Leven, Manchester, the review | The sun
A boutique hotel housed in a red brick former Edwardian cotton warehouse and brewery.
Read on to find out more about rooms and what to eat at Leven.
Where is Leven?
Close to Canal Street in the heart of Manchester’s bustling gay village, Leven is a five-minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly station and convenient for getting to just about anywhere in the bustling city centre.
Overview of Leven
Like most boutique hotels these days, there’s a lot about lifestyle (“Leven seeks to eliminate unnecessary rules that can make life less fun” and “live your best life in purpose-designed spaces.” to inspire you).
But it’s a great friendly hotel that puts you in the heart of the city whether you’re there for football, a concert or shopping.
And it’s a well-deserved break from the usual faceless chains.
What is there to do in Leven?
As it’s in the gay village, there can be some noise outside on the weekends, particularly at The Cockatoo Club.
But hey, this is Manchester – you’re not going to bed early.
There are clubs, restaurants and shops on your doorstep.
As it’s in the gay village, there can be some noise outside on the weekends, particularly at The Cockatoo Club. But hey, this is Manchester – you’re not going to bed early.
What is there to eat and drink in Leven?
The bar offers coffee and pastries for breakfast (not included) and cocktails, coffee and snacks in the evening (try the signature rhubarb sour and Adam & Eve) but for dinner you’ll have to go elsewhere.
Chinatown is not far away (we love the Mei Dim basement) and we liked The Alchemist which offers classic dishes (steak, surf and turf) and steaming cocktails served indoors.
How are the rooms at Leven?
Stunning. Ours was bigger than our first apartment!
All rooms have hardwood floors, high ceilings and bespoke New York loft furnishings.
The emphasis is on self-catering, so we had a fully equipped kitchen (dishwasher/washing machine), living room, huge bedroom with free-standing bath and spacious walk-in shower.
We stayed for two nights but the Leven advertises itself as the sort of hotel you would stay much longer.
How much does Leven cost?
Rates per night start from £89 in a full-size room and from £299 in a Living The Dream two-bedroom penthouse suite. Call 0161 359 7900 or visit liveLeven.com.
Is Leven family friendly?
If you have the money, the two-bedroom Living The Dream room is ideal for families.
Is there disabled access in Leven?
Yes, there are a number of rooms with disabled access and facilities.
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