The Most Luxurious Hotels to Book in Manchester, UK

Looking for Manchester’s most glamorous hotels? We’ve got you covered with our pick of the top luxury hotels in the city
Looking for Manchester’s most glamorous hotels? We’ve got you covered with our pick of the top luxury hotels in the city | © Ian Nellist / Alamy Stock Photo
Kim Gregory

If you’re looking for something a little more lavish on your next city break, whether for a special occasion or simply to treat yourself, we’ve rounded up a handful of the most luxury hotels in Manchester – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. The Cow Hollow Hotel


The lobby in the Cow Hollow Hotel
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At this restored textile mill-turned-luxury hotel in Manchester, expect more than just chic rooms with cool exposed brick, gold and bronze furnishings and Jacob Jenson technology. Downstairs, pick a sofa in the quirky, palm-tree strewn cocktail lounge to enjoy sophisticated drinks and complimentary treats from the “Prosecco and Antipasti” tray doing the rounds. The Northern Quarter is on your doorstep – let staff direct you to the trendiest, tastiest nearby restaurants to soak up those cocktails in style.

2. Stock Exchange Hotel

Boutique Hotel

The reception at the Stock Exchange Hotel
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Top hotels in Manchester don’t get much more luxurious than the former Stock Exchange. Soak up Edwardian Baroque architectural features by dining at the domed-ceiling restaurant, serving British classics by Michelin-starred chef, Tom Kerridge – or booking a stay in the former boardroom complete with marble pillars and stained glass windows. Every room is classically decorated – choose the exclusive top-floor residency to spend special hours on your roof terrace with Manchester skyline views.

3. Kimpton Clocktower Hotel

Boutique Hotel

A double bed, grey armchairs and a partly tiled wall in a hotel room at Kimpton Clocktower
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Revel in the industrial heritage of Manchester at the eclectic Kimpton Clocktower Hotel. As soon as you pass under its namesake fin-de-siècle clocktower and into the glass-roofed lobby, you’ll notice impressive touches such as original Victorian tiling, layered textures and a flower-decked bronze horse. Rooms are plush with a touch of urbanity – sit in a grey Chesterfield armchair under a wrought iron light fitting. Hungry? Check out the on-site restaurant, the Refuge’s “Tenner Well Spent” menu and grab yourself a roast and a Mancunian barm from just – you guessed it – £10 ($13.55).

4. Dakota Manchester


Dining area at Dakota Manchester
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Subdued lighting and neutral tones are the order of the day at the Dakota, designed with relaxation in mind. Settle into your ample bedding, slip on the complimentary slippers and switch on the smart TV – which comes with Sky Sports and Movies and a media centre for your own devices. Should you choose to venture into the rest of the hotel, grab a bite to eat at the sociable Grill – don’t worry, there’s a dedicated vegetarian menu, too – or down a Picasso Spritz on the heated terrace. You can’t go wrong with Telmont champagne and a burst of fruity flavours.

5. Hotel Gotham


A couch and bright pink chair next to a trunk in a seating area at Hotel Gotham with views over city
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Of all the boutique hotels in Manchester, this one is by far the quirkiest. Choose a suite named after a local figurehead with eccentricities like vintage trunks, black and white photographs and a wall-wide “Wonderwall” screen projecting cityscapes. Also, expect black leather headboards, roll-top baths, Egyptian cotton bed linen and a fully stocked mini-bar that includes a “hangover kit”. You’re spoiled with the dining options from the seventh-floor prohibition speakeasy Club Brass – a VIP bar with hotel guest access – to the 2 AA Rosette-awarded Honey Restaurant. Night in? Order room service from cheese platters to 28-day Himalayan dry salt-aged beef.

6. Hilton Manchester Deansgate


Double room at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate
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One of the most striking structures in the heart of Manchester, Beetham Tower plays host to the Hilton. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer unparalleled views of the city and the suites become larger the higher up the tower they are – with the Presidential Suite offering vistas of the surrounding hills on clear days. Take advantage of the luxurious bar, Cloud 23, on the 23rd floor, offering a selection of inventive cocktails to be sipped while watching the sunset. If you want to relax while enjoying the cityscapes, the hotel also has an indoor heated pool, a sauna and a steam room.

7. The Lowry Hotel

Spa Hotel

The dining area at the Lowry Hotel
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You’ll love the vibrant art sprinkled throughout this central, five-star hotel in Manchester, from your bedroom walls to the bar – best viewed when sampling one of eight signature cocktails. The 2 AA Rosette-winning, riverside-terrace-clad restaurant serves highlights of afternoon tea offering more than 80 tea blends and a three-course Sunday lunch with Cheshire farm beef. The bold, chic decor continues into the rooms: many feature walk-in dressing rooms, luxurious toiletries and city-view windows. Crown your stay with an Elemis facial at the spa.

8. The Edwardian Manchester


Double room at the Edwardian Manchester, a Radisson Collection Hotel
Courtesy of the Edwardian Manchester, a Radisson Collection Hotel / Expedia
Within easy walking distance of the city centre, close to the Bridgewater Hall, the Edwardian is one of the top hotels in Manchester. Choose to stay in one of its many suites to experience the ultimate luxury. The Alfresco suites feature sliding doors opening onto semi-private patios, while the Penthouse suites on the top floors offer breathtaking views of the hills in the distance. Alongside Peter Street Kitchen, a restaurant serving Japanese and Mexican small plates and the Library curated by Assouline, a social space with a Parisian-inspired menu, the hotel also has an exclusive spa – offering a variety of relaxing treatments, a Nordic sauna and an indoor pool.

This is an updated version of an article originally by Emma Lavelle.

On a budget? Check out our guide to where to stay on a budget in Manchester, or for more options, discover our guide to the best hotels in Manchester – all bookable on Culture Trip.

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