A-Mag Visits The Principal

Take your night out in Manchester up a notch with a stay at The Principal Hotel.

About The Principal

Celebrating its second birthday as The Principal this year, the building itself has been around since 1891 with its red brick clock tower becoming a famous feature of Manchester’s skyline. The original Victorian Gothic features are still intact today, giving a sense of grandeur to Oxford Road.

The Buzz

Rundown hotel The Palace got a brand-new look in 2016 when it was transformed into The Principal. The A-Mag team headed there to find out if the £25 million makeover was really worth it.

Best For

Laidback luxury in the heart of Manchester packed with Victorian Gothic charm. Opposite Oxford Road train station and just a ten-minute walk from Piccadilly train station, The Principal is great for an extra special weekend whether you’re a Manc or not.

Where To Eat

Not ones to shy away from risk-taking, The Principal chose the boys behind Volta in West Didsbury, Luke Cowdrey and Justin Crawford, to curate the hotel’s restaurant The Refuge. It definitely paid off, with the DJs turned award-winning restauranteurs pulling in a younger crowd and, of course, providing great playlists for diners as well.

What To Order

During the week, tapas is the way to go. The spiced lamb chops and salt cod croquettes were some of our favourites. Small bites like the fire-roasted Padrón peppers are great to nibble on whilst enjoying a glass of champagne. If you’re visiting on a Sunday, the ‘roast platter for two’ is a real showstopper, with roast beef, suckling pig, chicken, and all the trimmings.

The Verdict

It’s all about socialising here. Whether you’re a young couple wanting a special night in the city, or work colleagues planning your next big move, the refurb is a real knockout and affirms The Principal as a heavyweight on the Manchester hotel scene.

 

Book your stay at theprincipalmanchester.com

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