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Secret Hotels LeedsAs an ancient settlement dating back to Roman times, Manchester has developed into a thriving urban metropolis and a delight for its millions of visitors each year. Hugely significant as an industrial and manufacturing city during the Revolution, Manchester has reinvented itself as a cosmopolitan hub of culture, architecture, music and sporting prowess. As the third most visited city in the UK, Manchester boasts an abundance of attractions, sights and entertainment venues sure to please and awe any visitor.  If Manchester seems like the city for you, why not browse our handpicked list of lastminute.com and Hotwire Secret Hotels and grab yourself a bargain city break today?

Manchester preserves its heritage whilst embracing its future and this can be seen by observing its rich variety of iconic architecture. From the traditional Victorian redbrick cotton mills to the futuristic looking Beetham Tower, Manchester’s tallest building, a refreshing blend of old and new can be experienced by simply wandering through the city centre. For those wanting to escape the concrete jungle for a day or two Manchester boasts 6 local nature reserves meaning that the wonders of nature and the great outdoors are never too far away.

The city is also known for its colourful musical heritage and prides itself on being home to such bands as The Smiths, Joy Division and Oasis. This history is preserved by the many indie live music venues dotted around the city which help to promote and give an audience to new up and coming musical talents. Classical music is celebrated by the two symphony orchestras and pop music acts are hosted by the Manchester Arena, the largest arena in Europe.

Shopaholics are sure to enjoy the immense Trafford Centre retail and entertainment complex. Boasting The Orient – Europe’s largest food hall, 280 retailers and brands including Selfridges, a multiplex cinema and miniature golf course, any and every visitor is sure to be enthralled by the sheer choice of attractions.

Of course, Manchester is also home to the greatest football rivalry in the UK – the derby between Manchester United FC and Manchester City FC. Football fans can catch a game at Old Trafford or the Etihad Stadium and embrace the lively atmosphere that is always guaranteed at a football match in Manchester.

No hotel wants empty rooms, so let us take advantage of this to deliver you the finest accommodation in Manchester at bargain prices. Book with our list of Secret Hotels providers including Hotwire Secret Hot Rate, lastminute.com, LowCostHolidays and Expedia to access these unbelievable discounts.  From 5* luxury contemporary apartments boasting panoramic views over the Manchester skyline to elegant townhouse boutiques perfect for those wanting to relax and unwind with some indulgent spa treatments; whatever you choose to do in Manchester make sure you stay in style with Secret Hotels.

4 Star – Secret Hotel in Rochdale

Located just 8 miles from Manchester, this 4 star Secret Hotel in Rochdale gives you the best of both worlds- a rural break and just minutes away from the cosmopolitan city of Manchester. Leisure facilities at this deluxe establishment are second to none, with a fantastic golf course, hot tub pool, indoor swimming pool as well as a Jacuzzi and massage treatments. You’re guaranteed to leave feeling truly reenergised. Should you wish to stay in in the evenings, there is an elegant restaurant and bar onsite for your convenience, but with parking available, you can just as easily drive somewhere nearby.

Manchester has got a whole host of interesting galleries and museums to explore, but if you’re visiting with children, then the Museum of Science and Industry is a must! Kids will love all the interactive displays where they can learn more about everything from space travel to the internet! There’s even an Experiment section where you can see your own skeleton ride a bicycle, watch the tornado machine and measure your reactions against the speed of light! There’s also a 4D cinema where all your senses will be used to conjure up the atmosphere of the film. Put on your 3D glasses and get ready for water spray, moving seats and air blasts!

Looking to pick up a few gifts? Manchester is home to a wide variety of both brands and independent shops as well as plenty of markets for bargains and one off pieces! Head to the Northern Quarter and unleash your inner bohemian side. Every weekend there’s a vintage fashion market on Tib Street and behind Debenhams is the North’s answer to Camden Market in Afflecks Palace. If you’re after something more mainstream then take a trip to the Trafford Centre located on the outskirts of the city. Under one roof you’ll find favourites such as John Lewis, Topshop and H&M.

The Manchester we know and love today is a product of the Industrial Revolution, and the architecture therefore is mostly from the 19th and 20th centuries, although there are a few Georgian and Medieval buildings that have survived. One notable structure still standing is the Hanging Bridge dating back to 1421. Whilst you’re there, be sure to pop into Manchester Cathedral and take one of the daily tours. If you’re visiting over the Christmas festivities, attending one of the services here with the choir is sure to be a memorable occasion.

