A hugely significant financial centre in Northern England and a media hub due largely to the presence of the BBC, Manchester is a thriving UK city with bags of culture. Therefore, the demand for serviced apartments in Manchester has never been greater.
Manchester is now known as one of the United Kingdom’s largest financial centres, populated by almost 600,000 people. Together with neighbouring towns and cities such as Bolton, Rochdale, Wigan and Salford, Manchester makes up a significant chunk of Greater Manchester, one of the biggest counties in Northern England.
As the focal point of the county, it makes sense that the largest aviation facility, Manchester Airport, is based there. Whilst this enables easy international travel in-and-out of the city, thanks to the M60 ring road and the numerous city train stations, including Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Oxford Road and Deansgate, travelling domestically beyond Manchester is straightforward too.
There is also the Manchester Metrolink, the most extensive light rail system in the UK. It is perhaps this tram network that makes Manchester one of the country’s least car-dependent cities. Evidently, those staying in corporate accommodation in Manchester can appreciate having a vast transport infrastructure at their disposal.
Manchester remains one of the best places to conduct business in the UK, ranking also as one of Europe’s most business competitive. Within the north of England though, what the city is especially well-known for is its leadership in the media industry. This is chiefly the case at Salford Quays, where the BBC breakfast programme has been made since 2010 and where the corporation employs more than 2000 people.
Needless to say, some of the world's leading media professionals regularly look out for serviced apartments in Manchester city centre.
But that's only one facet of this reinvented city's business profile. You'll find visiting professionals in Manchester representing a host of different backgrounds and niches. The likes of Google, Network Rail, Barclays and the Royal Bank of Scotland all have regional head offices here, whilst other major companies such as Co-op, Gazprom and Umbro have made Manchester the home of their national headquarters.
Let’s not forget the main Manchester Business Park either, providing office space for the likes of Emirates and Regus, based within walking distance of the airport.
Ultimately, it’s clear that global business favour reaping the benefits of a regional economy bigger that of Wales or Northern Ireland. For corporates, SITU can provide self-catering apartments and aparthotels in Manchester which are ideally located near any of city's key businesses and financial districts.
Manchester’s history stretches back to around 80AD, at a time when the first settlement to be built on the land was given the Latin name, ‘Mancunium’. It wasn’t until over twelve centuries later that Manchester actually became a town, but the following five or six centuries saw real development.
An industrial era led to Manchester building the largest industrial estate in the country, becoming a national port, and the home of the world’s first modern railway. The emergence of the Halle Orchestra and the Manchester Guardian newspaper also saw the city’s cultural influence expand nationally.
To find out more about the city’s history, be sure to visit the local museum based at the University of Manchester, which is obviously within proximity of a range of short term accommodation in Manchester.
Moreover, you can discover beautiful gothic architecture such as the John Rylands Library, or the Manchester Cathedral. When John Rylands died in 1888 he was Manchester's most successful industrialists, with a fortune amounting to almost £3 million – the equivalent of perhaps £250 million or more in today’s money. His wife commissioned the library in 1890 and it houses a world-class collection, including magnificent medieval manuscripts.
However, this is not the only notable library in the city. Chetham’s Library is the oldest surviving public library in the English-speaking world. There is also the Grand Central Library, which was reopened in 2014 after an extensive renovation project. On the whole, there are many great historic sites worth visiting in the city, and the great range of luxury apartments in Manchester make them all easily accessible.
There is a vast list of things to do in Manchester. Whether you are interested in history and culture or more frivolous entertainments and fun nightlife, the city has plenty to offer.
Manchester’s renowned quaysides offer several leisure destinations. Here you can enjoy plenty of restaurants, cinemas, shop or enjoy sports events, all located close to our city apartments in Manchester. The Manchester Ship Canal was opened in 1894 when it became the largest river canal in the world, costing £15 million which is almost £1.5 billion in today's money. Its here that you can take a cruise on the canal or enjoy a stunning evening walk along the quay.
Another great place to visit in Manchester is the Aquatics Centre. It is open to the public all year round and hosts major water sports competitions. You can enjoy the 50m pool, diving and gym facilities or the 30 display tanks (home to more than 5000 sea creatures), all within range of our Manchester city centre aparthotels.
Of course, it is also impossible to talk about Manchester and not to mention sports. Football is in the city’s DNA, with two major teams – Manchester United and Manchester City – consistently high up in the country’s ‘Premier League’, and often competing in European competitions. Both these teams’ fanbases are huge and contribute hugely to the city’s tourism sector. More importantly for sports fans though, short term rentals in Manchester make it easy to visit the city temporarily allowing them to travel to support their team.
On this page, you'll find a list of top-quality 'home away from home' serviced accommodation in Manchester. Some of these fully furnished aparthotels (including Flat Screen TV's, fully equipped kitchens and spacious living areas) are located in the heart of the city, amongst the trendy Northern Quarter neighbourhood and within a minute's walk of key shopping areas, bars and businesses. Others are found to the south, near Manchester Business Park, or in the lively Piccadilly district.
Serviced accommodation also gives guests the ability to enjoy a lifestyle of self catering in Manchester as they travel never too far from the comfort of their 'home away from home'. Whether you are looking for an apartment to accommodate you for long stays, or simply desire more space for a short-term visit, let SITU help you find the Manchester accommodation you're looking for.
Manchester Airport (MAN) is the largest airport outside of London, bringing visitors from far-and-wide to their serviced apartments in Manchester.
Located on the south side of the city, it has several transport links and is the airport most accessible for visitors to the city. Direct trains run from the airport station to both the Oxford Road and Piccadilly rail stations every 25 minutes. There are also coaches which regularly run from Chorlton Street Coach station.
John Lennon Airport is also located just 45 minutes away in Liverpool.
Chorlton Street Coach station is the main bus station in Manchester, coaches run from here to destinations across the country.
National Express runs a 24-hour service to major cities, including London. Stagecoach runs cheap mega bus services to London, Scotland, South Wales and the West.
Travelling around Manchester couldn’t be easier. The city council runs a free service that takes visitors to most areas in the city centre.
There are three major bus routes which can be caught from the major rail stations; Piccadilly, Oxford Road, Deansgate, Salford Central and Victoria. Each of these stations can be within walking distance for guests staying in short term lets in Manchester.
The city centre is served by two major railway stations; Victoria station near Manchester Arena and Piccadilly opposite London Fire Road station.
Piccadilly train station is the main destination for trains from around the UK. Trains from Liverpool, Leeds, York, Sheffield and Nottingham also tend to stop at Manchester Oxford Road, which is very convenient if you intend to visit the University whilst staying in student accommodation in Manchester. A fast train operates from Manchester Piccadilly and connects visitors to London Euston in just two hours.
Local services frequently run from the major stations to areas such as Deansgate and Salford Central.