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The Principal Manchester

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The Principal Manchester is a fabulous Grade II listed building initially built for The Refuge Assurance Company in 1895. Many of the 270 loft style bedrooms and suites have original features and all rooms have modern touches such as smart TVs and free internet access. The Refuge Dining Room and Public Bar is curated by DJs turned restaurateurs Luke Cowdrey and Justin Crawford of the award winning Volta restaurant in West Didsbury. Featuring small plates and large sharing dishes the food is influenced by the global travels of Luke and Justin. The hotel includes 17 meeting and event spaces including the largest hotel ballroom in the northwest of England.
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Reviewed yesterday

What an impressive reception after a striking refurbishment. Evening DJ in bar; and large function room - you may want ask for a room away from the party. Arrived mid morn and helpfully stored luggage but was assured there was no chance of an early...More

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Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

My wife, our two-and-half and I, stayed for six nights. The Principal was above our usual mid-range budget, but our stay coincided with the gay pride weekend and the bank holiday, many hotels in Manchester were fully booked, our options were limited. It wouldn't had...More

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Response from Peter K, General Manager at The Principal ManchesterResponded 21 September 2018

Dear 832rubent, 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...More

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Stunning hotel ! possibly the worse service I've ever had ! Payment was a nightmere , been pre paid via work but because the hotel reservations don't work weekends I had to pay or would have no where to sleep with my team ! The...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I have stayed at this hotel many times in the past when it was named ‘The Palace’. It was always expensive but then I believe you get what you pay for.. until this last visit to the now named ‘Principal’ I stayed for two nights...More

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Response from Peter K, General Manager at The Principal ManchesterResponded yesterday

Dear Walandee, Thank you kindly for sharing your review to our Trip Advisor readers. It is very much appreciated. I am very disappointed however, to hear that you did not have a positive stay with us, having chosen us based on your personal history with...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I stayed overnight for an event, bedroom was comfortable enough but while it was a double it was small and only an uncomfortable stool to work from, a chair would have been good but there was literally no room to fit one in! We had...More

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Response from Peter K, General Manager at The Principal ManchesterResponded yesterday

Dear Hector7777, I sincerely appreciate your feedback on your stay at The Principal Manchester. It was a pleasure to have had you as our guest and would like to emphasise how very disappointed I was to read that your personal experience did not completely meet...More

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30 June 2018|
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Response from mdm28200 | Reviewed this property |
My room did not have air conditioning
2 April 2018|
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Response from julues2013 | Reviewed this property |
Fabulous, we are going again in May, lovely hotel :)
17 March 2018|
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Response from Darren M | Reviewed this property |
The guest room was perfectly adequate. Very spacious and plenty of wardrobe space. I do not usually use a bath, only a shower. On this occasion I did and there was plenty of room. Don't worry ! You will enjoy your stay.
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"Higher floors will reduce potential noise disturbance."
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