Manchester is one of the biggest cities in the north of England, and known as an established music hub and for its curry mile. The city centre itself has plentiful wonderful Michelin restaurants, and luxury hotels. The newest addition to this is The Townhouse Hotel, situated a short walk from the train station or a short drive from Manchester airport.
On the approach to The Townhouse Hotel you’ll be greeted with Victorian buildings and grandeur more associated with Kensington than the periphery of what is now china town in northern England. The entrances of the former cotton warehouse feature glass frontage exposing the purple colour scheme and chic decor enticing you inside, and stone sweeping staircases leading into the lobby.
Upon check in you can expect professional and friendly service from the reception staff, who are also helpful with directions and local suggestions if you need. If you book a ‘superior’ room upwards be prepared to be welcomed with fruit, macaroons and chocolate treats on arrival to your room.
The rooms were extremely clean and fresh. They are tastefully decorated and very comfortably furnished. With an enormous bed and fluffy white sheets it was tempting to leap into the cloud-like bed and not emerge for the remainder of the stay. For a city centre hotel, and a room with a view of the city, it was incredibly quiet. It was almost impossible to catch any street noise so there’s no need to worry about interruptions to your beauty sleep.
The bathroom was frankly enormous, with black marble and mirrored walls, a separate bath and shower and beautiful orchids to give a finishing touch. Other creature comforts include nespresso machines, bottled still and sparkling water, extensive room service, enormous soft gowns and plentiful luxurious Arran Aromatic toiletries.
The design of the new Townhouse Hotel is probably what impresses the most, it’s chic and minimal in style, with notable flourishes from the pink key room cards to the wall art in the bar with names of famous mancunians embossed on the wall. The booths, comfortable lounge seating and hanging lamps give a sense of privacy whilst still retaining the feeling of openness within the whole bar and restaurant area.
Breakfast is served in the main restaurant and has a small but perfectly formed continental buffet available, and hot food a la carte. (I would highly recommend paying the extra supplement for eggs benedict – the portion, construction and hollandaise were perfect.) Just a word of warning, the smoke alarms are very sensitive so don’t burn your toast!If you choose to dine in the hotel restaurant, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the variety of menu choices.
Though the menu changes regularly, some options were: tuna steak with stir fried noodles, grilled chicken with jerk gravy, and Mediterranean tart on courgette chutney. Alternatively, should you go for a liquid lunch instead, you’ll find a curated list of popular cocktails with something to suit every palette, perfectly stirred shaken and poured by the top notch bar staff.
Whether you’re a newbie to the north or a regular rover, I’d highly recommend The Townhouse Hotel as a plush retreat from the hustle and bustle of Manchester city. The very friendly staff are a wonderful compliment to this blossoming establishment.