Hotels for your next event at the Manchester Arena

By Katherine Sparshatt,

The Manchester Arena is a world-class venue hosting musicians and artists from all over the world from Drake to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, so if you’ve got tickets to some of the hottest shows of the year it’s fitting that you stay in a hotel in style to make the most of your night.

So if you are visiting Manchester Arena this year these are some of the hottest hotels to stay at…

Park Inn Hotel

A vibrant hotel amidst the bustle of the city centre, the Park Inn Hotel is a comfortable and convenient place to stay if you are looking to attend an event at Manchester Arena. The hotel is located directly opposite the venue, so if it’s a late night you can simply stumble through the doors and into bed.

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The Park Inn boasts a health club where you can work out or relax in the spa complete with pool, sauna and steam room. If you’re feeling peckish then head to the RBG Bar & Grill where you can easily pick up a bite to eat before your event starts. The hotel also features seven event rooms and a stylish terrace overlooking the Green Quarter, if you are a larger party in need of a private space.

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The Park Inn is just a seven-minute walk away from the Arena entrance.


Crowne Plaza Manchester

Located in Manchester’s vibrant Northern Quarter, the Crowne Plaza stands pride of place in an impressive and modern building that echoes the hotel’s grandeur. With 228 guest rooms, there’s room enough for everyone to be comfortable.

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The hotel’s piece de resistance is the Glasshouse restaurant, offering chic dining experiences and beverages served by the trendy Glasshouse Bar. Enjoy classic flavours with a contemporary twist and great deals during the day such as the D’hôte Menu which is £23 per person for a three course meal plus a glass of wine, available seven days a week.

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The Crowne Plaza is a seven-minute walk away from the Manchester Arena.


 The Ainscow Manchester

A boutique hotel that seamlessly blends modern amenities with a classical style, The Ainscow Manchester, is right in the centre of Manchester. The rooms are homey with elegant furniture and plush carpets to sink your toes into. The suites are some of the nicest in the city, perfect if you’ve got a girl’s night planned and want to stay all together, plus treat yourselves to a little luxury.

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The hotel features a well-equipped spa and offers unusual treatments such as Cryotherapy using liquid nitrogen vapours cooled to -160 degrees, aiding weight loss and stimulating collagen production in the skin.

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After a day in the spa head to the Lynwood Restaurant and Lounge where you can indulge in fine cuisine and contemporary British cooking whilst looking out over the rooftops of Manchester.

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The hotel is just a 15-minute walk from Manchester Arena.


 Arora Hotel Manchester

Located in a grade 2 listed building, this four-star hotel offers everything you need in the centre of Manchester. Comfy rooms, a newly refurbished restaurant, the 24 Bar and Grill, a 24-hour fitness centre and fitness suite are all within easy access to the best of Manchester’s shops, bars and clubs.

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The Manchester Arena is just a 15-minute walk away so no need to worry about trying to cram into a busy tram when you’ve finished seeing the show. If you really want to make a night of it, why not start your pre-show warm up by booking yourselves into the 24 Cocktail School and learn from their pro team that have won awards for their expert mixology.

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To relax and unwind, head to the top floor to where an extensive fitness suite is complimentary to hotel guests or try one of the packages developed by the hotel in partnership with the Bali Health Lounge, voted the best spa in Manchester.

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Great John Street

Great John Street is a beautifully restored townhouse with dramatic architecture and luxurious interiors. Watch the sunset from the rooftop lounge or relax with a book in the library designed in the style of Ralph Lauren Home. Or, if you are looking to have a really glam evening, then hit the Oyster bar designed by Sally O’Loughlin where you can enjoy a glass of wine or in the afternoon a traditional afternoon tea.

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There are six Baby Grand bedrooms on the first and second floors of the old school house; all are sumptuously decorated with their own unique charm. The next up are the Boudoir Grand rooms offering a little more space, interesting architectural features such as steel beams or exposed brick walls and old wooden floors. From here the rooms become even larger – we’re talking several hundred square feet – and depending on what you are looking for there are rooms with baths in the bedrooms, crystal chandeliers, mezzanine style layout or the original windows of the old school house.

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The Great John Street Hotel is just a 20-minute walk from the Manchester Arena.


Velvet Manchester

The award winning Velvet Manchester is as luxurious and cosy as the name would suggest, with plenty of boutique style features to make your stay feel totally unique. To completely indulge, book into a King room or even the Penthouse suite where you can enjoy the decadent surroundings, king size bed, beautifully crafted furniture and marble bathrooms.

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Downstairs is the Velvet Restaurant where you can get anything from a Sunday Roast to Afternoon Tea. Plus, if the weather is pleasant there’s the option to dine al fresco on the canal-side terrace. In the bar, Happy Hour runs from 4-7pm daily; the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to a few cocktails before heading to the arena for your show. Velvet is also located in the heart of Manchester’s Gay Village.

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The Manchester Arena is a 20-minute walk away.


The Lowry

Manchester’s first five-star hotel, The Lowry is a luxurious boutique hotel on the banks of the River Irwell. Refurbished as recently as 2015, you can rest assured that you will be surrounded by the utmost in modern and vibrant décor. Coupled with the staff’s friendly and helpful attitudes, the hotel truely reflects the warm-heartedness of England’s north.

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With floor to ceiling windows, dark wood furniture and neutral tones, the rooms are cosy without being oppressive, whilst offering plenty of living space. The six riverside suites are fashioned after private apartments making you feel cosseted in your own luxurious abode, with anything you need on the other end of the phone.

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The QMS Skin spa, located on the first floor, boasts six luxury treatment rooms, a relaxation room, sauna facilities and dedicated mani/pedi area. There is also a gym and hair salon, so if you are preparing for a fancy night out all of your preparations can begin right here.

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The Lowry is just a 15-minute drive by car to the Manchester Arena.


 Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel

A unique hotel boasting some wonderful architectural features and a strong element of design in the décor, the Manchester Marriott Victoria and Albert would make any royal proud. Located close to all the city’s sights and attractions and of course the Manchester Arena, the four-star hotel offers modern luxury, well-appointed rooms and a delicious breakfast to set you up for the day.

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The V&A Restaurant is a brasserie-style dining spot serving light fare, excellent coffee and hot and cold beverages. Stop by for an authentic afternoon tea, or simply for a pint to catch up with friends. If you are looking to splurge, then why not stay in the Duplex suite. Split over two levels, the suite includes a spacious living area with floor to ceiling windows, a balcony and one large king-size bedroom with en-suite bathroom.

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The Manchester Arena is a 20-minute walk from the Victoria& Albert Hotel.


Innside Manchester

The hotel cuts a striking figure with its exterior covered in copper panels, the Innside is equally stylish as the outside – forgive the pun! With designer guest rooms, state of the art meeting rooms and a restaurant specialising in tasty Mediterranean dishes with a twist.

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If you are looking at an energetic night at the Manchester Arena, then perhaps it’s best to relax in the wellness suite for the day and enjoy the sauna and steam rooms. Once you have sweated out all antioxidants, re-hydrate at the restaurant and bar, Street on First, where art and music play a huge part of the experience with local DJ’s contributing to the chill-out vibe.

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The Manchester Arena is just a 30-minute walk from the Innside hotel.

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