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Kimpton Clocktower Hotel

"Convenient location Lovely room Well equipped gym by hotel standards"

James - October 14, 2018
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Kimpton Clocktower Hotel

Oxford Street, Manchester City Center, Manchester, United Kingdom, M60 7HA - See map
Free Wi-Fi
Property highlights
Check-in/out [express]
Hassle-free check in
Close to Palace Theatre
Within 60 m of property
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Popular landmarks
Cornerhouse 40 m
Cornerhouse Gallery 40 m
Music Box 50 m
Palace Theatre 60 m
Manchester Oxford Road Railway Station 120 m
Attic 120 m
Green Room 130 m
The Green Room 150 m
Temple of Convenience 160 m
O2 Ritz Manchester 160 m
Nearby landmarks
Palace Theatre 60 m
Manchester Art Gallery 480 m
Manchester Town Hall 610 m
The John Rylands Library 860 m
Science and Industry Museum 970 m
The Manchester Museum 1.04 km
Manchester Cathedral 1.18 km
National Football Museum 1.28 km
Manchester Arena 1.43 km
Etihad Stadium 2.82 km
9.1

Exceptional

Location rating score

Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
  • 120 meters to public transportation

  • Airport transfer

  • Currency exchange

  • Located in heart of Manchester

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

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Value for money8.5
Distance to city center0.01 km
Location rating9.1
Nearest airportManchester Airport (MAN)
Distance to airport13.0 km

Rooms available at Kimpton Clocktower Hotel

Very good
Room comfort & quality
8.0
Heritage Suite
Heritage Suite
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  • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 king bed
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Heritage Junior Suite
Heritage Junior Suite
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  • Room size: 64 m²/689 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 king bed
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Junior Suite with Two Double Beds
Junior Suite with Two Double Beds
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  • Room size: 52 m²/560 ft²
  • Shower
  • 2 double beds
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Double Room with Two Double Beds and Mobility Accessible Roll-In Shower
Double Room with Two Double Beds and Mobility Accessible Roll-In Shower
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  • Room size: 38 m²/409 ft²
  • Shower
  • 2 double beds
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Double Room with Two Double Beds and Mobility Accessible Tub
Double Room with Two Double Beds and Mobility Accessible Tub
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  • Room size: 39 m²/420 ft²
  • Shower
  • 2 double beds
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Standard Room
Standard Room
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  • Separate shower/bathtub
  • 1 double bed or 2 single be...
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Deluxe Two Double Beds
Deluxe Two Double Beds
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  • Shower
  • 1 double bed
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Deluxe One Double Bed
Deluxe One Double Bed
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  • Separate shower/bathtub
  • 1 double bed
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2 Bed Standard 2 Persons Non-Smoking
2 Bed Standard 2 Persons Non-Smoking
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  • Shower
  • 2 single beds
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Junior Suite 1 Double Bed
Junior Suite 1 Double Bed
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  • Separate shower/bathtub
  • 1 double bed
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What people love about Kimpton Clocktower Hotel

  • 8.8
    Excellent
    Location

    "We really liked the location and the space in the room."

    Karim

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    November 28, 2018

  • 10.0
    Exceptional
    Breakfast

    "The breakfast is a buffet type and the variety is good."

    Cheuk

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    November 26, 2018

  • 9.2
    Exceptional

    "Our room had 2 double beds & 2 huge flat screen TVs."

    Jane

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    December 6, 2018

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Review score - United States
9.5/10
Service score
9.0/10
Cleanliness score
9.1/10
Value for money score
8.5/10
Better than
99
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Better than
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Better than
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Better than
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Overall rating:
8.8
Excellent
3,582 reviews
Cleanliness
9.1
Facilities
8.5
Location
9.1
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What travelers say they love:
The location was perfect and the staffs were super friendly.
Putri from Indonesia
Family with older children
More about Kimpton Clocktower Hotel

More about Kimpton Clocktower Hotel

Offering an extremely convenient location, this 4-star hotel with its distinctive clock tower soaring over the Manchester skyline, is found right in the heart of Manchester on Oxford Street. The Palace Theatre is across the road, Harvey Nichols and the main shopping district is close-by, and so too is the Opera House, Manchester Central, the MEN Arena for world-famous concerts, and Bridgewater Hall, home to the amazing Halle Orchestra. For football fanatics, Manchester is home to United and City, and both stadiums can be reached easily from Kimpton Clocktower Hotel. The hotel houses one of England's largest event spaces which can comfortably cater up to 1,000 guests. There is also a fully equipped business center as well as 18 conference and event rooms. After a day of exploring this much-to-do city, the Tempus Bar & Restaurant makes for a perfect place to relax with a range of cocktails and mouthwatering dishes provided.

