So last Friday afternoon I jumped on the train and went to spend the weekend in Manchester. Being only a 40 minute train journey away, I class Manchester as being ‘just up the road’, so I’ve visited before more times that I can count. I’ve spent so many days there shopping, eating, drinking and going to concerts and I also studied for my Masters degree at MMU so it’s a place I know and love.
The reason for our trip this time was a special occasion, so when looking for hotels we purposely gravitated towards any that looked extra special and had unique features – which led us to booking Hotel Gotham.
Hotel Gotham is somewhere I’ve dreamed of staying at for a while now so I was wayyyyyy too excited from the moment we confirmed the booking. I wasn’t too sure if I was going to blog our stay but from the second we arrived, I KNEW I had to share this hotel experience with you.
On approaching the hotel, I was immediately taken back by the grandeur of the building itself which is a grade II listed building, previously a bank HQ known as ‘The King of King Street’. There is definitely a strong Art Deco feel continued from the outside in.
The hotel is in the perfect location within the City Centre, surrounded by so many high-end stores such as Vivienne Westwood, Hermès, Agent Provocateur and Mulberry but also round the corner from the Arndale Centre & Selfridges. If you’re looking for amazing places to eat and drink – Rosso, Grand Pacific, Panama Hattys and Browns are all within a 2 minute walking distance.
Upon arrival, we checked in and were upgraded to a Directors Suite which we were completely not expecting at all and so it started our stay off in the most exciting way!
Our room at Hotel Gotham was stunning, with high ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, an extra large king size bed, beautiful fabrics and colours to compliment the style of the decor – I don’t think there would be anything I’d want to change. It was totally in-keeping with the Art Deco theme of the rest of the hotel but there were also subtle nods to the buildings banking history with things like ‘swag bags’ hidden in the drawer of the dressing table.
One of my favourite details within the room, was the newspaper laid on the dressing table, aptly named ‘The Gotham Bugle’. Rather than the usual boring A5 size folder containing guest information etc, the newspaper was used for everything from the room service menu to the Wifi code – so well thought out and seriously impressive for someone like me who loves attention to those little details.
Another detail carefully thought out, were the mini bar facilities hidden inside a tall, vintage-looking leather steam trunk.
I could go on and talk about our room forever, just as I could quite possibly have stayed there forever but there are so many more features to tell you about…
We had decided not to eat at the Hotel that evening with a view to exploring Manchesters Deans Gate a little more, but we went up to Club Brass for a few drinks before heading out. Club Brass is the Hotels members only rooftop bar which is open to well, members and Hotel residents only. The bar has a large inside seating area which makes a sort of ‘U’ shape around the centrally located bar, as well as three outside terraces, all very different and currently branded by Hendricks, Wimbledon and Springbank.
The members only aspect of the bar brings quite a unique feel and they have some verrrry special cocktails to match. Two I can recommend are the Crystal Clear and Purple Haze.
The following morning, we had breakfast booked at the hotel. Breakfast food is my ALL TIME favourite and what we were greeted with could not have suited me down to the ground any more. A huge selection of fresh juices and fruit, pastries and cereals followed by a choice from the cooked menu, anything from a full-english style breakfast to eggs Benedict and the best coffee.
The restaurant again shows off some stunning decor with lots of marble and gold, as well as a grand piano in one corner and again, those nods towards the banking history with type writers hanging on the wall.
Every part of Hotel Gotham has been truly thought out and rendered with love. The staff were consistently welcoming and friendly and the customer service we experienced was second to none and made the whole experience so seamless and easy.
I can’t recommend Gotham enough and can 100% say it won’t be long until we return again.