Manchester has no shortage of new hotels and restaurants as hospitality in the city continues to bounce back.
Now, alongside a feature about Manchester’s new ‘sky park’ at Castlefield Viaduct – which it describes as ‘the new NYC-style attraction that proves Manchester is still Britain’s coolest city’ – national newspaper The Daily Telegraph has picked what it considers the best of the new hotels across the city.
From a Jenga-inspired building to an aparthotel with a pool and steam room, this is their pick of the best.
New design-led hotel, bar and restaurant The Alan opened earlier this year on Princess Street, offering 137 rooms and meetings and events space as well as an open-plan kitchen, restaurant and bar offering an all-day seasonal menu.
It’s all about “industrial chic” at this central hotel, says The Telegraph, with “stripped-back plaster, exposed brick and a lobby floor made entirely from discarded pieces of marble”.
In the restaurant, chef Iain Thomas creates “excellent seasonal small plates and desserts”.
But why is it called The Alan? “Chosen as it felt ‘unpretentious and welcoming’, apparently,” says The Telegraph.
Leonardo Hotel Manchester Piccadilly
Inspired by Milan’s Bosco Verticale (vertical forest) tower blocks, Leonardo Hotel Manchester Piccadilly opened in May – though it had already won a design award from the Manchester Society of Architects before it even opened its doors.
In the new Piccadilly East neighbourhood, Leonardo Hotel has been nicknamed ‘the Jenga building’ for its “white jutting tower blocks draped in foliage,” says The Telegraph.
“There’s greenery inside too, from a living wall in reception to cascading leaves in its wellness room, and more geometry in the minimalist bedrooms’ artwork.”
CitySuites opened its second aparthotel, CitySuites II, in Embankment West earlier this year.
Allow “extra time to relax” in this upmarket aparthotel’s 18-metre pool, whirlpool tub and steam room, suggests The Telegraph.
“Next door to sister property CitySuites, and just a five-minute walk from Exchange Square’s shops, CitySuites II opened in January and five penthouse ‘SuperSuites’ were added in July.
“Muted grey apartments have kitchens with Nespresso machines.”
A short walk from Manchester Art Gallery, this new 256-room aparthotel will delight those seeking “a home from home that’s rich on charm, personality, style, elegance, creativity, quirkiness and originality,” says the Wilde Aparthotel.
“Gaze over the city’s rooftops from floor-to-ceiling windows, then step out (almost) right onto bustling St Peter’s Square,” at the Wilde Aparthotel, one of three Staycity aparthotels in Manchester, says The Telegraph.
“Inspired by Oscar Wilde, the hotel’s monochrome apartments are full of his books – which guests are encouraged to leaf through.”
Kitchenettes feature Smeg appliances, and there’s also a small fitness room for guests.
Luxury hotel Forty-Seven is due to open this autumn within a Grade II-listed former shipping warehouse on Peter Street.
It will offer a range of duplex and signature suites, alongside The Peterman Bar and the return of Asha’s Restaurant.
From the team at Kro Hospitality, owner of the popular Manchester boutique hotel Velvet, its 32 luxurious bedrooms and suites are “awash with bold, playful décor,” says The Telegraph.