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The 7 best Airbnbs in Manchester

Heading to Manchester and need accommodation? Look no further than our list of the coolest Airbnbs in the city

Written by
Danielle Goldstein
Rob Martin
Alex Floyd-Douglass
Camila Karalyte

Manchester is the cultural hub of the north. Amazing cuisines, crazy nightlife, killer shopping, and the friendliest people. So why not take a weekend break to explore the bustling city? And the only way to experience it fully like a local is to book an Airbnb for the night. Whether you’re in a residential district or the city centre, Airbnbs get you acquainted with a neighbourhood, giving you the lowdown on all its restaurants, bars and nightlife. And that’s especially the case in a city as buzzing as Manchester. Join us as we take a look inside Manchester's most interesting and enviable Airbnbs. 

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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every Airbnb featured, we've based our list on top reviews, hosts and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines. 

Best Manchester Airbnbs

The penthouse apartment in the Northern Quarter
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1. The penthouse apartment in the Northern Quarter

If you're looking to be in the heart of Manchester's hustling and bustling Northern Quarter, this stunning penthouse Airbnb is the one. With views of the city skyline and a balcony worthy of many a cocktail, it's reminiscent of a New York-style loft. Modern amenities include plush furnishings, Diptyque candles and a walk-in shower to make use of the Aesop toiletries on offer. This property has all you and up to five guests need for a super enjoyable stay in the Rainy City. 

Rooms? Two. Sleeps six guests.
Mood? Boutique chic. 
Location perks? Nestled in the centre of the Northern Quarter. 
Budget range? Very well priced. 

The designer studio in the Gay Village

2. The designer studio in the Gay Village

It may just be a studio but the stunning design – courtesy of New York's Gryzwinski+Pons – will have you dazzled. It's also above a coffee house, so that's breakfast sorted. In the apartment is a king-size bed, kitchenette, bathroom (with Kinsey Apothecary products) and Smart TV. Plus it's so close to fab restaurants, bars, shops and more that you could easily spend your entire stay in the village.

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Lock up and go, go, go.
Location perks? In the heart of the Gay Village.
Budget range? A great deal for central. 

The boutique boat in the city centre

3. The boutique boat in the city centre

From its pink honesty bar to the quirky interiors, this boutique chic boathouse is just what you need from a unique Airbnb in Manchester. There's outdoor seating to enjoy a cold one in the hotter months, an indoor fireplace for winter nights and a prohibition vibe throughout – great for the 'gram. Need a little more convincing? Your furry friends can come along for the ride – or sail – too. 

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Riverside bliss.
Location perks? Aside from being on the water, you're in the heart of the city centre and all it has to offer.
Budget range? Great for most budgets.

The luxury apartment near the Northern Quarter

4. The luxury apartment near the Northern Quarter

On the hunt for a Manchester Airbnb with a secret spa to sweeten the deal? Look no further. This stunning luxury apartment in the city centre is as five-star treatment as it gets – without the hefty hotel price. Luxe amenities include a private cinema room, a 24/7 gym, sauna, steam room and swimming pool – as well as a luxury spa that is free to use. The apartment itself also comes with free Netflix and Wifi, and a wide range of kitchen appliances – not that you'd need it with the free breakfast and dinner on offer. Bon appetit!

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Spa vibes all round.
Location perks? Super central and within walking distance to the Northern Quarter. Dreamy.
Budget range? A great deal for two. 

The modern houseboat in the city centre

5. The modern houseboat in the city centre

If you're comfortable in confined spaces, you'll have a blast on this boat. Moored in the heart of Castlefield – a stone's throw from Deansgate, the Crystal Maze, Spinningfields and Deansgate Locks – Moonshadow is a well-equipped and artfully designed narrowboat. The modern Prohibition decor is beyond lovely and somehow they've managed to fit in a kitchen, bathroom (with shower), double bed, central heating and – the best bit – an honesty bar with a dressing-up box. It's pet-friendly, too. Winner.

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Live your boat life.
Location perks? You're in the suburb of Castlefield – on the water. It's pretty epic.
Budget range? An absolute steal. 

The stylish redbrick apartment in Ancoats
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6. The stylish redbrick apartment in Ancoats

Sat in Ancoats on the edge of the Northern Quarter, this swish (but remarkably homely) rental is most notable for its glamourous balcony. With views out over the nearby terraced houses and Ancoats’ iconic red-brick industrial buildings, it’s a stunning feature in a top location.

Rooms? Two. Sleeps four guests.
Mood? Designer duplex. 
Location perks? On the edge of Northern Quarter and Ancoats.
Budget range? On the pricier side. 

The minimalist loft in the Northern Quarter

7. The minimalist loft in the Northern Quarter

As far as locations go, they don't come much better than this stunning minimalist loft in the Northern Quarter. Put that Uber app away, because everything worth visiting is within walking distance. And when you're not out exploring, the open-plan living (with vaulted ceilings, hello) will keep the holiday vibes flowing. There are two private double bedrooms, a sizeable lounge with a Smart TV, and use of a washing machine, which is handy for those longer stays.

Rooms? Two. Sleeps six guests.
Mood? Next-level design. 
Location perks? Within easy walking distance from the Northern Quarter and major train stations. 
Budget range? A really great deal.


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