The number of households that were dog owners in the UK stood at around 22% for many, many years, that was until 2020 when it jumped to 33% – a direct result of the COVID pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.
So, with that in mind, and with the current ongoing Metrolink trial to allow dogs onto the network, there’s no better time to examine the city’s hotels that are dog friendly – letting our little four-legged friends get their head down in absolute luxury – just like their owners.
There’s plenty on offer, from grandiose Victorian Grade-II listed buildings to ultra-modern and design-led offerings – all of which your doggy (and you) will absolutely love…
Kimpton Clocktower Hotel
The magnificent Kimpton Clocktower is, you’ll be pleased to know, very dog friendly – allowing pets up to 65lbs in with no additional fee. What’s even better is that they also allow cats in here too! This huge Grade-II listed building has a whopping 270 rooms, all crammed with the best perks, including Nespresso machines and mini-fridges, and your dog will be welcome anywhere in the building, including the rather excellent The Refuge bar and restaurant, as well as the great terrace out the side.
Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, Oxford St, Manchester M60 7HA
Much like Ronseal, this hotel does exactly what it says it does. Being named ‘The DogHouse’ and not allowing dogs to actually stay here would not only be criminal, it’d also be highly confusing for all. Fear not though, because your four-legged friends are more than welcome at this BrewDog hotel, which also features shower beers and even in-room beer taps, alongside the excellent ground floor bar and the rooftop terrace with Taco Hut.
BrewDog DogHouse, 18-20 Fountain St, Manchester M2 2AR
Perched in the upper echelons of the colossal Victorian building housing Ducie Street Warehouse on the ground floor, Native wears its industrial heritage on its sleeve, with nods in every room to the city’s past as the centre of the textile world. Exposed red bricks, steel beams and girders and vaulted brick ceilings are everywhere, deft touches that only lean to accentuate the huge, modern atrium covered in glass and steel. Doggies are more than welcome in this place, able to roam anywhere in the entire building, as well as sleep in the rooms. They even show regular ‘Pawpcorn’ dog-friendly movies in their cinema downstairs!
Native Manchester, Warehouse, Ducie St, Manchester M1 2TP
A seamless blend of hotel and aparthotel, Whitworth Locke down on Princess Street certainly looks stunning, a space that will hit you in the face with “cool” as soon as you walk into their conservatory bar and reception area. Bright, simple and with chic Scandi design, this place is an Instagram dream, and also perfect for you and your doggy. They welcome all dogs into their apartments for a one-off fee, which includes dog bowls, doggie treats, a dog towel and an extra thorough deep clean on check out.
Whitworth Locke, 74 Princess St, Manchester M1 6JD
Newly opened at the end of 2021 just off Deansgate, Moxy have made quite a splash in the city with their dog-friendly credentials, even going so far as to host a range of events for the four-legged blighters. This 146-roomed hotel has firmly established itself down the side of the fun-loving party end – with complimentary cocktails upon arrival, 24/7 food and drinks, and a buzzing bar and reception area.
Moxy Manchester, 8 Atkinson St, Manchester M3 3HH
Nothing short of stunning, both inside and out, Hotel Gotham just exudes class and elegance, transporting you back to 1920’s New York, well, before the Crash anyway. The luxurious rooms give way to a special rooftop club-bar which is accessible to guests and members only. They’re rather dog-friendly too, welcoming dogs up to 20lbs for an additional fee of £35 per night.
Hotel Gotham, 100 King St, Manchester M2 4WU
The new kid on the block in Manchester, Leven opened this year on the corner of Chorlton Street and Canal Street, and have certainly impressed so far with their design-led rooms, impressive arts and events programme and, of course, their dog-friendly credentials. One of Leven’s strongest feathers in its cap is its location, slap-bang right in the middle of the city’s Gay Village, so you’re never more than a couple of minutes’ walk from everything that Manchester can offer.
Leven Manchester, 40 Chorlton St., Manchester M1 3HW
From the people who graced us with Hotel Gotham comes Hotel Brooklyn on Portland Street, a refreshingly cool addition to the city’s hotel scene and somewhere that’s perfect for your dog to have a kip in peace. Fully accessible and totally dog friendly, some of the rooms even feature little kennels for bedtime, plus dog bowls for treats and even a dedicated ‘Top Dog’ menu of food, treats and even doggie cocktails!
Hotel Brooklyn, 59 Portland St, Manchester M1 3HP