want to stay in! See More

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  • Whitworth Locke Manchester 160 rooms from £99

    City Style  -  With private apartments and trendy common spaces including a cafe, restaurant, & co-workiung space — this is modern city living
    Business meetings  -  There's a spacious co-working lounge making this ideal for either meetings or those travelling on business
    Restaurant  -  Peru Perdu serves Peruvian inspired dishes
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    RestaurantPet friendlyDisabled access

    A stylish apart-hotel set in the heart of the city. Each apartment is individual but all are decorated in chic pinks and feature luxe kitchens and Scandi-style furniture. Downstairs expect a range of hip common areas with co-working, a coffee bar, and a Peruvian restaurant. Ideal for creative types. See More

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  • Hotel Football Manchester 133 rooms from £99

    Families  -  Kid heaven! On site retro sweetshop, free sweet minibar in every room, fantastic children's menu and of course- the stadium!
    Sights nearby  -  Of course the main draw here is the hotel's location overlooking Old Trafford Football stadium
    Restaurant  -  Casual and hearty fare is served at Cafe Football
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    The only destination for a Manchester United fan- owned by 5 former players and overlooking the Old Trafford Football stadium. Comfortable modern bedrooms, a family-friendly restaurant, and contemporary interiors flecked with football-related artworks. Charmingly quirky. See More

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  • The Principal Manchester Manchester 275 rooms from £102

    Sights nearby  -  Sports fans should make sure to head off on tours of the Etihad Stadium and Old Trafford
    Restaurant  -  The Refuge by Volta offers globally inspired small plates and larger sharing dishes.
    Great walks  -  Wander around the city's streets taking in its bustling atmosphere
    Short break  -  Located just 20 minutes away from Manchester Airport
    RestaurantPet friendlyDisabled access
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    The Principal Manchester is located in an iconic Victorian building in the centre of town. It offers elegantly appointed accommodation (no two rooms are the same) with modern furnishings echoing a classical style and original features including huge windows and wood panelling. A smart city stay. See More

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  • Roomzzz, Manchester City Manchester 59 rooms from £109

    Local exploring  -  Ideal for those looking to sample all that Manchester has to offer; great nightlife, China Town & the university are all nearby
    Groups  -  The Penthouse Suite boasts two private bedrooms set on two separate floors; ideal for groups or families after privacy
    Self catering to rent  -  Every room comes with a fully-stocked kitchen featuring hob, microwave / grill combination; some have dishwashers
    Close to nightlife  -  Located on the edge of the city's China Town & Gay Village; this is a great spot for night owls & party animals
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    Cool & contemporary apartment hotel in Manchester's city centre. Victorian exterior blends seamlessly with fresh & modern decor; spacious suites with workspaces & full kitchens have been designed with longer stays in mind. The feel of home with hotel amenities; a complete steal in the heart of town. See More

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  • Velvet Manchester 19 rooms from £109

    Restrictions on children
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Quirky  -  An experience!
    Air conditioningRestaurantDisabled accessNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Good Hotel Guide

    Boho chic meets glitzy cosmopolitan in this downtown boutique, a 'decadently camp' conversion in an old textile mill. Lively and romantic. See More

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  • Hotel Brooklyn Manchester 189 rooms from £116

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned with Canal St, Manchester’s gay village, shops, the universities, and Manchester Art Gallery all nearby
    City Style  -  With a hip warehouse feel inspired by Brooklyn NYC, this is a stylish city base
    Disabled access  -  18 rooms are all individually designed for different requirements
    Restaurant  -  Runyon’s bar and restaurant serves a casual menu of American fare and pub classics
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    A stylish hotel in the heart of the city on Portland Street. Inspired by Brooklyn NYC, this hip property has a warehouse feel with high ceilings, exposed brickwork, polished concrete, and exposed piping. A lively restaurant and bar serves casual American fare and pub classics. A fun city base. See More

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  • Dakota Manchester Manchester 137 rooms from £125

