Cool hotels in Manchester

Our top picks for your next city break

Shopping and sights, football and fabulous food, drinks and dancing – Manchester’s got it all. Whether you’re planning a solo city trip, a friend’s getaway, a romantic weekend or perhaps a hen/stag do, you’ll want to stay somewhere appropriately chic and photogenic.

  1. Hotel Gotham
  2. Kimpton Clocktower
  3. Hilton Manchester Deansgate
  4. Great John Street Hotel
  5. Hotel Football
  6. Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester
  7. Malmaison Hotel, Piccadilly
  8. The Lowry Hotel
  9. Mercure Manchester Piccadilly

We’ve got you covered. We’ve gathered our favourite cool hotels in Manchester where you can enjoy an indulgent escape. From sleek and minimalist spots with hot restaurants to luxurious design hotels with on-site spas and bars. Take a peek inside with us…

1. Hotel Gotham

The imposing frontage of Hotel Gotham looks straight out of a Batman film set. A doorman awaits at the brass doors and the hotel’s chauffeur (a service you can book, by the way) is parked out front in a high-class vehicle. The interior boasts lavish, movie-inspired glamour, with brass and gold, velvet furnishings and a fair helping of faux fur, plus unique touches like the Gotham Bugle newspaper and free-standing gold bathtubs. Book into Gatsby-esque rooms like the Bank Manager’s Suite and the Inner Sanctum, and add extras such as Breakfast & Bubbles or meals at the extravagant Honey Restaurant.

Coolest feature: Rooftop bar Brass Club and the attention to detail

Getaway type: Glamorous, wild weekend

2. Kimpton Clocktower

If you’re looking for cool hotels in Manchester, Kimpton Clocktower should be at the top of your list. Housed in a magnificent terracotta building from 1890, it’s elegant inside and out. Just steps from Oxford Road Station, it’s next door to the Palace Theatre and a stone’s throw from Canal Street, China Town and St Peter’s Square. The interior retains its stunning Victorian charm – from wood panelling to original tiles and stained-glass windows – but boasts ultra-modern amenities and glitzy light fittings. You can dine and drink in the industrial-chic The Refuge or grab a cocktail in The Public Bar.

Coolest feature: The building itself & the style touches

Getaway type: Indulgent break for two

3. Hilton Manchester Deansgate

Located in Beetham Tower, the Hilton at Deansgate is one of the city’s most iconic sights. The 23-storey hotel is right in the heart of Manchester’s nightlife and entertainment district, but before you even leave the building, you’d best drop in to Cloud 23, the city’s only sky bar. This cocktail bar is well loved for its panoramic views, the extensive menu of mixed drinks, gin and bubbly, and its delicate afternoon teas. Rooms have a sleek and luxurious feel, with floor-to-ceiling windows providing fabulous views of the city. There’s even an indoor pool where you can feel like you’ve truly escaped it all.

Coolest feature: Cloud 23 bar

Getaway type: Relaxing end to a business trip

4. Great John Street Hotel

Great John Street Hotel is a boutique hotel with an expressive character and a taste for all things premium. Set behind a quintessential Manchester red-brick façade, the rooms are all individually decorated to ‘mirror the sanctuary of home’ – if home happens to be an impeccably decorated and generously proportioned manor house. We’re talking beams and plush carpets, claw-foot baths and sink-into-me leather armchairs. The bar is arranged like a cosy living room-cum-library, and the food on offer is seasonal British cuisine. The rooftop lounge area is sure to be a big hit too.

Coolest feature: The décor and sensational food

Getaway type: Dressed-up weekend in the city

5. Hotel Football

For football fans, accommodation doesn’t get better than this. This part-hotel, part-homage literally overlooks Old Trafford, so it’s a prime matchday location. The décor is sleek and classy, with plenty of football-themed art. Café Football serves breakfast, dinner and drinks, with athlete-worthy healthy options starring alongside favourites like burgers and pizza. The coolest feature is probably the rooftop football pitch, Heaven, which can be booked for events. True fans can snag a Class of ’92 room, fully kitted out with memorabilia, Café Football beers and an unrivalled stadium view. You can also splash out on a matchday hospitality package.

Coolest feature: Class of ’92 rooms and rooftop football pitch

Getaway type: Watching the beautiful game

6. Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester

Just off St Peter’s Square and Deansgate, The Edwardian sits in the glamorous heart of Manchester with quick connections to Salford Quays and MediaCity. The interior of this grand building is no less opulent than its façade, promising 5-star luxury and a spa with a pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub. Rooms are modern and minimalist, not to mention exceptionally spacious. Downstairs, you’re greeted by trendy Peter Street Kitchen, popular for pre-dinner drinks and exquisite Japanese and Mexican tapas. Your second dining option is The Library, a unique collaboration with Assouline – the iconic French publishing house – serving French specialities in an intimate setting.

Coolest feature: Spa & The Library restaurant

Getaway type: Relaxed city break

7. Malmaison Hotel, Piccadilly

Malmaison is a colourful oasis situated conveniently close to Piccadilly Station, the main shopping area, and Canal Steet and the Northern Quarter for a taste of Manchester’s legendary nightlife. The interior is vibrant and modern, with a focus on luxury touches like the linens and shower heads. The vibe is infallibly cool, with the Signature Suites offering the epitome of design heaven. Chez Mal Brasserie is an indulgent spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a cocktail, while Chez Mal bar is cosy and classy enough that you might never bother leaving. There’s also an in-house spa for facials, massages and treatments.

Coolest feature: The design-focused Signature Suites

Getaway type: Fun-packed weekend

8. The Lowry Hotel

With its river-view location and sleek extras, everything about the Lowry Hotel whispers calming sanctuary. The interior is chic and contemporary with cosy touches. While the superior doubles are impeccably comfy, stylish and rather spacious, the suites are the to-die-for city apartment you wish you owned. There’s a spa, massage and fitness space, as well as the elegant Lowry Lounge and Bar – complete with terrace for cocktails. River Restaurant is a trendy and colourful setting for everything from afternoon tea to breakfast pancakes and a Sunday roast. Step out of the hotel and the glitzy nightlife of Deansgate is close at hand.

Coolest feature: Restaurant terrace and the location

Getaway type: A city trip with an oasis to escape to

9. Mercure Manchester Piccadilly

If you fancy being in the heart of the action, and super close to transport links to all the other areas of the city, Mercure Manchester Piccadilly is an unrivalled spot. Once you get inside, you feel raised up and sheltered from the noise and bustle below, in a peaceful space that offers great views across the city centre. Although the coolest thing about this hotel is probably its location, the interior is stylish and spacious too, with an inviting lounge bar and a restaurant with a panoramic vista.

Coolest feature: The central location and city view

Getaway type: An activity-packed holiday with friends or family

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