The huge range of hotels and in Manchester means that there are great deals to be had at all levels of hospitality. You don’t have to make many sacrifices in terms of style or location either – and Manchester’s comprehensive transport system will whisk you away to most places in no time. Whether you’re after a boutique hotel with a great little cocktail bar, or a functional room after a night clubbing, read on for our list of the best cheap hotels in Manchester.
Manchester's best cheap hotels
A gastropub and hotel, the Abel has small but well-appointed rooms, and there’s free wifi. Breakfast (served until noon) is extra but is worth having – a big choice includes the Manchester fry-up, featuring Bury black pudding. Slap bang in the middle of the Northern Quarter, the Abel Heywood is an easy walk to most of central Manchester, including music venues such as the Manchester Arena.
You get a lot for your money at this Marriott-owned hotel in Salford. The rooms are a decent size, and come with free wifi and breakfast. There’s a fitness centre, a restaurant and bar, and various parking options. It’s also very handily placed if you’re visiting Old Trafford, The Lowry arts centre or the Imperial War Museum North, or working in MediaCity, all of which are walking distance of the hotel.
Hatters hostel is in the Northern Quarter, close to lots of indie coffee shops, bars and shops. Breakfast is included in the already bargain price, and wifi is free. Spick and span dormitories (some women-only) have bunk beds; you can also stay in single or double rooms. Social areas include a basement bar and a self-catering kitchen; amenities range from a TV to a pool table.
The Ibis Budget is a wallet-friendly option in Salford Quays, offering a hotel experience at hostel prices. Decor is bright and breezy, with pops of colour in bedrooms and public areas. The 210 rooms have shower pods, flat-screen TVs and a desk, plus complimentary wifi; some rooms sleep three. Breakfast is continental, from an unlimited buffet. The hotel is an easy tram hop to the centre of Manchester.
This branch of the UK chain was one of the first boutique-style hotels to open in the city. Carved out of an Edwardian warehouse, it’s a handsome building, and even though the hotel holds 180 rooms (some of them suites), it manages to retain a slightly alternative vibe, with splashes of colour enlivening the decor. There’s a bar and a brasserie on the premises, as well as a small spa. You can often find weekend deals, making this a good place for a budget treat.
A budget hotel chain that punches above its weight, with moody decor, an attractive bar/lounge and a very central location (close to Manchester Piccadilly station and Canal Street). Rooms have free wifi, flat-screen TVs and classy bathrooms (rain showers, organic toiletries); family rooms have a sofa-bed. Breakfast is a generous continental spread.
A nicely priced hotel in Manchester’s Chinatown. It’s part of an international chain, and has a clean, corporate look, but it’s actually a good place for children and pets alike. Dogs are charged an extra £15 a night, while families (up to two adults and two children) can sleep here for under £100. There’s free wifi, a restaurant, bar, and a fitness centre.
The Place offers well-appointed, modern flats, backed by a range of hotel amenities (including an on-site fitness centre and a restaurant/bar). Each apartment has free wifi, a flat-screen TV, and kitchens with a dishwasher and a washing machine. There are one-bedroom, two-bedroom and family-sized options. The building was a Victorian cotton warehouse and is just yards from Manchester Piccadilly station.
An ‘aparthotel’, Roomzzz offers serviced rooms and suites with kitchenettes in the city centre. Decor is pared down and contemporary; facilities include a microwave and a dishwasher. There are communal washer-driers too. The larger suites are more like apartments, and are split across two levels. Continental breakfast is included in the price, as is wifi, and guests can also access deals on parking and local gym day membership.
A canal-side, purpose-built hostel in Castlefield, just a 10-minute walk or an easy bus ride into the city centre. A dormitory bed starts at £12, family rooms from £35 and private rooms from £40; en suite rooms are available too. The modern interior is bright and colourful, with a games room, a quiet space, and free wifi in public spaces. There are laundry facilities, luggage and cycle storage as well as a bar and restaurant, plus space to self-cater.