Manchester has many of England’s most impressive buildings, from the Jon Rylands Library to the Manchester Town Hall, and this list of hotel recommendations will show you where to stay to get the most out of your visit. From luxurious five-star hotels of international repute to hostels with a friendly atmosphere, this list includes great hotels in all price ranges, and special attention has been given to modern amenities, such as WiFi internet. If you’re looking for top-notch luxury, consider booking one of Manchester’s many apartment hotels, aka “aparthotels,” which are featured at the bottom of our where to stay guide. Here is a list of handpicked recommendations for where to stay in Manchester:
5-Star Hotels in Manchester
Radisson Edwardian Manchester
This hotel puts you inside of one of Manchester’s historic buildings, the Manchester Free Trade Hall. The neighborhood is full of trendy bars and restaurants. The hotel provides a luxurious, modern atmosphere, with high ceilings, sculptures, artworks, leather furniture, and great views. The hotel’s 263 rooms all feature classically designed furniture, high-standard linens, complimentary high speed and WiFi internet, satellite TV, and bathrooms that feature Scandinavian slate and a walk-in wardrobe. Guests choose between king and twin beds. Amenities include the Sienna Spa, the Opus One bar and restaurant, a gym, and a nail salon. A breakfast buffet is available but the service can be subpar. Ordering room service may be a good alternative. The staff is genuine and helpful.
With views of the Irwell River and the Trinity Bridge, this five-star hotel is ideal for travelers who want a luxurious, relaxing experience just outside of Manchester’s city center. The 165 rooms all have high speed internet (for a charge), two phone lines, fax capabilities, satellite TV, iPod docking stations, mini bars, and safes. Bathrooms are spacious and feature Italian porcelain tiles. Rooms are fashionably designed with clean lines and decorated with neutral colors; and the staff operates like a well-oiled machine. The Spa at the Lowery Hotel comes complete with a gym, health suite, sauna, and a vast selection of treatment options. The River Bar and Restaurant serves classic British dishes with views of the river. The earlier you book, the lower the rates.
4-Star Hotels in Manchester
Hilton Manchester Deansgate
Located in the lower 23 floors of the iconic Beetham Tower, this hotel actually lets you stay inside one of Manchester’s most important sights. The rooms are modern and chic, and each comes with floor-to-ceiling windows, high-speed internet (for a charge), satellite TV, A/C, an ironing board, safe, and hairdryer. Suite, Deluxe, and Executive rooms are also available. Amenities include a fitness center, pool, sight seeing tour service, the on-site Podium restaurant and bar, and the Cloud 23 bar that offers impressive views from the 23rd floor. The staff is exceptionally friendly and conscientious.
Crowne Plaza Hotel Manchester City Centre
Located in the Northern Quarter near the Victoria train station and within a short walk of many sights, this hotel excels at providing a luxurious experience for reasonable rates. If staying in a standard room, guests can choose between a queen or two double beds. All rooms provide A/C, a free cable internet connection, bathrobes and slippers, a mini bar, ironing board, hairdryer, LCD TV, and a spacious bathroom. Rooms are artfully lit and feature a mix of bright and cool colors. WiFi is available in the public areas and free. The hotel is also home to a fitness room, and the on-site Glasshouse Restaurant, which features classic English dishes with fine-dining preparations.
If peace and quiet are top priorities, don’t stay at this hotel. Located on Canal Street near Piccadilly train station, this boutique hotel offers 19 elaborately decorated rooms that feature king-sized beds, plenty of velvet, and state of the art amenities, such as free WiFi, satellite TV, coffee and tea-making facilities, and mist-free mirrors. The surrounding neighborhood has a lively nightlife, and the hotel has its own restaurant and a riotous bar, which regularly features DJs. This hotel is very comfortable but not very quiet. The Velvet Manchester excels at the finer details of hospitality, such as providing complimentary tea and biscuits upon arrival, and the staff is particularly friendly.
3-Star Hotels in Manchester
Premier Inn Manchester Central
Stay in the very city center for a great price. This budget-friendly hotel is clean and functional and the staff is efficient and friendly. The rooms are spacious for the price and complimentary WiFi is available in public areas. On-site amenities include the Costa coffee shop, the Table Top restaurant, a business lounge, a fitness center and a copious breakfast buffet that is offered for a decent rate. The quietest rooms are located in the back of the hotel and on higher floors.
Holiday Inn Express Manchester City Centre-MEN Arena
Opened in 2011, this hotel is just a ten-minute walk from the Victoria train station as well as many important sights. Located near the business district, this hotel will be particularly attractive to visitors who want to visit the Manchester Arena or the Arndale shopping center. The 192 rooms are stylishly decorated and many have floor to ceiling windows. All rooms have high speed internet and WiFi (both for a charge), satellite TV, and fax capabilities. Coffee and tea-making appliances are also in the room. A buffet breakfast is included in the room price; arrive early to beat the line. WiFi is available in public areas.
Budget Hotels in Manchester
Hatter’s Hostel on Newton Street
Basic and cheap, the original Hatter’s Hostel provides a safe environment and the location couldn’t be better. Most accomodations are dormitories, though some private rooms are offered. Breakfast is included. The hostel offers 24-hour entry, baggage storage, book exchange, a fully equipped kitchen, a pool and game room, and TV lounge, complete with free popcorn. WiFi is offered in public areas for a charge.
Aparthotels in Manchester
My Places Apartment Hotel
This four-star aparthotel is just steps from Piccadilly Station yet retains a private feel. Canalside, it features Victorian-style design in the public areas and loft-style apartments. The only full-service, luxury aparthotel in Manchester, it provides 24-hour room service and its amenities include a bar, a gym, and a bistro restaurant, that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The apartments come with flat screen TVs with 70 free channels, large sofas, dining room tables, dishwasher, fully equipped kitchen, and complimentary WiFi. Ask for a room with a view of Manchester Cathedral.
Atrium by BridgeStreet Apartments
Located in the thick of everything on Princess Street near Canal Street and the Palace Theatre, this aparthotel offers luxurious four-star apartments for one day or one year. Apartments come either with one or double beds, a spacious bedroom, and a combined lounge and dining area with a fully equipped kitchen. Amenities offered for a charge include high-speed internet, grocery shopping service, continental breakfast, and laundry service. The staff is attentive and helpful. This aparthotel is a good value.
Written by Mattie Bamman for EuropeUpClose.com