If you want to be in the heart of Manchester, choose a hotel in Manchester’s Northern Quarter or Piccadilly area. Here you’ll find a range of retro shops and boutiques to keep you occupied during the day, and plenty of trendy bars and clubs for partygoers in the evening. For a family hotel, Salford Quays to the west of the centre is a great option. The Lowry Mall is popular for all ages looking for an outlet bargain, and you can follow that by unwinding at Manchester Lowry multiplex cinema. Culture and history buffs will also want to visit the Lowry arts centre and the Imperial War Museum North, both of which are modern and quirky buildings on the waterfront. Music fans wanting to catch a big band or artist at Manchester Evening News Arena might want to find a hotel in the Millenium Quarter, to the north of the city. There are also lots of interesting sights in this area, from the impressive cathedral and its tranquil gardens to the National Football Museum housed in a 200-paned glass building. For couples looking for a luxury stay, try hotels in Deansgate in the south of Manchester. With Harvey Nichols and top-quality brands on the high street it’s perfect for a romantic gift, while the classy archway bars are places worth dressing up for. Near to Deansgate is Castlefield village, a picturesque area with cobbled streets and pretty canal paths.