One of England’s most vibrant and lively cities, Manchester is a land thrumming with creativity, rich cultural heritage, hip neighborhoods, breathtaking natural beauty and, of course, home to the wildly popular football club. As soon as you land here, the first thing you’ll notice about this northern powerhouse is the warmth and friendly attitude of the people who are only too happy to help out tourists - a far cry from most big, bad cities.
No matter which age group you belong to, Manchester envelops you in its infectious atmosphere of culture, entertainment, and vibrancy, turning your vacation into a trip of a lifetime. For backpackers and budget travelers, these are some of the best places to stay in Manchester.
Disclaimer: Prices are current at time of publishing and are subject to change.
This grand and imposing building, well-connected with transport, is set right in the heart of the city, just a 10-minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station and less than a mile (1.6 km) from Manchester Oxford Road Train Station. The Metrolink Tram stop is also right outside the hotel. The property boasts an impressive balconied staircase, with glittering chandeliers, as well as spacious rooms and suites with tasteful furnishings meant to provide the ultimate comfort.
And, with two in-house lively bars - one including live DJs and a dance floor - a classic British restaurant, and a pizzeria, Britannia takes care of those sumptuous meals and fun moments that form such an integral part of great vacations.
Address: 35 Portland Street, Manchester City Centre, Manchester, M1 3LA, United Kingdom (see map)
Price: from 84 USD
With the name ‘Holiday Inn’, you can never go wrong. This property, adjacent to EventCity and 0.8 miles (1.3 kilometers) from Trafford Center, comes with 220 fully furnished modern rooms and free parking. You can enjoy easy access to their well-stocked bar, the mini gym, and high-speed internet, as well as a brilliant breakfast buffet spread, which includes a wide range of continental and hot items. There’s also the Express Café & Bar, which takes care of hunger pangs all day long.
With easy connectivity paired with comfort, Holiday Inn Express is an ideal place to camp, while exploring the sights and sounds of Manchester.
Holiday Inn Express
Address: 2 Mercury Way, Manchester, M41 7PA, United Kingdom (see map)
Price: from 91 USD
The flag-bearer of budget hotels, ibis, like always, has snagged an excellent location - a mile (1.6 km) from the city center - and offers all the standards amenities you could possibly need, like free WiFi, a 24-hour help desk, modern furnishings, and in-house eateries. It boasts quaint, soundproofed rooms, built cocoon style, complete with private showers, flat-screens, and a radio.
The continental breakfast buffet is totally worth the surcharge, with a wide range of assorted pastries, cheeses, yogurt, fruits, cereals, and more, while the recommended shops and restaurants can be reached in 10 minutes, by car.
Address: 2 Pollard Street, Manchester City Centre, Manchester, M4 7DB, United Kingdom (see map)
Price: from 51 USD
This value-for-money property, located close to the airport, is also a mere 5 minutes’ drive to Stockport city center, making it one of the popular pit stops for on-the-go travelers. The basic rooms are tasteful, modern and clean, and come with a coffee maker, as well as a fridge and microwave.
With a bus stop right across the road, you won’t really need to get your car out of the free parking space to get to the main hub, where the sightseeing tips, provided by the helpful, friendly staff, could prove to be pretty useful.
Address: 230 Wellington Road North, Manchester, SK4 2QN, United Kingdom (see map)
Price: from 51 USD
Not far from Manchester city center, the Britannia Airport Hotel is the perfect place if you’re just an overnight guest or arriving in the wee hours. With free parking, great internet coverage, an in-house bar and restaurant and, more importantly, a 24-hour airport shuttle service, it is extremely convenient and comfortable accommodation.
Hard-core explorers, too, can park themselves here, as the property is just minutes from M56 and M60 motorways, while the gorgeous Peak District National Park is a 35-minute drive and the Old Trafford only 10.
Address: Palatine Rd, Northenden, Manchester, M22 4FH, United Kingdom (see map)
Price: from 68 USD
Overlooking Salford Quays, this Copthorne property in Manchester boasts a great location, as well as easy connectivity. While Old Trafford is less than a mile (1.6 km) away, the Exchange Quay and Salford Quays Metrolink tram stations are only at a short distance on foot and one of the best ways to get to the town center.
The modern, spacious rooms come fitted with internet access, satellite TVs, and comfortable beds. The stylish restaurant has a commendable selection of international cuisine, and the lively bar is a complete package of snacks, cocktails, and live sports.
Address: Clippers Quay, Salford Quays, Salford, Manchester, M50 3SN, United Kingdom (see map)
Price: from 84 USD
Although 2.5 miles (4 km) from the city center, this Westlynne property is only a 5-minute walk from Crumpsall Metrolink Station, which opens up easy access to not only the main hub but also local sights, like the Museums of Science, Art and Transport, Manchester Arena, the City Of Manchester Stadium, the Lowry Center, and more.
While all rooms are fitted with modern, tasteful furnishings, the short-stay apartments come with a well-equipped kitchenette and a dining area. Do not miss out on their brilliant English breakfast, albeit at an extra cost.
The Westlynne Hotel & Apartments
Address: 16 Middleton Road, Manchester, M8 5DS, United Kingdom (see map)
Price: from 75 USD
This good-looking building is tucked away in a neighborhood which is a 10-minute walking distance from both the buzzing central area and Victoria Railway Station, while the posh Piccadilly area is a 20-minute walk away. Offering a free parking space, this cost-effective hotel has extremely clean and bright rooms, that come with a work desk, beverage-making facilities, and a TV.
While their traditional cooked breakfasts take care of the morning meal, light mid-day snacks with some fine European wine can be enjoyed at the bar, and hearty dinners, comprised of international dishes, must be experienced at their in-house restaurant.
Address: 55 Blackfriars Rd, Manchester City Centre, Manchester, M3 7DB, United Kingdom (see map)
Price: from 83 USD
Live it up in Manchester
Truly a unique destination, Manchester is the ‘break with a difference’, where you sacrifice golden beaches, summer tans, and mountain cabins and don’t regret it a bit. With a bevy of activities up its sleeve, the city is a rich blend of arts and history, beautiful landmarks, a thumping nightlife, and a crazy sports culture. Soak up the delicious sights, sounds, and smells of this place and you’re bound to get caught up in its infectious vibe, pulsating with life. In a nutshell, Manchester is one heck of a getaway, whether it’s to eat, drink, visit, or simply to feel alive.
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