If there’s one thing we love here at One-Manchester, it’s a city-break – but why fly to some faraway destination when we have so much here on our doorstep? This Valentine’s Day, we urge you to take a look through our definitive guide to Manchester’s most romantic hotels. You might just find yourself falling in love with your own city all over again.
Sitting pretty at the top of King Street, Hotel Gotham is surrounded by some of Manchester’s most iconic architecture. Housed in one of the city’s most grand and listed buildings, Hotel Gotham stirs a sense of allure and glamour – making this gem perfect for a little Valentine’s Day getaway.
With an infamous history shrouded in mystery, Hotel Gotham is one of Manchester’s most romantic hotels, and has a penchant for grand gestures. Hitting the national news in 2010, it was alleged that safe boxes had been discovered on-site, containing priceless jewellery and musical master tapes from Manchester marvels, Joy Division and New Order.
With sixty luxurious rooms, Hotel Gotham achieves an opulent exclusivity, and has welcomed a stellar guestlist (Paloma Faith, Jennifer Hudson) since opening in April 2015.
Treat your special someone to an unforgettable love affair with the Gotham Romance Luxury Package. Starting from £355 per room, this experience is available from the 14th until the 17th February.
The Gotham Romance package invites you and your loved one to enjoy two glasses of champagne upon hotel arrival, a three course dinner in Honey, complete with live entertainment and overnight accommodation at Hotel Gotham. There’s also admittance to the Private Members Club and access to the outdoor terraces (boasting beautiful views of Manchester), breakfast in bed and a late check-out option at 12pm. So you have plenty of time in the morning.
If there’s one thing that Hotel Gotham know, it’s that the devil is often in the detail. To make your experience extra special, the hotel can happily arrange flower bouquets, chocolates and balloons… but there’s even the option for a Bentley car chauffeur service and optional beauty treatments at House of Evelyn (situated just a minute away).
In honour of Valentine’s Day, there are also special menus on offer:
Valentine’s Afternoon Tea – Sampled below from ‘A Taste Of Gotham’.
Gotham Afternoon Tea – £25 (Upgrade to Champagne Afternoon Tea – £35)
Sandwiches include: Poached salmon and dill on rye bread, salt beef on a mini bagel, truffle egg on pretzel bread, roast pepper quiche.
Treats include: Passion fruit meringue pie, chocolate opera, red velvet cake with rose frosting, strawberry choux bun.
Valentine’s Dinner – Sampled below from the Honey Menu
From £69 per person
Dinner commences with sea bass ceviche, served with chilli, lime, avocado and mint.
Followed by pan roasted halibut with Jerusalem artichoke, baby shrimps and confit lemon.
And fished with white chocolate mousse, served with poached rhubarb and lemon balm.
The One Manchester verdict…
On first impression, Hotel Gotham is flamboyant, decadent and dramatic. Look a little closer, and you’ll discover a warm and welcoming hotel with an eye for the fine details, making this one of Manchester’s most romantic hotels. We love the team for their friendly dedication and Mancunian authenticity.
Book: www.hotelgotham.co.uk/pages/valentines | Call: 0161 413 0000 | 100 King St, Manchester M2 4WU
While you’re here…
House of Fraser – Kendals, Deansgate | 5 min walk| Iconic to Manchester heritage, this art-deco style, Grade II listed building is a luxury department store and houses luxury beauty, fashion and homeware.
Black Sheep Coffee and Cocktails, 60 Spring Gardens | -1 min walk | Not too far from Hotel Gotham, just head around the corner for some great coffee and tasty treats.
Albert’s Schloss, Peter Street | 8 min walk| Manchester’s most spectacular ‘wunderbar’, the Albert Schloss ‘Cook Haus’ serves up rustic dishes inspired by Alpine German, Italy, Switzerland and France.
Flight Club, King Street | – 1 min walk| Extravagant and exciting, head to Flight Club (conveniently just behind Hotel Gotham) for an evening of great cocktails and social darts – just don’t forget to show your better half what you’re good for.
The Albert Hall, Peter Street | 8 min walk | If you’re into music… or badass bingo, check out the Albert Hall what’s on guide. A once forgotten Wesleyan chapel in the centre of Manchester, The Albert Hall has now been restored and resurrected as an unrivalled events venue.
Spanning stories true to its Northern roots, Cow Hollow hotel is a labour of love from start to finish. Situated in the heart of Manchester’s quaint and quirky northern quarter, this boutique accommodation houses on its doorstep all the shops, bars and restaurants you could desire. With exposed oak beams, high ceilings, marble fireplaces and Mancunian artwork dotted along the walls, The Cow Hollow Hotel features bounds of charm and character – making this hideaway one of Manchester’s most romantic hotels.
A short 5-min walk from Piccadilly station, a 10-min walk to the Manchester arena and a 15-min stroll to Spinningfields, The Cow Hollow Hotel is carefully converted from a turn-of-the-century textile warehouse and features standard rooms (currently available) for £108 / deluxe rooms (currently available) for £138 over Valentine’s day. With this in mind, we’d recommend you treat your loved one to an affordable but quaint boutique stay bang in the city centre.
