Oh, Manchester. You never disappoint.
I can often be found in this fair city snapping all things street art with a flat white in hand. My favourite area is Dale Street and the surrounding ‘Northern Quarter District’. It has a ‘you could almost be in New York’ vibe to it with its red-bricked art deco architecture, cobbled streets and street art aplenty.
It’s been a while since it was just Alex and I who headed into the city so we jumped at the chance to have a toddler-free weekend away courtesy of Roomzzz.
So here’s what we got up to when we had TWENTY-SIX hours to explore the city that we both love so much.
WHERE WE STAYED
We stayed at the newly opened Roomzzz Aparthotel in the Corn Exchange. For the past three years, the upper floors of the Corn Exchange have undergone some extensive renovations and the new Roomzzz Aparthotel houses 114 beautifully designed apartments offering super comfy king size beds, relaxing living areas, fully equipped kitchens and designer en-suites. We stayed in room 225 or The Farthing Suite to be exact.
Our room had the most beautiful wrought iron spiral staircase which led up to our living room and kitchen plus it offered an incredible view of Manchester Cathedral.
Situated in Exchange Square, Roomzzz is in a prime location as The Printworks, Arndale Shopping Centre and Deansgate are a stone’s throw away.
WHERE WE ATE & DRANK
Before we checked in we headed over to Mackie Mayor – an 1858 Grade II listed market building on the edge of the Northern Quarter. With an incredible glass roof and long wooden benches, it is the place to go if you want to have a bite to eat with the rest of the ‘cool crowd’.
We also had Sunday Brunch at Pot Kettle Black and had a vino or two in The Patron, Banyan, PLY and Arcane.
Instead of heading out for our evening meal we opted to ‘eat in’ and had a recipe box from Salvi’s delivered to our room. Delicious!
The hotel doesn’t have its own bar and restaurant but as it is situated within the Corn Exchange there are 14 restaurants downstairs to chose. From Tampopo to Zizzi. The hotel does offer a complimentary ‘grab & go’ breakfast with a selection of hot drinks, juices and pastries.
EXPLORING MANCHESTER IN PHOTOS
Over the two days, we walked EVERYWHERE from the Northern Quater down to Deansgate, snapping street art, drinking coffee and finishing our Sunday off with a game of Junkyard Golf.
If you are wondering why the streets look so empty we were up at the crack of dawn…
We had an absolutely fantastic (much needed) mini break in Manchester courtesy of Roomzzz. The hotel is charming and full of decadent antique tiling and character. The aparthotel style of Roomzzz suits everyone one, from the ‘getting in at 4am’ crowd to those on business and especially families.
Will will stay again? Of course and you should too….
FYI – In a recent poll by Time Out. Manchester made it into the top 10 most exciting cities in the world beating Barcelona, San Franciso and Bangkok. So it’s pretty special!
This post is in collaboration with Roomzzz. They kindly gifted Alex and I this one night stay for this review. As always comments and photos are my own.
Further information about Roomzzz can be found here.