The Edwardian splendor of the hotel's public rooms manages to shine through a contemporary makeover, evoking the days when this was the city's main railway station hotel. To get in the spirit, enjoy high tea in the grand lobby. Guest rooms, with huge photos of Manchester as headboards, are pleasant and light, with contemporary walnut furniture and dark-purple-and-cream furnishings. Two restaurants, overseen by head chef Simon Rogan—The French and its newer, cheaper,
playful cousin, Mr. Cooper's House and Garden—offer excellent Modern British cooking.