Extensively redeveloped since it fell victim to a devastating IRA bomb in 1996, Manchester’s Piccadilly is now one of the city’s most fashionable areas. It boasts an eclectic selection of bars, restaurants and hotels, and Piccadilly Gardens provides a welcome green oasis. With a mainline railway terminal and an urban transit station, Piccadilly has excellent transport connections. The journey time from Manchester Piccadilly Station to central London’s Euston Station is just over two hours.
Ramada Manchester Piccadilly
Set in a contemporary 14-story building, the Ramada Manchester Piccadilly is a five-minute taxi ride from the Piccadilly train station and overlooks the green spaces of Piccadilly Gardens. The hotel is just opposite the Manchester Arndale mall’s 240 shops. The hotel’s Arts Brasserie serves a sophisticated international menu and the Arts Bar offers snacks and bar meals. Nearby dining alternatives include Burbarritos, set in Piccadilly Gardens and serving Mexican food, and Grado, offering contemporary Spanish specialties.
The Hotel International
Housed in a fine Edwardian building characteristic of Manchester’s 19th-century architectural heritage, the Hotel International is just across the street from Manchester Piccadilly Station. The restaurants, bars and clubs of Canal Street, the lively epicenter of Manchester’s Gay scene, is a five-minute walk from the hotel. Nearby dining options include the St. Petersburg Russian Restaurant and the Samsi Japanese restaurant. Around the corner from the hotel, the Star and Garter pub features regular live bands and DJ nights.
The City Inn Hotel Manchester
The City Inn Hotel Manchester is set in Piccadilly Place, a mixed commercial development of shops and offices opened in a 2009 and located a short walk from Piccadilly Station. The hotel's City Cafe restaurant serves contemporary European cuisine and features all fresco terrace dining. For a different dining experience, take a cab to Wilmslow Road, 15 minutes away. It earns its nickname of Curry Mile for the many Pakistani and Bangladeshi restaurants there. The intense competition ensures keen prices and high quality.
Housed in a converted Victorian warehouse, the Malmaison Manchester is a few minutes' walk from Piccadilly Station. Black and red predominate the flamboyant interior decor, and rooms feature velvet and silk cushions and mood lighting. The Malmaison Brasserie offers candlelit dining with a menu featuring local produce like Cheshire cheese and pork from Gloucester Old Spot pigs. Start a night out in the hotel’s Mal Bar then move on to the nearby Warehouse Project for dancing or the Roadhouse for live music.
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