The Ultimate Gay Travel Guide
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Manchester’s gayborhood is one of the city’s most popular areas for nightlife, and it also happens to be a short walk from both the city center and Manchester Picadilly, the main train station. This means there is a wealth of hotels to choose from in and around the Gay Village, including many offering very good value for money. Look out for hotels connected to gay venues to be as close to the party as possible, or choose something a little further away from the main part of Canal Street if you want some peace and quiet. That said, most hotels in this area can be noisy, especially on weekends – of course, with some of the UK’s best gay nightlife on your doorstep, you probably won’t be needing too much sleep anyways.
Legally all hotels in the UK are gay-friendly. Generally speaking, most of the UK’s big cities will be very welcoming to LGBT visitors. Manchester is especially known for being gay-friendly, thanks in part to a large student population. You will feel right at home in the gay village of Canal Street, and you are unlikely to attract any attention in the rest of the city center.
Most gay visitors to Manchester book hotels within easy reach of Canal Street, the center of Manchester’s gayborhood. From here it’s only a short walk from both the city center for the general tourist attractions and also Manchester Picadilly, the city’s main train station.
♥ Popular with gay visitors to Manchester
♥ Good value for money – elegant, classic atmosphere with affordable rates
♥ Romantic suites available
♥ Short walk to Canal Street and right next to the coach (bus) station
This popular Manchester gay-friendly hotel is housed in a beautiful 19th-century building and has an upscale vibe with a 3-star price point. The rooms are spacious and very comfortable, featuring classic decor – the Four Poster Suite, with its attractive four-poster bed, is a lovely option for couples. There are two restaurants, a pizzeria and buffet, and two bars, a trendier spot with DJs on the weekends and one with a more casual pub ambiance. The hotel is located a stone’s throw from Manchester Coach Station and under 5 minutes from Canal Street. Britannia is one of the most booked gay-friendly hotels in Manchester.
♥ Popular with gay visitors to Manchester
♥ Good value for money – comfortable, basic rooms in the very heart of the Gay Village
♥ Perfect location for Gay Nightlife
♥ Friendly and no-frills
Located directly on Canal Street, Le Ville Hotel puts you quite literally at the heart of the action. Thanks to this, it is one of the most popular gay-friendly hotels in Manchester. It offers comfortable, no-frills rooms with basic decor – the standard double is quite compact, so it’s worth booking a Queen Room or a Triple if you like having more room. The staff are exceptionally friendly and the place has a quiet, welcoming atmosphere that is perfect for winding down after a big night out in the Gay Village. Le Ville Hotel is one of the most gay-friendly booked hotels in Manchester.
♥ Very gay hotel with longstanding gay bar downstairs
♥ Good value for money – simple and modern rooms just a flight of stairs from a gay bar
♥ Recently renovated rooms
This hotel’s bar, The REM Bar, is one of the oldest gay bars in Manchester’s Canal Street, making this the closest thing Manchester has to a full-on gay hotel. The rooms are basic and have been recently renovated with modern minimalist design. Some of the rooms have private bathrooms, while some have a shared bathroom. While this is a great option for people who just want somewhere to crash after a night out on Canal Street, it is worth pointing out that the noise from the pub downstairs does carry into the rooms, so it’s not ideal if you are planning on getting an early night.
♥ Fantastic location- 5 minutes to train station, bus station, and Gay Village
♥ Cool and creative design
♥ Comfortable rooms great beds and showers
♥ Breakfast included in the room rate
This hotel is located right across from Picadilly Gardens, about a 5-minute walk to the Gay Village. It offers Ibis Styles’ usual blend of practicality, comfort, and design, making it a very attractive budget option for a Manchester city break. Rooms come in Single, Double, Twin, and Queen, and all have work desks, comfy beds, and great showers. A varied buffet breakfast is included in the room rate, and the downstairs bar and cafe is a cool place to hang out. Both Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Coach Station are about a 5-minute walk away, making it extremely easy to access.