Georgian charm minutes from Manchester airport – 4 star – Manchester

Experience Georgian charm minutes from Manchester airport. This charming property is an ideal option for those wanting to cut down journey times to and from the terminals. There is also free parking onsite and a car rental desk, so you can have the flexibility to explore this beautiful part of the UK. Guest rooms are equipped with coffee and tea making facilities, cable television and en-suite bathrooms with complimentary toiletries, and there is even a business centre onsite for those needing to get their head down.

Manchester is a great city for seeing great art, with a wealth of galleries such as the Manchester Art Gallery, Whitworth Art Gallery and the independent Artzu Gallery. If you can see just one, then Manchester Art Gallery is highly recommended, and with daily free talks even if you’re knowledge is limited you can easily discover more through the informative guides. Couples will enjoy Thursday Lates, where you can stroll round the gallery at your leisure and enjoy sharing platters and wine from the café bar. The evening also features a live band and an artist’s talk so there’s plenty to keep you occupied.

What do you get the ultimate Manchester United fan? A tour of Old Trafford of course! Venture inside this famous stadium and see the medals and awards up close in the award-winning museum, before you head into the player’s dressing rooms, dug out and press room. For special occasions, there are Legend Tours available, where you’ll be shown round by one of the team’s players. Hear the stories from the heroes that were there during the victories and historical moments of the club – it doesn’t get much better than that!

Stretch your legs in nearby Tatton Park, with a 1,000 acre deer park and 50 acres of award winning gardens. Children will love the farm, where they can pet and feed pigs, donkeys, goats and hens. Afterwards, there’s an adventure play area to explore with a maize maze to get lost in and a den building area. The park is also host to many events throughout the year, including the Christmas Shopping Fair and The Wedding Show. If you’re looking to pick up some souvenirs for your trip, then be sure to pop into the Housekeeper’s Store in the stable yard. This gourmet food and drink shop sells bespoke food hampers, local ales and estate-reared meat, including venison.

Enjoy your stay in Manchester!

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Fantastic hotel next to Manchester airport – 4 star – Manchester

Make your stay in Manchester that bit easier by staying at this fantastic hotel next to Manchester airport. Whether you land late at night or need to catch an early flight, staying within close proximity will ensure you don’t waste time travelling and give you more time enjoying the luxuries of this four star Secret Hotel. Expect beautifully furnished guest rooms with a private bathroom and bathtub equipped with complimentary toiletries and mod cons such as cable television, coffee and tea making facilities and a telephone. Let the conscientious staff take good care of you, whether you want to pick their brains for tourist tips or order room service.

It can seem daunting taking the little ones with you on a city break, but fear not because Manchester has a great selection of activities to keep them occupied! Chester Zoo has to be the number one attraction for families visiting Manchester, because not only has it been crowned the best zoo in the UK, but it’s also one of the top fifteen zoos in the world. Explore the mesmerising enclosures on foot, or take the waterbus for a unique way to see your favourite animals. If you’re visiting with a partner or loved one, why not make a stop at Oakfield Manor, a Victorian manor house located in the grounds, and enjoy a typically British afternoon tea!

Art aficionados should find time to explore the 21 rooms spread over the three floors of Manchester Art Gallery. The Gallery is most praised for its stunning pre-Raphaelite collections, as well as works by Modigliani, Turner and Rossetti. Workshops are also on offer for budding artists and art historians, including children’s versions. The onsite café sources all its produce locally, and the menu is bursting with delicious homemade treats from British classics like bangers and mash to a selection of cakes and pastries- the perfect place to refuel!

Manchester offers a great selection of nightlife to suit all tastes. Circus Tavern dates back to the 1790’s and was once frequented by circus performers from the Manchester Circus that was once a permanent fixture in the city. This is strictly a watering hole but with a warm and welcoming ambiance it remains popular with locals and tourists alike. Alternatively, if you’re looking for somewhere special to sip cocktails or share a romantic bottle of wine, Cloud 23 is a deluxe sky bar that overlooks the city from the 23rd floor of the Hilton Deansgate.

Stylish hotel, pool & spa, near Manchester airport – 4 star – Manchester

Conveniently located near the airport, this four star Secret Hotel, ‘Stylish hotel, pool & spa, near Manchester airport – 4 star – Manchester’ benefits from free parking and an extensive range of leisure facilities you won’t want to leave! With an onsite hair and beauty salon, gym with aerobics classes and an indoor pool and spa equipped with a steam room and sauna, you’ll feel revitalised and reenergised in no time. Guest rooms are serviced by daily housekeeping and benefit from free internet access as well as first class amenities such as coffee and tea making facilities, a separate hanging closet and flat screen television.

