The Best Cheap Hotels in Manchester

There’s a particularly sociable vibe to Whitworth Locke
There’s a particularly sociable vibe to Whitworth Locke | Courtesy of Whitworth Locke / Expedia
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18 November 2020

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay on a budget in Manchester, these wallet-friendly places don’t stint on style.

Being strapped for cash doesn’t mean settling for crowded dorms or bland budget chains. Manchester’s hotel scene has exploded in recent years, and competitive new arrivals mean there are great deals to be had. Free prosecco on tap? Yes please. Cool co-working spaces? Don’t mind if we do.

The Cow Hollow Hotel

4.6/5 (258 Reviews)
Cow Hollow Hotel
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From $136 per night per room
Despite its eminently affordable room rates, this cool Northern Quarter hotel treats guests to the kind of perks you’d expect from far pricier places. There are high-thread-count linens and goose down duvets on the Hypnos beds, while bathrooms are handsomely kitted out with fluffy towels, REN toiletries and bronze rainfall showers. The icing on the Cow Hollow cake? Every evening friendly staff lay on free prosecco and nibbles in the bar.
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Whitworth Locke

4.6/5 (356 Reviews)
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From $120 per night per room
There’s a particularly sociable vibe to this warehouse conversion on the edge of the Gay Village. As well as offering good-value apartments with the design values of a boutique hotel (soothing colour palettes, natural woods and smart Smeg kitchenettes), it also has a handsome central space filled with old industrial features and lavish greenery, where you can find a co-working space, grab a coffee, enjoy a cocktail and check out what’s on the lively roster of events.
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The Ainscow Hotel

4.3/5 (632 Reviews)
The Ainscow Hotel
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From $86 per night per room
The Ainscow occupies a former brewery in a rapidly developing corner of Salford, 10 minutes’ walk from Manchester’s shiny new Spinningfields district, with its smart shops and bars. You get plenty of space and facilities for your money here: the high-ceilinged bedrooms are generously sized, and there’s a well-equipped fitness room, a spa offering cryotherapy treatments and (when the weather plays ball) a suntrap roof terrace.
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Hotel Indigo Manchester

4.7/5 (503 Reviews)
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From $113 per night per room
Every Hotel Indigo has a different style that reflects its host city. Here, you get an old Victorian tea warehouse with quirky design details that reference Manchester’s heritage: cotton spools for coat hooks, or (in a nod to the city’s worker bee symbol) honeycomb-shaped shower tiles. Best of all, Indigo is all about offering affordable luxury, so you stay in high-spec comfort for less than you might expect.
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  • High Street Townhouse

    4.5/5 (248 Reviews)
    High Street Townhouse
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    From $137 per night per room
    Self-catering is always a good way to stretch your budget, and here all 19 smartly furnished apartments come complete with a fully equipped kitchen and dining area. It wins Brownie points on the location, too, sitting right on the doorstep of the Northern Quarter, a creative district filled with indie cafés, shops and bars, and also the city’s street art hub, with dozens of colourful murals everyone can enjoy for free.
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    Malmaison Manchester

    Boutique Hotel
    4.3/5 (954 Reviews)
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    From $109 per night per room
    You might not expect to find cheap rooms at the Malmaison, one of Manchester’s earliest boutique hotels, but there are bargain deals to be had, especially if you’re visiting over a weekend. The hotel offers smart, mostly monochrome rooms in a handily central location, just a few minutes’ walk from Piccadilly station. There’s a small spa and gym in the basement, creative cocktails in the bar and a restaurant serving brasserie classics such as smoked haddock fishcakes and steak frites.
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    INNSIDE by Meliá

    4.6/5 (968 Reviews)
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    From $121 per night per room
    This four-star, 10-storey hotel – part of the First Street development and yards from culture hub HOME – has the kind of slickly designed rooms that could easily command a higher price tag. They’re well-sized and clutter-free, and come with thoughtful little touches such as power sockets in the bedhead and a minibar with free soft drinks. The bar terrace is great for people watching and enjoying the free events that take place in the piazza, especially over summer.
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    Roomzzz Manchester City

    4.6/5 (900 Reviews)
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    From $126 per night per room
    Like its sibling in the Corn Exchange, Roomzzz Manchester City offers good-value self-catering apartments (complete with power showers, kitchenettes and free grab-and-go breakfasts) in a convenient central location. It’s right on the edge of Chinatown (good for cheap eats, if you don’t feel like cooking) and just a couple of minutes’ walk from the Canal Street nightlife and free-to-enter cultural attractions such as Manchester Art Gallery and the Central Library.
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    These recommendations were updated on November 18, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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