Where to Stay on a Budget in Manchester, England

Manchester offers stylish places to stay for every budget
Manchester offers stylish places to stay for every budget | © William McCue / Unsplash
Emma Lavelle

There are plenty of options when it comes to staying in Manchester on a budget. Here are Culture Trip’s best affordable options.

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, a cosy room above a hip pub, or an apartment that gives you a little more freedom during your stay. Here are the best places to stay in Manchester on a budget.

1. Novotel


Novotel Manchester Centre modern room with graphic on the wall, sofa, desk and stripe carpet
Courtesy of Novotel Manchester Centre / Expedia

Located on Portland Street, the city centre 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.

2. DoubleTree by Hilton


DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown modern room with plush headboard, textured carpet, armchair and a view of the hills
Courtesy of DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown / Expedia

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.

3. INNSIDE by Meliá


INNSiDE by Melia Manchester simple yet modern room with purple wall, sofa and desk with large floor to ceiling windows
Courtesy of INNSiDE by Melia Manchester / Expedia

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-size 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 seeing the sights. The restaurant offers a variety of breakfast options, alongside serving delicious meals all day long, although there are also many other eateries close by to choose from.

4. Roomzzz


Roomzzz Manchester Corn Exchange simple room with funky design elements including orange sofa, geometric light and modern art
Courtesy of Roomzzz Manchester Corn Exchange / Expedia
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.

Looking for more budget-friendly picks in Manchester? Check into one of the best cheap hotels in Manchester, bookable on Culture Trip.

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