Sleep Like A King Or Queen In Manchester’s Beautiful Palace Hotel

Review of Palace Hotel Manchester | Oxford Street, Manchester, England
Palace Hotel Manchester
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Sarah J
Sarah J 

Manchester is often referred to as England’s second city and the Capital of the North. A large city with an industrial past, Manchester is known for its thriving music scene, vivacious and diverse nightlife, legendary football clubs, and its multicultural and cosmopolitan vibe.

The Palace Hotel is a fantastic place to stay when enjoying Manchester’s varied delights. A striking building with plenty of heritage, there are many eye-catching designs to enjoy both inside and out. Gorgeous rooms offer plenty of comfort and the hotel has excellent facilities for private functions and corporate events.

Part of Principal Hayley Hotels, or PH Hotels, it is one of the group’s iconic landmark city centre hotels across the UK.

Here’s what you can expect when you stay at Manchester’s stylish Palace Hotel:

A very wide section of rooms to choose between

Palace Hotel, Manchester
Source: Photo by Flickr user Mikey used under CC BY 2.0

The Palace Hotel boasts an incredible selection of rooms to cater to different party sizes and requirements. From single rooms for solo travellers or those who enjoy their privacy at night time, to rooms that can accommodate up to four guests in two double beds, whether you are looking for somewhere to stay on your own, as a family, with your loved one, or with your mates, the Palace Hotel is sure to have a room to suit.

Rooms for two people are available with either a double bed or two single beds. If you love to really stretch out at night you could even push the boat out and treat yourself to a room with two double beds, called a Double Double.

Rooms aren’t just about the capacity though; there are several different categories of room, each offering different facilities and amenities. There are Standard, Superior, and Deluxe options for each room type.

If you fancy even more luxury, why not opt for a stay in a Junior Suite? Or, for the ultimate bliss, there are also decadent Executive Suites.

A stay at the four-star Palace Hotel certainly isn’t cheap. Costs vary as to the time of year and whether you are staying throughout the week or over a weekend. Regular promotions and discounts can lower the price, however, and a visit needn’t break the bank completely.

As a guide, a Standard Twin room costs between around 75 GBP (approximately 108 USD) and 200 GBP (approximately 289 USD) per night. A night in a Deluxe Double room will set you back anything from around 105 GBP (approximately 152 USD) to 200 GBP+ (approximately 289 USD). Expect to pay a nightly rate of around 210 – 280 GBP (approximately 304 - 405 USD) for a Deluxe Double Double.

A night in a Junior Suite is around 400 – 600 GBP (approximately 578 - 867 USD) per night, with the prices for a night in an Executive Suite jumping to around 800 – 1,000 GBP (approximately 1,156 - 1,445 USD).

Spacious and comfortable rooms with lashings of sophistication and style

sleep like a king or queen in manchester’s beautiful palace hotel | spacious and comfortable rooms with lashings of sophistication and style

All rooms have an en suite bathroom and lots of space to move around. Furnishings include a large wardrobe, bedside tables with free-standing lamps, a desk, and additional seats. Some rooms have a small sofa and others have a coffee table with chairs. Suites have a separate plush living area.

Each room has a trouser press and a large mirror, helping you to look your absolute radiant best each time to step out of your door.

Warm carpets and central heating help you to stay warm and toasty. (Some rooms have tiled or wooden floors.)

The soft beds are inviting, with crisp white sheets that emit a slight delicate floral fragrance, enticingly plump pillows, and lusciously thick duvets that just tempt you to climb into bed. Indeed, the beds are so comfortable that you may just succumb to the temptation, wrapping yourself up and drifting off to sleep, totally oblivious to any friends in your room!

All rooms have satellite TV, a radio, a telephone, an alarm clock, and hot drink-making facilities. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the building.

The Palace Hotel is undergoing renovations, restyling and revamping many of its rooms. Some rooms feature original tiled walls from the building’s interesting past, others have plastered walls painted in soothing pastel shades or neutral hues, and others have exquisite wood panelling on the walls.

Whichever room type you choose, you can be sure that it will be well-maintained, clean, furnished and decorated to a high standard, and have several interesting touches as well.

A heritage building with plenty of character and atmosphere

Refuge Assurance Building, Manchester
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The Palace Hotel is housed within the former Refuge Assurance Building. The building was purpose-built for the life assurance and pensions company, and it was constructed in the early 1890s with later extensions and adaptations. The striking building, made from red brick and terracotta, was the company’s headquarters between 1895 and 1987. After remaining empty for several years, it was converted into a hotel in 1996.

One of Manchester’s most expensive and esteemed buildings, today’s visitors can admire the magnificent facades, complete with an elegant clock tower and graceful domes. Step inside and you will find yourself in a glass-domed lobby. As you wander around the hotel you will notice many period features, including original areas of tiling, grand columns, sweeping archways, and majestic staircases.

Unsurprisingly for a building of its age, size, and stature, several people have claimed to have experienced ethereal encounters and seen strange apparitions; the Palace Hotel is said to be haunted!

Impressive choice of event spaces and conference venues

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The Palace Hotel is home to a staggering 19 rooms for conferences and a variety of events. Whether you’re looking for somewhere swish for a wedding, want to host a knock-out party, are arranging a swanky corporate event, want a meeting with an air of refinement, or otherwise, check out the elegant spaces at the Palace Hotel.

Rooms can be set up to meet your needs, with various seating arrangements, dance floors, stages, and up-to-date technology, like excellent sound systems and AV equipment. The hotel can assist with catering, entertainment, floral arrangements, and many other aspects of event planning.

All rooms allow attendees to experience the Victorian splendour and ambience. From smaller meeting rooms and medium-sized rooms for a couple of hundred guests, through to the enormous and dazzling Grand Room, the Palace Hotel has many fantastic options.

Manchester attractions to enjoy during your stay at the Palace Hotel

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There are numerous architectural delights to admire when visiting Manchester. Including Manchester Cathedral, Manchester Town Hall, and the historical buildings of Manchester University, you certainly won’t be short of something to look at! Did you know that the world’s first computer was built at Manchester University? Take a stroll around Castlefield and explore the area that was once at the heart of the Roman settlement of Mamucium, be amazed in the stunning John Rylands Library and the glorious Chetham’s Library, and spend time in one of the city’s many brilliant museums. Art lovers will enjoy Manchester Art Gallery and The Lowry.

Soak up culture in Chinatown, tour the grounds of two mighty football teams, Manchester United and Manchester City, and experience one of Europe’s most-tolerant and long-established gay communities at The Village. The city has several great theatres and concert halls, including the Palace Theatre right opposite the Palace Hotel.

Other useful information for your stay

The closest train station is Manchester Oxford Road Station; it can be reached in about two minutes by foot. Trains connect Manchester to many places around the UK, and there are also regular bus and coach services to countrywide destinations.

The Palace Hotel has a restaurant (currently being refurbished) and a bar, and there are plenty of great restaurants, pubs, and bars within easy reach of the hotel. You will also find numerous shops close to hand.

Stay at the Palace Hotel for a combination of heritage, grandeur, and top class comfort within easy reach of many of Manchester’s terrific attractions.

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