Since opening its doors in 1998, Manchester’s Trafford Centre has cemented its position as one of the biggest and best shopping destinations in the country. Attracting 32 million visitors last year, flagship stores like John Lewis and Selfridges are just a small part of why the Trafford Centre is the place to be for all things retail and entertainment.
Whether you’re looking to shop til’ you drop, dine in one of the restaurants, catch the latest blockbuster at the cinema or while away an hour or two in the arcades – the Trafford Centre has something for everyone. So much so, in fact, that you might even want to stop over somewhere nearby for the night. With the UK’s longest indoor snow slope, a golfing range, a go-kart track and one of the biggest indoor play centres in Europe next door – not to mention the bright lights of Manchester a short drive away – it’s a tempting prospect.
Fortunately, there are hotels near Trafford Centre to suit all tastes and budgets.
Just a 12-minute drive to the east, Ibis Budget Manchester Salford Quays is an excellent choice of hotel near to the Trafford Centre. It’s located in a vibrant and lively waterfront district, which features attractions like The Lowry Theatre, Imperial War Museum North and MediaCityUK – not to mention a huge number of bars and restaurants. If that’s not enough, you can reach central Manchester in a few minutes by using the Metrolink tram system, from the Exchange Quay stop just metres from the hotel. When you do retire to your room, you’ll enjoy free WIFI access and automatic air control, with the assistance of a 24 hour reception. There are plenty of optional extras too should you want them, whether that’s parking, a hearty morning breakfast or even somewhere for your four-legged friend to sleep.
Little more than 7 minutes’ drive up the M60 from the Trafford Centre, Novotel Manchester West is perfect for those seeking a touch of luxury. Surround by open countryside on the outskirts of the city, it offers plenty of peace and tranquility while still only being a short drive from the bright lights of Manchester. Each room is spacious and comfortable, able to sleep up to two adults and two children. The on-site restaurant is the perfect place to kick back after a day of shopping, while any little ones have fun on the adventure playground. Add in excellent facilities such as a fitness centre, currency exchange and parking, and it’s easy to see why this is such a popular option.
With the Trafford Centre just a few miles from central Manchester, why not make a city break of it? For those seeking an extended stay at the heart of this thriving metropolis, Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel offers the perfect location. Just minutes from Piccadilly Station and beside the city’s tram network, it has all the facilities you need for a relaxing stay. With skyline views from many of its 280 bedrooms, you can kick back and take advantage of the free WIFI and satellite TV. There’s even a concierge on hand to help, while reception is open 24 hours and late check-outs are available.