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The Cow Hollow Hotel, Manchester
A cool boutique hotel in Manchester's Northern Quarter in a former textile warehouse. You'll feel spoilt by the free prosecco and nibbles, pre-bedtime milk and cookies, and small but sumptuous, bedrooms.
Rooms available from £99 per night
It's less than a ten-minute stroll to the high-end shops in Exchange Square. A little closer is the (small) Greater Manchester Police Museum. Check out Wolf At The Door for craft beer, cocktails and street food.
You're in the midst of the Northern Quarter with a wealth of exciting bars, restaurants and arty shops nearby.
By car: around 2 hours from Nottingham and over 4 hours from London. Paid parking available nearby.
By train: London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly takes around 2 hours, after which, it's a 5-minute walk to the hotel. Book trains to Manchester.
CHARACTER & STYLE
Exposed brickwork reflects the building's former life as a textile warehouse, as do the oak beams and restored features in corridors. Modern touches include oil paintings and statement chandeliers, while the glam bar features glittering mirrors and a large fake palm tree.
As it's a small hotel, there's no spa or gym. Staff are enthusiastic, friendly and happy to make recommendations on where to eat and drink. If you'd like assistance during your stay, there's a Whatsapp number you can text.
The standard rooms are fairly small but full of character, with exposed brick, huge mirrors and marble fireplaces. Amenities are hi-spec, with Hypnos beds and even Netflix access.
Room types: Standard Room, Deluxe Room
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, TV with Netflix, breakfast bag, glass of prosecco and nibbles, free Wi-Fi
FOOD & DRINK
Although there's no restaurant, a breakfast bag is served to rooms in the morning - containing juice, granola, a pastry and a piece of fruit. Head to the small bar for cocktails and a decent wine list.
The Cocktail bar: chic bar, pre or post-dinner cocktails. Serving free prosecco and antipasti trays each evening.