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One of the rooms at The Abel Heywood | Courtesy of The Abel Heywood
One of the rooms at The Abel Heywood | Courtesy of The Abel Heywood

Where to Stay on a Budget in Manchester

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Updated: 9 February 2017

City breaks can be pricey and Manchester is no exception. There are plenty of luxurious boutique hotels in the city, offering expensive rooms that can eat away at your budget for discovering Manchester’s cafés, bars and shops. If you’re looking for more affordable accommodation, don’t fret. There’s something in the city for every budget, whether you’re after a swish hotel, cosy room above a hip pub, or an apartment that gives you a little more freedom during your stay.

The Abel Heywood

Nestled in the heart of the Northern Quarter, Manchester’s bohemian district, the Abel Heywood takes inspiration from London’s Victorian pubs. Fifteen stylish rooms sit above the bustling two-storey drinking den, named after the guidebooks of Abel Heywood, a former Manchester mayor. Each room is soundproofed, ensuring you get a good night’s sleep after indulging in a few drinks downstairs. The simple yet stylish rooms all feature pictures of Manchester on the exposed brick walls and feature thoughtful little extras, such as the inclusion of record players and vinyl collections to help make guests feel at home. Affordable breakfast options step away from the usual full-English fare to include dishes such as spiced baked eggs and cinnamon French toast.

The Abel Heywood, 38 Turner St, Manchester, UK, +44 161 819 1441

Abel Haywood

One of the rooms at The Abel Haywood | Courtesy of The Abel Haywood


Located on Portland Street, Manchester city centre’s Novotel is perfectly located close to tram, bus and train stops, and within easy walking distance of shops and bars. It may be a corporate hotel chain, but the rooms are surprisingly affordable, spacious and contemporary. Downstairs, you’ll find the hotel’s restaurant and bar, perfect for guests who prefer to dine in or fancy a relaxing tipple before bed. There’s also a fitness and wellness centre for those who wish to work out or relax during their stay.

Novotel, 21 Dickinson St, Manchester, UK, +44 161 235 2200

Hatters Hostel

Offering affordable accommodation for everyone, not just backpackers, Hatters Hostel is located in a former hat factory in the middle of the Northern Quarter. Offering bunk-beds in dormitories for 4-18 people, a bed in the hostel is ideal for those who wish to meet new people during their stay, or for groups of friends who can share an entire room. Various communal areas offer places to relax, cook meals, play games, or get local tips from the knowledgeable staff. Affordable bed rates will leave you with plenty of spare cash to explore the city, and you’ll also get free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and the option of a free walking tour of the city. However, please note that Hatters is currently undergoing a major redevelopment which will be completed in March 2017.

Hatter Hostel, 50 Newton St, Manchester, UK, +44 161 236 9500

Hatters Hostel

Hatters Hostel in the Northern Quarter | Courtesy of Hatters Hostel

DoubleTree by Hilton

Modern, minimal, luxurious yet affordable, DoubleTree by Hilton offers low-priced rooms close to Manchester’s main train station. The stylish rooms offer complimentary Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries, free Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service. An upgrade to a Deluxe room will come with late check-out, a free newspaper and a drinks voucher to use in the bar downstairs, while an Executive room also offers a complimentary soft mini-bar. The public areas of the hotel often host art exhibitions, and you’ll also find a popular restaurant and fitness centre conveniently located within the hotel.

DoubleTree by Hilton, One Piccadilly Place, 1 Auburn St, Manchester, UK, +44 161 242 1000

INNSIDE by Meliá

The recently opened INNSIDE hotel is just steps away from Home, Manchester’s cultural hub of film, theatre and art. This hip hotel has all of the added extras you’d normally expect from pricey boutique accommodation, but at a fraction of the price. The contemporary rooms have king-sized beds, complimentary soft drinks in the mini-bars and relaxing rain showers. The wellness suite includes a Finnish sauna, steam room and gym for those who like to unwind after a busy day spent exploring the city. The restaurant offers a variety of breakfast options, alongside serving delicious meals all day long, although there are many other eateries close by to choose from.

Innside, 1 First St, Manchester, UK, +44 161 200 2500

Innside Manchester

The exterior of the new INNSIDE hotel in Manchester | Courtesy of INNSIDE


Perfect for those who want the services of a hotel but the independence of an apartment, Roomzzz offers 59 fully serviced apartments within the city centre. Seven levels of suites are available, from basic smart studios to luxury penthouses – all stylishly decorated and complete with kitchenettes and Apple computers. The room rate includes a complimentary grab-and-go breakfast every morning, offering a choice of fresh pastries, hot drinks and fruit to kick off your day.

Roomzzz, 36 Princess St, Manchester, UK, +44 161 236 2121