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Llanelli, United Kingdom
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have been lucky enough to stay in some top end hotels but The Principal is the best! A warm, friendly welcome on check in. A courteous and helpful doorman and just lovely staff. Some nice extra touches in the room too: a complimentary tuck box of crisps, Kit Kat etc. and a small carton of milk in the fridge...

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed yesterday NEW

went for a sunday night break for my husbands 70th. rooms were lovely and spacious. the building is stunning and has been reformed beautifully. period features have e been maintained and we were treated to a tour of the building on Monday morning ... many thanks

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Exeter, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

I stayed last year for a disastrous 2 nights- everything that could go wrong did apart from the friendliness of staff. To make up for this I was invited again. The trip could not have been more different. The de luxe room was large with high ceilings. Comfortable chairs as well as a large and comfortable bed made it a...

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leeds
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

Stopping recently in Manchester in the Principle, used to be called the Palace. A quick check in - had us up to room 186. A stunning room with super high ceilings of about 15 foot high! A real open atmosphere with large windows letting lots of light in. The room was spotless with all the luxury you could need. We...

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ThePrincipalHotelMcr, Manager at The Principal Manchester, responded to this review

Dear undertheoaktree I am absolutely delighted to hear that there were so many aspects of your stay that you enjoyed. Thank you for taking the time to share your comments and I hope that you are able to come back to Manchester very soon to enjoy some more of our fantastic nightlife and then another satisfying breakfast the morning after....

Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

One of the best hotels I've ever stayed in. Booked a standard double and it was huge! If we didn't get upgraded I'd be surprised with the size of the room. Gorgeous hotel and really lives up to 5* standards. Loved the bar 'refuge' too which I have been too before. It is equally as gorgeous. Would 100% stay again

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ThePrincipalHotelMcr, Manager at The Principal Manchester, responded to this review

Dear Hannah R Wow! Thanks for such an amazing review! I am thrilled to hear you consider us one of the best hotels you have ever stayed in and that you also love our Refuge bar. I look forward to you returning very soon. Warm regards. Matt Townley, Hotel Manager

London
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lovely and friendly staff. Stayed in a very spacious room with a large bed which was very comfortable. Shower above the bath was very powerful. Elemis and Neil's yard bath products. Fresh milk and water in the fridge. Kitkat and nice crisps and various tea bags provided. We couldn't get a table at the restaurant as it was fully booked...

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ThePrincipalHotelMcr, Manager at The Principal Manchester, responded to this review

Dear DoubleUnine Thank you for your very kind feedback, in particular, your comments about our 'lovely and friendly staff'. I look forward to welcoming you back again, and should you require a table in the restaurant on your next visit please contact me and I will be very happy to arrange this for you. Best regards. Matt Townley, Hotel Manager

Newcastle, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

Loved this hotel. The building is stunning and our room was perfect. Very spacious and the bathroom was great. It was a little chilly when we checked in but once we sorted the temperature it was perfect. Our bed was very comfortable and the shower was so powerful it was great. The complimentary tuck box, water & milk was a...

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ThePrincipalHotelMcr, Manager at The Principal Manchester, responded to this review

Dear Reavs Thank you for your very kind comments about your recent stay. I am thrilled to hear of all the aspects of your stay that you enjoyed and I have passed your comments on to my team who will also be delighted that you enjoyed your stay so much. I look forward to you next visit when you return...

Manchester
Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

Stayed with my husband on Saturday night as we were in town to see Jimmy Carr. It was a last minute booking only done that morning and the rate was higher than I usually like to pay in Manchester but we'd decided to treat ourselves. We had to queue a little at check in but it wasn't too bad and...

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ThePrincipalHotelMcr, Manager at The Principal Manchester, responded to this review

Dear holidaymonster83 Thank you for taking time to provide feedback on your recent stay with us. I am sorry to learn of the niggles you experienced, especially as you feel it let the service down. This is obviously disappointing to hear. Please let me know should you book to stay with us again so that I can personally oversee your...

Ipswich, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

I recently stayed here last weekend for 2 nights having treated myself whilst staying in Manchester for a weekend with friends and needing some de-stress time. Totally amazed by the building, fabulous reception and beautiful original features having been retained. Smooth check in and upgraded room offered to me-not often the case when you're travelling on your own. Beautiful spacious...

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ThePrincipalHotelMcr, Manager at The Principal Manchester, responded to this review

Dear Jocasta73 I am delighted that you chose The Principal Manchester for your two night treat and de-stress time. I am thrilled to learn that there were many areas you enjoyed. I am sorry if you were disturbed by music from the bar and as you have stated, if you do return, please advise reception that you require a room...

Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

Booked a show at Palace Theatre with my wife and thought we would make a weekend of it by stopping overnight. Decided on booking the Principal rather than the Midland. Did I make the right choice? I will never know but the stay wasn't without issues You are greeted by a grand entrance and reception that with only a few...

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ThePrincipalHotelMcr, Manager at The Principal Manchester, responded to this review

Dear Paul G I was disappointed to read your comments about your experience whilst staying with us and would appreciate the opportunity to discuss these points personally. Would you please send your contact details to me at matt.townley@theprincipalhotel.com and I will contact you to discuss the points you have raised in more detail. Thank you for providing feedback and I...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Principal Manchester is a fabulous Grade II listed building initially built for The Refuge Assurance Company in 1895. Many of the 270 loft style bedrooms and suites have original features and all rooms have modern touches such as smart TVs and free internet access. The Refuge Dining Room and Public Bar is curated by DJs turned restaurateurs Luke Cowdrey and Justin Crawford of the award winning Volta restaurant in West Didsbury. Featuring small plates and large sharing dishes the food is influenced by the global travels of Luke and Justin. The hotel includes 17 meeting and event spaces including the largest hotel ballroom in the northwest of England. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Principal Manchester

Address: Oxford Street, Manchester M6O 7HA, England (Formerly The Palace Hotel)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Greater Manchester > Manchester
Price Range: $159 - $479 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Principal Manchester 4*
Number of rooms: 275
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Also Known As:
Palace Hotel Manchester
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#16 Luxury Hotel in Manchester
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“4th floor has fab views!”
 of 5 bubbles Rhianteach, 23 Feb 2017 | Read review
“We stayed in the clock tower part of the hotel which had great views but you could hear the trains but we always take earplugs to hotels.”
 of 5 bubbles 429lynneg, 19 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Not in the wing next to the train station.”
 of 5 bubbles 608teddyq, 17 Feb 2017 | Read review
“We stayed on the 3rd floor overlooking Oxford Station but we heard no train noise and had a good nights sleep.”
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“Oxford Street can by quite noisy so ask for a quiet room”
 of 5 bubbles lizzard57, 13 Feb 2017 | Read review
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