MANCHESTER

7 BEST HOTELS IN MANCHESTER

 Even accounting for northern bluster, Manchester is the uncrowned capital of the north, and it has a lot to boast about as a result of geography and history. In this first modern city capitalism, communism, and the might of the British Empire were all given theoretical legs as well as the beginnings of the Age of Enlightenment. This explains the city’s plethora of noteworthy museums and galleries, which showcase its rich cultural heritage.

To smoothly introduce you to a selection of the best Hotels in Manchester we’ve put together this little shortcut:

Best Hotel in Manchester Under £100: The Ainscow Hotel

Best Hotel in Manchester Under £200: Stock Exchange Hotel

Best Luxury Hotel in Manchester: The Edwardian Manchester 

Best Hotel in Manchester for couples: Kimpton Clocktower  

Best Hotel in Manchester with a swimming Pool: King Street Townhouse 

Best Hotel in Manchester for the views: King Street Townhouse

Best Hotel in Manchester with a SPA: The Edwardian Manchester 

Best Hotel in Manchester or familiesWhitworth Locke

Best Boutique Hotel in Manchester: Stock Exchange Hotel

(For more details on each hotel, please keep scrolling).

How to book hotels in Manchester:  You will find in this guide direct links to the biggest hotel booking portal in the world, Booking.com. Booking.com is one of the safest and easiest ways to book your stay.  

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Location: The city center and its suburbs offer so much to see – from Salford Quays west (across the River Irwell) to the University of Manchester’s museums and galleries (south of the city center along and off of Oxford Rd). Every neighbourhood is unique so in order to help you better understand Manchester’s neighborhoods and choose one that suits you best, we’ve made a short guide through the best areas to stay in Manchester at the end of the article.  

Price: An average, a hotel in Manchester costs £82 per night (based on Booking.com prices). However, prices depend on the hotel’s star rating, amenities, and of course – the location. Hotels in the city tend to be more expensive than those outside the center. However, do take note that prices are higher during the holidays, weekends, and special events.

Amenities: Since this is an article about high-quality Hotels in Manchester, you can expect the best amenities and services offered on the Island. 

Lifestyle: Each one of us has its character and preferences. There are certain hotels that are specific to their themes. You can find modern, vintage, high-class designs, or hip and chic hotels. There is something for everyone.

1. The Ainscow Hotel, BW Premier Collection – Salford, Manchester

4 STAR HOTEL

The Ainscow Hotel, BW Premier Collection

Contemporary hotel in a red-brick former mill.

The Ainscow hotel is located in a red-brick former windmill factory. Buildings that over their lifetime have served as jam factories and breweries have been restored and extended with great care. Three duplex suites have been converted from the tower, while many original features have been restored, including timbered ceilings, exposed brickwork, and steel beams.

On paper, The Ainscow’s location is not great, close to busy roads and overlooking a train line. However, windows are soundproofed (the hum of traffic is a background sound), and the views don’t disappoint those who enjoy the grit of cities. In a matter of minutes, you can walk from Salford Central station to many central Manchester attractions – like the Museum of Science and Industry, the People’s History Museum, and the Albert Hall – or you can cross the River Irwell.

In spite of the building’s historic nature, all 70 rooms and suites are spacious and feature kitchenettes or bathtubs, and all are located in the heart of the city. Choose between standard twins and doubles, deluxe twins and kings with large living areas, or executive twins and kings. With a monochrome palette and pops of color, the décor is predominately monochromatic, and the bespoke furniture comes from a Salford manufacturer. In light of the boutique feel of the hotel, the lack of bathrobes comes as a surprise.

Two treatment rooms and a nail bar are located in the ‘dry spa’ in the basement. In addition to popular offerings such as hot stone massages and body scrubs, Manchester Cryotherapy offers frozen skin treatments that help reduce wrinkles and shed pounds. Regular classes, such as yoga, are also held in the cardio room.From the third floor, you can enjoy views of the city from the Lynwood Restaurant and Main Bar. It also has a sundeck for your enjoyment. Among the dishes on the menu are British, Italian, and Indian specialties. In addition, there is a 24-hour bar in the lobby and 24-hour room service, including afternoon tea. 