With sixteen gorgeous rooms that focus on what you really need, treat your loved one this Valentine’s Day. Watch Netflix and chill from your comfy king-sized beds, and enjoy a beautiful porcelain and bronze bathroom, featuring rainfall showers and premium REN bathroom products. Whilst guests receive a complimentary glass of prosecco and nibbles in the evening, there’s an inclusive barista quality tea and coffee service, brought straight to your room at breakfast.
If you prefer a hotel bar to a crowded cocktail venue, The Plantation Bar offers ‘legit cocktails’ for you and your partner to enjoy. With intimate settings and simple offerings, enjoy a perfected crafted cocktail for £9, a lovely glass of wine for £7, or a pint or spirit for £5. The Cow Hollow Hotel like to focus on what they do best, so while they leave the restaurant business to the others, they know all the best places to recommend from the neighbourhood.
The One Manchester verdict…
The Northern Quarter might be a lot of things, but we love its independent heart and bold, arty ways; as Manchester and exactly the same could be said for the Cow Hollow Hotel. Beautiful and alluring, this boutique is the perfect place to come back to after an evening dining with your loved one in the NQ.
Book: www.cowhollow.co.uk/book/ | 57 Newton Street, The Northern Quarter
While you’re here…
The Northern Quarter. A hotch-potch of boutique shops and independents, the NQ is a hub of individuality and creativity. We could suggest a few shops, but that would take half of the fun away.
Evelyn’s Cafe Bar, Tibb Street | 4 min walk | Just a stone’s throw away from Cow Hollow, Evelyn’s is one of the Northern Quarter’s most beautifully instagrammable spots, serving up great brunch and coffee by day, and delicious dinner and cocktails by nightfall.
Almost Famous, High Street | 5 min walk | Non-negotiable, big, bad burgers. We’d go so far as to say they’re the best, just don’t complain to us when you eat too much and feel full of shame.
Science + Industry, Thomas Street | 5 min walk| Manchester’s worst kept secret bar, step into Caine and Grain and take a steep left to find the mystery door. Upstairs, you’ll find a speakeasy bar, filled with romantic booths and menu offering some of the city’s finest and award winning cocktails.
There’s a lot to see in the Northern Quarter. We’d suggest you just forget the map and explore everything our quirkiest little corner has to offer.
Situated at the axis point between the Northern Quarter and Exchange Square, Hotel Indigo Manchester-Victoria is the perfect balance between the past and present. Housed in an original Victorian building, Hotel Indigo have been careful to retain as many original and romantic features as possible, whilst also boldly embracing contemporary design. With its flawless location and stunning bar/restaurant downstairs, Hotel Indigo has quickly gained a name for itself as one of the most romantic getaway destinations in the city.
Opening its doors just before Christmas, One-Manchester were invited to stay the night at the new Hotel Indigo. To say we were taken aback by the quirks and character would be an understatement, as the amount of attention to detail that had gone into the design of each room was inspired. Unique and intimate, the space is dedicated to curating the city into the hotel, collecting everything that makes it different from anywhere else and incorporating its findings into a home-from-home environment.
While the bathrooms boast luxurious waterfall showers and clean, minimal bathroom designs, the rooms are brushed with cotton motifs, paying homage to Manchester’s rich industrial history. These subtle and reminiscent touches blend seamlessly into the hotel décor, and many could be easily missed – unless you knew to pay attention to the cotton reel coat hooks, or the cotton thread artwork span above the beds.
In the morning, you can comeplete your hotel stay by a relaxing in the Mamucium café, treating yourself and your loved one to a selection of artisan delights amongst a timeless setting.
Adjacent to the café, Mamucium feels laid back and chic, with calm, welcoming and plush décor which is set against exposed ceilings and metallic pipes. Serving up exceptional, locally-sourced ingredients, the restaurant aims to recreate family favourites with a Mancunian twist.
From tempting tapas style dishes to share with your loved one, (such as roasted baby chorizo, £3.50 and padron peppers, £3.00) to sumptuous starters (like pan-seared scallops, £10.50 or lobster macaroni cheese, £8.50) and deliciously hearty signature mains (we’d recommend the fresh linguine, £13.95 or the baked Lancashire beef wellington for two, £65) there’s also a dedicated vegan menu, if that’s more your thing.
There’s even a special ‘Spoil Your Loved One’ offer at Mamucium this Valentine’s Day, which means you can indulge in three courses from £24.95 from their ‘Statuto Set’ menu, or treat yourself to their A La Carte Menu, complete with Prosecco and Canapes.
The One Manchester verdict…
We love Hotel Indigo for its fabulous location and special attention to details. With knowledgeable staff who love to look after you, this getaway is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway .
Book: www.ihg.com/hotelindigo/hotels/gb/en/manchester/ | 6 Todd Street, M3 1WU
While you’re here…
Selfridges, Exchange Square | 1 min walk | You’re right in the heart of everything here, but conveniently close to the UK’s most coveted one-stop shopping destination. World-famous for that yellow branding, you can discover the world’s finest luxury brands and the latest exclusive arrivals.
