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Park Inn by Radisson Manchester City Centre
Park Inn by Radisson Manchester City Centre

4 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester M4 4EW

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4.2 out of 5 (836 reviews)

Radisson Manchester City Centre is a 10-minute stroll from both Manchester Victoria Train Station and the upscale Harvey …

£71
Crowne Plaza Hotel Manchester City Centre
Crowne Plaza Hotel Manchester City Centre

70 Shudehill, Manchester M4 4AF

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (1,116 reviews)

Located in Northern Quarter, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chinese Arts Centre, Arndale Centre, and Urbis. …

£80
Britannia Sachas Hotel
Britannia Sachas Hotel

Tib Street, Manchester M4 ISH

3.0 out of 5.0
2.7 out of 5 (1,090 reviews)

Adjacent to the Arndale Center, this hotel is close to all city centre amenities including Manchester's famous Chinatown an …

£36
Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel
Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel

Blackfriars Street, Manchester M3 2EQ

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (821 reviews)

Renaissance Manchester City Center hotel is a 10-minute taxi ride from Deansgate Railway Station and 25 minutes from the …

£84
Gardens Hotel
Gardens Hotel

55 Picadilly, Manchester MI 2AP

3.0 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (836 reviews)

Located in Northern Quarter, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Greater Manchester Police Museum and Affleck's Palace. …

£37
Staycity Aparthotels Laystall Street
Staycity Aparthotels Laystall Street

40 Laystall Street, Manchester M1 2JZ

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (356 reviews)

Located in the heart of Manchester, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Affleck's Palace, Piccadilly Gardens, and …

£70
ibis Manchester Centre Portland Street
ibis Manchester Centre Portland Street

96 Portland Street, Manchester M1 4QX

2.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (928 reviews)

Located in the heart of Manchester, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Palace …

£38
Travelodge Manchester Piccadilly
Travelodge Manchester Piccadilly

31 Picadilly, Manchester M1 1LU

3.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (24 reviews)

Located in Northern Quarter, this hotel is steps from Piccadilly Gardens and Affleck's Palace. Arndale Centre and Mancheste …

£65
Hatters Hostel Manchester
Hatters Hostel Manchester

50 Newton Street, Manchester M1 2EA

2.0 out of 5.0
3.3 out of 5 (68 reviews)

Located in Northern Quarter, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Greater Manchester Police Museum and Affleck's Palace …

£42
Atrium by BridgeStreet Apartments
Atrium by BridgeStreet Apartments

74 Princess St, Manchester M1 6JD

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (549 reviews)

Located in the heart of Manchester, this apartment is within a 5-minute walk of Manchester Conference Centre and Manchester …

£65
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Pocket Guide: Northern Quarter CIS Solar Tower Hotels

Manchester's roots go deep, all the way back to Roman Britain in fact, when the city started out as a fort for the legions based here. Things have changed a bit since those days, and the city really started transforming itself when Flemish weavers settled in what is now Bolton, in the 15th Century. This laid the foundation for establishing Manchester as a centre of the textile industry, which it capitalised on during the Industrial Revolution. Nowadays when you come to the city and stay perhaps at a hotel in Manchester you'll see a skyline of steel and glass towers, far removed from Roman fortifications and dominated by structures like the CIS Solar Tower, a creation of the 1960s.

Manchester Hotels For The CIS Solar Tower

You can find the CIS Solar Tower in Miller Street, but you probably won't need a map unless you're short-sighted and have forgotten your glasses! Just look up from practically any part of Manchester and it can't be missed. It was built in the swinging sixties, 1962 to be exact, when the nation was in love with concrete tower blocks, although this is one of the more attractive ones. It soars to 387 feet and was at the time Europe's third tallest building, after its counterparts in Madrid and Milan.

Visit the CIS Solar Tower from Hotels in Manchester

The tower has the largest array of solar panels in the United Kingdom, and the biggest vertical array of them in Europe. Like much of British architecture, the CIS Solar Tower was heavily influenced by the US, and especially by Chicago's Inland Steel Building. It's an impressive sight even today, when so much else has been thrown at the sky, and you should pop along from your Manchester hotel or guesthouse to enjoy the views.

Take the lift up to the top floor, from where on a clear day you can see the Welsh Clywidian Mountains and the Jodrell Bank observatory. The bird's eye views of the city spread out below are quite stunning too, if you have a head for heights!

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