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Looking for the best Manchester, NH hotels? We love Manchester — New Hampshire’s largest and most diverse city is way more than just a pit stop on the way to rural New Hampshire!
Manchester is home to great museums, fun breweries, cute diners, and some truly wonderful parks. It’s also the cultural center of New Hampshire, and major concerts and political events take place here. Manchester is also home to the state’s one major airport, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.
So where’s the best place to stay in Manchester, NH? Whether you’re staying overnight after a concert or spending a weekend checking out the Frank Lloyd Wright houses and local restaurant scene, you’ll find quite a lot of options.
Manchester, New Hampshire is a city dominated by chain hotels — a Marriott here, a Best Western there — with limited independent accommodation available. But the independent options that exist, like the Ash Street Inn, are lovely finds in the city.
Most Manchester NH hotels tend to be located either in downtown Manchester or by the airport, but this is a city that you can zip across fairly quickly, so you’re open to more options.
Let’s narrow down our favorite Manchester NH hotels!
Best Neighborhood in Manchester, NH
The city of Manchester sprawls widely in every direction, leading out to suburban and even somewhat rural areas (you can even ski in Manchester!). The city center, however, is compact, walkable, and home to lots of cool spots. If you’re looking to explore Manchester on foot, we recommend staying within walking distance of Manchester City Hall.
You’ll find nice dining spots up and down Elm Street, which runs parallel to the nearby Merrimack River. Nearby attractions like the Currier Museum are about a 15-minute walk away on a nice day, or a short Uber ride if not.
In downtown Manchester, you’ll have everything you need to explore New Hampshire’s largest city.
There are also several hotels located close to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. There’s not as much to do in this area and it’s not very walkable, but you’ll find it convenient to the airport, the highways, and even downtown Manchester.
If you want easy access to restaurants and attractions on foot, you’ll want to stay in downtown Manchester. Look for a hotel within walking distance of the Manchester City Hall and you’ll be able to get everywhere you need on foot.
The Residence Inn by Marriott is one of the most newly built, modern properties in the city.
Most of the hotels in Manchester are part of chains but there are a few independently owned gems. Ash Street Inn is one of them and you can’t go wrong with the Stephen Clay Homestead Bed and Breakfast either.
There is a Manchester airport (the Manchester Boston Regional Airport) and many of the hotels near the airport will provide free shuttles to guests who don’t want to rent a car. You can also easily get to Manchester via car, Amtrak, or bus.
Best Luxury Hotel in Manchester, NH: Residence Inn by Marriott Manchester Downtown
One of the nicest places to stay in Manchester is the Residence Inn by Marriott Manchester Downtown. This is a newly built property with modern, updated finishes that any traveler will appreciate.
Rooms are spacious and minimalist, bringing a calm, cool elegance to your stay. The restrooms are equally lovely with clean and bright fixtures. Business travelers and families on an extended stay will appreciate a kitchenette that includes a refrigerator, microwave, and even a dishwasher.
A complimentary breakfast spread is offered in the lobby each morning, which is a treat for weary travelers. Other amenities include a small gym for your morning workout and a small indoor pool area.
More luxury hotels in Manchester NH: Another strong contender for an upscale stay in Manchester is the Hilton Garden Inn Manchester Downtown. It’s a bit further from the desirable downtown area than the Residence Inn, but still within walking distance.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown provides a very similar experience if you find either the Residence Inn or Hilton Garden booked up during a concert, a SNHU playoff game, or the New Hampshire primary.
Best Boutique Hotel in Manchester, NH: Ash Street Inn
Easily the best boutique hotel in Manchester is the Ash Street Inn. In a city awash with corporate hotel chains, consider this a a hidden gem. Tucked inside a Victorian home, the Ash Street Inn is known for providing top-notch service and amenities, including freshly prepared breakfast offerings from their in-house chef.
Each hotel room is cozy and inviting, with a tasteful mix of antique and more modern pieces. In some rooms, you wake to the soft glow of stained-glass windows. All rooms have a private bath while some have a remote-controlled fireplace.
It’s truly the extra touches that puts Ash Street Inn above the rest. Monogrammed robes are a welcome detail to help knock off the chill of a brisk New Hampshire morning. Additionally, light, complimentary refreshments are available around the clock for guests.
Best B&B in Manchester, NH: Stephen Clay Homestead Bed and Breakfast
The historic Stephen Clay Homestead Bed and Breakfast is a charming B&B that transports you into its storied past. With only three guest suites, the hotel is perfect for intimate weddings, surrounded by 3 ½ acres of sprawling grounds with fruit trees and picturesque gardens.
