Historically an industrial stronghold of England, Manchester is home to 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 is Culture Trip‘s list of the 10 best hotels in Manchester.
The Velvet hotel offers guests an intimate and relaxing experience during their Manchester stay. The rooms here are dark and sleek, with a color scheme filled with 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 are 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 thirty rooms in the Great John Street Hotel are decorated differently, but all successfully embody a cozy and refined style. From the chic lobby, to the idyllic rooftop garden with heaters and individual lounge chairs, to the quaint library with a fire burning stove, this hotel looks like it should be a magazine feature. It is a beautiful venue for private events like weddings or christenings, and also offers a fabulously British and scrumptious afternoon tea.
Didsbury House is a suburban boutique hotel offering clean, spacious rooms all fitted with elegant freestanding bath tubs. Several lounges, a bar and a walled terrace provide many areas to relax here, and the entire hotel can be rented for weddings and christenings.
Inside a room at Eleven Didsbury Park | Courtesy of Sophie Richardson and Eleven Didsbury Park
Eleven Didsbury Park
Eleven Didsbury Park, a sister boutique hotel to Didsbury House, is conveniently located just a fifteen minute drive from Manchester airport. The hotel only 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.
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. Opening in late summer 2015, King Street House is in the upper King Street conservation area of Manchester, and is set to exhibit extravagant decor heavily influenced by Italian Renaissance art.
Roomzzz is a self-proclaimed apart hotel, 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. Basic toiletries are also included with the rooms, ranging from soap to shampoo and conditioner.
The Midland is an imposing and ornate hotel which is over one hundred years old. The rooms offered 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, massages and waxing. Its close proximity to the Museum of Science and Industry make it a great base from which to do some exploration of Manchester. And 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 is located in what is now called a “cottonopolis,” an urban area that used to be one dedicated to servicing cotton mills. Now, this hotel located in a modern metropolis 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 such as the junior suite where guests can have views of Manchester. Guests can also have a cocktail in the Lounge Bar, or they can have a different kind of drink and attend an afternoon tea.
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.
Hotel Football was established by former soccer players Ryan Giggs and and Gary Neville. The stars decided to open their own hotel, drawing on their experience of different establishments during their international careers. Located across from the Old Trafford Stadium used by Manchester United, a soccer theme runs heavily 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.