Where To Stay: The Coolest Hotels in Manchester

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Manchester has been setting trends for centuries. It was at the forefront of an industrial and then a musical revolution in the eighties and nineties.

Now the northern powerhouse is better known as a media and football hub, with the city divided along red (Manchester United) and blue (Manchester City) lines.

The dockyards and old warehouses have had makeovers, and with a thriving shopping, clubbing and fine dining scene, it’s become one of the UK’s most popular places to go on a weekend break.

So you’ll need somewhere to recover from all that excitement – in that case we’ve put together ten of the coolest Manchester hotels to help ensure your visit is stylish from beginning to end.

1. Hotel Gotham – Manchester

Hotel Gotham

Bat Do Not Disturb sign. Image by Mark Leeming courtesy of Hotel Gotham

The vibe

Has the kapow factor

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This former Edward Lutyens-designed Art Deco bank might have been built in 1928, but it underwent a superhero-like transformation in 2015 to become the Hotel Gotham.

Expect lavish monochrome details in the rooms, which are distinctively decorated. If you book one of the five inner sanctum suits you can enjoy views of the Manchester skyline.

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Drinks with a view (c) Hotel Gotham

The stylised Honey restaurant on the 6th Floor can take you from breakfast right through to a late dinner  – our tip? Try and book a table near one of the Batman-esque windows.

The panoramic Club Brass Roof Terrace is certainly cool for cats, and it’s only open to members and hotel guests, making it seductively exclusive.

Getting there: 100 King Street, Manchester, M2 4WU
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2. Hilton Manchester Deansgate

Executive guest room at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate

Executive guest room at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate

The vibe

Rooms with a view

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This hotel certainly hits the heights of cool, located on the first 22 floors of the 168m’s tall Beetham Tower, the highest skyscaper in Manchester.

On a clear day you can cast your eyes across the Pennines or the Moors from this city centre location – and if you’re lucky, across ten counties.

Head up in the express lift to the 23rd floor to visit one of Manchester’s most famous cocktail bars, Cloud 23 – and sip a signature mix as the sun sets.

Hilton Manchester Deansgate

Hilton Manchester Deansgate

The hotel’s Podium bar and restaurant also offers quality drinking and dining options.

The 20m pool is something else, with underwater viewing panels, and you can also try out their sumptuous spa.

The pool at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate

The pool at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate

Getting there: 303 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4LQ
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3. Great John Street Hotel

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Guest Room at the Great John Street Hotel

The vibe

Too cool for school

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Once a Victorian school house, this hotel has graduated into a boutique townhouse full of flamboyant features.

The vintage-styled Oyster Bar is a great place to catch up with friends (or former schoolmates) – check out its eye-catching pewter bar and comfy sofas.

You can also start the day, if your timetable allows it, in the Kitchen & Mezzanine – which overlooks the bar and serves a tasty breakfast.

If you’re staying the night, you’ll have exclusive access to the Rooftop Playground (its above the former boys’ activity area), which has a members area with sun loungers and a hot tub in the warmer months, and south facing views across the city the whole year round.

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Playground Terrace

The bar area (and that of the Rooftop Lounge) are available to the public if you want a peak.

Corporate bookers can hold their offsite meetings in former classrooms and even the old headmasters office – now there’s a detention.

Getting there: Great John Street, Manchester, M3 4FD
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4. The Midland

The vibe

A Manchester landmark

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A plaque in the entrance of the Midland reveals that the hotel was the place where Mr Rolls met Mr Royce and founded the famous car company.

Built in the Edwardian baroque style at the height of the railway revolution (it’s opposite the major Manchester stations), this hotel has hosted plenty of other star guests over the year, including The Beckhams and George Best, along with plenty of prime ministers.

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The Midland King Superior room

While it has undergone major refurbishments, the ornateness and charm of the original building has only been enhanced.

For fine dining, The French by Simon Rogan offers Michelin star-level food from its award-winning chef.

Make sure you don your best bib and tucker as The Beatles were supposedly refused entry to the restaurant in the 1960s for being “inappropriately dressed” (The Queen Mother and HM The Queen had no such trouble in 1959).

Also on site is the classy Mr Cooper’s House and Garden, which has a fantastic cocktail bar.

Getting there: The Midland, 16 Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS
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5. Hotel Football

Hotel Football next to Old Trafford

Hotel Football next to Old Trafford

The vibe

The Red Devils are in the details.

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Few hotels in the world will have a mini astroturf pitch on the roof, but here it’s all about the football.

Opened in 2015 by a team of footballers, including Manchester United stars Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, this is the self-styled “hotel of dreams”.

If you’re heading to a home game, you don’t need to rush your pre-match warm up, as it’s less than a pitch length away from Old Trafford.

Hotel Football

Hotel Football

You can also forgo the half-time pie by dining in Cafe Football at the hotel – instead order a “El Clasico” pizza or see what the “Catch of the Day” is.