The Stephen Clay Homestead is technically just outside of Manchester in the town of Candia, but it’s certainly worth the trip.
Each room comes with its own private bath, which can be hard to come by in historic properties. While you’re treated to a mix of antique and reproduction pieces, you also have modern conveniences like refrigerators and coffee bars in each room. Surrounded by lush forestation, you’ll be greeted each morning by the view of the village’s distant church and steeple.
Unexpected extras make this hotel special, like finding complimentary chocolates welcoming you to your suite. Being immersed in the atmosphere of the Stephen Clay Homestead seems to make time stand still with little to interrupt your secluded stay.
Best Mid-Range Hotel in Manchester, NH: Best Western PLUS Executive Court Inn & Convention Center
The Best Western PLUS Executive Court Inn and Convention Center is a large and affordable hotel for those stopping over in Manchester. The landscaped grounds are a welcome change from the city sidewalks that surround many of the downtown accommodations. Its proximity to the airport eliminates any walkability offered by its downtown counterparts, but it’s only a quick drive away from most of Manchester.
Guests enjoy clean and spacious rooms that also have a refrigerator, microwave, and coffeemaker. As many travelers may land at Best Western for small events at its conference center, those on business will have a small desk area for catching up on emails following a busy day of meetings, as well as free wifi throughout the hotel.
The tradeoff of location is easily forgotten when you consider the value for money. This hotel has an indoor pool, outdoor hot tub, and a small fitness center only steps away from your room. You’ll also enjoy a free hot breakfast each morning with fresh waffles and hash browns to start your day. As you might expect, they also offer free parking for guests.
Alternative option: Another good midrange property is the Fairfield Inn & Suites Hooksett, which is technically in Hooksett, New Hampshire, but you can get wherever you need to go in Manchester within a 20-minute drive.
Best Budget Hotel in Manchester, NH: Sleep Inn Londonderry
Hotels in Manchester proper can be pricey, but the surrounding communities like Londonderry, NH can provide affordable places to stay with only a few minutes’ commute to downtown Manchester. The Sleep Inn Londonderry is a solid choice for those on a budget.
The rooms at the Sleep Inn are recently updated but a bit tight in their dimensions. This is easily forgivable when you consider the value. Each room has a comfortable bed and small workspace and swivel chair.
As you might expect, the no-frills approach at Sleep Inn extends to the lobby and other shared areas of the hotel, yet you’ll still find little extras like a workout room and indoor heated pool. The free breakfast is enough to get your day started, with a combination of hot items and takeaway pastries.
Alternative option: Another option for budget travelers is the Comfort Inn Airport Manchester. As the name suggests, you’ll find yourself within earshot of taking off airplanes, but as with most areas surrounding Manchester, the sights are only a short drive away.
Best Hotel for Families in Manchester, NH: SpringHill Suites Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
Exploring Manchester, New Hampshire, with a family has never been easier with SpringHill Suites Manchester-Boston Regional Airport as your home base. The location makes it easy to find near the airport, right off the highway. They also offer a complimentary airport shuttle service if you are flying in.
The family friendly hotel rooms feature either a king or two double beds, as well as a sleeper couch that kids may get a kick out of. To keep everyone fed, a small kitchenette is perfect to prepare snacks and the day’s ever important coffee fix. We also like that the lounge area is slightly separated from the bedroom to break up the spaces.
The whole family can enjoy the indoor, heated pool while parents can spend some time at the fitness center. Light breakfast options are available each morning, free of charge. SpringHill Suites is a go-to for a busy family that would benefit from a little more room to stretch out than most hotels provide.
Alternative option: If you’re looking for a family-friendly option closer to downtown, the Hilton Garden Inn Manchester Downtown is a strong contender. Rates are reasonable for the area with rooms featuring two queen beds, swimming pool access, and bathtubs- a must for families with small children.
Best Place to Stay in Manchester Overall
Overall, we’d recommend the Residence Inn by Marriott Manchester Downtown, Doubletree by Hilton Manchester Downtown, and Tru by Hilton Manchester Downtown. These are all excellent properties with easy access to downtown Manchester. Most offer parking lots for those driving and are an Uber ride away from the SNHU arena if you’re visiting for a game. You’ll be able to walk to the best restaurants in town and many local attractions as well, getting the most out of your trip to Manchester for the best price.
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Have you been to Manchester? Where did you stay?