The Best Hotels to Book Near Canal Street, Manchester

The Rochdale Canal runs through Manchester, England
The Rochdale Canal runs through Manchester, England | © lowefoto / Alamy Stock Photo
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25 August 2021

There’s fun seven nights a week on Canal Street, the colourful stretch of endlessly buzzing bars, clubs and restaurants known as Manchester’s Gay Village. Catch an art exhibition at renowned No 1 Canal Street, dance with drag queens and DJs at Via, belt out show tunes at Oscar’s piano bar, or indulge at the Alice in Wonderland-inspired Richmond Tea Rooms. These handpicked hotels – bookable with Culture Trip – are steps away from the fun and include panoramic penthouses and decadent hideaways.

The Cow Hollow Hotel

Cow Hollow Hotel
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Exposed brick, gold furnishings and wooden shutters make for chic boutique bedrooms in this restored textile mill; bronze bathroom features, Hypnos beds and Jacob Jenson technology add extra flair. The coolness continues downstairs: sink into the comfy sofas at the palm tree-strewn cocktail lounge, where generous on-the-house prosecco and antipasti trays do the rounds. Staff at this trendy Northern Quarter haunt will help you pick the best nearby restaurants (and dishes) for when you spill out, hungry for more.

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Dakota Manchester

Dakota Manchester
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Partied out? Try the Night in Style package offering dinner at Dakota Grill – where signature prime cut steaks are cooked over hot coals – followed by in-room champagne, popcorn, pic’n’mix, Sky Movies and next-morning breakfast. Opt for a suite to enjoy a marble-top tub or jacuzzi, walk-in wardrobe, wraparound balcony-views over twinkling Manchester City, and a personal host throughout. Hit the heated terrace for cocktails like apple and vanilla margarita, or the semi-private Champagne Room for sipping and cigars.

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Hotel Gotham

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This five-star Manchester-proud boutique hotel names its biggest suites after local figureheads. Alongside vintage suitcases, geometric-patterned flooring, emperor-sized feather beds and in-room free-standing golden tubs, they boast wall-wide Wonderwall screens projecting cityscapes. Guests can visit the seventh-floor VIP Club Brass – a speakeasy in the style of the Prohibition era, serving up themed cocktails like Bellboy Barry’s Bramble – or the AA Rosette-awarded restaurant. Try the afternoon tea with great vegan options and revolving themes: Perfectly Pink features pink fizz, rose-infused tea and ruby chocolate tart.
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Native Manchester

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Combine the feel of local living with boutique luxury at this award-winning aparthotel. The renovated Grade II-listed Ducie Street warehouse wows with glass vaulted roofs, boldly coloured art deco furniture and panoramic city views from the penthouse; yet you’ll feel at home, thanks to the fully equipped kitchen, house plants and scatter cushions. Native has a cinema, restaurant, fitness studio, lounge for drinks and dancing, and a deli serving handmade bakery goodies and canned cocktails: it’s true Manchester living.

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Jurys Inn Manchester City Centre

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You’re welcomed into this accessible Bridgewater Street joint with a neon “nice to see you” sign – and the friendly surprises keep on coming. There’s an all-day Costa Coffee bar, and a breakfast of berry muesli and fruit salad can be delivered to your room. Best of all is the downstairs Oddsocks Bar & Kitchen: floor-to-ceiling glass, plush sofas and colourful scatter cushions accompany you and your crew for a night of regional bottled beers and exciting burgers, like the Mexican chilli-topped patty.

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  • Hotel Brooklyn

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    This quirky Portland Street stay has gone all-in with the theme – yellow taxi included. The restaurant, Runyon’s, promises Big Apple swagger like the maple-bacon-topped burger, buffalo-sauce-drenched cauliflower wings and bottomless brunch featuring cheesesteak sandwiches, all to be washed down with Brooklyn craft beer or NYC-themed cocktails. Contemporary, small-dog-friendly rooms feature powder-pink furniture, cool wall sketches and vintage accessories, while suites have floor-to-ceiling city-view windows, your own library and a Brooklyn in a Bottle liquor section.

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    Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa

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    Macdonald rooms are spacious, comfy and colourful and come with big beds and – in the Panoramic Junior Suite – impressive skyline views. But the amenities are the biggest draw: this four-star London Road hotel has a Technogym, where interactive machines show around-the-world livescape courses. There’s also a thermal suite and spa, which – alongside its usual range – offers, in partnership with Beauty Despite Cancer, treatments to people living with and beyond cancer. Make sure you sample the Scottish steaks cooked over charcoal-fuelled Josper grills at the restaurant.
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    Malmaison Manchester

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    This former 19th-century warehouse is now a boutique hotel featuring Instagram-worthy suites with poppy, 60s-style interiors. There’s a gym, a spa and a restaurant serving classics plus surprises like Asian-style roast pork belly. In the Chez Mal Bar, sip signature cocktails on the red leather sofas, including the quirky, gin-based Tea in the Rose Garden, with blackberry and raspberry tea, lemon and tonic. Soak up the hangover with a Malmaison breakfast: choose between buffet-style continental, full English or smoked salmon with scrambled eggs.

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    Velvet Hotel

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    Individually designed rooms with artsy statement wallpaper, chandeliers and ornate gold bed canopies earn this unique Canal Street stay its four-star rating. Accents of gold highlight luxuriously dark interiors with overhead beams, quirky ornaments, free-standing bathtubs and private balconies adorning some rooms. Downstairs, the Village Brasserie offers fabulous vegetarian pizzas – think spinach, goats cheese and red onion – while the canalside terrace at the Velvet Bar allows you to live out the true Canal Street al fresco experience.
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    Looking for more inspiration? A stay at one of the best cheap hotels in Manchester is great if you are on a budget, and a stay at one of these top apartments is perfect if you’re looking for privacy above all else. There’s plenty worth exploring, too – from the coolest neighbourhoods to the must-visit attractions in the city. We’ve also narrowed down the best cheap eats in Manchester so that you can easily grab a quick bite on the go.

    These recommendations were updated on August 25, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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