Hotel Rating: 9.5  (Exceptional)    Rooms: 70

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2. Whitworth Locke – Manchester

4 STAR HOTEL

Whitworth Locke

Cool aparthotel perfect for a city stay

Whitworth Locke, located on busy Princess Street in Manchester’s city center, is just a couple of minutes walking distance from Chinatown, the city’s gay village, and the Manchester Art Gallery.

The front desk is manned by friendly ‘house hosts,’ and the staff at the coffee shop, FDN Whitworth, is willing to recommend drinks. You’ll find a wide range of seating options at the co-working space, from rattan garden chairs to funky beanbags to traditional sofas that inspire your creativity. There is a stylish gym in the cellar designed for free weights and yoga, as well as cardio machines. Class sessions take place here regularly.

The blush pink rooms come with brass finishes on bedside tables, window sills, and coat hangers, showing how much care and attention has been poured into the project. The stylish retreats offer more than just style, as all come with fully-equipped kitchenettes, king-sized beds, seating areas, and the fastest hotel Wi-Fi in Manchester, according to reports.

Depending on where you are in the building and the floor you are on, each room will have its own size and layout – higher-floor rooms have lower ceilings, for example. Likewise, the views may differ. The Whitworth Building has some suites that overlook the Rochdale Canal, while some of the Johnson Building’s rooms look out onto the atrium; Room 422 is a particularly attractive location.

Aside from serving healthy breakfast, brunch, lunch, and evening snacks, FDN Whitworth takes the quality of coffee seriously. The bar staff is knowledgeable about cocktails at the pop-up conservatory bar. There is a breakfast buffet in FDN Whitworth, and guests have the option of selecting from a set menu or individual items such as eggs cooked in a variety of ways.

Hotel Rating: 9.2  (Superb)    Rooms: 160

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3. Kimpton Clocktower, an IHG Hotel – Manchester

5 STAR HOTEL

Kimpton Clocktower, an IHG Hotel

Boutique style + unmatched service

The Kimpton Clocktower Hotel is located in the heart of Manchester City Centre on Deansgate. This luxurious hotel provides guests with easy access to some of the best shopping, dining, and nightlife that Manchester has to offer. The hotel is also within walking distance of many popular tourist attractions including Albert Square, The Printworks, and The Royal Exchange Theatre.

The Kimpton Clocktower Hotel offers guests a range of stylish and comfortable rooms to choose from. Whether you are looking for a standard room with all the basics or a luxurious suite with plenty of extra space, this hotel has something to suit everyone.All rooms have air conditioning, wireless Internet access, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels and Pay-Per-View movies on demand, MP players/recorders for watching your own home videos (and taking them back to show off at home), baths in marble bathrooms with European hairdryers & cotton bathrobes & slippers for you to use during your stay. If you’re looking to upgrade your experience even further then consider booking an executive suite where luxurious touches can be found like Master Vetivert toiletries or Nespresso machines.

The Kimpton Clocktower Hotel provides guests with a large range of facilities including the following:  24-hour front desk service, Bar & restaurant on site, Fitness center (complimentary access). The Refuge by Volta dining room and bar are popular so make sure to book a table in advance.

 

Hotel Rating: 8.8  (Fabulous)    Rooms: 270

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4. King Street Townhouse

4 STAR HOTEL

King Street Townhouse

Luxurious suites overlooking the Ionian Sea.

You’ll feel at ease from the moment you step into the charming 40-room boutique hotel, King Street Townhouse. This luxury retreat in the city center boasts an infinity pool with a spectacular view of the Town Hall clock, stylish public spaces, and bedrooms you’ll struggle to leave.

