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Once an industrial powerhouse, Manchester has reinvented itself as one of Britain's best city break destinations. Manchester's famous live music scene draws gig-goers in their droves, while Old Trafford is a Mecca for footie fans across the globe. Fantastic shopping, delicious curries and one of the UK's best gay scenes ensure hotels in Manchester are a popular choice for a UK staycation. The new Salford Quays development has also boosted the city's place as a business travel destination, too.

Where to stay in Manchester

The Northern Quarter

The Northern Quarter is the perfect place for students, backpackers and hipsters. Serviced apartments and quirky boutique hotels are the main accommodation types in the area. The neighbourhood is famous for its quirky restaurants, alternative nightlife and vintage shops (such as Affleck's indoor market).

Central Retail District

Hotels in the Central Retail District are ideal for sightseers and business travellers. Cheap hotels and big chains can be found in this area, right on the doorstep of Manchester's best high-street and designer shops. Most buses pass through here, and most of the main attractions are within walking distance.

Deansgate

This funky neighbourhood sits on the banks of Manchester's canal system, with red-brick buildings housing cheap hostels, boutique hotels and serviced apartments. It's near Deansgate Locks, home to art galleries and bars, as well as Spinningfields. This is a great choice for hipster travellers and business people.

Salford Quays

Hotels in Salford Quays are best for business travellers and football fans, with Media City and Old Trafford within striking distance. It's on the outskirts of town, but well-connected to central Manchester by public transport. Budget chain hotels and serviced apartments are the main accommodation options.

Piccadilly

If you're arriving by train and don't want to lug your suitcase far, hotels in Manchester Piccadilly are the best option. This central neighbourhood is ideal for sightseers, and accommodation ranges from cheap chains to luxurious boutique hotels. Public transport is fantastic, and most main sights are within walking distance.

Cheap hotels in Manchester

Hotel prices in Manchester vary depending on time of year and demand from travellers. With our search function you can easily find the best deals for your dates. We show you prices from all of the top online travel agents, so you're always guaranteed to find the best room price – even if you're booking during a popular event, such as a cup final at Old Trafford.

Use our filters on the left-hand side to see hotels in your price range, and then sort the results as 'price: low to high' to see the cheapest hotels first.

Our users particularly love these three cheap hotels in Manchester:

YHA Manchester – Located in the trendy Deansgate neighbourhood, this youth hostel has dorms and private rooms available. It has a free car park, and is just ten minutes walk from downtown.

The Mitre Hotel – A three star hotel located in a gorgeous 19th century building in Spinningfields. Rooms here boast excellent views of the cathedral, and free Wi-Fi too.

Hatters at Hilton Chambers – This luxury hostel in the Northern Quarter has a barbecue and sundeck, as well as a cosy lounge with board games (for that unpredictable Northern weather).

Best time to visit Manchester

Like most British cities, summer (June to August) is prime time to visit. The weather is generally warm, and the city has a packed events calendar with festivities such as the Manchester International Film Festival, the Manchester Jazz Festival, Manchester Pride and the 247 Theatre Festival.

Cheapest time to stay in Manchester

You'll find the best hotel deals in Manchester during January and February. The New Year slump means people have less money to spend on weekend breaks, plus the weather is generally cold and rainy. Look out for gigs at the MEN Arena at this time of year to make your break worthwhile.

Best time to book hotels in Manchester

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