Looking for the absolute best hostels in Manchester? You have come to the perfect place. We are Hostelgeeks, and we do all the leg work for you, so you can find the coolest hostels in Manchester.
We condensed it to the 3 top ones.
There is really no need to go beyond any of these. And quite frankly, this might not be a guide you expect.
Because unless you are on a very tight budget, Manchester Hostels are not the best ones. The quality is low compared to other European destinations, and there is literally only one place we would stay at (again).
Average price for a bed: Hostels in Manchester start from x€ per night up to x€ per nights for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from x€ up to x€. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Hostel Quality: Please, do not expect too much of hostels in Manchester. They are not really good quality, and some lovely bnb or guesthouse may also do the trick.
The only hostel we would personally stay at (again) is YHA Manchester. Let’s be frank!
If you’re looking for a hostel that perfectly represents this lively atmosphere, look no further than YHA Manchester.
This hostel prides itself on it’s vibrant and colourful interior, a welcome change from the often rainy British weather!
Aside from the stylish decor, YHA is also perfect for those wanting to meet new people as there is a large and spacious lounge area, the perfect place to catch up and relax after a long day exploring the city!
If relaxing is not your thing, the hostel offers a games room equipped with a pool table and an on-site bar to carry on the party.
YHA offers 152 beds in 37 different rooms, so you are bound to meet like-minded people during your stay.
You can choose to stay in male or female dorms ranging from 6 beds to 2 beds, if you’re wanting more privacy. Each bed is also fitted with USB ports and reading lights, so no worries about those pesky early risers waking you up with the main light…
The atmosphere in YHA Manchester is both warm and inviting.
What about the location?
When you want to venture out of the hostel, you’ll find the city centre right on your doorstep!
YHA is conveniently only a short walk away from one of the most exciting areas in Manchester, the Northern Quarter. This quirky part of Manchester is packed with bars offering live music and streets filled with impressive street art, ideal for those Instagram shots!
Catch the free shuttle bus which is only a 15 minute walk away from the hostel. Don’t want to stray too far from the hostel? YHA has you covered with outdoor picnic tables by the canal, the perfect place to chill out in the sunshine.
Everything about this hostel is designed to ensure a lively social atmosphere combined with modernity and style. A combination that captures Manchester as a city and will leave you wanting more!
YHA Hostel Manchester one of the best hostels in Manchester for
This inviting atmosphere certainly doesn’t end with free biscuits!
The staff have gone above and beyond to ensure that everybody feels welcome at Hatters. There are plenty of activities and themed nights to get involved in, including
games night and
even free food night!
Who would say no to free food?!
Speaking of food… there is also an on-site restaurant which exclusively offers guests 15% off, sound appetizing?
Feel free to take advantage of the freebies and discounts (including free WiFi), but don’t let this distract you from the variety of cool restaurants and bars surrounding the hostel.
Hatters is located right in the centre of Manchester, so you are truly immersed in the lively social buzz, both inside and outside the hostel.
If you are looking for cheap rooms in manchester city centre, then you have just found it at Hilton Chambers. They offer private rooms and dorms alike.
Be warned, the area can get pretty loud at night, but if you are eager to experience the distinct Manchester nightlife, why not join them? Other benefits of this fab location include being only a 10 minute walk away from Manchester Piccadilly, the main station in the city.
The location is absolutely great.
Hatters at Hilton Chambers does not offer perfection, but it will give you the chance to have a memorable social experience and absorb the fun Manchester madness.
A true backpackers Manchester experience. FUN!
Hatters at Hilton Chambers is the best Manchester hostel for
One of the best things about staying in a hostel is that you’re able to travel whilst on a budget! Are you a savvy traveller looking for a good price?
Hatters on Newton Street may be the bargain you’ve been looking for.
The rooms at this simplistic hostel range from private bedrooms to 18-bed dorms, with prices starting as low as £13 a night! So here you have it, here you find your cheap hostel in Manchester.
Don’t let the price fool you into thinking this place lacks taste.
The hostel itself used to be a hat factory, an unusual quirk which only adds to the industrial charm of Hatters. Sticking to the working-class roots of Manchester, this basic hostel offers no frills or fancies. Instead, it provides a warm, down to earth atmosphere with plenty of friendly faces.
You will find no extravagant decor here, instead cool looking posters line the walls. It is really not a special hostel, but has a top location and is cheap. It does the trick; that’s it.
Despite being one of the cheapest hostels in Manchester, Hatters still offers all the basic facilities you would expect.
This includes a shared kitchen, free WiFi in common areas and a 24-hour reception, so you can enjoy the city well into the early hours!
No need to worry about security either as you will find a safe baggage room and lockers for your belongings, as well as your own secure key card.
What makes this hostel special is the inviting family atmosphere you will experience, made possible by lack of pretence and the good nature of the staff. There are plenty of opportunities to get to know other travellers with all the events and activities Hatters offers!
You can unwind in the TV lounge during film nights, or if you fancy a bit more adventure why not join the popular bar crawl, there’s certainly so shortage of bars in the area!
And…what about the location?
That leads us onto the excellent location of Hatters, seriously you won’t find a more central place to stay at such a good price! The hostel is slap bang in the middle of the city, close to Picadilly Gardens, meaning you are only a short walk away from all the sights and public transport.
You get what you pay for at this hostel and a little bit more.
A comfy bed, a welcoming environment and a location that simply can’t be beaten. Bargain!
In town to watch a football match? Hatters is a popular place to stay for football fans. Make sure you book early; accommodation is hard to get!
This information can vary by season and availability. Please take this into account.
What about cheapest hostels in Manchester?
Of course, there are always cheap hostels.
If you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Manchester.
Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Manchester
Order the listing by price
Simple as that. Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price. Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.
As you know by now, Manchester Hostels do not reach a very high standard. And it is really a pity to say so. Yet, this is an honest guide, and we only share where we stay ourselves or would send our friends to.
We recommend as well to keep an eye on Airbnb.
Airbnb has a lot of rooms and apartments, also good places to stay in Manchester.
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Manchester hostels on a map.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
Science and Industry Museum
National Football Museum
Manchester Art Gallery
The John Rylands Library
Going up North? Then make sure you read this guide on the best places to visit in North England. You might be surprised by these cute villages and the landscape. Also, in Durham you can actually stay in a real Castle.
Here’s our map with the best cheap accommodation in Manchester.
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