This quiet hotel is located on the city’s Booth Street (not near King Street as its name implies), just a five-minute walk from Manchester Art Gallery and Spinningfields’ bars and restaurants. In 10 to 15 minutes, you can walk to Exchange Square’s designer shops or Piccadilly’s train station.

Staying at the King Street Townhouse is like staying with an extremely wealthy friend who has excellent taste, as opposed to a chain hotel. Sally O’Loughlin, the former owner of the property, sourced everything from the furniture to the artwork throughout the property, and no two bedrooms are the same.

There are parquet floors, a fireplace, and paneled walls in the common areas. However, brightly coloured fabrics and artwork, such as the Haçienda print, show a sense of fun as well. Besides the gym and steam room, there are two spa and beauty treatment rooms. However, the seven-floor infinity spa pool is the hotel’s crowning glory. There’s no better place to view the Town Hall’s clock tower than from this calming spot. In the hotel’s vaulted cellars, a small cinema presents ticketed screenings every Friday and Saturday, and complimentary screenings for hotel and restaurant guests every Sunday to Thursday.

Featuring muted blues, greens, grays, and browns, the 40 rooms and suites come with walk-in monsoon showers and free-standing bathtubs in Cosy rooms and above. Crisp, white bedding from South Africa, plus thoughtful touches such as luxury robes, a Nespresso coffee machine, and ESPA toiletries make these rooms hard to leave. If space is not an issue, the smallest Snug room on the fifth floor is tucked between the two suites, with the same breathtaking view of the clock, and comes at a much lower price.

Hotel Rating: 9.3 (Superb)    Rooms: 40

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5. The Edwardian Manchester, A Radisson Collection Hotel

5 STAR HOTEL

The Edwardian Manchester, A Radisson Collection Hotel

Five-star hotel, set in one of Manchester’s grandest buildings,

The hotel is situated in the city’s downtown, just steps from bars, restaurants, and shops. In less than five minutes, you can reach St Peter’s Square Metrolink station, and in fifteen minutes, you can reach Piccadilly railway station. In addition to Manchester Art Gallery, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the John Rylands Library, the bars, and restaurants of Spinningfields are all within a 10-minute walk.

Since its opening in 1853, the grand, Grade II listed Free Trade Hall has hosted significant political and cultural events. You will be reminded of the building’s historical significance when you see a colonnaded seating area in the bar and restaurant, Peter Street Kitchen, along with the original coats of arms above reception.

The bedroom area is in a brand new, purpose-built section of the building. Everything from carrying luggage to providing recommendations for breakfast is handled very efficiently by attentive staff. Spa & Gym features a 12-meter pool, sauna, steam room, experience showers, and whirlpools in the basement, along with ESPA treatments, a relaxation room in one of the building’s former vaults, a relaxation room, a steam room, and a sauna. In the hotel lobby next to the spa, there is a decent-sized gym for both members and hotel guests; those staying in the hotel receive 10 percent off treatments from Monday to Thursday; booking is recommended.

There are 263 bedrooms decorated with neutral shades and fabrics in chocolate, cappuccino, and deep red. With leather headboards and snakeskin walls behind the beds, king-size beds are comfortable. With Nordic slate tiles and ice-green splashbacks, bathrooms are divided into wet and dry sections. Several rooms overlook the central atrium while the alfresco suites have a patio area enclosed. If you want a great view of Manchester’s skyline, including the Town Hall and Central Library, upgrade to a city view room.

There is a bold and exciting restaurant and bar in the Free Trade Hall called Peter Street Kitchen. This restaurant serves Japanese and Mexican sharing plates as well as inventive cocktails. Both cuisines complement each other well. You will be served food at intervals, according to the chef’s orders. The breakfast spread is extensive and excellent, with a small selection of à la carte dishes, including some with Japanese or Mexican influences.