Proper Tea, Cathedral Yard | 4 min walk| Just around the corner, head to Proper Tea for a contemporary take on the traditional British tearoom, serving fine loose leaf teas alongside fresh homemade meals and delicious hand crafted treats.
The Corn Exchange, Manchester | 1 min walk | The heart and soul of Exchange Square, The Corn Exchange houses an eclectic mix of cuisines from around the world. We’d recommend stopping by at Mowglis.
Sinclairs, Cathedral Approach| 4 min walk | We’d consider this historic landmark as the backbone of drinking in Manchester. Warm, friendly and familiar, this pub features a no fuss drinks menu, low beams, and one of the biggest outside drinking areas in the city.
Manchester Cathedral, Cathedral Gardens | 4 min walk| One of the city’s most compelling historical landmarks, Manchester Cathedral has survived centuries of wars and with stone carvings of bees and kangaroos, its walls date back to medieval times. Catch Manchester Gin Festival over Valentine’s weekend.
Located within the upper King Street Conservation area of the city, King Street Townhouse is a whimsical Italian renaissance building, designed by Manchester architect Edward Salomons in 1872. Famed for its glamorous roof-top infinity spa pool, the building was originally built for the Manchester Salford Trustees Bank, and another of Salomans’ neighbouring commissions include the gothic Manchester Reform Club, now known as The Grand Pacific Bar and Restaurant.
Expanding on the allure and originality of the history of the building, King Street Townhouse features forty exquisite and individually designed bedrooms and suites. There are fifteen ‘Snug Rooms’, each with their own monsoon rain shower and all flawlessly formed with comfort in mind – perfect for a romantic city break. The thirteen ‘Cosy Rooms’ are just that; intimate and restful, complete with a stylish en-suite walk in rain shower and free standing bath. In their seven ‘Comfy Rooms’, King Street Townhouse presents super king sized mattresses and goose down feather pillows, as well as walk in rain showers and free standing baths.
As one of Manchester’s most romantic hotels, it’s the ‘Luxe Junior Suites’ and ‘Suite’ rooms where King Street Townhouse really comes into its own though. With spacious open plan bedrooms and intimate cosy lounge areas, these spectacular rooms are adorned with elegant furnishings and plush touches. Up on the 5th floor, the top two suites feature enviable views of the Town Hall and clock tower. Named after Alfred Waterhouse (the architect of Manchester Town Hall) and Great Abel, the bell housed in the clock tower (named after Abel Heywood, the Mayor of Manchester at the time).
King Street Townhouse know a thing or two about swooning guests, and true to style, have a special Valentine offer, where diners enjoying Afternoon Tea each receive a complimentary glass of their special Valentine’s Day cocktail.
Meanwhile, On the 14th February, there’s also a romantic dinner option at the Tavern, where guests can enjoy a fine rose champagne and indulgent four-course tasting menu in the New York inspired dining area. With ambient mood lighting and luxurious couples-booths, diners can enjoy the following menu for £55 per person:
Hand Dived Scallops with Celeriac Puree served with Apple and Hazelnut Oil (N)
Halibut served with Crispy Kale and Lobster Bisque
Roasted Goosnargh Duck Breast served with Plum Sauce and Duck Legs Bonbon
Chai Tea Cake with Candied Orange and White Chocolate & Cardamom Mousse
King Street Townhouse are also hosting special cinema screenings through February, where you can snuggle up in luxurious settings to a feel-good film (for £25 per person, you can enjoy La La Land on Valentine’s Day, or on Friday 22nd February you can catch Bohemian Rhapsody, with tickets which include Rose Champagne, popcorn, chocolate dipped strawberries, blankets and the screening).
The One Manchester Verdict
We love King Street Townhouse for its luxury versatility and Valentine’s offerings. With breathtaking city views, lovely afternoon tea and exclusive cinema screenings, this is a beautiful getaway is definitely up there with Manchester’s most romantic hotels.
While you’re here…
Harvey Nichols, New Cathedral Street | 7 min walk | Take a short walk down Deansgate to this sleek, high-end fashion store with international designer labels, plus homeware, beauty and cafes.
Pot Kettle Black, Barton Arcade | 6 min walk | Pot Kettle Black is small a bohemian cafe, located in the picturesque Victorian shopping arcade – which also happens to be a great cut-through to Deansgate.
El Gato Negro | 3 min walk| On of the finest jewels on King Street, El Gato Negro is a romantic tapas bar and restaurant renowned for its delicious Spanish delicacies.
Vesper, Pall Mall | 1 min walk| Head to Vesper, just off King Street for elegant, refined cocktails. Inspired by the Grand Hotels of 1920’s Europe and the golden age of decadence, this bar creates a sense of lavish romance.
The John Rylands Library, Deansgate | 5 min walk | Gifted to Manchester over 100 years ago, this historical landmark is a place of wonder; a magical celebration of imagination and learning. Perfect for exploring with your loved one – but not to be confused with your uni library.