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Manchester, the UK’s second urban area, is evolving at a rapid pace which makes it an exciting time to visit. A typical agenda in the city will involve football, music and top northern cuisine. And thanks to this guide, hopefully an epic hostel stay as well.
With a music legacy that includes Joy Orbital, Oasis and the Stone Roses, it’s no surprise that live music is a huge part of the culture here. Venues such as Albert Hall, The Ritz, Night and Day Cafe and the Deaf Institute offer choices across every genre imaginable.
Whether you follow football or not, you’ll be familiar with the city’s two major teams, Manchester United and Manchester City. A stadium tour might be on the cards for avid fans or maybe a visit to the National Football Museum for those visiting Manchester on a tighter budget.
Personally, I enjoy getting out into the countryside, and with the Peak District on the doorstep, this is the ideal destination to base yourself whilst you embrace the nature of Northern England.
- Best OVERALL Hostel: YHA Manchester
- Best BUDGET Hostel: Hatters on Newtown Manchester
- Best BOUTIQUE Hostel: Selina NQ Manchester
- ALTERNATIVE Suggestion: Sleep Eat Love, Liverpool
The 4 Best Hostels in Manchester
Here is my guide to the best hostels in Manchester for every type of traveller.
The hostel scene is still up and coming so there are currently less than 5 hostels in Manchester and some aren’t particularly great. My final suggestion gets around this with an alternative idea to staying in Manchester.
Best OVERALL Hostel in Manchester: YHA Manchester
✔ Clean and modern facilities
✔ Large common area with sofas and work space
✔ Plenty of free parking space
✘ Could do with some social events
✘ Bathrooms are tiny
This is my go-to hostel whenever I’m visiting Manchester, so I was never in any doubt about crowning it my overall best hostel in Manchester.
The big common area has plenty of relaxation space, the staff are super friendly and there’s a blackboard showing upcoming events in the city.
The hostel had great amenities including a huge, free car park (a luxury in Manchester), a restaurant, communal kitchen and TV lounge.
Best BUDGET Hostel: Hatters on Newtown Manchester
✓ Great price for Manchester city centre
✓ Lively bar underneath hostel
✓ Karaoke, live music, pool table and more in the bar
✗ A bit ‘rough and ready’
✗ Few toilets between lots of dorms
✗ Few toilets between lots of dorms
Set right in the heart of the Northern Quarter, this hostel is in a prime location for exploring the city and within striking distance of Piccadilly station.
The hostel itself is a bit ‘rough and ready’ so I would only recommend it if you’re on a tight budget.
However, once you look past the decor, the rooms are clean and you can get a good night’s sleep.
Hatters is one of the best hostels in Manchester for solo travellers as it’s the only one with a lively bar, perfect for meeting other travellers and locals.
The bar beneath the hostel holds regular activities including VR nights, stand-up comedy and a pub crawl.
Best BOUTIQUE Hostel: Selina NQ Manchester
✔ Modern and chic vibe
✔ Comfy beds with privacy curtain
✘ No kitchen
✘ Not a great social scene
Although it’s located in a Victorian building, Selina NQ has been refurbished to the highest standards giving it a very chic vibe.
This hostel has both private rooms and dorm rooms but due to limited availability it gets sold out quickly.
The dorm rooms are modern and spacious with a privacy curtain for each bed. Unfortunately, the hostel doesn’t have a bar or kitchen itself, but they do offer discount of the bar next door.
Alternative Suggestion: Sleep Eat Love, Liverpool
✔ Great facilities including gym and games room
✔ Welcoming and social atmosphere
✔ Reasonable price
✘ Hostel is in Liverpool – 35 mins by train to Manchester
Manchester doesn’t have much choice when it comes to hostels, but neighbouring city Liverpool has a little more on offer. If you’re struggling to get accommodation, why not stay in Liverpool and make a day trip to Manchester, this way you’ll get to visit two great cities in one.
Sleep Eat Love is your best option in Liverpool. This is a relatively new hostel but has quickly established a name for itself.
The social areas have a welcoming vibe, perfect for solo travellers, and the staff are super friendly.
The breakfast at this hostel will go down like a treat and it also has great facilities that include a games room, laundry and a gym.