There are a few luxury hotels in Manchester city centre, but the two that captured our imagination were the Kimpton Clocktower and of course the beautiful King Street Townhouse during our city-break. (We also explored Liverpool for a few days, what a city!)
Housed in a magnificent terracotta Grade II–listed building, the Kimpton Clocktower has a history that dates back to 1890, when the building first opened as The Refuge Assurance Company headquarters (a life insurance and pensions company). It. Is. Magnficient.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that you were entering a cathedral or one of the beautiful national museums in London – but no, it’s the incredible IHG hotel foyer that drew gasps from both of us, luggage in hand. Having visited the ornate Kimpton Fitzroy in London more often that I care to admit to my accountant, I had hoped it would be beautiful, and wasn’t disappointed.
We checked in smoothly – and were wished a happy anniversary by the concierge who also handed us a red rose & a plush bumble bee which was so very cute – and before we knew it, we were finding our way through the labryinthine halls to our room. It’s quite an adventure to learn your way around the interconnected buildings, but we adored discovering new secrets every time that we intentionally wandered a different path.
Furnished with elegant decor, the 4-star hotel rooms have all the usual mod-cons, and our room was really comfortable – with design elements that felt just right. I may or may not have wanted to steal the beautiful trunk at the end of our bed, but couldn’t figure out a way to fit it into my Travel Hack suitcase…
We stayed here on the recommendation of a well-travelled, Instagram loving friend, and I’m so glad we did.
Throughout the hotel there are nods to the emblematic bee of Manchester; from plates under your toes all the way through to honeycomb furniture panelling – we delighted in how many ways they managed to slip design odes in. Of the luxury hotels in Manchester, this one seems to have so much character.
“In an industrial town with a hard-working spirit, Kimpton Clocktower is a sanctuary. Our guests rooms are luxurious through and through and filled with creature comforts, raw and exposed finishes, and textures layered to plush effect.
They reflect the spirit of the city and offer a quiet space to slow down and relax after a long day of work, sightseeing, or whatever brings you to Manchester.”
Kimpton Clocktower is situated on bustling Oxford Road, with Manchester’s huge array of shops within easy walking distance. The Manchester Arena is a 20-minute walk, while Old Trafford Stadium is 10 minutes’ drive. Manchester Airport can be reached in 20 minutes’ drive.
“Manchester is a city where tradition and modernity meet and where artisanship reigns supreme” and it’s so evident in the beautiful treatment of each and every space.
Interesting fact: the ballroom is the biggest hotel event space in the North of England.
And, then there’s the light filled breakfast room/restaurant which caught our breath every morning.
The breakfast is a slick, delicious buffet affair with a very generous selection of quality continental and full English options – you know everything has been prepared with skill and love – plus a small a la carte selection that you can order, like this lamb hash which was scrumptious. Nb: the coffee was amazing, and so plentiful.
What a hotel.
It felt like stepping back in time, in the very best possible way. [To book your own hotel stay at the Kimpton Clocktower hotel, feel free to use my booking.com Manchester affiliate link at no extra cost to you.]
What’s your favourite thing about a hotel stay? Beautiful decor, the luxury of an afternoon nap, a beautiful breakfast?