Top hotels in Manchester
This 4-star hotel places modern design within a listed building, and is conveniently located for taking in Manchester’s fantastic sights and shops. During your stay you can relax in the on-site bar or fitness centre, and enjoy fresh, locally sourced food in the restaurant. Decorated with attractive touches of colour, the hotel's rooms have air conditioning, wifi access and private bathrooms as standard.
Within walking distance of the famous Old Trafford Stadium and a short drive from Manchester city centre, this 4-star hotel overlooks the water of the upcoming Salford Quays. The rooms have a warm décor with earthy natural tones and wooden furniture, as well as satellite TV. There is also a nearby Metrolink tram station, making it easy to explore the rest of Manchester.
This four-star riverside hotel was first built as a warehouse in 1844. The charming building still displays the old architectural features with original oak beams and exposed brick works throughout. All in perfect harmony with contemporary flair, comfort and services.
The Grade II listed, 3-star Britannia Hotel Manchester City Centre, is in the heart of the city within walking distance of Piccadilly Gardens. The classic interior has a 24-hour front desk and refreshments are available at the Rogue Bar and Jenny’s Restaurant and Overstuffed Pizzeria. Each room provides guests with complimentary wifi, a work desk, tea and coffee making facilities, and a private bathroom with free toiletries.
The 4-star Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel sits in a vibrant central location, making travel a breeze. Just nine miles from Manchester Airport and half a mile from Manchester Piccadilly railway station, there's no shortage of transport links to make your stay a convenient one. With the Manchester Arena and other notable landmarks within walking-distance, there's plenty to see and do during your stay. Back at the hotel, guests can choose from 280 chic bedrooms, all offering extras for a special stay.
Where things happen for the modern luxury generation. Stay at The Lowry Hotel and you’re putting yourself at the centre of the action — a five-star contemporary hotel where Salford meets Manchester on the banks of the River Irwell. Here the dynamic spirit of England’s north is reflected in our dynamic bar and restaurant, while you can count on our warm convivial service the moment you arrive. The result? A unique experience delivering luxury, vibrancy and a seductive measure of Northern fun. Part of the prestigious Leading Hotels of The World, The Lowry Hotel has gone through a full refurbishment in 2015.
The contemporary 4-star INNSIDE by Melia Manchester sits within the city’s exciting First Street area, by the HOME arts centre and close to Deansgate. Enjoy fine Mediterranean cuisine at the Street on First restaurant, which uses social media to enhance your dining experience, and enjoy a spot of pampering in the Wellness Suite, with sauna, steam room, gym and relaxation area. Each room at the INNSIDE Manchester has a 32” TV, free wifi and private bathroom with rain shower.
With 24/7 refreshments, spotless rooms, a hearty breakfast spread and some of Manchester's finest taking care of you, a stay at ibis Budget Manchester Centre Pollard Street is just the ticket. We don't crank up our overheads by getting bogged down in bells and whistles, so we can offer you great accommodation in a fantastic location at unbeatable rates. Perfect for travellers on a restricted budget.
Quiet hotel moments from the airport, with free Wi-Fi and inclusive breakfastHoliday Inn Express® Manchester Airport hotel boasts a prime location only 1.9 miles from Manchester Airport. A shuttle bus drop off service takes you directly to the Airport for a small fee from 4am - 12pm, and direct trains from Manchester Airport station reach the city centre in less than 20 minutes. The hotel is also just minutes from junction 6 of the M56 motorway, and offers Park, Stay & Go packages including rooms, breakfast and Wi-Fi, plus parking for the duration of your holiday. Old Trafford football stadium, home of Manchester United, is a 20-minute drive, and you’ll find a variety of stores, eateries and family activities at nearby Trafford Centre. There's plenty of room for an informal meeting in the hotel's spacious lobby, or you can host a function in the grand hangar of the Runway Visitor Park, just three minutes from the hotel by car. Wake up in the morning with an inclusive Express Start breakfast. You can unwind with a drink or a snack in the comfortable bar while watching sports on the 84-inch TV. Alternatively, dine in the Great Room from 5–10pm. Stay connected during your stay with free Wi-Fi, available throughout the hotel.
