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SECRET HOTELS MANCHESTER

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!

Great hotel with views of the waters edge! – 4 star – Manchester

Located in Salford Quays, this great hotel with views of the waters edge is perfect for those looking for a tranquil retreat close by to the buzz of central Manchester. Although the nightlife and attractions of Manchester are within easy reach, there is a great bar and elegant restaurant onsite for your convenience. Staff are warm and attentive, and are more than happy to help with currency exchange, laundry services and express check-out. Families and groups will find the connecting rooms a helpful addition, and mod-cons such as cable television, games console and free internet access are sure to be a hit with children and adults alike.

Salford Watersports Centre is just on your doorstep, and makes for a unique day out- whether you’re visiting with children or a loved one. It might sound strange but scuba diving and snorkeling are popular in these clear waters, with plenty of plants and fish to look at. For thrill seekers, the Wake Park here offers both beginner and advanced lessons in wakeboarding, run by the expert staff who will ensure the experience is fun and exciting whatever your level. For those who’d prefer to stay on dry land, the centre has an 8 metre indoor climbing wall as well as running trips to outdoor locations throughout the year.

Kids will love Chester Zoo- the UK’s number one zoo! Explore 110 acres of enclosures and gardens, home to over 400 different species, including Sumatran Tigers, Spectacled Bears and Komodo Dragons. There are regular talks throughout the week to teach you about your favourite animals so be sure to check the schedule before hand so you can time your visit! There’s also a mini golf course and playing area for children, or why not get into the animal spirit and have your face painted in the studio next to the lions!

The Royal Exchange Theatre is a uniquely designed venue situated inside the antique Victorian Cotton Exchange Buildings in the city centre. This destination theatre has a busy programme of events throughout the year with critically acclaimed plays and performances as well as a brasserie, coffee bar and Craft Shop and Gallery. Eating out doesn’t have to cost the earth in Manchester, with many of its best restaurants benefitting from small price tags. This and That is an unassuming Indian restaurant, serving up delicious curries for less than a fiver. For food on the go, Pancho’s Burritos just by the Arndale Centre serves up authentic Mexican bites, whilst Katsouris is a mouthwatering Greek deli.

 

Trendy new apartments in Northern Quarter – 5 star – Manchester

Enjoy more freedom with your accommodation in these trendy new apartments in the Northern Quarter. Expect contemporary design and modern facilities as a result of a recent refurbishment as well as all the amenities you would expect from an establishment of this caliber: fully equipped kitchen, living area and sumptuous bedrooms. With fabulous restaurants, independent shops and quirky bars on your doorstep, you can ensure your stay will be truly memorable.

Getting up close to nature can be one of the most rewarding experiences, and what better way to see a range of exotic species than visiting the UK’s number one Zoo at Chester. The innovative enclosures, informative daily talks and interactive conservation displays have propelled Chester Zoo into the world’s top fifteen. Transport yourself to Africa as you enter the Tsavo Bird Safari and walk amongst brightly coloured birds, or watch the majestic jaguar in its carefully constructed enclosure to help stimulate the mind. Why not hop on the waterbus, a unique way to see the gardens and animals from the comfort of your raft through the canal system, or jump on the zoofari monorail. Afterwards, grab some lunch at June’s Pavilion for the best family meal deals, or head to Acorn Pub and BBQ with its own beer garden- perfect for a romantic day out!

Manchester cathedral dates back to the Middle Ages, with the main body designed in the Perpendicular Gothic Style. Over the years however, the Cathedral has been restored and extended; the beautiful stained glass for example is a modern edition. Daily tours are available to discover more about the history and architecture of this famous landmark, or why not attend a choir service to appreciate its acoustics and charm. Afterwards you can enjoy refreshments and food at the Visitor Centre café- the only restaurant in the world with an indoor medieval bridge!

Dedicated Manchester United football fans should clear some time to visit the Old Trafford stadium and its award winning museum. Discover over 130 years of the clubs history through old video footage, players memorabilia and trophies and then walk around this iconic venue like the football heroes have themselves. You’ll get to walk out through the tunnel to the pitch, check out the dressing rooms and look down from the heights of the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand. A memorable experience perfect for special occasions!

Contemporary elegance in Manchester city centre! – 4 star – Manchester

Enjoy a first class stay with contemporary elegance in Manchester city centre. Guest rooms boast a free high speed internet connection, cable television, plush duvets and fluffy bathrobes. With daily housekeeping and an attentive room service, you can rest assured that your every whim will be taken care of during your stay here. With great restaurants on your doorstep, they’ll be plenty of options for dinner, but should you wish to stay in then the hotel bar and restaurant make an excellent choice for meeting friends in a relaxed ambiance. For those needing to catch up with work, there’s also a fully equipped onsite business centre for guest use.

The People’s History Museum gives visitors a fascinating insight into the working history of the UK and of course Manchester. The collection houses some of the finest examples of 18th and 19th century political cartoons, including posters relating to the Spanish Civil War and the major UK political parties. There are also over 70,000 photos detailing the history of the Labour party and social history. In every gallery you’ll find interactive displays to get children involved and interested, or why not take the family friendly trail and see if you can win the prize at the end!

Heaton Park is Manchester’s biggest park, spreading out over 600 acres and home to the rather impressive neoclassical Heaton Hall. For romance, why not take a rowing boat out on the lake, or pack a picnic and set up spot somewhere tranquil. The two play areas in the grounds are sure to keep little ones occupied, and there’s even an animal centre with alpacas, goats, rabbits and cows for you to pet. Other activities available include bowls and croquet, football, golf and angling.

In the evenings, no doubt Manchester’s lively nightlife will steal you away for a few hours in one of its many unique music venues or bars. However if you fancy something more cultural, the Cornerhouse is the city’s international centre for contemporary visual arts and independent film, whose patrons include Helen Mirren and Danny Boyle. With three cinema screens, be sure to check what’s showing during your visit, or of course you can pop in during the day to peruse the three galleries and famous bookshop which specialises in cultural magazines and films.