The Best Hotels to Book Near Old Trafford Cricket Ground

The Midland Hotel is just one of the great places to lay your head after a long day at the cricket
The Midland Hotel is just one of the great places to lay your head after a long day at the cricket | Courtesy of The Midland Hotel / Expedia
Kim Gregory

Home to Lancashire Cricket Club since 1864, Emirates Old Trafford has hosted some of cricket’s most famous domestic and international fixtures – as well as the highest number of Cricket World Cups. From stadium-side specials to quirky city centre post-match hangouts, stay nearby in these Manchester hotels – bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Hilton Garden Inn Manchester Emirates Old Trafford


Hilton Garden Inn Manchester Emirates Old Trafford
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This four-star Hilton Hotel is on-site – step out of bed and into your seats with the luxury of a pitch-facing bedroom balcony. Kick back and order room service or visit the hotel’s Garden Bar and Grille to stay in the heart of the cricketing action. If you want to explore Manchester more, there’s free parking and a Metrolink station just a two-minute walk away – stroll six minutes and you’re at Manchester United football ground. The hotel has a fitness centre and events spaces for up to 2,000 people, what more could you want?

2. Castlefield Hotel


Castlefield Hotel
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Enjoy Castlefield’s facilities after a day at Old Trafford just a 10-minute drive away – complete with a charged car park. Relax in the sauna and pool or get your pulse racing at aqua aerobics. Try spin classes in the on-site gym, or take advantage of the sports hall space for a game of basketball or badminton – there’s even a 100m indoor running track. Family trip? Saturdays bring junior fun swims. Your reward is the unlimited buffet breakfast of all your favourites at the Bridgewater canal-view lounge bar, which also serves drinks and dinner – exactly what you need after a day at the cricket.

3. Velvet Hotel


Velvet Hotel
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For a chic central Manchester stay, try Canal Street-based Velvet Hotel with its four-star rooms featuring the likes of ornate gold bed canopies, chandeliers, overhead beams and quirky ornaments. Free-standing bathtubs and private balconies in some rooms add to the stylish decadence. Velvet is home to the Village Brasserie restaurant – share slices of excellent pizza with friends on the canalside terrace that is perfect for post-match al fresco drinks.

4. Stock Exchange Hotel

Boutique Hotel

Stock Exchange Hotel
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Looking for luxury? Manchester’s former Stock Exchange offers signature suites with the same Edwardian Baroque architecture that sweeps throughout the hotel. Book the former boardroom with marble pillars and stained glass windows or the exclusive top-floor residency with skyline-view roof terrace. You’ll love the domed-ceiling restaurant with food by Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge. For something truly special, book a cooking masterclass with his team in the restored underground vault. There’s a tram stop nearby for easy access to Old Trafford, too.

5. The Midland Hotel


The Midland Hotel
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Relax and indulge at this Grade II listed hotel in bright, peaceful rooms with chicly muted tones and floor-to-ceiling windows; while the award-winning spa features sleep chambers, a relaxation pool and a Himalayan salt block wall sauna. Daily changing menus in the sophisticated restaurant, the French, are created by chef Adam Reid – winner of BBC’s Great British Menu and 4AA Rosette awards. Don’t leave without visiting the iconic Tea Room: it’s been serving fresh afternoon teas, overlooking St Peter’s Square, since 1903.

6. Cow Hollow Hotel


Cow Hollow Hotel
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This restored textile mill is boutique at its best with just 16 chic rooms featuring exposed brick, wooden shutters, gold furnishings and bronze bathroom features. In-room Jacob Jenson technology means you can make your stay your own. Meanwhile, the tree-strewn lounge downstairs shakes up fantastic cocktails and staff offer around on-the-house prosecco and antipasti trays – all in an equally stylish setting. Nearby trams will take you straight to Old Trafford to fulfil your cricketing needs.

7. Hotel Football, Old Trafford, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel


Hotel Football, Old Trafford, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
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Sports fanatics will rejoice at this hotel overlooking Old Trafford Stadium – home of Manchester United FC – that’s the brainchild of iconic players like Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. The restaurant is football-themed, there’s a stadium-view astroturfed roof and you can hire matchday hospitality spaces. Big fans should pick the Class of 92 Room where memorabilia and quotes line the walls by your stadium-side window. Hotel Football is home to the Old Trafford Supporters Club: you’ll go from cricket’s safe hands to football’s hospitality in just a 20-minute walk.

8. Hotel Brooklyn

Budget Hotel, Hotel

Hotel Brooklyn
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Enjoy all things quirky quirky here at this New York-themed stay on central Portland Street, where small dogs are welcome in rooms with cool wall sketches and vintage accessories. Book a suite here and you’ll get your own library and a ‘Brooklyn in a Bottle’ liquor section. There’s a yellow taxi outside to greet you to Runyon’s restaurant which offers up American faves like maple bacon-topped burgers and Brooklyn craft beer. The indulgent bottomless brunch even comes with a cheesesteak sandwich, giving you a taste of Philadelphia in the heart of Manchester.

9. INNSIDE Manchester


Stylish bar area with brightly colored seating and copper bar at INNSiDE by Melia Manchester
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Your Insta will thank you for a stay at INNSIDE with its terrace side Spritz Bar serving sparkling al fresco cocktails. The bar is trendy inside, too – finished with a plant-strewn ceiling, colourful chairs and resident DJs. Tuck into steaks or seafood – think fried chilli squid – at the hotel’s First Street Bar & Kitchen, where the Italian-inspired menu was designed by Gino D’Acampo. Does it get much better? Add in the swish rooms, wellness suite with Finnish Sauna and creative, tech-savvy meeting rooms: there’s nothing more you’ll need.

For more excellently located stays in the shadow of Old Trafford, see the best hotels near Old Trafford, home of Manchester United, and the best hotels near the Trafford Shopping Centre. They’re all bookable now through Culture Trip. If you need some great things to do, check out these tips from Manchester locals, as well as 25 free things to do in the city. Then, why not end your day with the best – and most affordable – cocktails in town?

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