Hotel Rating: 9.0  (Superb)    Rooms: 263

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6. The Lowry Hotel – Manchester

5 STAR HOTEL

The Lowry Hotel

Mancunian at heart, a 5-star showy (without being pretentious) hotel.

A five-minute walk over a bridge designed by Santiago Calatrava brings you to the Lowry hotel right on the banks of the River Irwell just over the border in Salford. All of Exchange Square’s high-end shops, Spinningfields’ restaurants, as well as the People’s History Museum, John Ryland’s Library, and Manchester Cathedral are only a 10-minute walk away. There is a lot of art to be found in this hotel named after one of Manchester’s most famous artists. This is from the changing exhibitions on the first floor to images by Manchester photographer Kevin Cummins adorning the walls of the corridors.

The staff is chatty and helpful without being invasive. They are well-equipped to host celebrities and special occasions and offer thoughtful touches like a complimentary mocktail-making session for visiting children and a free teddy. There is also an Elemis spa with eight treatment rooms, a relaxation room, and a sauna. Treatments should be booked in advance. A small gym and hair salon are also available.

With floor-to-ceiling windows, walk-in wardrobes, and huge, comfortable beds, the rooms are more spacious than average for Manchester. Superior rooms have more inspiring river views than Deluxe rooms, though the size, décor, and amenities are identical. Neutral fabrics are used with pops of colour in the burnt orange or turquoise leather chaise longue in the window, with a curved lamp framing the window. Standard rooms come with Elemis toiletries, fluffy robes, and a shower over the bath.

On the first floor, you will find the River Restaurant and Bar. On sunny days, head to The Terrace over the river for a cocktail or glass of bubbly. Club sandwiches and salads can be found on the bar menu, while more formal dishes are available in the restaurant. Its food isn’t pretentious, but the à la carte menu includes favorites such as fish pie and roast chicken. In addition, there are more expensive options like ribs of Cheshire beef. A large breakfast buffet is available each morning, along with cold continental options.

Hotel Rating: 8.7  (Fabulous)    Rooms: 165 

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7. Stock Exchange Hotel – Manchester

5 STAR HOTEL

Stock Exchange Hotel

Manchester’s former Stock Exchange, now a stylish hotel.

Stock Exchange Hotel is in a quiet, central location, just two minutes away from King Street shops and restaurants in one direction and Market Street shops in the other. Manchester Art Gallery and the Royal Exchange Theatre are just a five-minute walk away, while Victoria and Piccadilly railway stations can be reached in about ten minutes by foot. Upon entering the hotel’s reception, you are greeted by the original black and white marble floor, the enormous ceiling rose, and stained glass above the double doors. 

From the moment you arrive – when you have the option of signing in over a free cup of tea and slice of cake in the “traders lounge,” or by the front desk – service is outstanding. While there is no gym or spa at the hotel, each room comes with a yoga mat and there are partnerships with local gyms and boot camps. Guests have an access to one of Manchester’s most exclusive gym, GSquared.

Classic greys, browns, greens, and creams adorn the 40 rooms and suites, which include Nespresso machines, fluffy robes, chunky crystal glasses, and black marble desks. There are areas for working and seating in the John Gass entry-level rooms. White marble-effect bathrooms feature D. H. Harris & Co toiletries, black marble sinks, and walk-in showers, while baths are found in most rooms from the Bradshaw Collection upwards. 

The hotel’s restaurant, The Bull & Bear, is worth dining in just for the setting alone. Tom Kerridge, who designed the menu, offers a twist on classic British dishes with small sharing plates packed with flavor. You can also relax at the bar to the left of the restaurant and watch the people or choose to tuck around the corner for a more intimate drink. There is a high-quality continental breakfast served in the restaurant area, which includes fresh and poached fruit as well as pastries. For hot food, there is an à la carte menu.

