Best hotels in Manchester, England | Budget accommodation (£)

As always when doing a British city on the cheap, the first step is to check whether Manchester’s numerous Travelodges or Premier Inns are on sale – they frequently are for from £19 and £29 a night respectively. Otherwise, the Gardens Hotel (55 Piccadilly) may look abominable from the outside, but the rooms inside are really rather decent and there’s free WiFi. Best at the budget end of the scale, however, is the Ox (71 Liverpool Road). This foody pub has a few rooms above it that feel like they belong in a modern, unchintzy mid-range hotel.


Best hotels in Manchester, England | Mid-range hotels (££)

The Palace (Oxford Street) has Manchester’s most spectacular lobby – the stained glass dome and brown stone archways are hugely impressive. Doubles are available for from £85 a night – but make sure you ask for the refurbished contemporary rooms rather than their tired old-style cohorts.  Each room at the gay-friendly and engagingly exuberant Velvet (2 Canal Street) is wildly different, but any ideas about understatement are merrily swatted away.

Best value, however, can be found at the Atrium (74 Princess Street) – well-decked out studio apartments can be snapped up for under £60 night.


Best hotels in Manchester, England | Luxury hotels (£££ to £££££)

Manchester is really big on serviced apartments, and Staying Cool (£££) offers the most engaging in town. Spread across the city centre, the apartments marry the hip and the practical, with facilities such as free WiFi alongside eye-catchingly bold furniture for from £119 a night. 11 Didsbury Park (11 Didsbury Park, £££) in the well-to-do suburb of Didsbury is Manchester’s take on a boutique townhouse and comes with a gorgeous walled garden. Meanwhile, the Midland (Peter Street, £££) has a long history of business meetings – this was where Mr Rolls first met Mr Royce. But it’s not all about the suits – the £100+ rooms are refreshingly bright and colourful.

Celeb hotspot The Lowry (50 Dearman’s Place, Chapel Wharf, ££££) has the most spacious rooms in town. Leather reclined chairs, iPod docks and marble bathrooms are in the mix although a touch of character wouldn’t go amiss. Housed in the grand sandstone Free Trade Hall, the Radisson Edwardian (Peter Street, ££££) has a spa and pool to go with large and stylish, if uniform, rooms. The Great John Street Hotel (Great John Street, ££££) is most fun though – the converted schoolhouse has en-suite steam rooms and split level sleeping quarters with lavishly enormous curtains.


Manchester hotel prices

Price brackets are based, roughly, on the starting rates that can be found in low season.

£ = under £50 a night

££ = under £100 a night

£££ = under £150 a night

££££ = under £200 a night

£££££ = over £200 a night.


The Manchester hotels above have been personally inspected – and recommended as being amongst the best in their price bracket – by travel journalist David Whitley. To look for other hotels in Manchester, try a Manchester hotel search with our booking partner,


Disclaimer: These hotels were inspected in January 2011. Things may have changed since then.




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