Billed as a boutique aparthotel, Conran & Partners-designed The Light does indeed combine the best of both: hotel-style attention to detail with the flexibility of a self-catering apartment. But best is its city-centre location, overlooking Piccadilly Gardens and next to the Arndale shopping centre yet on the edge of the cool Northern Quarter. A hip and handy place for city breaks, especially for groups.
Where The Light, 20 Church Street, M4 1PN (0161-839 4848; www.thelight.co.uk)
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