The soon-to-be-completed Co-op Live Arena will become the UK’s largest indoor arena venue and is expected to host some of the best acts all year round. If you’re planning a trip to the arena when it opens, we’re here to help by providing five brilliant options for luxury hotels near the Co-op Arena.
The new Co-Op Live Arena will be completed later in 2023 and is set to become the UK’s number-one destination for premium shows and fan experience, with a capacity higher than any other arena in the nation.
If you’re interested in attending an event when this world-class arena opens up, you’ll want to pair your time with a good stay at one of Manchester’s best hotels.
Luckily, there are plenty of luxury hotels to choose from in the city, each with its own unique charm and amenities.
Here are five fantastic options for hotels near the Co-op Live Arena.
The Edwardian Manchester, A Radisson Collection Hotel
If you're looking for luxury, The Edwardian Manchester is a perfect choice. This five-star hotel boasts elegant rooms and suites, a spa, and a state-of-the-art fitness centre.
The downside to this pick is that it isn’t as close to the arena as the other hotels on this list. It will take almost an hour to walk to the arena, however, that is a walk through the heart of the city, so you could make it a day trip and look for restaurants and other things to do on your walk there.
The Edwardian Manchester is one of the best stays you can have in Manchester, and despite being the furthest hotel away from the arena on this list, it is our top pick for the elegant stay you will experience.
Stock Exchange Hotel
The Stock Exchange Hotel is a luxurious boutique hotel located in the heart of the city.
Housed in the beautifully restored Edwardian Stock Exchange building, the hotel seamlessly blends historic architecture with contemporary design to create a unique and unforgettable experience.
The hotel offers spacious and elegantly appointed rooms and suites, a fine dining restaurant serving exquisite cuisine, a stylish bar, and a private event space perfect for hosting weddings, business meetings, and other special occasions.
With its prime location, at an approximately 45-minute walk to the venue, the Stock Exchange Hotel is the perfect choice for discerning travellers seeking the ultimate in luxury and sophistication.
Leonardo Hotel Manchester Piccadilly
The Leonardo Hotel Manchester Piccadilly is a stylish and modern hotel located in the heart of Manchester. It features spacious and comfortable rooms with contemporary decor and all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay.
The hotel also has an on-site restaurant serving delicious cuisine, a bar, and a fitness centre. It's just a short walk from Manchester Piccadilly train station and is conveniently located for exploring the city's many attractions.
More importantly, it takes roughly half an hour to walk to the arena from the hotel, making it the closest stay on our list.
INNSiDE by Melia Manchester
INNSIDE Manchester is a contemporary hotel that's perfect for business travellers or anyone who values modern design.
The hotel features spacious rooms, a restaurant and bar, and a rooftop terrace with great views of the city.
Like the previous entry, it is situated in the heart of the city and will take around an hour to get to and from the arena. But again, the walk through the wonderful city makes it worth it. Similarly, there are public transport options available.
Staycity Aparthotels Manchester Piccadilly
If you're travelling with a group or looking for a more affordable option, Staycity Aparthotels Manchester Piccadilly is a great choice.
This aparthotel offers spacious apartments with fully equipped kitchens, making it easy to prepare your own meals. It's just a short tram ride from the Co-op Live Arena, making it a convenient choice for event-goers.
At a 35-40 minute walk from the arena, it's a more reasonable option than the previous two, and as previously mentioned, it is the perfect option for group stays.
What makes the Co-op Live Arena so special?
The Co-op Live Arena will be a revolutionary new event venue in the UK, becoming the nation's largest indoor arena and boasting a fan experience that no other venue can match.
The new Manchester arena will hold a capacity of 23,500 people, beating the previous biggest arena in the UK, the AO Arena which coincidentally is also in Manchester, by 2,500 seats.
What will make this new venue so special is the focus of the arena. It's not planned to be just another arena - the Co-op Live Arena is set to be the UK’s leading premier music-first venue.
Fan experience is paramount, with cutting-edge visual technology, exceptional acoustics, and an innovative sound bowl design that together will provide every fan with the best possible show experience no matter if they’re seated or standing.
The UK’s only music-first arena will boast the largest floor space of any indoor venue, a significantly lower ceiling, and tiered seating, all of which has the intention of bringing the fans closer to the artist on stage and adding to the stunning visuals and audio.
A lot of attention has gone into the arena to ensure it provides only the best fan experience, but a lot has also gone into sustainability and thoughts towards the local community.
It features smart soundproofing and an outstanding noise management system that will be able to contain the loudest sets without disturbing the neighbours, thus bringing more sound to the concert.
The outside of the arena looks like it could illuminate the whole city, but in fact, it is designed in such a way that it will keep the surrounding area safe and well-lit without disturbing the local communities.
Safety is a big priority as well, and the arena states that it will be one of the safest venues in the world, aiming to meet or exceed security legislation and standards to ensure our fans and artists are safe and secure.
A wonderful outdoor green space outside the venue will also add more beauty to the already fantastic city, with the arena sitting on one of the city's various canals.
What hospitality facilities will it contain?
This new venue isn’t just designed to welcome the biggest and most exciting artists - a lot of attention has been paid to the fans getting the very best experience, which means a big focus on VIP and hospitality facilities.
The premium aspect of the venue is imperative, with even the standard tickets being levels higher than that at other venues.
But it's the hospitality and VIP ticket experiences that will be unbeatable. As described on their website, ‘Our premium experiences are set to change the way you experience live entertainment forever’.
There will be various hospitality and VIP lounges that will offer something different to each other, meaning just one visit will not be enough if you want to find the best premium concert experience here.
The best in the business have lent their expertise in the making of these hospitality features, meaning you can be sure that everything will be at the highest standard.
Exclusive premium drink and dining options, private VIP entry, seats in a prime location, and perfectly-designed social spaces are just some of the features of the numerous hospitality lounges.
The Co-Op Live Arena is set to be finished and opened later in 2023. Check out our Co-Op Live Arena concert predictions as we look ahead to when the arena opens up.