Santa Claus isn't the only one coming to town. You'll be here too after you've seen how perfect these hotels are for a festive shopping spree.
What a way to celebrate with sophistication. With some of the largest rooms and suites in the city, this is a sure-fire winner for those seeking pure luxury. Only a stone’s throw from Piccadilly station, and equally close to Market Street, Dakota’s location is ideal for Christmas shoppers wanting to spare their feet. But here’s the kicker: when you book yourself into one of their suites over the festive season, you’ll be given a personal chauffeur to take you out to the shops. Well posh. How’s that for Santa’s little helper?
Dakota Manchester, 29 Ducie St, Manchester M1 2JL
The Lowry Hotel
You can’t beat star power, and The Lowry Hotel has 5 of them. Maximum luxury can only be topped off by a river-bank view – something to make you feel warm and fuzzy when all the Christmas lights reflect off it at night. For your December stay, you could get 25% off a Superior or Exec room, breakfast for two, and a festive cocktail, or, ultimate hot chocolate. The Lowry Hotel should be first on your list if you’re looking to shop til you drop… into a 5* king-size bed.
The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Pl, Salford M3 5LH
A stunning period hotel, nowhere quite captures the true Christmas spirit like The Principal – complete with a reception area that wouldn’t look out of place at Rockefeller Centre in New York. One of the biggest draws here this Christmas is The Refuge – the huge bar and restaurant on the ground floor and home to A Refuge Christmas Carol this December. They’ll have choir singers, town criers and visits from Father Christmas. And the best thing? It’s only a short walk to all of the big shops.
The Principal, Oxford St, Manchester M60 7HA
0161 288 1111
This relative newcomer to Manchester’s hotel scene is perfectly placed for any and all shopping needs. You’ll be able to see the Arndale centre and Selfridges from your window (plus much, much more) so you won’t need to struggle too far with your bags. For some extra Christmas plus-points, their restaurant Mamucium is serving up some stunning Christmas dishes including their 3kg Christmas Wheel of Cheese which is probably the best thing you’ll eat all year.
Hotel Indigo, 6 Todd St, Manchester M3 1WU
Stock Exchange Hotel
Newly opened just 2 weeks ago, the Stock Exchange Hotel is so close to Market Street that you could probably try a new pair of Dr Martens on through your open window. Once home to (you’ve guessed it) Manchester’s Stock Exchange, this stunning building comes with all of the period features imaginable – but with plenty of modern touches. The best thing? Tom Kerridge has opened up a restaurant on the ground floor in here – the Bull & Bear – and it’s out of this world good.
Stock Exchange Hotel, 4 Norfolk St, Manchester M2 1DW