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned beside the hip Northern Quarter with many of the city's main attractions just a stroll away
    City Style  -  Glamorous, moody, and very stylish — this is a grownup stay perfect for a chic city break
    Restaurant  -  Reimagined British classics are served at the Dakota Bar & Grill
    Whirlpool Bathtub  -  An enormous sunken whirlpool tub in the Grand Deluxe Suite
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    A stylish contemporary hotel set near the hip Northern Quarter. Spacious rooms and suites are decorated in chic grey hues, enormous windows, and modern art. The best has a sunken whirlpool tub. With a lively restaurant and bar and a convenient location, this is ideal for a sleek city break. See More

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  • The Cow Hollow Manchester (Northern Quarter) 16 rooms from £129

    Value chic  -  Contemporary design of exposed brick, fireplaces and metal staircases giving this once-textile factory a chic industrial feel
    Local exploring  -  Located in Manchester's trendy Northern Quarter - buzzing restaurants, music venues, bars, galleries and more just steps away
    Short break  -  A boutique city hotel offering excellent service; rooms come with Netflix, prosecco, speakers and more...
    City Style  -  Stylish hotel and great location in bustling Manchester
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    A historic textile warehouse-turned city boutique hotel; Victorian antiques are stylishly juxtaposed with modern decor. Rooms are chic and comfortable complete with marble bathrooms and exposed brick walls. Located in Manchester's trendy Northern Quarter, a vibrant urban atmosphere surrounds. See More

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  • The White Hart at Lydgate Manchester 16 rooms from £135

    Families  -  With family suites, a large garden for little ones to run around in, and a laidback feel — this is a good option for families
    Foodies  -  The head chef (who worked with Raymond Blanc) has created a superb menu ranging from pub classics to an innovative tasting menu
    Great walks  -  Take the walking trails right from the village up to Saddleworth Moor
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.

    A classic village pub with standout pub fare & chic design. Rooms are each individually styled and keep the building's original features such as exposed beams and slanted roofs, however, the feel is fresh and contemporary. The restaurant is the real lure along with the local walks. A charming stay. See More

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  • Malmaison Manchester Manchester 167 rooms from £135

    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.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    SpaRestaurantPet friendlyViews

    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! See More

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  • Oddfellows On The Park Manchester (Cheadle) 22 rooms from £135

    Active Holiday  -  Make use of the free bikes available to explore the area or head off on foot to traverse the parklands
    Foodies  -  Oddfellows On The Park serves up delicious gourmet cuisine!
    Sights nearby  -  Be sure to see the Manchester Apollo, Old Trafford Stadium or The Palace Theatre
    Great walks  -  The Peak District is only a short distance away
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Design Hotels

    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! See More

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  • Native Manchester Manchester 162 rooms from £145

    Groups  -  Ideal for a group trip to Manchester- several of the hip apartments interconnect through private external hallways
    Local markets  -  Check out nearby Ancoats, the trendy hub of Manchesters eclectic food and drink scene
    Restaurant  -  Serving all day
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
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    A former warehouse turned luxury hotel in Manchester's trendy Northern Quarter. Palatial apartments featuring exposed brick walls, plush fabrics, and blue and gold kitchenettes. The ground floor social club offers fantastic food, drinks, a gym and to top it all off- a cinema. Urban-chic. See More

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  • DogHouse Manchester Manchester 18 rooms from £145

    Lively  -  The lively BrewHouse bar and the option to have an in-room beer tap or/and a stocked in-shower beer fridge make this a fun stay
    Local exploring  -  Boasting a very central location, it is a five-minute walk from the bars, shops and restaurants in the Northern Quarter
    Restaurant  -  The restaurant serves hearty food to go with beer such as burgers and wings
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    BrewDog's hotel offering set right in the heart of the city. The bars (both rooftop & downstairs) are lively with hearty cuisine, BrewDog beers, plus excellent cocktails. Rooms feature neon lights above the beds, record players & vinyl, and the option for an in-room draught tap. A fun stay. See More

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  • Eleven Didsbury Park Manchester (Didsbury Village) 19 rooms from £150

