Manchester's best cheap hotels
The Abel is a gastropub and hotel that contains a series of small but well-appointed rooms, each with free wi-fi. Breakfast is served until the very comfortable time of noon – and although you have to pay extra, it’s more than worth it: you’ll get a full Manchester fry-up featuring Bury black pudding. Located right in the middle of the Northern Quarter, the Abel Heywood is an easy walk to most of central Manchester, where you’ll find music venues such as the Manchester Arena.
You certainly get bang for your buck at this Marriott-owned hotel in Salford. All rooms are a good size, and come with free wi-fi and breakfast. Plus, there’s a fitness centre, a restaurant and a bar, as well as parking options if you’re bringing your car to Manchester. The area itself underwent a spell of regeneration a couple of decades ago, and is now a thriving hub that contains Old Trafford, The Lowry gallery, the Imperial War Museum North and MediaCity.
Hatters hostel is another in the Northern Quarter, and not far from a wealth of independent cafés, bars and shops. Breakfast comes included in the (very competitive) price, and wi-fi is free. The dorms are ordered, tidy, and some are women-only. Plus, if you can’t face the idea of bunking with others, there are single and double rooms. Communal areas include a basement bar and a self-catering kitchen (always handy if you’re working to a shoestring budget), and amenities range from a television to a pool table.
The ibis Budget offers you a hotel and hostel prices in Salford Quays. The decor is bright, airy with splashes of colour in both rooms and shared spaces. The rooms themselves – of which there are 210 – have shower pods, flat-screen TVs and a desk, plus complimentary wifi; some rooms sleep three. There’s a continental buffet-style breakfast, while the middle of town is a short trip on the tram away.
This outpost of the Malmaison chain was one of original boutique-style establishments to appear in Manchester. It’s located in a pretty Edwardian building that was once a warehouse, and even though the 180-odd rooms stops it from being a genuine boutique setup, it still as an artsy, alternative vibe. Splashes of colour bring the decor to life; there’s a bar, brasserie and spa to make use of. Also, keep an eye out for their weekend deals – it turns this place into a great budget option.
This is a lower-end hotel chain that still aims towards something classy. It has moody decor, a nice-looking bar/lounge and a handy location near Piccadilly train station and Canal Street, the main nerve of nightlife in Manchester. All rooms have free wi-fi, flatscreen TVs and stylish bathrooms with rain showers and organic toiletries. Family rooms each have a sofa-bed, while breakfast is a plentiful continental-style spread.
A fantastic-value hotel in the Chinatown district of Manchester that’s part of an international chain. It has a clean, slightly corporate aesthetic, but remains a good spot for kids and pets – dogs are permitted at just an extra £15 a night, while families of two adults and two children can sleep here for under £100. You’ll find free wi-fi, a restaurant, bar and a fitness centre here.
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.
Do you see what they did with the name? A hybrid ‘aparthotel’, Roomzzz offers serviced rooms and suites that come with kitchenettes: perfect if you want a little love from cleaners, but with space to cook. The decor is restrained and contemporary, and in the ktichen space you get a microwave and dishwasher. There are communal washer-driers to make use of too. The larger suites are split-level, and really do feel like apartments. Continental breakfast comes included, as does wi-fi, and extra add-ons include parkings and usage of local gyms.
The YHA is a canalside, purpose-built hostel in the Castlefield area. It’s not too far outside the city centre – you can be there within 10 minutes by foot, or even less by bus. Dorm beds here start at just £12, family rooms from £35 and private rooms from £40. There are ensuite rooms available, too. This place has a bright, colourful interior, and there’s a games room and a quiet space for you to enjoy, along with free wi-fi. Look out for laundry facilities, luggage and cycle storage, and a bar and restaurant alongside the self-catering space you’d probably expect.
Manchester's best restaurants
If you're staying a night or two in Manchester, make time to visit one of the city's many fantastic restaurants. You can treat yourself to anything brilliant burgers to barnstorming breakfasts and brunches.