A night away without children is a very rare treat. However, a night away with your friends is an even rarer treat. Therefore, we needed the perfect hotel. We wanted a hotel that oozed luxury, we wanted a hotel that was all about the glamour. After several hours of research and many cups of tea, I found The King Street Townhouse Hotel, Manchester. It ticked all the boxes. It served a decadent afternoon tea (you can read that review here), it was centrally located and it had a rooftop bar. Win!
First impressions of the hotel were brilliant. Due to my friends being 45 minutes late, I was able to observe all of the action from my seat in the hotel reception. It was clearly a very busy hotel, and they also had a wedding on. However, the lovely gentlemen manning the reception desk were so warm and welcoming and they exuded a sense of calm. King Street is a boutique hotel with just 40 rooms. There is also a small reception area and a downstairs restaurant/tavern where we had our amazing afternoon tea. The hotel is ideally located. It is located on a quiet street, and is just a short stroll from the city shops and bars. Piccadilly Station is only a 15 minute walk away.
The hotel was very stylish. However, it was also very comfortable. The staff were attentive without being intrusive and therefore you felt comfortable and relaxed. I loved the feel of the hotel. There were interesting ornaments in the corridors and funky prints on the wall.
It was a hotel with a real sense of fun. You can find locally commissioned artwork on the walls and funky lights hanging from the ceilings. The attention to detail was fantastic.
There were three of us staying in our hotel room and we had been warned that we might find it a bit cramped. This was not the case. We were all really impressed with how spacious our room felt. The room felt like a real sanctuary. It was somewhere lovely where we could retreat to from the hustle and bustle of Manchester.
On entering the hotel room we were welcomed by some soothing music that was softly playing in the background. I have to say that I love it when a hotel does that. There was a large and very comfortable looking bed. Actually, the bed was unbelievably comfy to sleep in. I wish that I had that bed. Two weeks later and I am still thinking about that bed. Is it possible to fall in love with a bed? The bedding was crisp and white and shouted luxury, it might have also whispered “sleep”. I had to resist from jumping into that bed during the day. I did have a brief lay-down. It was hard forcing myself up again. When I found the dressing gowns and slippers I decided that I really didn’t want to leave the room!
Next to the bed was further evidence of the hotel’s love for style. There was a funky lamp that emitted a nice glow in the room.
I loved how the hotel room was decorated. The colours worked really well in the room, with the bold orange wallpaper that was balanced by the grey accessories.
The room also had the most magnificent mirror. It was enormous and perfect for us and it meant that there was no jostling when we were later getting ready to go out. There was room for all three of us in front of that mirror. The shape of the mirror also cleverly mirrored the shape of the windows and therefore it gave the impression that the room was bigger than it actually was. It created a lovely, spacious feel. The mirror also bounced the light around the room and therefore the room felt light and bright.
In the hotel room was also a really good hairdryer. In fact it dried my hair super-quick! There was also the nicest mini bar that I have ever seen. It was really well stocked and included champagne. Win! There were also Smarties for when you have the late night munchies. However, my favourite part of the hotel was the bathroom. Oh it was a work of art. I was tempted to hide out in it. I have never seen such a beautiful bathroom. This was a bathroom that would have even impressed Carrie from Sex and the City.
There was the most amazing free-standing bath. I wanted to wallow in it! It would have been perfect for a bubble bath. Sadly, we were too busy and I never had my indulgent bath. I did try the shower though and it did not disappoint! It was a large walk-in monsoon shower and it was simply amazing! The bathroom also had lovely toiletries, perfect for a spot of pampering.
We had really been looking forward to trying out the roof terrace bar. However, unbeknown to us, the roof terrace was closed for a wedding. We debated gate crashing the wedding, pretending to be some distant cousin. You will be relieved to know that we were sensible and resisted. The bar being closed was the only very minor gripe that we had. It would have been nice to have been warned of this when we made our booking. Although, we still would have booked. Also there was the typical Manchester Drizzle so we probably wouldn’t have sat on the terrace for long.
The hotel’s pièce de résistance is its infinity pool. The pool offers a stunning view of the Town Hall. There is also a lovely spa area and gym. We never used these facilities as we were so busy gallivanting around Manchester. The pool did look like a lovely spot to relax in. Just bear in mind that it is not really a pool for swimming lengths. However, It is plenty big enough for floating and relaxing in.
The King Street Townhouse hotel is perfectly formed with real attention to detail. It also makes a refreshing change from the average chain hotel that seems to dominate our city centres. If you are in need of a relaxing break then this is the hotel for you.
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Disclaimer – Please note that I was given a small discount on the hotel room. However, all words are my own.