Need to know
30, including six suites.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Guests can stash their luggage while exploring the city.
Double rooms from $116.74 (£90), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates don’t include breakfast: a Continental buffet breakfast (£16 for adults, £8 for children) with fruit, cereals, pastries and breads, porridge, eggs and juice, and warm à la carte dishes from £18.
The library lounge’s vintage style has a dash of Ralph Lauren with a British sensibility. Squishy sofas are piled with Union Flag pillows, and a gramophone and vintage books add a dash of nostalgia. In winter, a wood-burning stove makes it extra cosy. Take a peek at the bookshelf in your room, too; its contents have been scavenged from charity shops and flea markets, and a few first editions have popped up from time to time.
At the hotel
Roof terrace with a hot tub and bar (a private event space, only available to guests when there is no event taking place), lounge, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen Samsung TVs with Sky channels, iPod dock, coffee machine, kettle and a selection of teas, minibar and Temple Spa bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Room 19, an Opus Grand, is a stage set for high romance, with cascading ruby curtains and a hand-carved super-king Italian sleigh bed. The upper floor is equally decadent, with his-and-hers bath tubs and a steam shower. The Baby Grands are far from am-dram: heavy floor-to-ceiling drapes, a freestanding bath tub on the mezzanine and an elegant tear-drop chandelier make for a very polished production.
No pool, but the rooftop hot tub is open year round (7am–10pm). Gaze out at the Beetham’s Tower and Manchester’s higgledly-piggledly spires and high rises, and summon cocktails from the petite bar a few steps away.
The former school lives on in framed photographs in the mezzanine lounge; follow suit by packing your essentials in a worn satchel.
There’s a lift to all floors and the lounges and bars are wheelchair-accessible. Room 11 is particularly roomy and the most easily navigated. The hotel is available for booking on an exclusive basis.
It may be a former school, but this hotel’s tricked-out bar and roof terrace aren’t for kids.