On lively Canal Street in Manchester’s famous Gay Village, Velvet is surrounded by bars, clubs and eating places. Piccadilly train station is a short walk away as are the main shopping areas.
Although each room is different, they are all generous in size and pay attention to detail. I like the modern stylish bathrooms in this hotel with square sinks, REN toiletries and a rainwater shower and bath as standard. Complimentary extras such as a lavender bag on your towels and a branded rubber duck are lovely touches. My favourite room, decor wise, has duck egg blue and brown furnishings, an exposed brick wall and a stripy headboard. I also like the Balcony King with a four poster bed and a roll-top bath.
Rooms directly above the bar and at the front of the hotel can be noisy at the weekend so, if you aren’t out partying, bear this in mind. If you are planning on wild weekend nights out, there are clubbing packages on offer in the three front-facing Balcony King Rooms.
Eating and drinking
Velvet bar is popular with locals as well as visitors wanting to experience Canal Street. I often enjoy a reasonably priced cocktail here on one of the comfy sofas or armchairs. The restaurant with an eye-catching fish tank set in the stairs is equally popular. Breakfast is served in the restaurant and guests can access it via a lift from the hotel.
The reception staff can arrange in-room massages, aromatherapy sessions or hairdressing appointments – ask on check in or before you arrive. There is also the option of a bath butler service. There is no gym in the hotel but guests can use the nearby Bannatyne’s gym at a discounted rate.
The friendly men at reception are extremely helpful and take each guest to their room on check in before offering to make up a welcome tray with tea, coffee and biscuits.
Who stays there
Twentysomething professionals enjoy the decadent rooms after nights out and gay guests enjoy sleeping on Canal Street. During the week, business travellers like the central location and luxurious rooms.
Room rates don’t include breakfast. A cooked breakfast costs £8.95 and a buffet Continental breakfast costs £9.55. If you want something lighter, there is also an a la carte breakfast menu with smaller dishes starting at £1.95. Guests are offered a discounted rate at the nearby Chorlton Street NCP and if that is too much effort, valet parking costs £18.50 for 24 hours.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- People watching
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Good location for a night out in Manchester
- Stylish bedrooms
- Rooms directly above the bar and facing onto Canal Street can be noisy