Manchester's Finest Hotel Has A View Worth Breaking The Bank For
A view worth breaking the bank for
Forget warehouses, it seems every eye-catching conversion in town is of an old bank. From Jamie’s Italian (Edwin Lutyen’s Midland Bank) to Brown’s (Parrs Bank), the city centre’s most impressive buildings were the financial institutions of old, when Victorian and Edwardian Manchester stashed the cash in palatial grandeur.
Those days are long gone, and the very concept of a staffed bank is not long for this world, so all that’s left is to convert these beautiful buildings into fancy restaurants or even fancier hotels.
And so it is with the old Manchester Salford Trustees Bank at 10 Booth St, built in 1872 by local architect Edward Salomons in the Italian renaissance style. It is now the King Street Townhouse, to my mind the finest new hotel in the city.
The owners have a bit of form in creating elegant spaces, having given the city the Great John Street Hotel and two boutique properties in Didsbury. And it’s no different here, only more luxurious still – space might be at a premium (the rooms are slightly smaller than at their other properties, but that’s the price of having such a prime location) but it’s exquisitely treated. Luxury bathrobes, Temple spa toiletries and a Nespresso machine are elegant touches, as is the super king-size bed topped by a Hypnos mattress and white linen imported from South Africa, but what made it for me was the all-over décor, a lovely combination of period elegance and contemporary style: it’s like being invited into the home of someone with exceedingly good taste.
The show-stopper is the seventh-floor heated infinity pool with a grandstand view of the Town Hall clock tower. The same view is available from the glass-walled balcony one floor down, but nothing beats the indulgence of soaking up the view while a whirl of warm water circulates your nether region. Now that's real luxury.
King Street Townhouse (10 Booth St; www.eclectichotels.co.uk; room from £210, suite from £350.)