Hotels have always been popular because they are affordable, comfortable and hassle-free. There is a plethora of hotels to suit travellers to Old Trafford, from exclusive suites to no-frills bedsits, so you are bound to find something suitable.

Old Trafford

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Staying in a hotel near Old Trafford does have its perks. Chesters Hotel and Restaurant, for example, is just moments from the stadium and offers secure parking, so if you’re driving to Manchester you won’t spend any time worrying about where you’re going to leave the car. And, being so close to the stadium, the hotel has excellent transport links: you are only 10 minutes away from the bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants of Manchester’s vibrant city centre.

Just behind Chester’s Hotel, but in a more salubrious location, is Old Trafford Lodge, a sleek hotel contained within Lancashire Country Cricket Club. Guests staying in one of the reasonably priced executive rooms can watch most of Lancashire’s matches from their very own balcony for just £5, which is a great perk.

Salford Quays

While staying in the Old Trafford area itself will ensure you are as close to the stadium as possible, there are plenty of excellent options not much further away. Salford Quays, just across the Manchester Ship Canal from the stadium,

is a regenerated dockland area that is now home to such attractions as The Lowry theatre and galleries and Media City UK (a creative arts hub housing the BBC and others), as well as a cinema, several hotels and many shops, restaurants, cafes and bars.

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There are several bridges crossing the canal between Salford Quays and Old Trafford, making access to the stadium very easy if you choose to stay around here.

The Copthorne Hotel Manchester is one of several hotels in Salford Quays, set in a picturesque waterfront location on the old Clippers Quay. There is a Metrolink tram stop adjacent to the hotel providing fast access to the city centre.

Another more budget hotel in Salford is the Holiday Inn Express Manchester. It is slightly further into Salford than the Copthorne Hotel, but it is still easily within walking distance. It’s a good choice for families as its guest rooms can accommodate two adults and two children.

City Centre

There are a wealth of hotels to choose from in the city centre, whether you are a budget traveller or looing for luxury, travelling alone, with family or as part of a group. Buses, trams and trains all link the ground to the city, so you needn’t bring a car.

A couple of luxury options include the Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel, a former warehouse next to Granada TV studios, and the Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa, a large hotel within walking distance of the city’s main train station, Manchester Piccadilly, and the main bus and tram routes.

Many of the hotels in the centre tend to be among the more expensive in the city, but Days Hotel Manchester offers value for money and a great location. This budget hotel is just a stone’s throw from Piccadilly and offers bright, comfortable rooms.

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