    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Michelin Travel

    Quietish out of town Victorian villa hotel near the airport, with a charming walled garden, gym but no restaurant. Good for business stopovers. See More

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  • Kimpton Clocktower Hotel Manchester 270 rooms from £155

    Families  -  Well set-up for those with kids; there are activity packs on arrival, kid's menus, interconnecting rooms & travel cots provided
    Local exploring  -  Fantastically located on Oxford Street works for all types of trips whether in town for culture, shopping, nightlife or work
    Business meetings  -  The Ballroom is the largest event space in the North of England, plus there's a series of modern meeting & conference rooms
    City Style  -  Desintation in itself; a wonderful example of a heritage property transformed into glamourous 21st century luxury hotel
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    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller

    An opulent Victorian building turned into a deluxe hotel in the city centre. Stylish rooms boast all the mod cons yet nod to the past with stunning wood panelling, high ceilings & original brickwork. Imposing yet inviting public areas & restaurants are very popular with locals. Cool grand dame. See More

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  • The Edwardian Manchester 263 rooms from £197

    City Style  -  See Manchester in style- cocktails by famed mixologists, fantastic fusion small plates, pampering massages and a steamy hammam
    Sights nearby  -  Perfectly placed to check out Manchester Art Gallery, the Museum of Science and Industry, and John Rylands Library
    Restaurant  -  Peter Street Kitchen serves Mexican and Japanese small plates while The Library offers Parisian-inspired menus
    Spa  -  The spa offers a wide range of treatments plus it has a hot tub, steam room, sauna, and relaxation area
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    Manchester's Free Trade Hall reimagined as a five-star contemporary hotel. A marriage of old and new, from the collonaded bar area to the purpose-built rooms and the spa's relaxation room housed in the former vaults. Enjoy fantastic fusion small plates and cocktails at Peter Street Kitchen. See More

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  • The Midland Manchester Manchester 312 rooms from £215

    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 & Garden
    Sights nearby  -  Perfetly located for catching a show at the Palace Theatre, the Library Theatre or the Opera.
    Restaurant  -  The French restaurant has 2 AA Rosettes
    SpaRestaurantSwimming PoolParkingNo pets

    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. See More

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  • King Street Townhouse Manchester 40 rooms from £216

    Local markets  -  Manchester Christmas Market is an absolute must if you're visiting during the Festive Period
    Great walks  -  Spend your days wandering around Manchester's bustling streets getting a feel for the place
    Sights nearby  -  Sports fans should definitely head off on tours of Old Trafford and the Etihad Stadium
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    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 smart city stay! See More

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  • The Lowry Hotel Manchester (Chapel Wharf) 165 rooms from £228

    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.
    SpaRestaurantDisabled accessViewsParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Kiwi Collection

    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. See More

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  • Stock Exchange Hotel Manchester 40 rooms from £244

    Foodies  -  The Bull & Bear restaurant headed by renowned chef Tom Kerridge offers up a British menu that is worthy of a visit alone
    City Style  -  A chic and luxorious gem- central location and contemorary comforts meet turn-of-the-century glamour and joie de vivre
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels

    Manchester's former Stock Exchange, reborn as a fabulously opulent timeless hotel. The lobby's high domed ceilings and stained glass windows, give way to rooms offering muted tones, marble bathrooms and luxurious bedding. Enjoy refined English fare and world-class wines at the sublime restaurant. See More

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  • Great John Street Manchester 30 rooms from £245

    Downtown  -  A stone's throw from the exclusive shopping areas, restaurants and theatres
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    Chic school house conversion in the centre of town, no restaurant but funky bar and rooftop lounge. Popular with business visitors. See More

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  • Didsbury House Hotel Manchester (Didsbury Village) 27 rooms from £245

    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Michelin Travel

    Victorian villa meets contemporary interiors in tranquil suburb of Didsbury. Relaxing spa treatments, garden terrace, lounge. Breakfast included. See More

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  • Hotel Gotham Manchester 60 rooms from £245

    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.
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet

    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. See More

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