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.
This Holiday Inn is located right by the canal, a 5-minute walk to the heart of the Gay Village. It offers modern, stylish rooms and suites with excellent beds and amenities. The main benefits of the suites are increased spaciousness and a separate living and dining space, as well as added perks like a bathrobe and minibar. The Fitness centre is particularly well-equipped with a full range of cardio and weights equipment, and the trendy open lounge downstairs is ideal for getting some work done or starting your night out with a cocktail.
Cove Minshull Street (previously called SACO Manchester – Piccadilly) offers cool, minimalist apartments a stone’s throw from the Gay Village – popular gay pub Churchill’s is just about 150m away. With simple pastel and white palettes and carefully selected art and furnishings, every apartment is bright, spacious, and stylish. Each comes with a fully-equipped kitchen (including espresso machine), an extra-comfy Hypnos bed, and access to the on-site fitness suite. Book a Club room if you fancy some extra perks like early check-in and late check-out, complimentary high-speed wifi, and luxury bathroom accessories. The two-bedroom apartments are great for groups of four.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Piccadilly is located just a 5-minute walk from Canal Street and an even shorter walk from Piccadilly Station. It offers modern rooms and suites with high-end amenities, fantastic beds, power showers, and plenty of natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The suites are especially spacious and can sleep up to three adults. Facilities include a craft beer bar, an excellent restaurant, a fitness room, and a lovely summer terrace. As per DoubleTree tradition, every guest is welcomed with a warm chocolate chip cookie on arrival.
This award-winning aparthotel offers a range of stylish contemporary studios and apartments, each filled with everything you need to make yourself at home in Manchester. Every apartment has a fully-equipped kitchen, plush modern furnishings, and a cool industrial-chic vibe. You can choose between a studio, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom – it’s worth pointing out that even the smallest studio is a spacious 30m2. The two-bedroom suites are ideal for groups of four, with the sprawling, airy Penthouse Suite being particularly luxurious. It’s not just about the rooms, though: the facilities at Native Manchester are also outstanding, from the trendy bar/restaurant/cafe space to the charming deli, not to mention the (independently run) cinema and state-of-the-art gym in the same building. Plus, Native Manchester is located less than a 10-minute walk to the Gay Village.
Roomzzz offers fantastic, stylish aparthotels in a conveniently central location, a stone’s throw away from the Gay Village – Cruz 101, one of the most popular gay clubs in town, is literally a minute away. There is a range of sizes and styles to choose from, but all of the apartments have a well-equipped kitchenette, extra-comfy king-size bed, and power shower. They are also all very spacious – the smallest, the Smart Studio, is a generous 28m2. The Penthouse Suite sleeps up to four people in two separate rooms and features luxury touches like a walk-in wardrobe and a jacuzzi bathtub. The hotel offers a free Grab & Go breakfast and there is a laundry room you can use for free.
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.
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.
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.
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 city centre.
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.