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Breakfast
6 mentions
Housekeeping
4 mentions
Food & Dining
1 mention
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What they offer

10.0
Exceptional

"The room is modern and the ceiling is super high in my room."

Cheuk

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November 26, 2018

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Nearest essentials

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Food and dining

Breakfast options

Full English/Irish

Restaurants on site

The Refuge
Menu:Buffet

What's nearby

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Reviews of Kimpton Clocktower Hotel from real guests

Overall rating
8.8
Excellent
From 3582 reviews
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Room comfort and quality8.0
Service9.0
Value for money8.5
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10.0
Exceptional
Cheuk from Hong Kong
Business traveler
Stayed 5 nights in July 2018

Classy hotel right next to the Oxford Road station”

Principal is one of the iconic building in Manchester, the interior design is comfy and classy. The breakfast is a buffet type and the variety is good. The room is modern and the ceiling is super high in my room. The location is very nice, it is just opposite to the Oxford road train station which you can connect to the Manchester airport. But if you consider the only shopping mall in Manchester City, "Arndale", is the Centre centre, then this hotel is a little bit far from there, but as Manchester downtown is not so big, it is still in a walkable distance of around 15-20 minutes. If you are a visitor of the University of Manchester, it is a good choice as it locates at the same road, Oxford road, of the university. Supermarkets such as TESCO and Sainsbury, mcdonalds, pizza express, Caffe Nero are available in 1-3 minutes walking distance. 10 minutes to the National express bus station where you can connect to many other cities of UK.

Reviewed November 26, 2018

Dear Cheuk, I sincerely appreciate your generous feedback in regards to your recent stay at The Principal Manchester. I was amazed to read your kind compliments towards our level of services as well as towards our amazing building and members of staff in general. It is definitely with great pleasure that I thank you for making us you hotel of choice in Manchester. In the meantime we look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back. Kind regards, Peter Kienast General Manager

Responded February 09, 2019
Kimpton Clocktower Hotel
9.2
Exceptional
karen from United Kingdom
Couple
Stayed 1 night in August 2018

Just lovely”

This hotel is in a prime location, and is lovely and grand. Got a good deal on the room which was very very nice (apart from the view as the room was an “inside” facing room which was not explained when booking, and you’d expect at least a street view when paying a bit more for a superior, however when you stay in Manchester you’re not coming for the view). Didnt sample the food but the gin was great!

Reviewed August 30, 2018

Dear Karen, Thank you kindly for having shared your positive comments with our readers. I am delighted you have enjoyed your stay with us and that our services and facilities have entirely met with your expectations. Your valued words and description of our bedrooms and facilities are vital in our on-going efforts to deliver our brand standards and herewith sincerely appreciate your preference. It a pleasure to have you as our guests and I look forward to welcome you back in the future. Kind regards, Peter Kienast General Manager

Responded August 31, 2018
Kimpton Clocktower Hotel
10.0
Exceptional
Crystal from Hong Kong
Couple
Stayed 1 night in March 2017

So worth to stay there”

Room is so big, very clean, facilities are good enough and the price is worth. Services are good with helpful staff, they recommend you where to visit and provide information to you. Location is very close to Old Oxford station and 2 of free shuttle bus from Manchester station (Green and Orange line). Absolutely will come back again and highly recommend to stay here. So regret that we are only stayed there one night only.

Reviewed March 14, 2017
10.0
Exceptional
Weylin from Singapore
Business traveler
Stayed 2 nights in March 2018

Lovely setting...central location...good facilities”

So I was there for 3 days...breakfast spread was decent (quite standard fair)...good gym facilities (did my usual treadmill and cross trainer with some weights)..now you should be aware kf the rooms...there are some, like mine, where i needed to climb a small narrow flight of stairs to access my room. if you have heavy luggage, you will struggle. but its a nice cosy loft setting except angle of the television is a bit odd. shower rooms are large but i would have appreciated more hooks foe hanging stuff. overall, it was a good stay though. do consider if you will be in Manchester.

Reviewed April 08, 2018

Dear Weylin, I was delighted to read your kind review on your recent stay at The Principal Hotel in Manchester. It's always great to know we have met with our guest expectations and I am pleased to know that you have experienced a pleasant stay with us. I look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind Regards, Peter Kienast General Manager

Responded August 16, 2018
Kimpton Clocktower Hotel
10.0
Exceptional
Amy from United Kingdom
Couple
Stayed 1 night in January 2017

Great location, helpful and friendly staff”

Enjoyable stay at well located hotel, have already booked our next stay here. Will use this now as our go to hotel in Manchester, after staying in several other hotels in the city I found this offers a great value for money.

