Manchester today feels like it’s come a long way from its rich industrial heritage. A vibrant cultural scene along with an ever growing assortment of swanky new-build residential developments are contributing to the city’s modern evolution into a true 21st century metropolis. Yet you don’t need to dig far under the surface to discover its legacy, such as The Castlefield conservation area’s 18th-century canal system that recalls the city’s days as a textile powerhouse.
In keeping with Manchester’s growth in recent years, its accommodation options are now as good as anywhere, with something to suit every taste and budget. Among the city’s hotels are several with their own swimming pool. If you’re planning a visit to Manchester and like the idea of having access to an indoor pool or outdoor pool, here are 5 of the best.
FROM £89/ NIGHT
Situated just moments from Manchester Victoria Rail Station, this contemporary 4-star hotel is a convenient choice for those arriving into the city by train. As for its amenities, there’s a health club and spa featuring a large swimming pool, a steam room and sauna, and a gymnasium. A restaurant specialising in grilled meats means there’s no need to leave the hotel to find a decent meal and there’s also a separate stylish bar with an outdoor terrace. Guest rooms feature tea/coffee-making facilities, hairdryers, and safes, along with scenic views across the city. Manchester’s vibrant lively Printworks entertainment complex is within walking distance of the hotel.
FROM £98/ NIGHT
This upscale spa hotel enjoys a prime location close to some of the city’s main landmarks, including Bridgewater Hall, the Palace Theatre and Manchester Central Exhibition and Conference Centre. Within the hotel itself, the luxurious spa offers a swimming pool, an aromatherapy steam room, and an Alder-Wood sauna. There’s also a fine dining restaurant that attracts visitors from far and wide and a charming tea room. Guest rooms are stylishly designed and feature air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. A wide number of shops and bars are within a 10-minute walk.
FROM £110/ NIGHT
Located within the Beetham Tower modern skyscraper, one of central Manchester’s most famous landmarks, this Hilton hotel boasts a luxurious spa complete with a swimming pool, treatment rooms, sauna and steam room, and well-equipped gymnasium. The large guest rooms are designed in colourful style and feature eye-catching artwork, a plasma-screen TV, floor-to-ceiling windows, private bathroom and air conditioning. Elsewhere in the hotel, there’s an intimate restaurant and a swanky bar serving classic cocktails. For those arriving by car, there’s free on-site parking. The MEN Arena is a 15-minute walk away.
FROM £89/ NIGHT
Another centrally located hotel, the affordable 3-star Sachas hotel features a modern health and leisure club with a swimming pool, a hot tub, a steam room and sauna, and a gym. There are also two on-site restaurants – a pizzeria and a casual diner style eatery – along with a separate buzzing bar. Guest rooms are brightly decorated and come with a private bathroom, TV and tea/coffee-making facilities. All of the city centre’s main attractions, including a wide range of shops, bars and restaurants, are within walking distance. Manchester Airport is a 30-minute drive away.
FROM £70/ NIGHT
Enjoying a scenic setting overlooking Manchester’s Bridgewater Canal, a 10-minute walk from the city centre, this is another hotel that won’t break the bank while offering plenty of amenities. Among them are a 20-yard swimming pool, a gymnasium, a sports hall with a running track, and a sauna. There’s also a cosy lounge bar that’s ideal for pre-dinner drinks or a nightcap. Guest rooms feature a digital TV, a work desk, tea/coffee-making facilities and a private bathroom. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel too. The Museum of Science and Industry is directly next door and Deansgate Rail Station is 10 minute away on foot.