Rob is an avid traveller and self-confessed 'man of the world'. He is passionate about his home city, Manchester, & travelling the world.
Old Trafford: Top Manchester Tourist Attraction
Old Trafford is the home of Manchester United Football Club, one of the most successful and most popular soccer clubs in the world. With a capacity of almost 80,000 the football stadium is the biggest club stadium in the country. Only Wembley stadium is bigger but that's home to the England national team rather than a soccer club. Over the last few years more and more visitors come from other countries including China, Australia and Malaysia. Visitors don't just visit on match days though: the Man United Museum and Stadium Tour, as well as the club's official merchandise store, is open all year round and is a must-see attraction for any visitor to Manchester.
Where is Old Trafford
Cheapest Hotel Near Manchester United: Victoria Warehouse Hotel
The cheapest hotel near Old Trafford is only a distance of only 0.2 miles away and is the Victoria Warehouse hotel. However, whilst this is literally a stones throw away from the where Man United play don't be expecting any wonderful views across to the stadium: many of the rooms in this hotel do not have external windows hence the budget price.
This hotel is in a former goods warehouse used during the former glory days of the Manchester Ship Canal when this area was a booming docklands with cargo regularly coming and going up the canal that links Manchester to the Atlantic Ocean. It's a decent hotel with decent traveller reviews and if it's Old Trafford you want then you won't get much closer than to the action than this. A one-night stay in the Victoria Warehouse hotel on a match-day will likely cost around £100 for a double/twin.
Nearest Hotel: Hotel Football
Hotel Football is a football-themed hotel which is literally right next to the Old Trafford Stadium. You can almost reach out of the window and touch it. The Hotel is owned by the 'Class of '92' players: Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt. It opened in 2015 after much opposition from Man United FC. The Glazer family - owners of the football club - were not happy with another company seeking to take hospitality trade away from them. It wasn't a good look to be opposing this development, especially as it was being led by former players that most fans consider to be legends of the club.
The hotel features 133 rooms and offers a range of matchday packages to suit various budgets.
Most Elegant Option: The Copthorne Hotel
Next up is the Copthorne Hotel at Clippers Quay. Part of the international Copthorne brand this stylish 4-star hotel occupies a quiet and serene waterfront location. Only 0.3 miles from Old Trafford and close to all the transport links to Manchester City Centre, this hotel is popular all year round. A neat feature is that it includes exclusive complimentary guest parking - something that isn't so common in many urban Manchester hotels. A one-night stay on a matchday in this hotel will likely cost between £100 and £150 for a double/twin.
Most Consistent: Holiday Inn Express, Salford Quays
Part of the IHG hotel group, everyone knows where they are with a Holiday Inn, or in this case a Holiday Inn Express which is the cheaper version of the chain. This modern hotel is located right on the waterfront at Salford Quays and only half a mile from Old Trafford stadium. It's got easy access to Manchester City Centre via an array of public transport options, including Metrolink trams, and is only a couple of miles away from Manchester Arena which has nightly concerts by some of the biggest acts in the world. Like the other hotels in the area the Holiday Inn Express is also only 8 miles from Manchester Airport. A one-night stay on a Manchester United match day will set you back between £100 to £150 for a double/twin room.
Best Value Hotel: Ibis Hotel
This is the real budget option as room prices during the week can be as little as £29 per night. However, even in this no frills hotel you can still expect to pay around £90 for a stay during a Manchester United home match. This hotel fronts Trafford Road, a busy 4-lane highway. There are plenty of amenities in the area including bars, restaurants and convenience stores and it has excellent public transport links as it's only a 2-minute walk to the Exchange Quay Metrolink stop. At 0.5 miles away from Old Trafford this hotel is only a 20 minute walk from the stadium. The rooms are bright and airy and finished to a modern standard with flat screen TV and shower in each room. If you book here be sure to enter the right hotel as there's an AC Marriott hotel next door that looks very similar to this one!
Best Contemporary Hotel: AC Hotel Salford Quays
Located right next to the Ibis Budget Hotel on Trafford Road, the AC Hotel shares all the same local amenities as its neighbour including excellent public transport links and access to bars and restaurants. But as a Marriott brand the AC Hotel is a slightly more upmarket option than the more budget-conscious Ibis. The hotel has 142 rooms all with satellite TV with movies on-demand; complimentary toiletries and tea and coffee making facilities; as well as its own bar and restaurant; and 24 hour room service. A room on a Manchester United match day will cost between £105 to £145 for a double/twin. But be quick as this hotel is often fully booked on match days.
Best for Location: Holiday Inn MediaCityUK
MediaCityUK is the northern home of the BBC and ITV - two of the UK's longest running and most popular television channels. From the beginning of 2014 the long-running ITV soap opera, Coronation Street, began filming from it's new purpose-built studios here after moving out of it's former city centre home. One of the first buildings to open in this 21st century state-of-the-art media hub was the 4-star Holiday Inn hotel.
Occupying 16 floors and shared with media studio space on the lower floors, the Holiday Inn provides a comfortable stay in a stunning, cutting edge location. There is a dedicated MediaCityUK tram stop located literally seconds away from the hotel entrance and there are an ever-growing array of interesting bars and restaurants popping up in this neighbourhood all the time. Old Trafford is just a short walk across the bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal and the enormous shopping mecca which is the Trafford Centre is only a 5 minute drive away. A stay in the Holiday Inn on a Manchester United home match will cost between £100 and £130.
Further afield - Manchester City Centre Hotels
You don't have to stay near Old Trafford to be able to enjoy a match. Excellent public transport networks in Manchester mean that it's very easy to travel from Manchester City Centre to the game by tram and then return to the city after the match has finished. Here I give you two more options but this time in Manchester City Centre. I'll give you one budget option and one top-class option. Let's start with the budget option.
Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre
This wonderful 4-star hotel is located in the cool and creative Northern Quarter in the northern part of Manchester City Centre. The hotel is close to many public transport links and interchanges including tram, train and bus. It is also only a 5-10 minute walk from the Manchester Arena and less then 10 minutes from some of the best shopping areas in the city including Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and the House of Fraser department stores. The Crowne Plaza hotel offers a very comfortable stay offering 228 rooms with air-conditioning and modern, stylish furniture and gadgets. A stay during a Manchester United home match will cost between £100 to £140 providing excellent value in a city where hotel rates are literally booming.
5-Star Luxury at The Lowry Hotel
At the upper end of the spectrum is the Lowry Hotel, Manchester's premier 5-star hotel and preferred choice of visiting soccer clubs and international pop stars. The Lowry occupies a stunning riverside location just a couple of minutes walk from Deansgate, one of the major thoroughfares through Manchester City Centre. The Lowry offers 5-star luxury at its best but still provides an unpretentious homely approach to its guests. The restaurant offers meals of the highest quality and there is an excellent luxury spa facility inside the hotel. A stay in the Lowry during a Manchester United home match will cost around £200 per night for a standard room. The hotel isn't so well serviced to public transport links as other parts of the city but at less than 3 miles from Old Trafford it will be a relatively inexpensive ride in a taxi.
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