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