Historically an industrial stronghold in northern England, Manchester is the hometown of Oasis, Steve Coogan and two world-famous football teams. The city is an eclectic and vibrant hub of music, arts and creativity – with so much going on, it’s no wonder tourists are flocking from far and wide to visit the region. From high-class hotels to charming boutiques, here are the 10 best hotels in Manchester.
The Velvet offers guests an intimate and relaxing experience during their Manchester stay. The rooms here are dark and sleek, with a color scheme of burnt oranges and warm yellows. This is a small hotel with only 19 rooms, allowing guests to experience first-class, personalised staff service. A highlight is the complimentary tea and coffee trays offered upon arrival. The hotel boasts a romantic dining area overlooking the canal, perfect for a relaxing candlelit dinner.
Each of the 30 rooms in the Great John Street Hotel are decorated differently, but all successfully embody a cosy and refined style. From the chic lobby, to the idyllic rooftop garden and the quaint library with a fire burning stove, this hotel looks like it could be in a magazine feature. It is a beautiful venue for private events like weddings or christenings, and also offers a scrumptious British afternoon tea.
Didsbury House is a suburban boutique hotel offering clean, spacious rooms all fitted with elegant freestanding bathtubs. For a luxurious splurge, book the Opus Loft suite – which includes exposed beams and twin roll-top baths for a touch of romance. Several lounges, a bar and a walled terrace provide many areas to relax at Didsbury House, and the entire hotel can be rented for events or meetings.
King Street Townhouse will be the newest addition to the collection of boutique hotels named the Eclectic Hotels Manchester, a group which includes the aforementioned Great John Street Hotel, Didsbury House and Eleven Didsbury Park. Opened in late summer 2015, King Street House is in the upper King Street conservation area of Manchester, and exhibits extravagant decor heavily influenced by Italian Renaissance art. The views from the rooftop infinity pool over the city are simply stunning.
Roomzzz is a self-proclaimed aparthotel, with rooms incorporating full kitchenettes available for long and short-term stays. A complimentary on-the-go breakfast is available for guests, allowing for quick and tasty meals to be eaten on the way to the Northern Quarter or Piccadilly Gardens. Families or small groups can book the Penthouse suite, which sleeps four and boasts a bathtub with jacuzzi.
Over 100 years old, the Midland is an imposing and ornate hotel. The rooms here are decorated with a mixture of classic wood panelling and modern furnishings, and there is a brilliant spa on site offering full treatments such as facials and massages. Its close proximity to the Science and Industry Museum makes it a great base from which to explore Manchester. Remember to wear some fine attire when dining at the delicious French restaurant here – the Beatles were once famously denied entry for being inappropriately dressed.
The Macdonald Manchester Hotel and Spa, at the heart of modern Manchester, is dedicated to the relaxation of guests – with opportunities at the spa like lavender facials and deep tissue massages. The four-star establishment offers room options including as the junior suite, with panoramic views across Manchester. Guests can also have a cocktail in the Lounge Bar, or indulge in an afternoon tea.
Hotel Football was established by former soccer players Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville. The stars decided to open their own hotel, drawing on their experience of different establishments during their international careers. Across from Old Trafford Stadium, the home of Manchester United, a football theme runs throughout every aspect of this hotel – with even the cocktails christened with names such as the Sweeper and Early Shower.Free chocolate candies are included in the complimentary minibar if guests are feeling peckish.
Eleven Didsbury Park, a sister boutique hotel to Didsbury House, is conveniently located just a 15-minute drive from Manchester airport. The hotel has a small number of rooms, keeping it a quiet and peaceful escape from the bustle of the city. A walled garden surrounds the beautiful Victorian-style townhouse, and individually designed rooms feature charming brickwork patterns and wicker furniture pieces – sure to brighten any stay.
Verdene Hotel Bed and Breakfast is a cosy family-owned bed and breakfast, with a stunning location overlooking the splendid greenery of Whitworth Park. The Whitworth Art Gallery is within a short walking distance of this hotel, as is a wealth of popular eateries serving British and Asian cuisine. Verdene also offers triple and family rooms, in addition to standard twins and doubles.