On the intersection of two of Manchester’s best-known streets, Princess and Portland, you’ll find the recently refurbished MacDonald Townhouse. Formerly the Princess Hotel – and in its previous life a Victorian Cotton warehouse – this historically significant, protected building is certainly the best-located boutique hotel in Manchester, with Canal Street literally a short walk round the corner.

This stylish city property, with its enormous rooms and comfortable beds, is great value compared to Manchester’s other boutique hotels. Subdued lighting (although sometimes a little too subdued) and minimal furnishings with splashes of colour, plus understated yet designer communal areas and great service makes it a fun and great base for exploring what gay Manchester has to offer. Don’t miss out on breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant, a Mancunian feast that will help you start your day right.

www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk