With its clock tower and striking Victorian architecture, The Principal Manchester is an unmistakable landmark in the city’s skyline.

A magnificent, terracotta Grade II listed building, the hotel has a history dating back to 1890 when it first opened as The Refuge Assurance Company headquarters. Opposite Oxford Road Station and just a 10-minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly, The Principal Manchester is perfectly placed for business travel and weekend getaways and is close to many of the city’s attractions. Set in the heart of Manchester’s vibrant city center, the grand Principal Manchester, formerly The Palace Hotel, underwent in 2016 a multi-million-pound refurbishment and offers stylish, modern rooms just a minute’s walk from Oxford Road Rail Station and The Palace Theatre.

Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel and the ballroom is the biggest hotel event space in the North of England. A 2-minute walk from Manchester Oxford Road train station, this palatial Victorian hotel with an elegant glass-domed lobby and a clock tower is also a 10-minute walk from the Manchester Art Gallery. Furnished with elegant decor, all of the 4-star rooms at The Principal include TVs with satellite channels, private bathrooms, and in-room safes. Guests can also make use of hairdryers and tea/coffee-making facilities. Plush rooms offer flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms feature traditional decor, while others are more contemporary. Suites add separate living areas, and some come with 4-poster beds. Room service is available.


The Principal Manchester is situated on bustling Oxford Road, with Manchester’s huge array of shops within easy walking distance. The Manchester Arena is a 20-minute walk, while Old Trafford Stadium is 10 minutes’ drive. Manchester Airport can be reached in 20 minutes’ drive. Breakfast is offered for an extra fee. There’s a sophisticated restaurant/bar with a chic art deco dining room. Other amenities include 19 meeting rooms, including a ballroom.