Each room is football themed, and you can enjoy a post-match bath using the Class of 92 toiletries provided.

Getting there: 99 Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester, M16 0SZ
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6. Radisson Blue Edwardian Manchester

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Lobby at the Radisson Blu Edwardian

The vibe

Five star luxury combined with heritage

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This famous landmark was transformed into a 5 star hotel in 2004 and has 263 rooms to stay in and pretend your a rock star.

The list of musical luminaries who appeared on stage when this historic hotel was a music and theatre venue reads like a veritable who’s who.

Now signature suites are named after the likes of Bob Dylan and Shirley Bassey, and you can see the autographs of stars such as The Sex Pistols and Judy Garland on the walls to commemorate the singing link.

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Opus Bar at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester

They have a specialist champagne bar, the Opus Reserve, where you can buy fizz by the glass or magnum underneath the vaulted ceilings.

Or for further opulence, visit their Steak and Lobster restaurant – you choose between the turf or the surf.

The building which houses the hotel was originally built in 1853 following the repeal of the Corn Laws – a controversial piece of legislation designed to limit trade in grain.

Getting there: Free Trade Hall, Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5GP
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7. Malmaison Hotel, Piccadilly

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Guest Room at the Malmaison Hotel Piccadilly

The vibe

Boutique boudoirs

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It’s hard to believe this elegant 180-room hotel was once a Victorian warehouse, but Manchester’s industrial past has been done away with and what’s left is a purely modern experience.

If you’re a Manchester City fan, book into the “True Blue” suite, decorated with art depicting the team’s players.

However for the truly decadent, the “Moulin Rouge” super suite with a plunge bath tub in the middle of its plush lounge and four-poster bed is hard to beat.

Dining wise, The Smoak Bar & Grill will serve you up a great steak, while the MALBAR will have the champagne flowing.

Visit on a Friday and you can enjoy happy hour from 5pm to 8pm, with champagne, cocktails and the signature drinks on special offer.

Getting there: 1-3 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 3AQ
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8. The Lowry Hotel

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Classic room at The Lowry Hotel

The vibe

Artistic fun down by the riverside

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Named after Manchester’s most celebrated artist, L.S.Lowry, and rebuilt in 2001 on the site of a comic printing company (The Beano and The Dandy), this hotel offers five star luxury with more than a hint of flair.

Many of the rooms have got floor-to-ceiling views across the Salford skyline and its location on banks of the River Irwell make it a great place to see where Manchester and Salford meet.

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The River Bar at The Lowry Hotel

You can head to The Lowry Spa for a spot of relaxation, and then get your hair cut or have a manicure to prepare for a night out.

Grab a cocktail at The River Bar & Grill, and if the weather’s nice, head to Manchester’s longest open-air bar terrace to take in the view.

A popular haunt for football stars preparing for a game in Manchester or arriving to sign a new contract, this hotel is a match for anyone.

Getting there: 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Manchester. M3 5LH
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9. The Palace Hotel

The Palace in Manchester

The Palace in Manchester

The vibe

Victorian vibrancy

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Situated behind the red-brick of a former insurance building, this imposing hotel makes the most of its interesting interiors.

If you’re after some fine dining in Art Deco surroundings, try the Tempus Restaurant and Bar, it’s like eating out Downton Abbey-style.

They have 275 rooms, all decorated in a modern style for comfort, in the heart of Manchester.

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Lobby at The Palace

Getting there: Oxford Street, Manchester, M60 7HA
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10. Mercure Manchester Piccadilly

The vibe

Cross the red and blue divide

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This is possibly the only hotel in the city where both the Etihad Stadium and Old Trafford can be seen if you’re staying on one of the higher floors.

Even if you’re not in town for the football, its proximity to the trendy Northern Quarter and Gay Village means this is a prime clubbing spot.

If you love people watching, they have a great restaurant and bar giving you the perfect view of the Manchester Piccadilly area.

And you’re right on top of the largest open space in the city centre, Piccadilly Gardens, which underwent a transformation in 2002 with the addition of water features and other landscape items.

Here you’ll find events, festivals and plenty of places to eat and drink.

Getting there: Portland Street, Manchester, M1 4PH
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Essential info

We’ve got plenty of hotels in Manchester and the surrounding area, if this blog has left you feeling inspired.

While there maybe a bit of an urban myth about it always raining in Manchester – it doesn’t harm you to be prepared – here’s the latest weather forecast.

And if you need a little help getting around the city, the Transport for Greater Manchester journey planner should help.

 

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Kirsten Beacock

Kirsten is the chief blogger here at lastminute.com. A former newspaper journalist (don’t hold that against her), having taken extensive trips to China, America and Australasia, she is now pouring her passion for travel into writing blogs and features for the lastminute.com website. Arriving in London via exotic Scunthorpe, Kirsten has made it her mission to try out as many pubs and restaurants as she possibly can in the capital.

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