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Hotel Gotham is one of Manchester’s most sought-after five-star options. Photo: Emma Holmqvist Deacon
Hotel Gotham is one of Manchester’s most sought-after five-star options. Photo: Emma Holmqvist Deacon

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Manchester hotel picks

There are hotels for every type of traveler in Manchester. Here are seven tips, from affordable to lux.

Photo: Emma Holmqvist Deacon

Halls of fame

A Manchester landmark, The Midland first opened its doors in 1903. Since then, many notable people have passed through its lofty corridors, which are studded with framed memorabilia and original features. This is where Charles Rolls met Henry Royce, and Posh and Becks started courting almost a century later. Offering a lot more than a collection of 312 4-star rooms, The Midland is home to a lux spa and two of Manchester’s most buzzed-about restaurants, Adam Reid at The French and Mr Cooper's House & Garden. Afternoon tea can be had at the hotel’s newly unveiled Tea Room, which served up its first tiered platter of scones and finger sandwiches in April 2017.

The Midland

16 Peter Street, Manchester

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Star-gazing

A bit of a celebrity haunt, 4-star hotel Malmaison is as much a place to meet and people-watch as to get some sleep. Occupying a converted 19th century warehouse in the city center, a few steps from King Street and St. Ann's Square, the hotel houses 167 rooms and 13 suites as well as the happening Chez Mal Brasserie, which invites guests to sit down for a meal or just hobnob over a drink. Despite its higher-end appeal, the atmosphere is relaxed with typical northern hospitality.

Malmaison Manchester

1-3 Piccadilly, Manchester

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Fun and fabulous

Opened in 2015 and housed within a grand Art Deco building designed by renowned architect Edwin Lutyens, Hotel Gotham is one of Manchester’s most sought-after five-star options. Refined but far from buttoned-up, this characterful hotel is awash with quirky design details, and the super-friendly staff are dressed like they’ve just come off the set of Wez Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Make sure to pop into (climb the stairs if you dare) Club Brass – Gotham’s rooftop bar with views across Manchester’s cityscape.

Hotel Gotham

100 King Street, Manchester

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Romzzz of one’s own

Housed within a listed building between Chinatown and Manchester Art Gallery, Roomzz is an affordable boutique-style “aparthotel” favored by the young and hip. Clean in style, each of the hotel’s 59 rooms and apartments is equipped with a kitchenette and an Apple computer. For those reluctant to cook, a “grab and go” continental breakfast can be picked up in the lobby. We’d say this is one of the best affordable places in town for the fuss-free, independent traveller.

Roomzzz

36 Princess Street, Manchester

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Last orders, lights out

Fans of the great British pub won’t have far to go after the last pint’s been pulled – Abel Heywood is a traditionally styled drinking den and hotel rolled into one. Located in the vibrant and party-prone Northern Quarter, this compact abode has fifteen rooms, all of which are soundproofed and neatly designed. This is a good budget option for those seeking a British experience, complete with patterned carpets and friendly service.

Abel Heywood Boutique Hotel

38 Turner Street, Manchester

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River perch

Known as a bit of a magnet for footballers and their impossibly glamorous wives, 5-star hotel The Lowry is a Manchester institution nestling on the banks of the River Irwell, where Manchester blends into Salford. All of the hotel’s 165 rooms and suites, revamped in 2014, are designed with a “modern luxury” feel with floor-to-ceiling windows, overlooking the river or the pristinely converted warehouses of the area. Named after local artist LS Lowry, the hotel is keen to celebrate contemporary artists and photographers – the work of Kevin Cummins and Alan Grainger have recently graced the walls.

The Lowry Hotel

50 Dearmans Place, Manchester

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Make mine a double

One of the famous hotel group’s more affordable alternatives, Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Manchester is located in the city center, a stone’s throw from the central station. Neutral in style, rooms are functional and clean looking with the occasional hint of color and Manchester imagery dotted around to remind you of your whereabouts. Guests with mixologist aspirations can take a “cocktail masterclass” in the hotel’s resident Urban bar.

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Manchester

One Piccadilly Place, 1 Auburn Street, Manchester

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