John Rylands Library in Manchester’s city centre is the Univeristy Library, but was originally built as memorial to the late John Rylands courtesy of his wife. The building is architecturally striking, built in the late Victorian era in a neo-gothic design; this grand library is more reminiscent of a church with its high ceilings and ornate stonework. Venture inside to the ethereal Reading Room and be sure to check out the basement toilets, restored to their Victorian glory!

The Imperial War Museum North gives you the chance to learn about world conflict past and present through informative displays and exhibitions. Highlights include the British Army’s field gun from WWI that fired the first shell and a collection of steel from the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attack as well as hundreds of photos, posters and artefacts bringing to life historical events and conflicts from around the world. If you’re travelling with children, be sure to check out the family events on offer throughout the year which are fun and educational sessions about war time themes such as child evacuation and food rationing. After your visit, refuel at the WaterShard café and Kitchen located within one of the three shards of the venue. With seasonal dishes, homemade pizzas and delicious cakes it’s the perfect place to reflect on the galleries of the museum.

For those visiting the city for a romantic break, Manchester offers a great range of classy restaurants and cocktail bars. Why not try the Second Floor restaurant at Harvey Nichols overlooking Exchange Square. With an extensive wine list, master mixologists and both European and Asian dishes served in the Restaurant and Brasserie, it’s one of the best destinations in the city to woo a loved one! For daytime activities, why not take a rowing boat out on the lake at Heaton Park? Stroll around the 600 acres and enjoy a lunchtime picnic, or take a tour of Heaton Hall for some culture.

Contemporary & stylish airport hotel! – 4 star – Manchester

This contemporary & stylish airport hotel is furnished to a high standard with elegant and modern interior design, conveniently located within close proximity of Manchester Airport. Rest assured that after a late flight you’ll be within the comfort of your spacious guest room in no time, enjoying the plush duvets, complimentary high speed internet connection and cable television. Unwind during your stay in the health club, equipped with an indoor swimming pool, fully equipped gym, beauty salon and sauna and steam room- you won’t want to leave!

Whatever the weather during your visit to Manchester, the city is full of activities and sights to do and see. Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry however is a great option for families, with tonnes of interactive displays to get you thinking and learning. Wander through the Victorian Sewer, with authentic smells and sounds to find out about Manchester’s underground, discover the history of communication, watch a show in the 4D theatre and find out what it was like to work in the Manchester cotton mills with live demonstrations to show just how noisy it really got!

Another great cultural day out is the Whitworth Gallery situated in Whitworth Park. This beautiful building has over 55,000 pieces in its collection including textiles, sculpture, prints and both historic and modern art. Highlights include Genesis by Sir Jacob Epstein and Moonlight on Lake Lucerne with the Rigi in the Distance by Turner. The Gallery café is run by award winning caterers and children’s meals come with a fun art pack.

If you’re visiting with a loved one, Tatton Park makes a great romantic day out. The mansion sits within 50 acres of award winning gardens, which in turn are situated in the centre of 1,000 acres of lush greenery. The house was occupied by the Egerton family during the 18th and 19th centuries, and the collections of rare and antiquarian books and paintings are a reflection of the importance of the family and of course their wealth. Afterwards, explore the grounds at your leisure on foot, bicycle or horseback if you’re feeling adventurous! The site has been a deer park since 1290, so packing a picnic and watching these regal animals is highly recommended. If the weather’s not in your favour however, the Stables restaurant offers up homemade, locally sourced dishes and even includes a ‘baby deli’ for those with little ones.

 

Stunning spa hotel close to Wigan – 4 star – Manchester

Enjoy a stay at this popular award-winning four star stunning spa hotel close to Wigan at a fraction of the price! Situated within easy access of both Manchester and Liverpool, it’s the perfect base to explore the best of the North from a deluxe base ideal for both leisure and business guests. Guest rooms are well appointed with a Jacuzzi style bath, cable television and a dining area where you can make the most of the room service, serviced by the award-winning restaurant. Relax in the spa with a massage, cool down in the pool or work out in the gymnasium before you stroll around the beautiful gardens. With free parking and a first class business centre, this luxury property really has it all!

Manchester is perhaps most famed today for its football club Manchester United, so a tour of the iconic Old Trafford stadium is a must on most peoples lists. If you’re visiting for a special occasion, why not book a Legend Tour? You’ll explore the stadium guided by none other than one of the team’s iconic players themselves. A range of players take part in the tours throughout the year so be sure to check who’s scheduled for during your visit. This unique tour will be brought to life, as your footballer guide will relive some of the biggest victories and moments in their football career. Another option is taking the leisure cruise tour, which gives visitors the chance to travel to the stadium by the canal, taking in the sights of the city centre and Salford Quays on the way.

