Gay Manchester Manchester City Guide City Guides > United Kingdom > Gay Manchester Manchester Matt BramfordCapital of the North with a stellar reputation for arts and culture, Manchester is second only to thunder-stealer London when it comes to the best of Britain’s urban hubs. But unlike those mardy southerners, Mancunians are warm and welcoming, proud to introduce you to the scientific, musical, artistic and sporty achievements of their city. Formerly industrial but consistently progressive, Manchester leads where others follow. This makes the food scene a joy, where you can find everything from top-notch steaks to pucka street eats, allowing you to sample a bunch of flavourful international cuisine as well as hearty English fare, such as black pudding and pasty barms, before washing it all down with a local craft beer or cutting edge cocktail in a traditional pub. Aside from Manchester Pride in August, centred around the vibrant canal-side Gay Village, the city’s Queer Media Festival is another to watch out for in November, a unique celebration of queer storytelling in digital media. Confused about where to go and what to do in Manchester? Take our hand and let our Manchester gay travel guide lead the way. Feel like getting away? Take a trip planned just for you, and let us do all the work. Discover Trip Design Hotels Things to do Things to see Food & Drink Shopping Nightlife Trip Design The best hotels in ManchesterLet’s start this gay Manchester travel guide with a roundup of the best places to stay in Manchester. Manchester happily mixes traditional hotels with contemporary boutiques. The Principal, the city’s latest addition, sees the infamous Palace Hotel transformed into a luxury residence. With its iconic Victorian clock tower, The Principal is a city centre landmark and was built as the Refuge Assurance Building in 1895. The multimillion-pound refurbishment retains and retells the building’s history.The Midland, housed in a beautiful Edwardian Baroque Grade II listed building, is one of the city’s most iconic residences. Its location near the Town Hall is perfect for weekend stays.If a more unusual rest is up your strasse, and why wouldn’t it be, the city has plenty to offer. The Great John Street Hotel, an eclectic townhouse occupying an old Victorian school, is one of the finest hotels in the UK with luxury rooms, stylish lounges, and an Oyster bar.Hotel Gotham is the latest boutique opening, offering unashamed opulence in the city centre. In an imposing Art Deco building on King Street, designed by ‘Architect of the British Empire’ Edwin Luytens, its dramatic suites and OTT approach to interior design rival the world’s most unique hotels.Alternatively, try the Lowry just over the river in Salford. This five-star behemoth has welcomed presidents and pop stars since it opened in 2001. Photo: Lewis RobertsiRecommended hotels in Gay Manchester - Manchester Hotels - Gay Manchester - Manchester Hotel Gotham Located in the centre of Manchester, Hotel Gotham is a 3-minute walk from Manchester Arndale Shopping Centre. It offers a rooftop terrace and free WiFi. Book on Booking.com Hotels - Gay Manchester - Manchester The Midland The Midland is an award-winning, 4-star luxury hotel with a spa in Manchester city centre. Providing a fine dining experience, Adam Reid at The French has won 3 AA Rosettes. Book on Booking.com Hotels - Gay Manchester - Manchester Great John Street Hotel This Victorian school has been transformed into a chic townhouse with roof garden. Some rooms have twin baths, a mezzanine level or views of the Coronation Street set. Book on Booking.com Hotels - Gay Manchester - Manchester The Lowry On the banks of the River Irwell, the award-winning Lowry dominates the skyline with its curved, glass-fronted façade. It has rooms with stunning views, a riverside restaurant and a spa. Book on Booking.com Hotels - Gay Manchester - Manchester The Principal Set in the heart of Manchester’s city centre, the grand Principal Manchester, underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment in 2016 and offers stylish, modern rooms. Book on Booking.com Explore more hotels like this in Manchester View on Booking.comPowered by Booking.comThank you for reading Mr Hudson.Subscribe to City Guides or log in to continue reading. Subscribe now Log inSpecial SelectionExclusive Mr Hudson offersOut now from gestaltenMr Hudson Explores Browse the Book Explore more Safari in Meru National Park, KenyaWhen thinking of safari in Kenya, it’s all too easy to jump to the two most obvious choices; the Serengeti and Masai Mara. But don’t discount Meru. Read story > The ultimate Peru itinerary - from Lima to Machu PicchuThe country’s long list of attractions means holidays in Peru are sure to become mainstream any time now. 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