Manchester, The Eclectic City


Manchester is a city we’re both familiar with, I (Corinne) grew up in a small suburb just south of the city and have fond memories enjoying Manchester, not to mention River and I first moved-in together in a flat just near to Castlefield.

This Christmas was such a treat, not only that our travels brought us home for long enough to indulge in family traditions but also gained us time to luxuriate in two of Manchester’s most charming city townhouses. With unsurpassable character, rich heritages and effortless hospitality, the Eclectic Hotel Collection really embodies a home from home (only better!).


Our first stay was Great John Street hotel which was once an original Victorian school house, since being converted into a modern, luxurious townhouse hotel it now has all the niceties you could wish for. The staircases are still lovingly named the ‘Girls Staircase’ and the desirable rooftop lounge, fondly nicknamed the ‘Playground’, reminiscent of what once was. These little touches add to the charm of the townhouse hotel, as did our mezzanine two-story bedroom complete with in-room bath. Bliss.


Our night at King Street Townhouse began with just as more charm and charisma. This Italian renaissance building was originally built in 1872. Since becoming a baby grand hotel, Manchester knows it well as King Street Townhouse Hotel. 


With 40 individually designed bedrooms, a sky-high terrace with views over the magnificent town hall and the added beauty of an infinity spa pool over-looking the cities rooftops, this hotel really takes the biscuit!

The next morning we woke up early to catch the sunrise from the heated infinity pool, watching Manchester come to life from above. Having pre-ordered breakfast to our room, an added perk the hotel offers to all guests, we clambered back into bed and hit snooze, courtesy of their late checkout option.


We could have stayed for a week, and the rest!, enjoying both of these Eclectic entities. They really are modern and eclectic yet wonderfully charming and characterful. They’re certainly not to be missed during your next stay in Manchester.