Planning a trip to Manchester? Rather than staying in a hotel, why not book an Airbnb in the city centre or surrounding suburbs? Ideal for anyone who likes to get off the beaten track and see a city as a local, staying in an Airbnb allows you to stick to your own schedule, prepare your own meals and discover a different side of Manchester. Here are 10 of the very best Airbnb listings in the city, including everything from chic loft apartments to a cosy canal barge.
City centre artistic studio
Located in the heart of the city centre, close to Piccadilly train station, this compact yet stylish studio apartment has everything that you need for a weekend in Manchester. The Grade 2 listed building is full of character, boasting plenty of original features that date back to 1877. High ceilings allow for a clever use of space with a cabin bed perched above a large sofa bed, a kitchen and office area tucked in on either side.
The Unicorn Room
Heading to Manchester for a party weekend and searching for the perfect crash pad? Housed within a party apartment close to the city centre (the entire apartment can be hired for stag or hen dos), the Unicorn Room is perfect for a couple who want to meet like-minded people and enjoy the city’s nightlife. The snug little room offers plenty of photo opportunities with unicorn decorations on the walls, but it’s the hot tub and cinema room in the communal areas really make this listing special.
Amazing West Didsbury apartment in an old bank
Escape the city centre to spend a weekend relaxing in this unusual apartment in the heart of West Didsbury. Located close to the tram stop on a quiet residential street with its own private garden, this is the perfect base for exploring the city centre in the day and unwinding in the evenings. The unusual apartment makes use of a space previously occupied by a bank with the original bank vault doors leading into the bedroom. Exposed brickwork and a stylish wet room help to create the impression that you’re staying in a luxurious boutique hotel.
Stylish canal-side central apartment
This light and airy city-centre apartment is located in the landmark CHIPS building in the middle of Ancoats, one of the hippest neighbourhoods in the entire country. Mere minutes away from a staggering array of independent shops, bars and restaurants, you’ll be spoilt for choice for how to spend your time in the city. Perfect for a couple, the stylish apartment boasts large windows and a communal roof terrace offering dramatic views of the local area.
Beautiful narrowboat – in the city
Looking for something a little bit different? Whispering Willow is a stunning 57ft narrowboat located in the New Islington marina, on the edge of the hip Northern Quarter and Ancoats neighbourhoods. Snug and cosy all year round, the boat sleeps four with a king-size bed and a comfortable sofa bed. You may be sleeping on a boat, but a great deal of attention has been given with stylish interiors, a modern kitchen and bathroom and even a wood burning stove to keep you warm at night.
Peaceful vegan flat
Owned by a touring musician (the apartment is available for rent whenever the owner is in the city), this stylish apartment close to the city centre is cosy, quiet and vegan-friendly. Intended to be a home from home, the apartment makes use of quirky details and home comforts such as a record player at the end of the bed to ensure that you feel relaxed and comfortable during your stay. As the owner is a vegan, guests must be respectful of this and not bring meat into the home.
This slick and stylish loft apartment in the city centre feels like you’re staying a in a luxurious boutique hotel. The one-room apartment in a converted 19th-century warehouse building boasts a sizable living area with a comfortable sofa and dining table, and a mezzanine bedroom accessed via a ladder staircase. The elegant bathroom boasts underfloor heating and a monsoon shower, adding a little luxury to your stay.
Amazing super-king room close to city
If you’d like to really get to know the city, why not opt to stay in this stylish private room with a friendly host who is more than happy to share her recommendations for exploring Manchester? Located within a three-bed Victorian house, this large bedroom is flooded with natural light from its two large windows. Although you won’t have the place to yourself, there are tea and coffee making facilities within the room and its location in the house still feels private.
Modern en-suite room – penthouse
This stylish all-white room is located within a slick penthouse apartment in the city centre, offering a relaxing space to unwind following a day exploring Manchester. The hosts are incredibly welcoming and friendly, welcoming you into their home yet providing you with your own private bedroom, work space and bathroom.
Designer loft living in historic listed mill
Manchester is famed for its mill buildings, so why not stay in one of the many listed buildings that have been converted into apartments? This stylish flat was decorated and furnished by interior designer Abigail Ahern, providing modern loft living with exposed brick walls, a cosy Chesterfield sofa and plenty of character.