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The Cow Hollow Hotel, Manchester
In Manchester's Northern Quarter, this cool boutique hotel offers plenty of thoughtful extras for guests. There's free prosecco and nibbles early evening, and milk and cookies waiting when you get back from a night out. Many of the original features in the former textile warehouse have been restored and kept - expect exposed brick, marble fireplaces and sash windows - and rooms, while small, have everything couples or friends on a city break will need. There's free Netflix if you'd like to kick back and relax, and hair styling kits are a nice touch should a night out be on the cards. The downside to the hotel's location is that there can be some street noise at night - but earplugs are provided.
You're a short stroll away from some of the city's most interesting dining options, from Michelin-starred Mana to the Mackie Mayor food hall.
The hotel is in the midst of the Northern Quarter with a wealth of exciting bars, restaurants and arty shops nearby.
By car: 1 hour 20 minutes from Leeds, around an hour from Sheffield and 4 hours from London. Cow Hollow does not offer on-site parking, though you'll find public car parks nearby.
By train: Manchester Picadilly is a five-minute walk from the hotel, serviced by trains from London Euston (2 hours), Chester (1 hour 30 minutes) and Liverpool Lime Street (1 hour). thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Couples looking for a boutique break or friends planning a fun night out in Ancoats or the Northern Quarter will love the hotel. Owners Muj and Amelia Rana have put a lot of thought into the hotel's interiors, making it a refreshing contrast to bland chain options.
Service & Facilities
It's clear that you're in a small boutique hotel rather than a chain as personable staff are on hand to help you have a memorable stay.
Breakfast in the room
Reception service via WhatsApp
Rooms at the back of the building can be dark, but have some quirky original features, including bits of machinery from the warehouse.
Standard and Deluxe Rooms
Facilities include: NETFLIX access, Smart TVs, Jacob Jensen tech, Hypnos Beds, 400 TC sheets, Goose down duvets, Bronze rainfall showers, REN ® bathroom products, complimentary Prosecco
Food & Drink
The drinks in the bar have fixed prices, taking one of the complications out of choosing a drink.
Cow Hollow Bar: smart, trendy, pre-or post-dinner cocktails. Cocktails £9, wine £7, beer £5 and spirits £5.
There's no restaurant but a complimentary breakfast bag is served to your room in the morning with items such as granola, brioche and a piece of fruit inside.