Welcome to The Principal Hotel, Manchester, people. Possibly one of the nicest hotels I’ve stayed in, in Manchester. Actually, in the UK. From the warm reception at the front entrance to the delicious lemon tart and bottle of gin left in my room as a welcome, it was a five-star experience from start to finish.
I’d booked to stay at The Principal as soon as I found out the Northern Blog Awards were being held there. I was up for an award so I’d decided to treat myself for my birthday and book a little overnight stay – originally I had planned to drive over and drive back, especially as I don’t really drink alcohol, but I’m so glad I didn’t. I basically spent five hours getting ready.
Housed in a Grade II listed terracotta building, once known as the Refuge Assurance, the interior was on another level. I arrived a little earlier than planned so while I waited for my room to be ready, I enjoyed a drink in the Refuge Bar, snapping some of my favourite pieces of furniture and trying not to alarm the barman who frequently came into shot.
I was equally as impressed with the bedrooms, especially the industrial-inspired bathroom – would you expect anything less from one of the coolest cities on earth? I’m sorry that there are so many photographs of the bedside table lamps – I obviously couldn’t get enough of their brass loveliness.
After an amazing night – I won Best Pinterest Account if you didn’t know already *Beyonce hair flick – I couldn’t wait to sink into the bed. Hotel beds can either be really awful, or really amazing. This was the latter. Springy but not too springy, oversized and a duvet that could wrap me up like a fajita.
Would I stay there again? For a special occasion yes I would, but what I would like to have seen was free parking – especially for a £200 room and then £18 on top to park over the road. The finishing touch for me was being given a bottle of water on my exit from the hotel – a small gesture but perfect for those guests feeling a little on the delicate side.
You can take a look at The Principal Hotel here and as always, let me know what you think about the decor of this place. Isn’t that glass ceiling something else?