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This is a tour echoing with history, rich with romance. We visit the best hotels in Manchester, so meet the Bell Boy bearing the brown windsor soup at the Visitor Centre.
* There’s the Britannia, once the city’s plushest cotton showroom.
* The Portland with its gorgeous Italianate architecture.
* The Mercure, which many still call by its original name, the Piccadilly, setting for that infamous Kray twins meeting.
* The long-gone Queen’s where the suffragettes met the prime minister, who refused to bow to their requests to give women the vote.
* The weirdly-named Doubletree by Hilton, so smart that it was okay for a few nights for Nick Clegg (who?)
* The Grand, of course, where in 1904 the FA quizzed players and officials from Manchester City about making illegal payments.
* The sumptuous Principal (the Palace in English) with its sublime terracotta effects
and, of course,
* The Midland where Rolls met Royce. Or did they?
* The 5-star Radisson built out of Manchester’s greatest building, the Free Trade Hall.
• We better hurry before we get stung for room service at each!