The Greater Manchester hotels that have made it into the Good Hotels Guide 2021

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Three Manchester hotels have been included in the new Good Hotels Guide that was published this week. The 44th edition of the leading independent guide to the best of the UK’s hotels, guesthouses, B&B’s and inns features over 750 providers that have been noted as the best places to stay […]

Three Manchester hotels have been included in the new Good Hotels Guide that was published this week.

The 44th edition of the leading independent guide to the best of the UK’s hotels, guesthouses, B&B’s and inns features over 750 providers that have been noted as the best places to stay in their respective towns and cities.

Which could be a welcome tool as more and more holidaymakers embrace British staycations due to the ever-changing international travel restrictions during the pandemic.

Every year, the guide’s editors select the country’s top accommodation in a range of different categories, from seaside stays, romantic getaways, to foodie retreats and best value stays.

Each entry has been chosen by the guide’s editorial team based on readers’ reports and anonymous inspections.

The local entries have been featured in the guide’s shortlist section, which spotlights “interesting new entrants and properties of a notable standard”.

These are the three Manchester hotels names in the Good Hotel Guide 2021 Great Britain and Ireland…

Cow Hollow



a room filled with furniture and a large window: Cow Hollow Hotel


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Cow Hollow Hotel

This trendy city-centre 16-bedroom hotel boasts a cocktail lounge, cafe and even its own palm trees indoors.  Housed in a restored turn-of-the-century textile mill, the boutique establishment has been noted for its “hip” atmosphere and tasteful decor.

The guide says: “Once industrial, now simply ‘in’, the city’s lively Northern Quarter is a fitting spot for this Victorian textile warehouse-turned-hip hotel.

“Fronted by a cool cocktail bar, the boutique-y venue is owned by Mujtaba and Amelia Rana, who have kept the metal staircases and exposed brick, and added indoor greenery and modern style.

“Clean-cut, contemporary bedrooms have an up-to-date tech (a smart TV; a Netflix subscription); rainfall showers and high-end toiletries are standard. Complimentary treats include Prosecco and nibbles in the evening; milk and cookies later.

“A breakfast bag of granola, juice, fruit and a pastry is delivered to the room in the morning. No restaurant, but popular eateries are close by.”

57 Newton Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M1 1ET

Didsbury House

This small town house has been transformed into a luxury hotel located in the heart of Didsbury.  With its individual interior design and period features, it caught the eye of the guide editors.

Describing the hotel as “sophisticated” accommodation, the guide recommends it for those wanting to stay in the leafy suburbs, but within easy reach of the city centre.

They wrote: “Between two parks, this refurbished Victorian villa with sophisticated accommodation is within easy reach of the city.

“A voguish B&B, it was designed with a boutique mindset: vintage prints and statement wallpaper, tempered by fresh flowers, books, open fires and sink-into sofas; at the top of a staircase, an impressive stained-glass window.

“Tasteful bedrooms, some set over two levels, retain original high windows and delicate cornices; among up-to-date amenities is a butler tray with fresh milk, perhaps a roll-top bath or two.

“There are afternoon teas and aperitifs to be had; on the weekend, breakfast is served until noon.”

Eleven Didsbury Park

Another Victorian villa-turned-hotel takes the final Manchester entry – property from the same Eclectic Hotels Group that also owns Didsbury House.

Offering 20 individually curated bedrooms and suites, a residents lounge and bar alongside a peaceful Victorian walled garden, it’s proved a worthy entry to the guide. Eleven Didsbury Park has received a full bedroom refurbishment and is currently undergoing the final touches before welcoming back guests.

However the guide describes it as: “A retreat from the city, the large walled garden of this suburban Victorian townhouse is an inviting place to hang loose.

“Rattan swings are suspended from beams; on the lawn or under the covered terrace, sun loungers, hammocks and a sofa await.

“Squashy sofas encourage the laid-back atmosphere in the sitting room. Individually decorated, modern bedrooms are spread over three floors; the best, a split-level suite, has a veranda leading to the garden.

“In all rooms: spa-worthy toiletries, a minibar, a butler tray with fresh milk. Breakfast is in the bright conservatory. The city centre and airport are a short train ride or drive away.”

The Good Hotel Guide 2021: Great Britain & Ireland is priced £16 (including p&p within the UK) from www.goodhotelguide.com or priced £20 from all good bookshops. 

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