The Best Hotels to Book Near the Trafford Shopping Centre, Manchester

Hotel Gothams decadent five-star experience includes a chauffeur for your shopping extravaganza
Hotel Gotham's decadent five-star experience includes a chauffeur for your shopping extravaganza | Courtesy of Hotel Gotham /
Mark Nayler

Planning a shopping spree? Stay at one of these hotels close to Manchester’s largest shopping centre – ranging from a boutique bolthole in the city centre to a football-themed hotel overlooking Old Trafford Stadium, all bookable on Culture Trip.

The Trafford Centre boasts the largest food court in Europe and one of the biggest chandeliers on the planet. As if that weren’t enough, it’s also home to the first Selfridges to open outside London, a 20-screen cinema, a laser quest centre and a miniature golf course, as well as hundreds of shops selling everything under the sun. Here’s where to stay if you’re planning some serious retail therapy in Manchester.

1. Holiday Inn Express Manchester – Trafford City


Holiday Inn Express Manchester - Trafford City
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A good rest is guaranteed at this dependable three-star, which offers blackout blinds and a pillow menu in each of its 220 rooms. To help you get ready for some serious shopping, a complimentary cooked or buffet breakfast is included, or you can grab a breakfast bag to go. The restaurant also serves lunch and dinner, plus there’s a bar next to reception where you can kick back with a wine, beer or coffee after shopping. Parking is available for a small daily fee.

2. Hilton Garden Inn Manchester Emirates Old Trafford


Hilton Garden Inn Manchester Emirates Old Trafford
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Most rooms at this four-star Hilton have private balconies looking directly onto Manchester’s Old Trafford cricket ground. Classic pub fare, such as burgers and fish and chips, are served in-room or in a stylish restaurant also overlooking the stadium, plus a full English or cold buffet breakfast is available for an extra fee. There’s also free parking available right next to the hotel and a small gym on site. The Trafford Centre is a five-minute drive or taxi-ride away.

4. INNSiDE by Melia Manchester


Stylish bar area with brightly colored seating and copper bar at INNSiDE by Melia Manchester
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This city centre Melia outpost offers menus by renowned TV chef Gino D’Acampo. Tuck into grilled tikka-style sea bass or a juicy ribeye steak (with truffle cheesy fries on the side) at the colourful restaurant overlooking First Street, the centrepoint of one of Manchester’s liveliest neighbourhoods. Other perks include a hidden Wellness Centre with a gym, Finnish sauna, aromatic steam room and treatment rooms. To reach the Trafford Centre, jump on the X50 bus directly outside the hotel, on Whitworth Street.

5. Hotel Gotham


Room at Hotel Gotham with grey and plum furnishings, black-and-white carpet and double bed with leather bedhead and fur throw
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A stay at this decadent five-star entitles you to a chauffeur service, which can turn the 20-minute drive to the Trafford Centre into a luxury experience. Within an iconic former bank designed by Edwin Lutyens, you’ll also have access to the double AA Rosette-star Honey Restaurant (which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner) and Club Brass, a rooftop, members-only club modelled on a Prohibition-era speakeasy. Dark, adult-orientated rooms and suites feature black-and-white floor tiles, free-standing copper bathtubs and city views.

6. The Cow Hollow Hotel


Sleek bar with lots of mirrors, four stools, greenery and a plush grey sofa at the Cow Hollow Hotel
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There are palm trees in the bar at this 16-room boutique, which occupies a turn-of-the-century textile mill in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Rooms feature bronze rainfall showers and exposed brick walls, plus include a breakfast bag of granola, orange juice, brioche and fruit. Head down to the moodily lit cocktail bar early evening and you’ll receive complimentary prosecco and antipasti. To reach the Trafford Centre, walk four minutes to Piccadilly Gardens and jump on the X50 bus.

7. AC Hotel by Marriott, Manchester Salford Quays


AC Hotel by Marriott, Manchester Salford Quays
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This four-star Marriott offers sleek twin and double rooms with hardwood floors and subdued colours, a buffet or continental breakfast – for an extra fee – and a bar-restaurant specialising in craft cocktails, pizza and tapas. It’s connected to the Trafford Centre by the Red Line Tram (nearest stop: Imperial War Museum). The Manchester United stadium and the Lowry Theatre are just a 15-minute walk away. The well-equipped gym is free to use, and on-site parking is available for a competitive daily fee.

8. Eleven Didsbury Park

Boutique Hotel

Eleven Didsbury Park
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Step straight back into the Victorian era at this 20-room boutique in Didsbury, which welcomes you in a high-ceilinged reception area with an open fireplace, bay window and a hand-crafted drinks cabinet. You’ll also have use of a walled Victorian garden backing onto a conservatory and garden lounge, where a cooked breakfast is served every morning. You can be at the Trafford Centre in under 20 minutes by car.

Want to make the most of your Manchester stay? Then book one of the most romantic hotels or one of the best boutique hotels in the city now via Culture Trip. Fill your daytime itinerary with tips on what to do from locals or these free things to do, and then unwind with a well-priced cocktail.

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