Native Manchester review: A swish aparthotel with plenty of character

Thursday 30th Mar 2023 |

Combining the stylish interiors and attentive service of a boutique hotel with the comfort of your own luxury apartment and a buzzing social space, there’s a lot to love about Native Manchester

This grade II listed once-upon-a-time cotton warehouse makes full use of its vast space, and is home to no less than 162 apartments. Add to this an independent gym, a restaurant, lounge, bar, outdoor terrace, deli counter and even a cinema, and you can see why the Sunday Times voted them the best hotel in the north. 

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Native is also a brand committed to sustainability and supporting local independents. They’re completely dog-friendly too, so you’ve no excuse to leave your furry beast alone in a kennel while you live it up.

Located on Ducie Street just a few minutes from Piccadilly Train Station, you’re also on the cusp of all the city centre action. An underground car park offers extra convenience to drivers. 

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Apartments range from studios to vast duplex penthouses with terraces and panoramic city views, but all feature large double beds, plush kitchens, bathrooms and chic industrial design. Our one-bedroom pad boasted an open-plan kitchen and living area complete with sofa, flatscreen TV, dining table and Nespresso coffee machine. It also boasted one of the comfiest beds I’ve slept in. 

Stunning exposed brick walls, elegant furniture, modern light fixtures and flashes of bright blue and orange add warmth to the space. They really are beautifully put together. Our only complaint came on the morning of checkout when a faulty fuse left us without hot water.

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Within minutes, our friendly receptionist was knocking on our door with the key to another room so we could get a shower. We were also granted a midday checkout for the inconvenience (usually 11am). The service was top-notch and it didn’t end there. 

From the chatty guy at reception before breakfast talking us through his favourite karaoke bar, to the knowledgeable team serving breakfast, everyone here was great. No fake smiles or forced chit-chat in this joint. 

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Speaking of breakfast, if you’re considering venturing out into Manchester for an early bite to eat, don’t bother. Ducie Street Warehouse serves up a damn fine selection of brunch faves, whether you’re a carnivore, veggie, vegan or undecided. 

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The DSW Full English may seem on the pricey side at £14.50, but it was absolutely pitch-perfect. Highlights included gloriously runny Burford brown poached eggs, WH Frost Butchers sausages, dry-cured streaky bacon and Portobello mushrooms. Even the delightful sourdough bread and butter were locally sourced. My partner-in-crime enjoyed crushed avocado on toast with eggs, which was equally as well received. The bottomless coffee and freshly squeezed orange were also appreciated. 

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We only stayed for one night, but this is the kind of place you could happily make a home for a full weekend or longer and not get bored. The on-site gym BLOK features a host of classes and there’s a constant stream of social events ranging from classic cinema to live music, disco brunch and everything in between. 

Whether you’re whisking a loved one away for a romantic weekend, or looking to party Manchester style with your best mates, Native has got your name written all over it. 

Native, Ducie Street, Manchester, M1 2TP. 

Reviewed by Fletch.