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Venue Profile, The Principal, Manchester

Maria recently visited The Principal in Manchester, read more about the venue here:


The Principal Hotel, located in the heart of Manchester is perfect for holding meetings and events for up to 1000 delegates and has 270 bedrooms.


The hotel is situated in central Manchester, opposite Manchester Oxford Road Station and a 10 minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly Station. There is parking available a short walk away and Manchester Airport is just a 20 minute drive.

First Impressions

The outside of the hotel is impressive, being a Gothic Victorian Revival building with a clock tower. We loved the lobby on arrival which has beautiful architecture and a 3 metre tall bronze horse which signifies a horse-and-carriage ‘turning circle’ that once stood on the spot. There’s also a quirky ‘corner shop’ selling treats and gifts to take home, and there’s even a florist on-site. Throughout the building there are many beautiful original features including stained glass and carved wooden staircases.

Event Space and Facilities

The hotel has 17 meeting and event spaces which combine contemporary décor with classic Edwardian style. There are a variety of meeting rooms ideal for training, seminars and presentations, as well as larger spaces for conferences and receptions. It also has the largest hotel ballroom in the north-west of England seating 1000 theatre-style and 850 for a dinner.

There are 270 bedrooms, decorated to a very good standard with high ceilings and period features. We especially loved the suites which were really spacious with their own living rooms and a tuck-box of treats.

At the heart of the venue is The Refuge by Volta, a contemporary space renowned for its laid back atmosphere, small plates and sharing dishes, beautiful Winter Garden and Den! It’s also a public bar open day and night.

Food and Service

Food is served in The Refuge and private dining rooms are also available. We had a private drinks reception and dinner in the Directors Suite and the food was excellent. All of the staff were really helpful and friendly.

Quick Glance

Venue: Venue Profile

Location: Manchester
Perfect For:

Meetings, training, conferences, private dining and large celebrations.

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