A baby grand hotel, rich in history…
We’ve visited the stylish King Street Tavern bar and restaurant many times, but on this particular trip to Manchester’s small adaptation of a grand hotel, we were treated to an overnight stay, plus all the luxury add-ons they had to offer.
Located within the upper King Street Conservation Area, King Street Townhouse is an impressive Italian renaissance building, designed by architect Edward Salomons and originally built in 1872.
After being welcomed in from the rain (it’s summer in Manchester – standard!) by a charming doorman and a receptionist who could not have been friendlier, we were shown to our Luxe Junior Suite, located on the 2nd floor. The space is luxurious yet still manages to stay warm and inviting – a home away from home. The suite is tastefully decorated and boasts a spacious open-plan bedroom with intimate lounge area filled with elegant furnishings, books, flat screen TV and bespoke furniture.
We sipped on our welcome drinks (chilled glasses of the Champagne cocktail Kir Royale) and nibbled on our welcome confectionary platter (brownies, lemon macaroons, blackberries and buttercream) as we admired the super king bed with double pocket sprung mattress and luxury goose down pillows (like sleeping on a cloud, by the way), freestanding bath and flat screen LED TV with Sky box, including Sky Sports. The bathroom, beautifully painted in duck egg blue and withmosaic floor tiles, is home to double sinks and a glorious walk-in rain shower.
After relaxing in the mini living room, we headed down to the on-site King Street Tavern for a spot of dinner. We enjoyed starters of asparagus with (perfectly) poached eggs and, luckily, we managed to bag the last serving of delicious goat’s cheese, sweet potato and chilli jam tart. For mains, we tucked in to a bowl of juicy king prawn tagliatelle with chilli and tomatoes, and their signature King Street Beef Burger – a yummy tower consisting of two beef patties, onion, lettuce, tomatoes, burger sauce, cheese and fries.
The Tavern’s central location is ideal for hitting the town for after dinner drinks – the hotel is just down the road from Lily’s Bar and in proximity of the centre’s nightlife.
The Gym Infinity Spa Pool, steam room and relaxation area open at 7am, meaning we could delight in a morning steam and dip in the breath-taking rooftop pool, which overlooks the magnificent clock tower and spires of Manchester Town Hall, before heading back down to the room to enjoy a continental breakfast in bed prior to check out.
The night staff Brad and Nick were exceptionally helpful with a situation that arose, and Guest Relations ManagerTom was also brilliant – just another example of the great service at King Street Townhouse. We’re not at all surprised it was the TripAdvisor Top 25 Travellers’ Choice Award Winner 2017, or that it featured on CondéNast’s Hot List 2016 Best Hotels in The World.
King Street Townhouse oozes luxury and high class without a pretentious atmosphere – the only problem was that we couldn’t stay longer!
King Street Townhouse, 10 Booth Street, Upper King Street, M2 4AW
0161 667 0707 / [email protected]