Hotels are divisive places. For some, they represent the ultimate in luxury – spaces to indulge and relax in surroundings designed explicitly for hospitality. For others, they are a necessary nuisance – a bed, a roof, a liminal space from which you can get on with the real joy of exploring a place. Manchester has convincing offerings across the board, from cheap and cheerful stop gaps to 5-star grand hotels. Here are some that we think are worth visiting.
A Radisson Blu project, the Edwardian is situated in the stunning former Free Trade Hall, updating the imposing building to a 5-star hotel that offers all the luxuries you would come to expect. Throw in stunning views of the city and 236 rooms, and you have a winning formula.
Have you been away from Manchester since 2016? Are you desperately searching the internet for the famed Principal Hotel? Don’t panic; the old Principal has been renamed, sensibly – if you ask us – to reference the iconic clocktower that dominates the Oxford street thoroughfare. Alongside a name change, the Kimpton underwent a multi-million-pound refurbishment which brought the Victorian redbrick into the 21st century.
Another heavy hitter in the Manchester hotel scene, opening in 1903 the Midland predates most of its competitors, though a recent lick of paint (okay, more than a lick) has kept it from feeling a relic of times gone by. With two well-regarded restaurants, a newly built spa and a pedigree history, The Midland justifies its reputation.
An alternative choice to the grandiose and gothic hotels that crowd the city, Malmaison’s Manchester outpost brings some much-needed boutique style to an old warehouse conveniently across from Picadilly station. Pairing chic decor with an ideal location for seeing the city, Malmaison is a great place to use as a base or to simply enjoy the hotel itself.
This 60 room, 5-star hotel in the centre of Manchester is a great choice for those who want their hotel to emulate character and class. Hotel Gotham repurposes an old bank, injecting the space with a Lynchian luxury – just wait till you see the leather walls and zebra-patterned floor. With a quality in-house restaurant and a private member’s club, this one is for those who value their luxuries.
Fantastic views and expertly curated interior design marks King Street Townhouse out from its competitors. With beautiful rooms, spectacular vistas across the city and its very own infinity pool on the 7th floor, you won’t find a more Instagram-appropriate venue than this.
It seems every hotel in Manchester boasts of being a former something – the city is rife with warehouses, mills and municipal buildings undergoing new leases of life. Great John Street might be the most interesting of the bunch – an old schoolhouse that wears its past proudly, this Deansgate hotel boasts characterful decor, a library and even an Oyster bar.
Conveniently located in the buzzing Northern Quarter, Selina’s Manchester outpost brings affordable lodgings together with stylish fittings and a guaranteed good night’s sleep. You’d be hard-pressed to find a value-for-money HQ for your Mancunian explorations.
Another Northern Quarter gem, Cow Hollow Home is a tasteful, contemporary affair that makes the most of its raw brick infrastructure and well-chosen furnishings. Bursting with flora and sporting a cocktail bar, a cafe and blissfully high ceilings, Cow Hollow Home more than earns its place on this list.
Tellingly located in the old Stock Exchange building on Norfolk Street, the Stock Exchange Hotel brings meticulous attention to detail to a big, grandiose building. Helmed by United alumni Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, this hotel manages the tricky balance between preserving the past and embracing the present.
Also worth mentioning is the adjoining Bull & Bear restaurant (yes, they’ve really ran with the finance theme here) which is worth checking out in its own right.
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