Looking for a cheap but high quality hotel or hostel in Manchester? Here's 10 of the best wallet-friendly accommodation options for you to choose from if you're planning a bargain city break with friends, a last-minute night out or a romantic weekend escape with loved ones.

1. Hatters Manchester

One of the best hostels in Manchester, Hatters is tucked inside a former bowler hat factory. And if you're looking for accommodation in the Northern Quarter (otherwise known as Manchester's coolest neighbourhood), you won't be disappointed. The communal areas are covered with colourful murals, there's a delicious free breakfast included in the rate, and nightly activities include raucous pub crawls. The walking tours are a great way to get to grips with the area, which is a great base for those wishing to check out Manchester's best bars and the Etihad Stadium, National Football Museum and and Salford Quays.

Where:

Northern Quarter

Rooms:

From £14* a night per double room

Hatters Manchester

2. Ibis Budget Manchester Centre Pollard Street

Check into this cosy hotel in Manchester city centre and you'll discover 150 "cocoon" rooms, which are wonderfully snug spaces which can sleep up to three people. If you're looking for a hotel close to the MEN Arena you're in the right place, because it's just a short walk away, as is the Arndale Centre and Manchester City's home stadium. It's also a rather environmentally-friendly affair and has been awarded Planet 21 Gold Status, thanks to amenities like recycling facilities, use of sustainable products and energy-saving technology.

Where:

City centre

Rooms:

From £38 per night per room

Ibis Manchester

3. Travelodge Manchester Central Arena

Another brilliant option for anyone searching for hotels close to the Manchester Arena, this is one of the best budget hotels in Manchester. The Printworks Entertainment Venue, Palace Theatre and O2 Apollo Manchester are all close by, and the stylish decor (complete with the sleep-inducing Dreamer Beds) makes this one of the best crash pads in the city, whether you're in Manchester for work or play. We also love the quirky touches, such as the music-themed floor names. Where else can you boast that you stayed on the Stone Roses (fourth) floor?

Where:

Manchester Arena

Rooms:

From £41 a night per double room

Travelodge Manchester Central Arena

4. Hallmark Inn Manchester South

This budget Manchester hotel is great if you're not bothered about staying in the centre of town, but still want easy access to Manchester's best restaurants, bars and shops. This comfortable hotel has a Tardis-like quality, because inside you'll find three large meeting rooms and and a 120-person wedding suite, in addition to the 116 bedrooms. Manchester city centre is just three miles away, and the hotel also offers various discounts, including one designed specifically for parents visiting students at the city's universities. Because let's face it, no matter how much they enjoyed their own student years, your parents have no desire to spend the night in your beer can-strewn, dodgy poster-adorned student halls.

Where:

Fallowfield

Rooms:

From £59 a night per room

Hallmark Inn Manchester South

5. Premier Inn Manchester Prestwich

Cheap hotels in Manchester don't mean staying in the back of beyond. The Etihad Stadium and Heaton Park are both close to this hotel, but if you fancy checking out Manchester's best bars, simply hop on a tram - the nearest stop is a short walk from the hotel. Extra perks such as choices of pillow and Kingsize Hypnos beds offer a dash of luxury, and blackout curtains ensure a fantastic night's sleep.

Where:

Prestwich

Rooms:

From £64 a night per double room

Premier Inn Manchester Prestwich

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6. Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre

This wonderfully modern hotel is packed with achingly-cool features, including an "open lobby" area - a colourful, mural-adorned space which serves as a check-in area, restaurant and bar. Rooms are sleek and spacious, with black marble bathrooms, roomy working areas and wall art offering a nod to this brilliant Northern city. Smaller groups will love the suites, which have separate living areas and added extras like complimentary bottled water and morning papers.

Where:

City Centre

Rooms:

From £80 a night per double room

Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre

7. The City Warehouse Aparthotel

Been tasked with finding accommodation for a hen or stag do in Manchester? Book one of these budget apartments and you'll enjoy large, separate living areas and fully-stocked kitchens. Location-wise, this property offers the best of both worlds because it can be found at the entrance to the Northern Quarter, meaning Manchester's best clubs and bars are within walking distance, but so is the Piccadilly Train station. If you fancy injecting some humour into your weekend away, the Frog and Bucket Comedy Club is right next door.

Where:

City centre

Rooms:

From £73 a night per double room

The City Warehouse Aparthotel

8. Novotel Manchester Centre

There's a fantastic range of business hotels in Manchester, and this is one of the best. It's located in the heart of the city's convention quarter, and China Town and St Peter's Square are just around the corner, although the city centre is also easily accessible. The hotel's sleek Exchange lounge wouldn't look out of place in Manchester's stylish Northern Quarter, and there's a gym and fitness centre. When it's time to get down to business, there are eight meeting rooms, with a total capacity of 100 people.

Where:

Convention Quarter

Rooms:

From £102 a night per double room

Novotel

9. Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

This particular Mercure feels incredibly spacious (thanks partly to its position, overlooking Piccadilly Gardens) but it's also one of Manchester's best city centre hotels. It's incredibly versatile, with 280 guest rooms (opt for a north-facing room for the best views), 10 meetings rooms and a 1000-person "international suite" (basically a very large meeting room). For those all-important business pow-wows, there's a stylish brasserie and bar.

Where:

City centre

Rooms:

From £75 per room

Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

10. Innside by Melia Manchester

We love this hotel for so many reasons: for the fantastic architecture (the striking, brick-red building is hard to miss),the unbeatable location (just minutes from Deansgate and Manchester's centre) and the beautiful Wellness Suite with its Finnish Sauna. Step inside and you'll be forgiven for thinking you've walked in on a photoshoot for a high-end interior design magazine, thanks to luxurious fabrics, colourful objet d'art and breathtakingly beautiful rooms - we particularly love the cityscapes on the headboards. We're also a fan of the hotel's restaurant, Street on First, where you can chow down on Spanish, Italian and Asian fusion dishes.

Where:

Deansgate Locks

Rooms:

From £75 a night per double room

Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

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