Manchester is a city which does things differently, as Tony Wilson once famously said. It’s a city with heart and with plenty of shopping, dining and culture on offer, it’s easy to see why Manchester is a top city break.
Hotel Brooklyn in Manchester is amongst the top 20 ‘hottest new hotels’ in the world for 2021 at the Traveller’s Choice Best of the Best awards, one of Conde Nast Traveller’s ‘Top 30 Hotels in the UK’, and named one of the ‘Top British Hotels for 2020’ by The Sunday Times. It’s based in the heart of Manchester and inspired by Brooklyn.
In 2021 and beyond, city dwellers and travellers are looking for more than just the standard hotel options, Hotel Brooklyn goes the extra mile. I was lucky enough to spend 24 hours here and wanted to share some photos with you.
WELCOME TO HOTEL BROOKLYN
Location wise, Hotel Brooklyn is an ideal place to enjoy a weekend or long city break and indulge in everything from shopping, dining to partying. It’s a great base to explore the city, but equally has enough on offer to mean you don’t need to leave – you can bunker down and enjoy cocktails in your room, a movie downstairs and a meal at Runyon’s. This is exactly what we did.
Designed by Squid Inc, the 189-key hotel is inspired by the New York Borough and pays homage to Brooklyn’s history from early 20th century to the present day. It’s also a pioneer in accessible design, leading the way in Europe with its adaptability features.
The industrial nature of the downstairs area pays homage to Brooklyn’s loft spaces but it’s also synonymous with the warehouses of Manchester. The references to New York, from city guides and records, make it clear this is a creative vision which has been in the making for a while. It’s always fun staying somewhere like this, as you can tell it’s the result of a dreamer. The flight of wide steps offer a relaxed, communal feel where friends can gather and enjoy the space.
STAY THE NIGHT
Each of the rooms are stylish, cool and transport you to Brooklyn. The rooms inspire photo taking, from the Guys & Dolls to Great Gatsby books on the table, the old school newspaper which doubles up as an information guide and the illustrated murals of the Brooklyn Streets on the wall.
There are a range of rooms on offer to stay, from from simple studio rooms to luxurious skyline suites which offer panoramic views of the city. There are also terrace rooms available offering you your own outdoor space.
Our room was super comfortable, a place where you could enjoy a few drinks and also relax in the morning. There is an element of theatre too, with the heavy curtains, radio playing and ambient lighting. The tiled bathroom is beautiful and the White Company shower gel is a nice touch.
Hotel Brooklyn’s bar and restaurant, is named Runyon’s after Damon Runyon, an American writer renowned for his depictions of Brooklyn characters.
The menu is inventive, featuring British classics with a Brooklyn twist. We enjoyed some drinks in the bar before settling down for dinner, dishes on the menu include Smoked Paprika Braised Lamb, Brooklyn Luxe Burger through to plant-based options including Chipotle Baked Pumpkin & Polenta Croquets. Look out for the deserts – the Vimto flavoured jelly in the Brooklyn Trifle is a brilliant ode to the city.
If you’re visiting for breakfast or lunch, you’ll be able to enjoy the ‘All Day’ menu which includes Poached Eggs California, Oak Smoked Salmon Bagel and Brooklyn Fish & Chips. We enjoyed a coffee in the morning.
The cocktail menu in the bar is fun and an important feature – the Elixir Lynx was one of our favourites. There was a DJ on in the evening, so the atmosphere and energy were great. It invites you to stay the night vs needing to head out elsewhere.
On the top floor of the hotel, Salvation is the dedicated events bar, featuring exposed brick work, pop art and neon lights to create a lively destination bar for the UK’s preeminent Northern city.
Providing you with the ideal base from which to explore Manchester, it is conveniently located for access to the city’s popular neighbourhoods, close to Deansgate, as well as Piccadilly and Victoria stations.
After check in, you might not want to leave but I would recommend taking a walk over to Northern Quarter and Ancoats to continue your Brooklyn inspired adventure. The building facades there are reminiscent to those in New York and the fire escapes are identical with those off Broadway.
Hotel Brooklyn is an exciting addition to the city. It’s a theatrical and engaging destination and as we return to travel, people will be looking for stays which offer something different – Hotel Brooklyn can transport us across the Atlantic in spirit. Besides that, who wouldn’t want to wake up in Brooklyn without the jet-lag?
You can find more details or book a room at https://www.hotelbrooklyn.co.uk/