Thrill seekers will love Chill Factore, home to the UK’s longest ski slope. Just 4 miles from central Manchester, you can try your hand at skiing and snowboarding as well as indoor climbing. Staff offer classes and courses for all levels, so whether you want to show off your skills or have a go at a new activity, the centre provides a fun day out for all ages- making it the ideal family day out!

Take a stroll around Manchester’s city centre and you’ll encounter countless beautiful buildings, from cutting edge modern design to historic landmarks like the Town Hall. This Victorian building was designed by Alfred Waterhouse and completed in 1877. The interior resembles that of the Palace of Westminster and has thus been used for films, including The Iron Lady.

Enjoy your stay in this enchanting city!

Great value hotel between the City Centre and Media City

A great location within easy reach of all Manchester’s main attractions, this Secret Hotel is serviced by attentive staff offering dry cleaning and room service to ensure your stay is relaxed and hassle free. Should you be travelling for business, make sure you take advantage of the fully equipped business centre with meeting rooms as well as the onsite convention services. Guest rooms are well appointed with all the mod cons you would expect, and if you’re travelling as a family, there are oversized family rooms available so you can all stay together as well as infant beds and cribs available on request. Snap up this great value hotel between the city centre and Media City today!

First timers to this exciting city should consider taking a tour to get their bearings. The sightseeing bus tours can be a great option, as you’ll cover more miles than on foot and the informative guide will entertain you with interesting facts about landmarks such as the John Rylands Library, Manchester Town Hall and Trafford Park. For something more unique, why not book onto a ghost walk! You’ll get to hear all the spooky stories of the city as you wander through the alley ways and into some of Manchester’s most haunted buildings. The tour also includes visiting the sights of the film locations for Hogwarts and Sherlock Holmes.

It can be difficult keeping the kids entertained during city breaks, but if you’re stuck for things to do then Chill Factore is sure to occupy even the fussiest of children! This fun and educational centre offers courses and classes for all levels in snowboarding, indoor climbing and skiing- so whether you’re doing jumps on the slope or falling over all day you’re guaranteed lots of laughs and entertainment.

Manchester’s Chinatown is the second largest in the UK after London so if you like oriental cuisine and exotic shops then be sure to squeeze in a couple of hours here. With vibrant colours and decadent décor, Chinatown is a feast for the eyes and if you happen to be visiting in February during Chinese New Year, then you’re in for a treat as this is when the area comes alive with traditional festivities including a big parade and beautiful costumes.

For eating out, it doesn’t get much better than Michael Caines at Abode. This award winning restaurant is the brainchild of double Michelin star chef Michael Caines so expect innovative dishes paired with delicious wines- a must for special occasions!

Contemporary trendy hotel in central Manchester! – 4 star – Manchester

Situated close by to Manchester Arena and Victoria train station, this contemporary trendy hotel in central Manchester is a modern oasis with fantastic leisure facilities that see guests return again and again. Unwind in the sauna and steam room, enjoy a leisurely swim in the pool or work up a sweat in the gym before indulging in some beauty treatments in the spa. Guest rooms are elegant and benefit from their own climate control as well as being furnished with modern amenities such as cable television, coffee and tea making facilities and a telephone. If you’re travelling with children, don’t hesitate to ask the staff for an extra bed or cot. They will be more than happy to assist with your every desire at the 24 hour reception.

Manchester is known for its lively nightlife and first class music venues, so be sure to indulge in at least one night on the tiles during your stay. Every year, The Warehouse Project holds live DJ events for three months in…you guessed it, a former warehouse! With a 2000 people capacity, these performances get filled up quick, so be sure to book tickets well in advance. Another great place to catch music events throughout the year is The Deaf Institute. With beautiful décor and delicious food and drink served during the day, this unique venue is a must to catch your favourite beats. Jazz enthusiasts should head to Matt and Phred’s Jazz Club where the likes of Jamie Cullum and The Small Faces have performed. For eating out, try decadently decorated Vermilion. The Thai and Asian inspired menu is complimented by the very opulent décor designed by Miguel Cancio Martins who’s also responsible for the interiors of Buddha Bar in Paris and Opium in London.

