The Leven Manchester hotel review
Le Leven is housed in a beautiful old red brick cotton warehouse on Canal Street. It’s now a mix of intimate boutique hotel and aparthotel, with an industrial design that lends personality without the fuss. It’s the perfect place for the kind of person who might book an Airbnb but wants the services, style and location of a hotel. Most of the rooms have convenient kitchens and are great value for money if you want an apartment without the price tag. The design is the work of brothers Joshua and Ben Senior, formerly of the Hoxton hotel brand, and the rooms feature tonal grey, Crittall black windows, exposed brickwork, green velvet sofas and picture frames. blue velvet bed.
Overall score 6/10
Main photo: Leven (Mariell Lind Hansen)
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Rooms and suites
Rooms all vary, so ask for one with a kitchen. One of the most sought after is Room 201 – a corner room at the level of the leaf canopy of the tree outside, which increases the feeling of light, air and space. Another room to favor is room 401, located two floors above, with a more expansive view of the warehouses. Room 206 is similar to a one-bedroom apartment – you enter the open-plan living room-kitchen, which has a wall-mounted TV that you can pair with your Netflix, iPlayer and Spotify apps.
There is a second huge TV in the bedroom and 15 of these suites have a modern bathtub in the bedroom, as well as a spacious walk-in shower in the en-suite bathroom. All of Leven’s 30cm deep organic mattresses are from Naturalmat (the one you find in a five-star hotel). Room 507 is called Living the Dream – a top floor duplex with a balcony, sleeping four people. The open-plan kitchen has a breakfast bar and feels like a cool penthouse apartment (from £300 a night). Floors one and two have exposed brickwork and high ceilings, floors three and four have city views, and the top-floor extension includes duplex suites with balconies.
Food and drink
The Lobby bar serves cocktails, coffees and snacks from noon to 1:30 a.m. Wednesday to Sunday. There is currently no restaurant at the Leven, but you can ask the concierge service for a stocked fridge upon arrival or request takeout. Otherwise, Nell’s Pizza across the canal is in a square with white rhododendrons; El Gato Negro serves tapas; Idle Hands and Ezra & Gil are perfect for brunch.
What else is there?
As a downtown boutique hotel, there are no additional facilities or outdoor space unless you have a room with a balcony.
Where is he?
This is where the Leven really scores. It is on the pedestrianized Canal Street at Manchester, along the Rochdale Canal, lined with outdoor tables and chairs and accented with overhead light bulbs, perfect for a glass of wine and people-watching. The gay village has a thriving LGBTQ+ community, where Saturday night spills over into Sunday afternoon. The Leven overlooks the canal towards Kampus – a newly renovated cluster of warehouses on cobbled streets that house independent outlets such as Pollen Sourdough Bakery, Beeswing Wine Bar, Kampus General Store and Madre for tacos and tequila.
Price Double rooms only from £89
Friendly and family Yes
Accept dogs Yes