The Best Hotels to Book Near Old Trafford, Home of Manchester United

Experience some unique British history in Manchester along your next visit to Old Trafford for a game
Experience some unique British history in Manchester along your next visit to Old Trafford for a game | Courtesy of Kimpton Clocktower / Expedia.com
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1 September 2021
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Old Trafford, otherwise known as the home of Manchester United, is visited by millions of fans each year. Here’s our guide on where to stay near the famous football stadium – all bookable on Culture Trip.

Old Trafford football stadium – as even the most entry-level football fan will tell you – is in Greater Manchester. As Britain’s second-largest city, it’s no wonder that there are reams of incredible hotels, steeped in history and rich in original period features. Whether you want to stay down in the Salford area, near the stadium, or opt for the busy city centre, there are plenty of brilliant options for your stay.

Hotel Football

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Right next door to Old Trafford football stadium, Hotel Football Old is a footie lover’s dream. All rooms are decorated with football motifs, of course – right down to the packaging of your toiletries – and you can even request one of the elite Stadium View rooms.

On top of your stay, you can book one of the hotel’s Matchday Hospitality Packages, which includes a three-course meal, ticket to the match and a Q&A with a Manchester United legend.

Hilton Garden Inn Manchester Emirates

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Next to Old Trafford’s cricket stadium – and just a 10-minute walk up to the football stadium, too – this branch of the Hilton is as chic as you’d expect. Most rooms here boast a view of the cricket pitch, as well as an adjoining balcony where you can enjoy an evening bev or two.

The rooms are smart and spacious, offering room service if the dining room doesn’t tempt you. There’s also an on-site gym with machines and free weights – if you’re full of post-match adrenaline.

AC Hotel by Marriott Manchester Salford Quays

AC Hotel by Marriott, Manchester Salford Quays
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A slice of reliable, classy comfort from the Marriott, the AC Hotel has unmistakable art deco vibes in the large, bright dining space where you can assemble for breakfast or dinner – unless breakfast in bed takes your fancy.

Just 10 minutes from Old Trafford football stadium on foot, the hotel is based in the swish quarter of Salford Quays, a modern cultural hub in the city’s old docklands.

Hotel Gotham

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This multiple-award-winning boutique hotel is housed in a grand 1930s property, designed by titan architect, Edwin Luytens. Their motto, “luxury is as important as history”, rings loud and true in the hotel’s seamless blend of style and substance. If the dramatic architecture isn’t enough to tempt you, there are historical reenactors in character dotted around to add to the time hop effect.

Hotel Gotham boasts 60 exquisite and individually designed bedrooms, many with a standalone brass bath. You can opt for drinks in Club Brass – which is open to members and Gotham guests only – or indulge in some slow fine dining in Honey, the hotel’s own restaurant on the sixth floor.

The Lowry Hotel

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This sophisticated five-star celebrates its Manchester roots with style and decadence. The interiors don intelligent design that plays with light, space and pops of colour – with artwork that references local culture and Manchester icons dotted around every corner.

Make time for one – or more – of the luxurious spa treatments and take a spin in the on-site gym before settling in at the River Restaurant – where dishes like organic chicken and mushroom pie with truffle sauce come with a side of iconic river views. Then all that’s left to do is dance the night away in the Lowry Lounge and Bar, which keeps guests up with live music and cocktails.

Kimpton Clocktower Hotel

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A real show-stopper of a period property, this hotel in central Manchester prides itself on industrial glamour. The sympathetic renovation has highlighted the incredible and rather rare Victorian tile work and original interiors that make an impressive first impression in the stunning lobby.

The Refuge Dining Room is staffed by a team of chefs from famed local fine-dining spot Volta – plus the hotel is ideally located for any arrivals by train, just a few minutes walk from Manchester Piccadilly station.

The Midland

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One of the few surviving great station hotels, the Midland opened in 1903 to serve guests straight off the train from London. Its luxurious interiors have held fast for 115 years while receiving regular updates of all the mod cons.

There’s a stunning dining room with a chandelier that may momentarily take your attention away from the haute cuisine and old rail travel posters that adorn the walls – a sweet nod to its history. In addition, the bedrooms are as elegant as you’d expect, but it’s the suites that boast skyline views of the city – the cherry on top of an unforgettable stay.

INNSIDE by Melia Manchester

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This ultra-modern, sleek hotel of the INNSIDE chain is housed in a glass building in a hip area of South Manchester. This is where the infamous Hacienda nightclub once showed the world how to party, but now the hotel is better-placed for footie fans with Old Trafford in their sights.

After the match – or party – you can unwind in the hotel’s spa and wellness suite, with its Finnish sauna, aromatic steam room and serene relaxation area. The contemporary rooms and suites are spread over 10 floors, with the studio and upper-floor rooms boasting magnificent city views.

The attached First Street Bar and Kitchen – helmed by celebrity chef Gino D’acampo – offers fine Italian dining to boot. Order the cod a la plancha with chorizo, new potatoes and rosemary and thank us later.

Looking for more inspiration? We’ve narrowed down the top accommodation options from the best hotels to the best apartments in Manchester and they’re all bookable on Culture Trip. You can then spend some time discovering Manchester’s coolest neighbourhoods or ticking these must-visit attractions off your bucket list. Try one of the best cheap eats in Manchester if you want to experience the city’s thriving food scene on a budget.

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