Reviewed February 09, 2017
8.8
Excellent
Manda from Indonesia
Couple
Stayed 1 night in December 2016

Marvelous ”

I have great time staying at this hotel. Design of the room, i love it. Big bathroom, comfortable room. Amazing lobby btw. The biggest satisfaction is the breakfast! It wassss superb. In term of taste and quality. Everything was made and cook with perfection. Thank you so much. Definitely will stay at Principal again if i come to Manchester

Reviewed January 05, 2017
10.0
Exceptional
Xiaowei from China
Business traveler
Stayed 2 nights in March 2017

Excellent stay”

I was warmly welcomed by the staff when I got in the hotel after landing Manchester very early that morning. The room is spacious, the location is superb.

Reviewed March 15, 2017
10.0
Exceptional
James from United Kingdom
Couple
Stayed 1 night in January 2017

Perfect!”

Great location in central Manchester, wonderful building with big comfortable rooms and friendly and helpful staff. Perfect!

Reviewed January 09, 2017
10.0
Exceptional
thomas from United Kingdom
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in August 2018

Perfect!”

what a gorgeous hotel! You can easily get lost through the halls because it's so huge but you really wouldn't mind because the decor is amazing! We got a fantastic deal, saving a couple of hundred pounds which was fab! The staff were exceptional, we arrived early so couldn't check in yet and the lady at reception seeing we were suited and booted for a wedding offered to have our bags taken up so that we could head off. When we returned to check in (a little worse for wear) the lovely security directed us to reception, the gent on reception gave us really good (and simple) directions to our room and we felt really looked after.! Our room was beautiful, it felt really grand with an extra high ceiling and a bed which could fit me (5ft 10) and my husband (6ft5) starfishing and still room between us-and it was extremely comfortable! I don't mind that our room was on a busy road (and i could hear revellers on the friday night), as i sleep through anything but if youre a light sleeper i would recommend requesting a quieter room. we didnt get to sample the bar/restaurant which is a shame as the bar was the main reason we booked (we were just to tired to fancy a drink) but were returning in January and cannot wait! i have no idea why this isnt a 5 star hotel! it certainly felt like one.

Reviewed August 19, 2018

Dear Thomas, I was delighted to read your kind review on your recent stay at The Principal Hotel in Manchester. It's always great to know we have met with our guest expectations and I am pleased to know that you have experienced a pleasant stay with us. I look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind Regards, Peter Kienast General Manager

Responded October 30, 2018
Kimpton Clocktower Hotel
10.0
Exceptional
Cosimo from Italy
Couple
Stayed 9 nights in July 2017

Fantastic in every aspect”

Great location, awesome architecture and ambiance, spacious rooms and great staff. We'll be back next time we're in Manchester.

Reviewed October 13, 2017
10.0
Exceptional
Tom from United Kingdom
Couple
Stayed 1 night in May 2018

Tom Carpenter”

By far the best hotel in Manchester in the £140 to £180 range. Superb and spacious.

Reviewed May 17, 2018

Dear Tom, Thank you so much for sharing your feedback. It's great to hear that you loved our iconic building. On my behalf and of my team I look forward to welcoming you back. Kind Regards, Peter Kienast General Manager

Responded August 16, 2018
Kimpton Clocktower Hotel
10.0
Exceptional
Tom
Couple
Stayed 3 nights in August 2018

Beautiful hotel with stunning facilities”

This hotel is stunning, the 2016 refurb has really done the building justice. The bar and restaurant are gorgeously designed and although we didn’t eat there during this visit we will be next time. The room was stunning, with wood pannelig and a gigantic bed. If anything wasn’t quite right (e.g. milk being off in our fridge) it was apologised for and corrected immediately. Only thing that was a little off putting was the VERY loud music from the courtyard DJ and party over the weekend, to be expected from pride but made a long lay in/afternoon nap impossible. Staff were friendly and helpful and the gym...quite possibly the best of any hotel (inc. soho house) I’ve ever stayed in. 5*

Reviewed August 28, 2018

Dear Tom, I sincerely appreciate your generous feedback in regards to your recent stay at The Principal Manchester. I was amazed to read your kind compliments towards our level of services as well as towards our amazing building and members of staff in general. It is definitely with great pleasure that I thank you for making us you hotel of choice in Manchester. In the meantime we look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back. Kind regards, Peter Kienast General Manager

Responded August 31, 2018
Kimpton Clocktower Hotel
9.6
Exceptional
Putri from Indonesia
Family with teens
Stayed 6 nights in January 2017

Exceptional”

This could be of my favorite hotels. The location was perfect and the staffs were super friendly. Initially, we stayed for a week. In the 4th day, we had an issue with our bathroom. The receptionist immediately searched for available room and they gave us an upgraded room as the compensation. We ended up staying there for almost 2 weeks. We would like to recommend this hotel to everyone!

