Housed in a spectacular building, The Palace Hotel is located right in the heart of Manchester city centre, just a minute’s walk from Oxford Road Rail station. The stunning Tempus Bar & Restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy local, seasonal produce in lavish art deco surroundings before retiring to chic and stylish rooms. For football fanatics, Manchester is home to United and City, with both stadiums easily accessible from the hotel.
Insider Tip: The hotel is situated directly opposite the Palace Theatre and is only a short walk to the Opera House and Bridgewater Hall, home to the famous Hallé Orchestra.
The Lowry Hotel
As Manchester’s first 5-star property, the Lowry Hotel has won over 60 awards since its opening. A far cry from the scenes painted by the artist for whom it is named, the hotel features huge rooms with stunning views and floor-to-ceiling windows. Each of the rooms is designed with clean lines and dark wood tones. They are equipped with the latest in comfort and facilities, from the flat screen TVs to iPod docking stations.
Insider Tip: Enjoy fantastic views over the city and the River Irwell whilst dining at the River Bar & Grill.
Atrium by Bridgestreet Hotel
Situated right by Manchester’s bustling Canal Street, the Atrium is in an ideal location for exploring the city and everything it has to offer. These comfortable apartments are suitable for anything from a short break to a long-term rental. It features the privacy and security of your own private apartment, but coupled with the added services of a hotel.
Insider Tip:Coming to Manchester for football? Atrium by BridgeStreet is located close to United and City stadiums as well as the National Football Museum.
Blue Rainbow Aparthotel
These luxury 5-star apartments, located close to the Deansgate rail station and the Manchester Central Convention Centre, surround an atrium featuring a Japanese garden. Blue Rainbow ApartHotel offers impeccable service and all the essential amenities to invigorate travellers. With luxury touches such as 42" Plasma screen TVs, and movies and games on demand, you can be sure to never have a dull moment when staying here.
Insider Tip: Upgrade and pamper yourself with the exclusive features of a Premium Apartment for a truly unforgettable trip.
Days Hotel Manchester City Centre
Located only 400 metres from Manchester Piccadilly station and 15 minutes from Manchester Airport, the Days Hotel is in an ideal location. The hotel is situated within easy walking distance of the famous Apollo music venue and other cultural highlights such as Bridgwater Hall and the Manchester Academy.
Insider Tip:The Days Hotel Manchester City Centre is situated in the heart of the city and the famous Warehouse Project Nightclub is just a few minutes away.
Great John Street
One of three charming entries in the Eclectic Hotels (eclectichotels.co.uk) collection, this place used to be a school – check out the boys' and girls' staircases once used by pupils. All suites and rooms have mezzanine levels. But if you're after the best, opt for one of the huge Opus Grand duplex suites, featuring sensuously curvaceous bathtubs and crystal chandeliers.
Insider Tip:The roof terrace used to be a playground; head up there with a sense of fun – not difficult when you factor in the hot tub.
Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester Hotel
Two iconic concerts took place here when the site served as the Free Trade Hall: Bob Dylan’s Judas! gig – when he went electric for the first time – and a seminal 1976 punk rock outing by The Sex Pistols. But there’s nothing left of the grimy rock and roll era around this sleek, soberly decorated hotel, following a substantial rebuild. In pride of place are a handful of suites named after performers who graced the old venue, including Ella Fitzgerald and Shirley Bassey. But in homage to one of popular music’s iconic moments, you should really opt for the Dylan.
Insider Tip: Even if you’re not staying the night, come for one of Manchester’s finest afternoon teas at the hotel’s Opus One restaurant. Ask for a window seat near the original 1856 palazzo facade.
This is a hotel with as much attitude as the city it calls home, with bold, sumptuous designs across nineteen seductively decorated rooms. Velvet is a conversion of a former mill; that former industrial incarnation is there for all to see with timber, exposed brick and iron columns, but the overall feel is plush. The mural in room 12, an intricate mediaeval religious painting, is especially striking.
Insider Tip:Try and get a room on a high a floor as possible as Canal Street, where the hotel is located, is party central.
First opened in 1903, anyone who was anyone during the city's 20th-century development has stayed at The Midland – this is authentic, old school grandeur. Charles Rolls and Henry Royce met here – a definite seal of approval. Many of the hotel’s original features endure even after a 2006 revamp. Go for one of the Midland Suites; these come with high ceilings and a living room, with those at the corners offering the best views.
Insider Tip:The hotel is also home to the famed The French restaurant.
Converted from a warehouse, this hotel offers rooms across a wide price range, with rooms ranked as “Comfortable”, “Desirable”, “Enviable” or simply “Fabulous on Fifth”. The last – a series of suites occupying the building’s fifth floor – are the ones to go for if you can afford it, as they combine original features such as parquet floors and ironwork with touches of understated luxury. The on-site Michael Caines restaurant is one of the city’s best.
Insider Tip: If you’re not staying in the suites, be sure to ask for a room that doesn’t overlook the busy road outside.