For some culture, Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry is a fun and free day out for all the family. Whether you’re a budding pilot and want to get up close to a triplane in the Air and Space Gallery, or are keen to discover the history of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, there’s a ton of interactive displays to get you thinking and learning, including a 4D theatre and an Experiment Science Centre. Before you go, be sure to pick up some souvenirs in the gift shop or treat yourself to a cupcake in the coffee shop.

Whatever you decide to do during your stay, Manchester is an exciting destination that is sure to lure you back again!

Contemporary Manchester city centre hotel – 4 star – Manchester

An opportunity to stay at an award winning luxury hotel in the centre of Manchester not to be missed! This friendly hotel benefits from being just a stone’s throw near to the city’s main attractions, great restaurants, shopping and bars. If you fancy staying in however, the onsite bar and restaurant have a fantastic reputation with the locals and guests. The hotel prides itself on guest rooms furnished to a high standard, so you can expect all the modern amenities such as cable television, an en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries and plush duvets to ensure a comfy nights sleep. This contemporary Manchester city centre hotel is serviced by a 24 hour reception, offering dry cleaning and postal/fax services.

The Cornerhouse is a must for culture vultures, as an integral part of Manchester’s arts scene and championed by the likes of Helen Mirren and Damian Hirst. Pop in and browse the bookshop, which has an impressive selection of cultural magazines and films as well as books, or catch up with friends in the café bar. With three galleries and three cinema screens showing independent films, be sure to check what’s on during your visit! If you’re feeling peckish after, Hey Little Cupcake in Spinningfields makes the best cakes, including gluten free and vegan treats. The strawberry cheesecake cupcakes and chocolate brownies are to die for!

If you fancy some fresh air, look no further than Tatton Park, spread over 1,000 acres of lush grounds. Stroll through the 50 acres of award winning gardens or wander up to the 19th century mansion that is the focal point of this glorious haven. Herds of red and fallow deer have called the park home for decades, so why not bring a picnic and watch these majestic animals whilst you dine alfresco. If you’re visiting with children, make sure you call in at the onsite farm, where you can let your little ones feed the goats and hens or pet the pigs and donkeys. There’s also a children’s adventure playground complete with a den-building zone, storytelling and a maize maze open from July to October. The Park also has a busy calendar of events throughout the year, so be sure to check out what’s on during your visit. Highlights include Tatton Park Antiques and Fine Art Fair and Unlocking the Secrets of the Japanese Garden.

Enjoy your stay in this delightful city, combining urban and rural life!

Contemporary & chic in Manchester city centre! – 4 star – Manchester

Ideal for both leisure and business guests this four star luxury Secret Hotel, ‘Contemporary & chic in Manchester city centre! – 4 star – Manchester’, is in a prime location for sight seeing, trying out restaurants or doing a spot of shopping. This modern hotel is serviced by a 24 hour security and reception as well as having a range of first class facilities on site. The hotel bar and restaurant offer flexible dining, and of course room service options if you want to make the most of your plush guest rooms. If you’re looking for some R&R, then let the wellness centre take care of you, equipped with a sauna, gym and steam room for the ultimate relaxation. Families with young children are welcome, with the hotel benefiting from a children’s play area as well as offering children’s menus, highchairs and cots.

After London, Manchester’s Chinatown is the biggest in the UK, so if you’re lucky enough to be visiting during Chinese New Year in February then you’re in for a treat with the festivities displayed here, including an impressive parade with Chinese Dragons. During the rest of the year, this magical part of the city is alive with delicious restaurants and exotic shops- you’ll feel like you’re a million miles away! Looking for somewhere tasty to eat? Sweet Mandarin serves up some of the best Chinese cuisine in the city, as well as some pretty mean cocktails!

Manchester is famed for it’s diverse architecture, stretching back to Roman times. Arley Hall is a superb example of early Victorian design, set in 12 acres of stunning gardens. Take a tour of this magnificent stately home, or why not try your hand at clay pigeon shooting? You’ll be instructed by a qualified guide for 2 ½ hours as you take on 500 clays, and afterwards you’ll have a 2 course lunch to look forward to in the Tudor Barn Restaurant. Manchester Cathedral is another must see, known for it’s ornate medieval woodwork. Take a tour to learn more about the complex history of this house of worship, including the oldest structure in Manchester, the Hanging Ditch Bridge, and a close inspection of the carved misericords, celebrated for being some of the finest in Europe.

In the evening, the Northern Quarter really comes into its own- full of quirky bars, music venues and nightclubs. The Black Dog Ballroom is based on the speakeasies of New York and serves up some of the city’s best cocktails thanks to its first class mixologists.