Fantastic 3 star accommodation in the heart of the city, the Pendulum Hotel is just a few steps away from cultural hotspots such as The Palace Theatre, Bridgewater Hall and Manchester Academy. Bars and clubs are on the doorstep and Piccadilly train station is a few moments away on foot. Convenient and comfortable, on site there is a business centre, restaurant, bar and every room has free high speed internet.
Cheap Hotels in Manchester
Located in the centre of Manchester, the Gardens Hotel is in an ideal location to see the local attractions, such as Piccadilly Gardens, Bridgewater Hall and the Manchester Art Gallery. Ed’s Bar has a relaxing and quiet atmosphere and is a great place to grab a pre-dinner drink. Stay connected using the free wi-fi available throughout the hotel. Every room is fitted with an en-suite bathroom, flatscreen TV, double-glazed windows and tea/coffee hospitality tray.
The smart 3-star Sachas Hotel Manchester is within walking distance of many of Manchester’s popular clubs and bars. The hotel has 2 onsite restaurants, a bar, steam room, sauna, fitness gym, and wifi is available in public areas. Each of the classic rooms features a TV, tea and coffee making facilities, and a private bathroom.
In a tree-lined suburb, this college and conference venue has free WiFi in public areas, good breakfasts and free parking. The property is set in 2 acres of landscaped gardens yet Manchester city centre is just 2 miles away. Each bedroom in the main building has a private shower, or bath, and toilet facilities. Every room at Luther King House has tea/coffee facilities and a TV with Freeview channels. Luther King House also has a small bar and a courtyard for guests to relax in. Evening meals, snacks, tea and coffee can be enjoyed in the dining room mid-week. A Continental breakfast is served each morning.
Bang in the heart of Princess Street, ibis offers 126 bright, modern en suite bedrooms and a warm welcome. Location is key here, with Manchester's main work and play attractions within easy reach, including the bustling nightlife hubs of Canal Street and China Town, plus Manchester Conference Centre, the university, the MEN, and, of course, the hallowed City and United football stadiums. With free fibre Wi-Fi, a 24-hour café and a well-stocked bar, your Manchester getaway is off to a great start.
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Hotels in Manchester
With so many things to see and do, our hotels in Manchester help give you the perfect trip, with both luxury and cheap accommodation on offer. Considered by many to be the capital of the North, this city truly has its finger on the pulse, with a thriving business and media sector, celebrities, fashion, fine dining, sport, arts, and much more.
Shopping in Manchester
The city is an ideal spot for both the fashion-conscious and shoppers serious about savings. Visit Selfridges and Harvey Nicholls for the latest designer labels or take a trip to Cross Street where you’ll find independent boutiques specialising in clothes and accessories.
The Arndale is an indoor shopping centre featuring major fashion brands, an extensive food court and free wifi throughout. A little further out, the Trafford Centre features hundreds of high-street store outlets as well as Selfridges and John Lewis – perfect for bagging a bargain. One of the largest shopping centres in Europe, the Trafford Centre can be reached by car, or regular busses run from the city centre.
If you’re looking for something a little different, the streets to the north of Piccadilly Gardens are a treasure trove of independent shops and local designers selling vintage clothes as well as goth, punk, rock, indie and metal styles. Visit Affleck’s Palace in the Northern Quarter for vinyl, posters and comics.
Connections to TV
Manchester is home to a busy media hub, including offices and studios associated with two major television channels. Granada Television produces a range of classic telly here, from soap favourite Coronation Street to the gritty drama Prime Suspect, and offers seasonal tours of the studio, as well as tickets to live-audience shows including stand-up with Peter Key, Harry Hill and Caroline Aherne.
