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A night at Gotham Manchester (aka The Hotel Of My Nerd Dreams)

I’m not going to lie, the fact that this hotel’s name is Gotham pretty much sold it to me before I caught a glimpse of the pictures. But then I did look at the photos and I fell in love with the place instantly. Gotham Manchester is the design hotel of my dreams.

We had a Secret Escapes voucher to use up before the end of the year and since neither of us had ever been to Manchester before, we figured a weekend away would be an ideal time to have a look around. It’s only an hour away from us now, which is perfect for a little city break away from home.

A hotel with an incredible amount of history

We knew what to look for when finding Gotham Manchester. It’s been painstakingly restored inside the old Midland Bank building, which looms above King Street with beautiful menace. There are a few touches to its financial history throughout the hotel too – wooden counters and finished metals reminiscent of the time the building was used in this way.

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It’s so Art Deco throughout the hotel, with its own little twist, and every single detail has been considered. Even the signs for the lifts feature the date the hotel opened in true Gotham Style.

gotham manchester signs | this city life

suite door | this city life

And, I just couldn’t resist snapping a photo of that carpet…

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The Gotham Manchester suite that goes back in time

I was really excited about the room because we managed to bag a Gotham Suite for the night, complete with seating area, huge bathroom, brilliant views, and all the finishing touches that make a stay in a hotel like this a whole new experience.

You feel like you’re travelling back in time when you first enter your room, and I felt a little underdressed in my winter gear. I mean, this carpet too…

hotel gotham suite | this city life

hotel gotham decor | this city life

I’ve not squealed at the decor of a hotel since my honeymoon, and it took me all of five seconds to let out a sonic yelp at how the Gotham Suite looked. The room was just absolutely beautiful – from the huge super king-size bed and faux fur throw, to the travel trunk coffee table and standing theatre-style lamp. Even the pictures were chained to the walls, which I imagine if we were in the real Gotham, wouldn’t look out of place at all.

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gotham manchester room | this city life

gotham manchester decor | this city life

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The bathroom had two sinks (“TWO SINKS WAAAAH!” is what I said in the moment) and the most beautiful chrome finishes. Plus, I’ve decided I’m going to get the exact same flooring in that house we’ll eventually manage to buy.

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sinks | this city life

It was such a pretty place, even ‘the guy who takes the photos’ (little in-joke there) got in on the action! | this city life

The desk in the room has its very own Gotham Bugle newspaper which tells you all about the hotel characters, the breakfast menu, minibar prices, and all sorts of little details that prove every single experience a guest can have in this room has been thought about. It didn’t take me long to settle down and read that paper.

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gotham bugle | this city life

A good night’s sleep at Gotham Manchester?

I can sleep through pretty much anything. Once my head hits the pillow I’m out for the count – unless my hefty cat walks all over me and wakes me with suffocation. My husband, on the other hand, is a really light sleeper and he found it much more difficult than me to get a good night’s sleep at Gotham Manchester.

The people in the next suite really fancied a party (to be honest, who wouldn’t in this hotel?) so kept on having one until about 3am. Typically, every time he would go to call the front desk (on call 24 hours by the way) the neighbours would render silent until he was on the verge of sleep again. The walls must be pretty thin in the suites, but I wouldn’t say it was a massive downer on our stay. It just meant we didn’t get as much sleep as we would have should our neighbours have been the quiet types.

Next time we find ourselves in Manchester, we’ll nip back to Gotham for a cocktail or two in the roof garden.

Charley is a professional copywriter and tea-lover currently living in Leeds. She writes about city living and city travel (with a few cats thrown in).