It's very rare that you can say a place actually saved your life, but I can say that about this hostel.
On Easter weekend in 2007, I had made my way up from London through some major train reroutes to watch Manchester City play Charlton Athletic. By the time the match ended, the last train back to London had departed. With nowhere to stay for the night I desperately knocked on the door of Hatters. They were sold out being a Bank Holiday weekend, but found me a spot in one of the 18 person mixed dorms (maybe it had been freed up by someone trapped in London, I hope they had similar luck). My other choice would have been the transient hotel at the end of their street - and I shudder to think what might have happened there.
The location of Hatters is unbeatable. It's just a short walk away from Manchester Piccadilly. And there's a 24-hour chippy less than a block away. It's not in the heart of Manchester's nightlife or anything (which was almost a good thing for sleeping as the club kids stayed elsewhere), but it's pretty close to the Piccadilly Gardens station on the GMPTE.
Beyond that, this is one of the most social hostels I've ever stayed at. They have a very active (and very large) common area near the front desk. Even an introvert like me managed to meet fellow travelers over copies of the papers.
There is only one major issue with this hostel. The bathrooms are often on different floors from your room. Walking down stairs to shower wasn't necessarily a good time (especially since Hatters is built inside of an old hat factory making it a bit drafty).
Security is a bit tight at night and all three times I've stayed here, I've found the night receptionist a bit surly. However, day reception has always been friendly and knowledgeable and the hostel has even prepared a self-guided tour of Manchester's musical landmarks. I would definitely stay here again in Manchester. Though being older now, a private room with a bathroom might be tops.
I was not overly impressed with this place, but ultimately it has no major flaws and is located in a prime spot.
On the plus side they have free toast and juice at all hours. It's cheap and located a short walk from the train station. It's safe and secure, and clean as well.
The minus side the bathroom could be on a different floor, the dorms have too many people in them (personally I find 18 people to make things impersonal as well as increases the chance of snorers and very early alarms), and WiFi and internet are both not free... and not even that cheap to boot.
This hostel is good for cheap nights, but also the most traditional-backpackers option Manchester has to offer. If you're expecting plush ensuite rooms and fancy stuff, then this is not your place but as a bed for the night, it's not bad.
Based in an old factory in the Northern Quarter, the interior is crazy, colourful and informed though the Victorian building can be a little cold. They seem to have done all they can to brighten it up. Quirky and friendly, the staff are mad but lovely. It's cheap too
i stayed at hatters th october,for 1 night,went to warehouse project,great location,bit noisy if your room is on street side,cheap£30 single room,nice bed lamp table mirror,chair,no tv(who cares)free tea/coffe/toast, nice mix of people,good party atmos on a saturday night,downside doors that slam,heels on girls make noise,early check out time(too early) for a hostel,all in all cheap basic great location,to get your head down after a night on the town!
I stayed at this hostel in March 2008 for a weekend. It's in a fantastic location, right in the centre of the city so there was no need to use public transport to get around and we could stumble home after a night out. The staff are really helpful and recommended a brilliant club for us to go to. Our room was nice, basic but clean. It was on the 5th floor though and that means climbing a LOT of stairs. The girls toilets were on the 4th floor so we did a lot of exercise that weekend. The beds are comfy but the showers could have more privacy. Each floor is named after a Manchester band and they have displays on the wall with pictures of bands. It's a bit of a 'party' hostel so it was fine for us as we were in the city primarily to enjoy some good nights out but beware if it's a good nights sleep you're after.
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