Hotel Rating: 9.4  (Superb)    Rooms: 40

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A mini-guide through Manchester’s neighborhoods:

The city is rumoured to be one of the coolest in the country, with many cool neighborhoods. Chorlton, the more bohemian neighbourhood, and the Northern Quarter, a bustling city center area, each has its own hipster vibe. Where should you stay? We’ve rounded up our guide to the city’s coolest neighbourhoods:

GAY VILLAGE

In the Gay Village of Manchester, locals and visitors alike are welcome. Canal Street runs along the Rochdale Canal, a vibrant LGBTQ neighborhood dotted with international cuisine, clubs, and cafés. The Gay Village is home to a variety of eateries, including Jamboree Foodfest and Samsi, along with venues like No 1 Canal Street and G-A-Y Manchester. After a long day of cooking with the Yeung family, burn those calories off with a night of dancing at Tribeca.

Recommended hotels in Gay Village:

On a budget: Whitworth Locke

NEW ISLINGTON

 New Islington, right in the middle of Manchester, has transformed from inner-city uncertainty into a desirable residence, following its neighbours Ancoats and the Northern Quarter. There are green areas nearby, such as New Islington Marina and Cotton Field, where you can picnic, have a pint and practice yoga. This redeveloped community boasts both greasy spoons like Hip Hop Chip Shop and Michelin-star restaurants like Mana. It is regarded as one of the best places to live in England. Those who prefer clean eating should go to Kettlebar Kitchen; those who like beer should visit the Ancoats Lad, which has a pint already poured. Pollen Bakery’s warm cruffins (muffins-croissants) are essential to every day in New Islington, no matter what the schedule says.

SPINNINGFIELDS

Dining, shopping, entertainment, and more, Spinningfields offers it all in Manchester’s finance and commercial district. The People’s History Museum is just a short walk along the River Irwell. You can also attend an opera at the Opera House in the evening. There is no shortage of coffee and cocktails at the Alchemist, Federal Cafe Bar, and Sunset by Australasia. Want to hit the shops? The classics such as Mulberry, Flannels, and Emporio Armani are waiting. Anyone looking to spend sunrise to sunset in Spinningfields is sure to find Dept. XYZ to be their perfect co-working space.

Recommended hotels in Spinningfields: 

Luxury: The Edwardian Manchester

THE NORTHERN QUARTER

  A network of streets and alleyways separating Piccadilly train station from the Arndale Center makes up the Northern Quarter, which offers independent bars, cafes, and restaurants. Here you’ll find a variety of locally brewed beer, locally sourced coffee and delicacies. Visitors to the city should at least spend some time exploring records shops and indoor markets, including Affleck’s, before making their way to one of the city’s many pubs. Also, make sure you check out the architecture – the area has been used as a stand-in for New York on many television shows and in Hollywood movies.

Recommended hotels in The Northern quarter: 

FAQ

Which best hotels in Manchester have a restaurant on-site?

Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant at these hotels in Manchester: Stock Exchange HotelThe Edwardian Manchester and The Lowry Hotel.
 

Which hotels in Manchester are good for couples?

Couples travelling in Manchester greatly rated: Stock Exchange HotelThe Edwardian Manchester
 

Which hotels in Manchester are good for families?

Many families visiting Manchester enjoyed their stay at: Whitworth LockeThe Edwardian Manchester
 

Which hotels in Manchester offer good views?

King Street TownhouseThe Edwardian Manchester received great views-ratings from their guests.

 
Which hotels in Manchester serve excellent breakfasts?

From Manchester’s hotels serving excellent breakfast, you can try: Stock Exchange HotelThe Lowry Hotel 

 
Which are the hotels with a swimming pool in Manchester?

King Street TownhouseThe Edwardian Manchester are highly popular hotels among travelers looking for a hotel in Manchester with a swimming pool.

 
Which hotels in Manchester have SPA?

King Street TownhouseThe Edwardian Manchester and The Lowry Hotel were highly rated among travelers looking for hotels in Manchester with SPA

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