BBC TV recently relocated leading shows including Blue Peter, Dragon’s Den and Match Of The Day. Tours and studio tickets are available throughout the year.
Manchester is noted for its excellent theatres. Larger venues include the Manchester Opera House, a commercial theatre that often plays host to touring West End shows, the Palace Theatre, and the Royal Exchange Theatre, a small producing theatre in the former Cotton Exchange.
The Lowry also features two theatres running crowd-pleasing musicals including Fame, Stompand Happy Days as well as top comedy nights; previous shows include stand-ups Richard Herring, Russell Kane and Lee Hurst.
Head to Proper Tea opposite Manchester Cathedral, an independent tea room owned by TV celebrity Yvette Fielding of Blue Peter fame, for loose teas and homemade cakes. The veteran presenter can often be found behind the till.
Teacup café on Thomas Street in the Northern Quarter is run by the legendary DJ, Mr Scruff. Trendy, but with a friendly atmosphere, Teacup even features Mr Scruff’s own tea. Perfect if you’re on a quest for the perfect brew.
If you’re looking to treat yourself, visit Michael Caines at Abode, the celebrity chef’s two-star Michelin restaurant. For those that like spice, head to Curry Mile – we particularly like Mughli.
Renowned for its musical heritage, Manchester is the birth-place of Factory Records and the legendary Haçienda. Rising to fame in the 80s and 90s, ‘Madchester’ gave us The Smiths, the Stone Roses and New Order to name a few.
Visit one of the oldest and most diverse venues is the Band on the Wall, a live music venue in the Northern Quarter district of the city. Built in the 1860s as the flagship pub of a local brewery, it was originally called the George & Dragon. It got its nickname in the late 1920s or early 1930s from the stage high on the back wall. Today it remains a popular venue for jazz and blues acts.
Live music fans should check out The Albert Hall, an A Grade II listed Wesleyan chapel. The grand and ornate chapel has been restored into a stunning purpose-built music hall and is set to become one of the most atmospheric music and events venues in the UK. Closed for over 40 years and resurrected by Trof, the people behind Gorilla and The Deaf Institute, as an unrivalled events venue, restaurant and bar. Previous acts have included Bombay Bicycle Club and Bonobo.
Head below the railway tracks on Whitworth street and you’ll find Gorilla, a club space and live venue hosting upcoming and big DJs and live acts, not to mention an acclaimed kitchen with award-winning burgers.
For massive headliners, the largest indoor arena in Europe, Manchester Arena regularly welcomes top acts like Michael Buble, Justin Timberlake and Miranda Hart (not on the same stage, fortunately).
Arts and Culture
Manchester has a rich cultural heritage displayed throughout museums and galleries. The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) celebrates industrial history and houses a large collection of steam locomotives, working machines from the industrial revolution as well as aircraft and space vehicles. It is appropriately housed in the former Liverpool Road railway station, the terminus of the world's first passenger railway.
Sitting at the heart of the redeveloped Salford Quays, The Lowry, named after the painter, L.S. Lowry, exhibits his acclaimed paintings of industrial scenes in the north of England and works by other noted artists.
The Cornerhouse on Oxford Street is Manchester's international centre for contemporary visual arts and independent film. It has three floors of art galleries, a bookshop, a bar, café and three cinemas showing indie flicks and general releases.
Tucked behind Oxford Road in an old mill is the Anthony Burgess Foundation. The author of the acclaimed novel, A Clockwork Orange is remembered here. The Foundation houses a collection of Burgess’s own furniture, paintings and musical instruments, as well as a café, study centre, library and exhibition space which has regular events such as book launches, talks and small concerts.
Gay and LGBT scene
The thriving gay and lesbian scene centres on the famous Canal Street, home of the hit TV series Queer as Folk. Today, Canal Street is as much about café culture as its famous clubs and bars and features its very own VIP card, so you can take advantage of great local deals in restaurants and shops.
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