The northern city’s appeal continues to grow, much like its glittering skyline. It’s ideal for a convenient weekend or short break (the transport links are superb) whether as a couple, family, or group of friends. Visitors come here for the Michelin starred restaurants, West End level theatres, industrial heritage attractions, posh shops, art galleries, diverse clubbing scene, large-scale gigs, international football fixtures and more. There’s certainly no shortage of cool things to do and places to go in this metropolis. You can opt to stay in one of Manchester’s hippest urban hotels, setting the tone for the whole trip.
Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel
Situated in a pretty waterfront locale next to the River Irwell in the Spinningfields district, this Grade II building puts Manchester on your doorstep. The Marriott property is a key choice if you’re in town to watch Manchester United play (Old Trafford is 10 minutes by taxi) or are a lifelong fan. There are multiple suites themed on the team including the 1901, celebrating the team’s historic win of the same year, and the huge 2013 Champions’ Suite complete with memorabilia. All the bedrooms and public spaces (comprising a restaurant, bar, event spaces, fitness centre and spa) received a full makeover in 2021.
King Street Townhouse
King Street Townhouse is a contemporary hotel conveniently located within the upper King Street conservation area of Manchester city centre. The elegant and impressive Italian renaissance building dates back to 1872 and was designed by Edward Salomons, a local architect. Now, a modern ‘baby grand’ hotel and part of the Eclectic Hotel Collection, King Street Townhouse, comprises 40 bedrooms and suites – with a good choice of room type (from snug to Luxe suites) to suit every type of visitor. For those in need of some relaxation, indulge in some time in the unique infinity pool located on the seventh floor and offering stunning views across the city. For those who enjoy a little more activity, there is a small but well-equipped gymnasium for residents to use. From the rooftop terrace to the wine cellar there are exclusive spaces for residents to enjoy cocktails and grazing platters through to tasting menus with a sommelier service. Brunch, Afternoon Tea, wine tasting and all day dining options are available for residents and non-residents to enjoy at The Tavern at King Street – the stylish onsite restaurant. Seasonal menus showcase the finest British cuisine with tasty dishes created from local ingredients. This really is the place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and eat, sip and socialise!
Moxy Manchester City
What was once a hat factory, has become Moxy’s latest venture in the North East. Found in Spinningfields, the nine-storey, 18th-century building retains many nods to its industrial past, creating quirky and colourful urban design elements (including, of course, some hats). But it is undoubtedly modern inside, with a playful vibe – we love the games room with foosball table – and a coffee shop that becomes one of the city’s coolest bars by night. The bedrooms, by contrast, are sleek and simple with LED lighting and 42” TVs.
If you’re a fan of Batman, be it the cartoons or movies, you absolutely must put this on your bucket list. Subtly themed on the superhero, with nods to the character here and there in the form of some classy memorabilia, the identity of this hotel is opulent and sophisticated. Dark colours reign, especially in the mysterious corridors, creating a moody, dramatic atmosphere. The restaurant, Honey, has a menu designed to ‘get you thinking sweet thoughts’ and stunning half-moon feature windows proffering city views. This was once a bank, and now is a grade II listed building overlaid with funky contemporary furnishings.
Stock Exchange Hotel
As the name implies, this Grade II listed building used to be the city’s Stock Exchange (between 1904 and 1906). Tom Kerridge has since taken up culinary residence, with his new in-house restaurant and bar, The Bull & Bear. Here guests can experience grand, yet informal all-day dining under the impressive domed ceiling. Tom has two further dining options in the hotel – The Vault and The Bank Private Dining. The Stock Exchange Hotel’s architecture is fitting with an Edwardian Baroque style, and sleek, contemporary interiors hint at the hotel’s heritage. Push the boat out by booking The Residence, a fully serviced apartment complete with its own roof terrace.
You can step back in time to mid-century New York when you enter through the doors of Hotel Brooklyn (past an iconic yellow cab). The nearest you’ll get to the Big Apple without boarding a plane, everything here is reminiscent of the city’s heyday. As such the room decor is quite unique and decidedly cosy. Some rooms are pet friendly, with pricier suites providing a balcony or terrace and freestanding bath. After a day on the town, return to sip manhattans in the bar before bed, mixed by bartenders wearing braces and caps. And you can expect a hearty US-style morning feast when it comes to breakfast time