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Marlow, United Kingdom
Reviewed today NEW

Other half was going to the football so we decided to book an overnight stay as we hadn't been to Manchester for years - we got a very good deal at The Principal. Superior room on 4th floor - spacious and well equipped with nice touches such as free "tuck box" with crisps, chocolate bars and lollies. Very comfy large...

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Reviewed yesterday NEWvia mobile

Had a rather large night and the staff were incredibly helpful when I'd passed out and my husband got locked out of our room in his undies. They were also great about letting us check out later due to a deathly hangover. 10/10 would stay again.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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from entering the stunning foyer, to the warm professional welcome at reception to the absolutely exceptional room (250) could not fault anything my expectation was exceeded second by second. Two beautiful fluffy robes ( take note Daffodil at Grasmere who couldn't even be bothered to provide robes for spa break) The hotel has been renovated sympathetically keeping original features and...

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Thank Julie L
Manchester
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I visited The Principal in Dec 2016 for a birthday weekend away. Upon arrival, we walked into the breathtaking reception and were greeted by a welcoming receptionist who advised us on ideas for visiting the well known Christmas markets and told us our room has been upgraded and that the room was ready. The room was large and beautifully decorated,...

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Thank ClaireGreenwood
Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed here for a football game at Old Trafford. I have stayed here a few times but when we stayed this time the new bar had been completed and looked great. Service great and the staff are always on hand to get your orders in. Rooms are always good, but not modern so if you are looking for a...

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Warwick, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

Having seen the press noise generated about the recent refit of what was The Palace I have to say I'm completely underwhelmed and would urge caution when paying good money to stay here. Undoubtedly the public areas are very grand and the building is special - but the rooms are lacking. Our room had stained carpet, a discoloured old bath...

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Thank CaptCraigos
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

Stayed here to watch Billy Elliot (highly recommended) across the road. Certainly can't complain of the hotels location. Prebooked parking at the NCP opposite so no problems travelling to and from this hotel. It's an interesting building being the old refuge insurance and the vast ceilings and ceramic tiling makes it almost like being in a giant underground station! (Or...

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Thank GlennPhillips
Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

My boyfriend booked this hotel as a surprise for me and i was a bit dubious at first, but i have to say this hotel is exceptional. The level of professionalism of the staff and sheer class pf the hotel was outstanding. Our room was a superior double which has stairs leading up to a seperate bathroom and living area...

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

Dear katelouise2016 Thank you for sharing your review and for providing the top rating. I couldn't be more pleased. I am delighted that we were able to exceed your expectations and I hope we can welcome you back again very soon. Best regards. Matt Townley, Hotel Manager

Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

The place whiffs of class and sophistication; beautiful building, beautiful room, very tastefully renovated and well done. Good biscuits (and drumstick lollies!) However in the clock tower the lack of double glazing and proximity to the railway means it can be quite noisy, also there was no means to control the temperature, and some people may have found the room...

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

Dear Gareth E I was delighted to read your review about our beautiful building and rooms and also our tasteful renovation. Thank you for such very kind comments. Should you come to stay with us again we will be happy to place you in a different area of the hotel in a room more suited to your requirements. Thank you...

Durham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

I stayed two nights for a work conference and everything was literally perfect. The staff, the food, organisation the rooms. A really comfy bed, beautifully decorated bedroom and communal areas. I would definitely recommend this hotel and will certainly be staying again. I believe our company chase conference is already booked again for 2018

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

Dear Andrea S I couldn't ask for more than providing you with a perfect stay! Thank you! Our aim is that all our guests leave feeling like you do and I look forward to welcoming you back again in 2018 and hopefully sooner if you are able to come to stay for a social visit. Warmest regards. Matt Townley, Hotel...

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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: $157 - $560 (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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#24 Luxury Hotel in Manchester
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“Ask about heating/aircon.”
 of 5 bubbles LeChick, 23 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Avoid the rooms downstairs if you want a view”
 of 5 bubbles jodm2016, 14 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Ask for a quiet room if you are a light sleeper.”
 of 5 bubbles 258nikkiw, 4 Jan 2017 | Read review
“We had a clocktower double room.. amazing entrance and easy to get to.”
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“Rooms at the rear are quieter”
 of 5 bubbles Boydy62, 30 Dec 2016 | Read review
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