♥ Super-convenient location across from Manchester Piccadilly
♥ Stylish contemporary design
♥ Extra-comfy beds and large windows in every room
♥ Cool lounge for working, drinking, and breakfast
This hotel is located directly across from Manchester Piccadilly station, making it exceptionally convenient for travelers arriving by rail or air. It features Motel One’s signature sleek, contemporary design in grey and teal throughout the hotel. The rooms are compact and well-designed, with large floor-to-ceiling windows and fantastic beds. The One Lounge downstairs is a stylish and comfortable place to have a drink or get some work done, and the buffet breakfast served there in the mornings is 100% organic and fairtrade. The Gay Village is under a 10-minute walk away.
♥ Above gay bar and show venue
♥ Basic, clean rooms in the heart of the Gay Village
♥ Excellent for groups of friends – can sleep up to seven people in a room
New Union Hotel is connected to New Union, a popular gay venue on Canal Street that regularly hosts drag and cabaret acts as well as karaoke and themed nights. Its rooms are basic and no-frills, with modern decor. The double room is a practical and convenient option for a couple, but the hotel is especially great for groups, offering triple and quadruple rooms as well as a 6-person suite with Canal Views. One of the six-person rooms can even take an extra single bed, so you could comfortably sleep up to seven friends in one room right in the heart of the Gay Village. You do get some noise from the bar downstairs, but the friendly staff give the place a relaxed and welcoming vibe.
♥ Good value for money – stylish rooms with fantastic central location
♥ Close to Manchester’s best shopping and 10 minutes to the Gay Village
♥ Cool, modern rooms with comfy beds
This branch of easyJet’s hotel chain is located right next to Manchester’s bustling retail district in the city center, dominated by Manchester Arndale, one of the largest city-center shopping malls in Europe. The Gay Village is a 10-minute walk away, as is Manchester Picadilly station. Set in a historic building, the rooms are simple but stylish, with exposed brick walls and touches of easyJet’s signature orange. The beds are very comfy and everything is kept impeccably clean. The rates are extremely affordable, making this a very good value for money option in central Manchester.
♥ Gorgeous building with original features and contemporary design
♥ Stylish, unique rooms, with luxury suites available
♥ Insta-ready restaurant and cocktail bars
♥ 5-minute walk to Canal Street
Kimpton Clocktower is a gorgeous hotel, housed in a grand Victorian building and impeccably designed in a blend of contemporary and classic style. Every room is unique and picture-perfect, with high ceilings, large windows, and original Victorian and 1930s features. For an extra touch of luxury, splash out on one of the suites – each comes with a record player and a vinyl collection, a nod to Manchester’s rich musical heritage. There is a very good gym (in addition to yoga mats in every room), a trendy restaurant with beautiful industrial design, and two cocktail bars. Even better, Kimpton Clocktower is located just a 5-minute walk from the Gay Village, making it a fantastic option for a luxury gay getaway.
♥ Fabulous location on Canal Street
♥ Unique and elegant decor with dramatic touches
♥ Balcony rooms and upscale Penthouse Suites available
♥ Trendy bar and restaurant
Velvet is perhaps the most popular luxury gay-friendly hotel in Manchester, located directly on Canal Street a few steps away from several gay bars. Each room features unique, dramatic design – think velvet curtains, four-poster beds, and baroque patterned wallpaper. The beds are especially plush, perfect for resting after a long night out on Canal Street. Their standard King Rooms are plenty luxurious, but we recommend going for a Balcony Room or a Penthouse Suite if you can. The Velvet Brasserie serves up delicious food and cocktails, and the bar is a cool, fashionable place to start your night out – if the weather is right, try to grab a spot on the canalside terrace. Velvet Hotel is one of the most booked gay-friendly hotels in Manchester.
♥ Convenient central Manchester location
♥ Cozy, comfortable rooms with high-quality amenities
♥ Great views available from the restaurant
♥ 5-minute walk to Canal Street
Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel is located a 5-minute walk from Canal Street and less than 10 minutes from Picadilly Station. It offers modern, cozy rooms with high-quality amenities. The Privilege and Superior rooms have extra perks like a Nespresso machine, robe, and slippers, with the Superior being particularly spacious and comfortable. The on-site restaurant boasts exceptional views of Manchester’s skyline – don’t miss out on the Manchester-themed afternoon tea – and the gym is small but well-equipped.