One of Britain’s most culturally and commercially important cities outside of London, Manchester attracts a vast number of visitors throughout the year. Many are business travellers, owing to the city’s status as a major hub for trade fairs and conferences, but others come for a taste of its burgeoning arts and music scene, and to take in newly revitalised areas such as the bustling Salford Quays dockyards.
When it comes to accommodation options in Manchester, there’s no shortage of choice, with everything from guest houses and B&Bs in the suburbs through to renowned upscale chains and boutique hotels in the city centre. If you’re looking for cheap hotels in Manchester, you’re certain to find something to suit your needs, and to help you along the way, we’ve picked out 12 of the best below.
FROM £29/ NIGHT
Situated a few miles west of Manchester city centre in the town of Salford, this pub and hotel is housed in a building dating back to the late 19th century and has retained much of the charm of that era while offering modern facilities for its guests. Rooms come with a flat-screen TV and tea/coffee making facilities, and free WiFi is available throughout the property. Guests can relax and socialise in the downstairs pub, watch live sports events on TV, or play pool and darts. Notable attractions a short distance from the hotel include The Opera House and Old Trafford football stadium, while Manchester Piccadilly station is 6km away.
FROM £60/ NIGHT
Positioned on a quiet residential street in the suburbs of Rusholme, an inner-city Manchester suburb, the Victoria Park Hotel is a popular affordable choice. Each guest room has tea/coffee-making facilities and access to a private bathroom, with some of them ensuite. Free WiFi is also available in some rooms. There’s a 24-hour front desk where guests are encouraged to ask for tips on exploring Manchester. Old Trafford, the famous home of Manchester United football club, is a 10-minute drive and the city centre is just 5 minutes away by road.
FROM £54/ NIGHT
Nestled in the heart of the city, and with easy access to Manchester Victoria Station, this hotel enjoys a desirable location. Guest rooms come with a private ensuite bathroom, a TV, a DVD player and tea/coffee making facilities. The on-site pub dates, which back to the 18th century and oozes character and charm, serves an impressive selection of real cask ales, premium beer, lager and wine, and there’s a good food menu too, plus a roof terrace for those warmer months. Free WiFi is available throughout. A number of notable landmarks, including Manchester Cathedral, The Village and Albert Square re within 10-minutes’ walk of the hotel.
FROM £29/ NIGHT
Situated in the Greater Manchester town of Salford, an easy drive from the city centre, this affordable hotel is basic but comfortable. All guest rooms feature a flat-screen TV, tea/coffee-making facilities and free WiFi, plus complimentary toiletries in the ensuite bathroom. Hotel amenities include a pretty garden that’s ideal for relaxing and socialising, luggage storage, ironing facilities and full English breakfasts served each morning (extra charge). Manchester Airport is 8.7 miles away from the hotel.
FROM £45/ NIGHT
Located near the M602 motorway, just outside the city centre, this family-run hotel is convenient for visitors with their own transport and there’s free on-site parking too. Housed within a classic Victorian building, it’s retained many of its original features, lending the property plenty of charm. Guest rooms come with tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV. Elsewhere in the hotel, there’s a shared TV lounge where guests can relax and socialise, and cooked breakfasts are served daily. For shopping lovers, the Trafford Centre is just over a 10-minute drive away.
FROM £30/ NIGHT
Positioned just a few miles outside of the centre of Manchester in the quiet suburb of Fallowfield, this hotel is popular with guests keen to be based away from the city’s hustle and bustle. All of the simply designed and furnished guest rooms are ensuite and come with Freeview TV, tea/coffee-making facilities and free WiFi. For those arriving by car, there’s free on-site parking too. Manchester’s main university campuses are located nearby and you can catch night-time bus services to the city centre from a bus stop a minute’s walk from the hotel. Manchester International Airport is just over 5 miles away.
FROM £60/ NIGHT
This quaint, family-run B&B is a peaceful option, with the added benefit of a large park next door. A few minutes’ drive from the city centre, it’s not only tranquil but convenient too. Guest rooms are furnished in traditional style and feature an ensuite bathroom, flat-screen TV and tea/coffee-making facilities. Continental breakfasts can be ordered to your room (extra charge) each morning and free WiFi is available throughout the property. Old Trafford football stadium is 4 mile away and for those without a car there are nearby bus stops offering easy access to the city centre.
FROM £29/ NIGHT
Housed above a pub and restaurant, this no-frills but atmospheric hotel provides quick access to many of Manchester’s main attractions, including the Royal Exchange theatre, Arndale shopping centre and the Printworks leisure and nightlife complex, all of which are a short walk away. All guest rooms boast a flat-screen TV, wardrobe and tea/coffee-making facilities, and some rooms have an ensuite bathroom while others have access to share facilities. The downstairs pub and restaurant serve a wide range of drinks and there’s an extensive food menu. Salford Central Train Station is a few minutes’ walk away.
FROM £39/ NIGHT
This high-rise hotel in Eccles, a few miles outside Manchester city centre, is a popular out-of-town choice for visitors to the city. All of the guest rooms come with modern bathrooms, LCD TVs and tea/coffee-making facilities. Hotel amenities include a 24-hour front desk, an on-site restaurant and bar, a games room with a darts board, and free private parking. Free Wifi is also available throughout the hotel, including in all rooms. Old Trafford football stadium is 3 miles away and Manchester Airport is 8.7 miles away.
FROM £65/ NIGHT
Perhaps the most upscale inclusion in our list, but certainly affordable, is the Waterside Hotel, located in the suburb of Didsbury, a few miles south of the city centre. Set in 8 acres of pristine landscaped gardens on the banks of a river, the hotel combines an idyllic setting with some impressive amenities, including a well-regarded restaurant, a stylish lounge bar, and a leisure centre complete with hydrotherapy pool, thermal suites, saunas, steam rooms and a gym. Ad for the guest rooms, they have a private bathroom, tea/coffee-making facilities and a flat-screen TV. For drivers, the M56 and M60 motorways are nearby.
FROM £27/ NIGHT
This hotel has one of the most eye-catching backdrops of any accommodation option in or around Manchester, nestled at the foot of the city’s beautiful cathedral. It is in fact one of Manchester’s oldest hotels, and while it’s retained its original grand exterior, you wouldn’t know it from the interior, which includes a restaurant and a swanky bar with Sky Sports and a pool room. Guest rooms are equally contemporary, with a TV, tea/coffee-making facilities and either shared or private bathroom. Some also offer excellent views of the cathedral. There’s a 24-hour front desk and Full English breakfast are served each morning. Popular nearby attractions include the Corn Exchange, Selfridges and Sinclairs Oyster Bar.
FROM £84/ NIGHT
If you’re arriving into Manchester by mainline train then this hotel is excellently located for you, being just a few minutes’ walk from the city’s central transport hub of Manchester Piccadilly. Guest rooms here come with an en-suite shower, flat-screen TV and a portable desk. Elsewhere in the hotel, there’s a lounge and bar area where buffet breakfasts are served each morning, and where guests can also order snacks and drinks throughout the day. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Manchester Conference Centre is just over 5 minutes away on foot and Manchester Airport can be reached in 25 minutes by road.