Manchester is a city that is going places, and if you have never visited, there has never been a better time to do so. The city has been through a multi million pound regeneration programme over the past decade or so, and is recognised as one of the top places in the UK to visit, live and work.
The city has a long and varied history, a world-famous music and club scene and one of the biggest shopping centres in all of Europe. They are all within a compact city centre, meaning it is simple and economical to explore by taxi in Manchester. The city also has a great choice of places to stay, with something to suit every taste and budget. Let’s take a look.
There is certainly no shortage of hotels in the city centre. Visitors on a limited budget can choose from a variety of budget options in the Piccadilly area, close to the main railway station, including all the regular names such as Travelodge, Ibis, and Premier Inn. There are also a number of similar offerings close to the airport – ideal if you have that early flight.
Visitors looking for a little more luxury are similarly well catered for. The Hotel Gotham is as spectacular as it sounds, with architecture straight out of a Batman movie, while the Malmaison is a boutique hotel close to the station, with a style and elegance that takes its cues from classic French culture.
If you prefer to take care of yourself, there is a wide choice of self catering options. Massive regeneration throughout the city means there are a number of modern apartment complexes in key locations, and many of these are available for short term letting.
For those wanting to be in the thick of the action, the Staycity Serviced Apartments provide a luxury city centre base, and come with all the modern amenities you would expect, including fully equipped kitchens, luxury bathrooms and a flat screen TV that can be enjoyed from the comfort of a leather sofa.
Another development that is hugely popular with visitors is Quay Apartments, in the newly redeveloped Salford Quays. This is a great area to be based, and its busy waterfront is home to numerous restaurants, bars, museums and galleries.
Of course, one of the main draws of the city is its famous football team, and if Old Trafford is your main destination, Media City is only a five minute walk away, and also has a range of luxury serviced apartments, with great views across the waterfront.
If old fashioned hospitality is more to your taste, you could always try one of the hundreds of B&Bs and guesthouses in and around the city. These might not be so modern and luxurious, but they certainly provide a unique experience. You will feel more like a house guest, and many B&B visitors leave Manchester having made friends for life. Definitely worth considering if you really want to immerse yourself in the local culture!