Arora Hotel Manchester

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Address: 18-24 Princess Street, , Manchester, M1 4LY, United Kingdom

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.1

A Grade II Listed building opposite Manchester Art Gallery, with a tempting cocktail bar.

Home to one of the city’s most stylish restaurants and cocktail bars, Obsidian, and boasting views of Manchester Art Gallery as well as the town hall clock from its rooms, this hotel is great for guests who want to stay right in the heart of the Manchester action. Sir Cliff Richard partly owns the Arora Manchester and, if you are a fan, you can stay in one of the five “Cliff” rooms decorated with his memorabilia.

Location
4.5
90%
Eating/drinking
4.5
90%
Leisure facilities
3.5
90%
Service
4.1
90%
Value for money
4.1
90%
Bedrooms
4.1
90%
Public areas
4
90%

Location

On Princess Street, the hotel is smack bang in the heart of the city...the difficulty when staying here is deciding which way to turn when you set out for the day. Guests on a cultural break will love being so close to the art gallery, Central Library and the Cornerhouse independent cinema; while partygoers will enjoy being able to walk back to their room at the end of the night.

Bedrooms

The age of the building makes each room unique in shape, but the furnishings and complimentary extras are modern. Rich red and purple throws add colour to the otherwise neutrally decorated rooms, and thoughtful touches such as steam-free mirrors and speakers in the black and white bathrooms are great when getting ready. If you are a Cliff Richard fan you will love the five themed rooms – choose between ‘Summer Holiday’, ‘Congratulations’, ‘Dreaming’, ‘Move It’ and ‘Heathcliff’ – which are decorated with his personal memorabilia. I love the funky red, purple and grey settee in the ‘Summer Holiday’ room.

Public areas

The small reception area has high-back grey, red and brown settees and an illuminated map of the world is proudly framed on the wall. Huge red potted plants sit either side of the glass doors to welcome guests. This is not the best place to sit quietly with a book though as a local radio station is usually on, playing the latest chart-topping hits.

Eating and drinking

Obsidian Bar and Restaurant serves great cocktails and food in chic surroundings – if you are here for just a night there is no need to leave the hotel for an evening drink. Purple velvet chairs, white leather booths, black floors and a neon bar create a cool but not pretentious atmosphere. Hotel guests can enjoy this space if they opt for breakfast in the morning (charged at £11 if you pre-book and £13.50 if you don’t).

Leisure facilities

There is a very basic gym in the hotel and guests receive a discount at the nearby LA Fitness.

Service

Friendly and eager to help.

Who stays there

Sir Cliff Richard fans enjoy the themed rooms while both business and leisure guests love the central location and views.

Price advice

If you book ahead, some great room discounts are offered at weekends especially on a Sunday night. Parking is extra and the nearby Q Park offers a reduced rate for guests (£15 for 24 hours).

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping

Pros & Cons

  • Most rooms have lovely views
  • Great bar and restaurant
  • Central location
  • No parking
  • Very small gym
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