What was the Palace Hotel went through a mammoth £25m revamp – and in 2016, out of it came this: the Principal, only to be renamed the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel. It's a magnificent Victorian redbrick building, once the HQ of the Refuge Assurance Company, has resplendent features (including a ballroom) and 271 elegant bedrooms. A big attraction is Refuge, a bar-restaurant collaboration with Manchester's Volta, a huge space which manages to be both imposing and inclusive. It’s handy for the Palace Theatre and Oxford Road railway station. Pricy – but worth every penny.
The hotel scene in Manchester continues to grow in stature, with many ranking among some of the best in the country. Ambitious hoteliers and the city’s wealth of impressive ex-industrial buildings mean you can expect a heady mix of classy lodgings, from cosy boutique offerings with atmospheric cocktail bars to twenty-first-century stunners containing the city’s best restaurants. Whether you want to see the city from the dizzying heights of the Hilton Manchester Deansgate, marvel at the Victorian splendour of the Midland, or embrace the beautiful game at Hotel Football, you’ll find somewhere special to stay with our selection of the best hotels in Manchester.