Manchester, the English city that sparked the Industrial Revolution, has reshaped itself into a model of urban development. The once gritty industrial city has seen the gentrification of downtown warehouses turn into stylish lofts, art galleries, and Manchester hotels. Old dockyards are now entertainment complexes. And rusting ironworks are now pieces of art.
Located in northwest England, Greater Manchester is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country with a population of 2.5 million. Giving London a run for its money, Manchester’s rebirth started with the famous “Manchester sound” music groups, grew with the success of its celebrated Manchester United soccer team, and has flourished with the growth of its museum and theater scene. The city is now home to a number of unique and thriving neighborhoods, each offering a variety of hotels in Manchester.
Where to Stay
Manchester’s City Center offers an intriguing mix of gleaming new skyscrapers alongside historical buildings like the Manchester Cathedral and neo-Gothic Town Hall. Theater fans might choose to stay at the Lowry entertainment complex, a former dock-works that now houses theaters, shopping, and restaurants. Castlefield, populated since medieval times and a former industrial zone, is now an urban heritage park complete with pleasant canals, outdoor pubs, and museums. The Northern Quarter will appeal to the more bohemian crowd with its hip bars, vintage clothing shops, and Manchester cheap hotels.