Reviewed January 15, 2018
9.6
Exceptional
Mohammad from Kuwait
Group
Stayed 4 nights in August 2018

One of the best hotels but was a bit noisy”

Very friendly staff, great facilities, the room was huge and very comfortable, one of the best hotels i’ve been in UK The only negative in the hotel was the noise. Out of 3 nights during my 4 nights stay there was a big noise and loud music that you can hear it in your room so we couldn’t sleep

Reviewed August 29, 2018

Dear Mohammad, I thank you sincerely for sharing your review on your recent stay at The Principal Hotel in Manchester. It is always gratifying to know that we have met with our guests expectations of the hotel, and I am very pleased to know that you’ve experienced a pleasant stay with us overall. My sincerest apologies that you were disturbed by noise during your stay. I hope this has not stopped you from considering the Principal Manchester for a future stay, and if you would like to give us the opportunity to redeem, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will be happy to oversee your booking. Kind Regards Peter Kienast General Manager

Responded August 31, 2018
Kimpton Clocktower Hotel
10.0
Exceptional
Elaine from China
Business traveler
Stayed 2 nights in October 2016

Good choice”

One of my favorite hotels in Manchester

Reviewed October 05, 2016
10.0
Exceptional
Chui from China
Family with young children
Stayed 1 night in August 2017

HIstorical outside, stylish inside - excellant deco”

A historical hotel with new deco and services inside room. Very comfortable English chair and deco, comfortable bed and sytlish washroom. Full buffet breakfast in a big and well decorated dinning room. My husband called me to double confirm if I had booked such high class hotel when he reached the reception!! Haha wonderful. Only shortcoming is no vehicular unloading area. But the reception staff is so nice to help unloading the luggages for me at the public road round the corner in a night with shower.

Reviewed August 21, 2017

Dear Chui I am so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay in our historical hotel, in particular, the decor and design. I do hope your husband was pleased when you confirmed he was in the right place!! Best regards Peter Kienast, General Manager

Responded August 24, 2017
Kimpton Clocktower Hotel
9.2
Exceptional
wai from Hong Kong
Family with teens
Stayed 3 nights in August 2017

85”

Principal is near Oxford Station, but not the Piccadilly from London Euston. Staff are friendly and helpful. Reception suggested sites for visit. Hotel facilities are clean. Impressions are classic outlook hotel and staff in high quality.

Reviewed August 21, 2017

Thank you for your very kind comments about your recent visit. I'm delighted you enjoyed your stay. Kind regards Peter Kienast, General Manager

Responded August 24, 2017
Kimpton Clocktower Hotel
9.6
Exceptional
Simon from United Kingdom
Business traveler
Stayed 2 nights in January 2018

Stylish and classic hotel”

I spent two nights at The Principal. The room was comfortable and spacious but sadly on the first night the room was too hot and the AC wasn’t working and the fan was pushing out hot air. The hotel reception moved me to another room for the second night and it was larger and crucially a lot cooler. Breakfast was really good and the front desk were highly professional. I will return.

Reviewed January 25, 2018
10.0
Exceptional
Matthew from United Kingdom
Couple
Stayed 1 night in December 2016

A special stay.”

A really pleasant one night stop at this beautiful hotel. The staff upgraded us for a small extra fee and we had a huge suite with a great view. Good value for such a historic and well presented hotel. The restaurant downstairs 'Refuge' serves utterly fantastic food and looks amazing. Our server 'Ash' made our evening extra special. We would stay here again. Thanks.

Reviewed March 25, 2017
8.0
Excellent
Niki from United Kingdom
Couple
Stayed 1 night in March 2018

Beautiful space”

Staff were very friendly. Building very spacious & grand. Service at breakfast however was very slow. Radiators in bedroom were very noisy & had to switch the off which wasn’t ideal as temperatures outside were in the minus! No slippers, bathrobes or cotton wool provided in room so slightly dissapointed considering it’s a 5 star hotel. Overall however, I’d recommend hotel

Reviewed March 18, 2018
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