With Valentine’s Day poking its love-filled head round the corner, what better time than now to think about a romantic staycation?
Strolling through Albert Square, cozying up in a pub, or enjoying a meal in one of Manchester’s finest restaurants is always better when you have a romantic room to head back to, and no washing-up to do.
With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most gorgeous and intimate hotels our city has to offer. Because sometimes, true romance and beauty can be found right on your doorstep.
Hotel Gotham is a big favourite with Manchester’s VIP crowd. This stunning building designed by Edwin Lutyens was formerly a branch of the Midland Bank and offers glitzy decadence with a cheeky twist.
There may be a Batman reference in the name and his motif may be on the do not disturb signs, but the theme is more a Baz Luhrmann interpretation of The Great Gatsby.
Enjoy cocktails on the roof terrace or dine in the Honey restaurant – it’s the perfect place for a fun and fruity overnight stay. The minibar even includes a ‘sex kit’.
Rooms start from £109 per night and go up to £900 depending on the date you book and whether you book one of the standard rooms or one of the extra snazzy suites.
Great John Street Hotel
Great John Street Hotel is in a very quiet location away from the hustle and bustle of the city yet just a short walk away from trendy Spinningfields.
The attention to detail here is sublime. All the rooms ooze sexiness. Original features like exposed floorboards, steel beams and fireplaces are complimented by rich, deep coloured fabrics, oversized chandeliers and bathrooms to die for. One of the them even has two free standing bath tubs, so you and your loved one can bathe at the same time.
With huge beds fit for a king, the rooms really are designed with comfort and luxury in mind.
The hotel’s past as an old schoolhouse is embraced throughout with pictures of former pupils on the walls and the staircases named ‘boys’ and ‘girls’. The former playground on the roof is now a glamorous bar and event space.
A top spot for weddings and events alike, this beautiful hotel is a great place for the most intimate occasions. A Midweek Staycation which includes a one night stay with breakfast, afternoon tea for two, champagne in your room upon arrival, chocolate dipped strawberries and a rose petal turndown costs from £255.
Rooms start from £113 per night.
One of the newest kids on the block is the stunning Indigo Hotel near Victoria Station. The building retains many of its original features and has a laid back bohemian vibe with 187 bedrooms styled to reflect Manchester’s industrial past.
The Mamucium Restaurant and Bar is overseen by former Lowry Hotel executive chef Andrew Green, so if it’s tempting tapas you’re looking for, or you just fancy some locally sourced beers, Hotel Indigo has it all.
Rooms start from £78.
The Lowry Hotel
This super celeb haunt on the banks of the Irwell has a beautiful setting, with vast, modern features and glass everywhere so you can enjoy the views of the city and river.
It offers up 165 bedrooms, six suites and a Presidential Suite which can cost up to £4,000 a night. Now that could be a great way to really push the boat out for your loved one. At 145 square metres, it’s by far the largest, most luxurious hotel accommodation in the city. There’s even a baby grand piano in the lounge/dining room. Wowser.
There’s a first floor spa where you and your partner can enjoy treatments from world-class brands, including massages and facials. Weekend packages are available if you are on a mini-relaxing staycation.
Also on site is the River Restaurant, one of Manchester’s finest. A fantastic Valentine’s menu is running from Thursday 14th February to 16th February priced £55 per person and includes a 4 course meal with a glass of Ayala champagne.
Rooms start from £150 per night.
The Principal Manchester
This former insurance company HQ is now home to a hip bar, a popular dining destination (Refuge by Volta), and the luxurious Principal Hotel.
The main entrance drips with ornate original features like glazed bricks, stained glass and carved wooden staircases. A three metre-high bronze horse graces the lobby, giving a nod to the horse-and-carriage turning circle that once stood on that exact spot.
The labyrinthine layout allows you to get lost quite easily, but it’s a great building to be explored so that’s no bad thing. Eat, dine, dance and sleep in this stunning, revamped hotel. It’s a one-stop building for all your romancing needs.
Breakfast is not to be missed, offering up an expansive buffet and a range of mouth- watering hot dishes.
Prices start from £94 per night.
King Street Townhouse
King Street Townhouse oozes character and charm. Described as a ‘small adaption of a baby grand hotel’, this Grade II listed Italian renaissance-style building has been transformed into an elegant hotel with only the finest fixtures and fittings.
The epitome of luxury, each bedroom boasts handmade South African linen, a television with Sky as well as a television over the bath.
It also boasts a rooftop infinity pool and cosy drinks terrace where you can romance your loved one whilst taking in the views of the city.
Having an onsite spa is always a bonus when you’re looking for a romantic staycation. And there’s all-day dining destination King Street Tavern and a private screening cinema room in the basement.
Prices start from £144 per night.
This 4 star luxury boutique hotel offers indulgence and romance, with stunning rooms with contemporary decor and elegant furnishings.
There are three styles of rooms – Velvet King Rooms, Superior Balcony King Rooms and Luxurious Penthouse Suites. We love the Superior Balcony King. Offering 275 square feet of decadence and individual design – to very high standards – some have a four poster bed, whilst another has a hot tub big enough for two (or more). But the selling point here are the heated balconies that overlook Canal Street.
Your loved one will be swept off their feet if you treat them to a stay at Velvet. Rooms start from a very reasonable £70 per night.
A firm and failsafe favourite for lovebirds, Malmaison Manchester is located just down the slope from Manchester Piccadilly. This interesting shaped building was a 19th century cotton warehouse which later became a Victorian dolls’ hospital.
On entering, the red leather sofas, black and white tiled flooring and glittering silver walls create a sense of drama with a splash of sexiness. Some of the bedrooms on the older side of the building have more character and can be quite small – perfect for a ‘cosy’ night in.
Standard rooms start from £83 a night. And if your love is as deep as a jacuzzi bath or pops like a bottle of bubbly, they also have an unmissable Love Suite Love offer – a suite for two, bottle of champagne, chocolate and breakfast from £189. The offer is available all year round too.