Where to Stay
There is no shortage of places to stay in Manchester – well, not unless you turn up unannounced on one of those rare evenings where football and pop music collide, and the hotels are chock-full of fans of both the sporting and musical variety. More likely, you’ll pitch up here and find a diverse array of hotels that supply more than just a roof over your head. At the top end of the market are the newly-built or recently scrubbed-up hostelries that come with staggering views (such as the 47-storey Hilton Hotel), feature some of the city’s best restaurants (Simon Rogan’s The French at The Midland), boast five stars (The Lowry) or have a history so fascinating you could dedicate a book to them. Of the latter, The Midland and the former Free Trade Hall, now the Radisson Blu Edwardian, are our favourites. But if your wallet won’t stretch to multi-star delights there are plenty of cheaper options, with families and groups willingly catered for via a growing number of apart-hotels and budget places to stay which, like so much of Manchester, come with unexpected extras, why not try Thistle Manchester – The Portland or Double Tree by Hilton Hotel.