A stay at Native Manchester + COMPETITION

On our whistle-stop tour of Manchester last weekend, we stayed at the amazing Grade II listed Ducie Street Warehouse aparthotel Native near Manchester Piccadilly train station.

We spent two nights here in one of Native Manchester‘s 166 luxury serviced apartments. They have all shapes and sizes of apartments, starting from studio apartments, to a palatial two-bedroom duplex penthouse.

In the Ducie Street building, there is a lounge, restaurant, bar, all-day deli counter, takeaway shop, cinema, outdoor terrace and independently-run fitness studios BLOK. In fact, you’d be forgiven for never leaving the building.

There’s room for everyone to unwind, socialise, dine and drink. 


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Premium One Bedroom

We checked in to one of the Premium One Bedroom apartments and were overwhelmed with the size of the space, as well as the amenities and style.

Our apartment was on the 4th floor, and the first thing that was amazing was the open storey space in the centre of the building. It was amazing to see the whole space open up as you got out of the lift.

Then as we entered our room, the amazement continued, as we were welcomed with a gorgeous spacious apartment, with bedroom, kitchen, ensuite bathroom and lounge space with TV and dining area. 

I was so impressed with the size of the apartment, as well as the decor and style. Everything was put together perfectly and I adored the small touches throughout the apartment. 

The bed was also so comfy, and we both slept so well during our stay. At first, I was worried, with the building being so close to the train station and main city there would be a lot of noise, but there wasn’t and we both slept beautifully.

It was also really useful to have a kitchen space, as on the night we arrived we headed straight to pick up a pizza, and we ate it in our apartment, listening to the sounds of the city from above.

Overall we had a lovely stay at Native and we will certainly stay here again when we come back to Manchester. 

It was our home-from-home in the city! 


Manchester is one of the UK’s best and most exciting cities, world-renowned for its arts, sports and industrial history.

And it’s also got a pretty good reputation for foodies and having drinks with friends. There are so many amazing places to eat, drink and be merry in Manchester.

And if that wasn’t enough there is also art galleries and museums to explore. If you are a football fan, you’ll be over the moon with the proximity to the Etihad Stadium and 15 minutes to Old Trafford.

Some things to do nearby include:

  • The Palace Theatre
  • HOME Manchester
  • Ancoats Coffee Co.
  • Northern Quarter
  • Science and Industry Museum
  • Royal Exchange Theatre


In the building

The Lounge is a vast central space that offers informal food & drink by day and flips into a lively venue for drinks and music at night. It’s a destination in itself or even a stopping point before or after dinner, a movie or an event.

The Restaurant is a classic take on a modern brasserie, open for lunch and dinner.

The Counter is a beautiful, bluette tiled deli counter serving hot and cold food, takeaway coffees and a wide selection of drinks including beers, wines and canned cocktails.

At Counter, you’ll find the locally renowned Gooey bakery where all of their bakes are handmade daily from the kitchen at Ducie Street. The smells and queues onto the street are something to behold!

BLOK Manchester is the third location for BLOK and the first site to be situated outside of London.

Established within Ducie Street Warehouse, the former Victorian complex has fast become the ultimate cultural destination in Manchester – housing Cultureplex, Native and now home to the city’s favourite workouts.


Native Manchester


Native is just 2 minutes’ walk from Manchester Piccadilly and 5 minutes from tram stops that’ll take you all over the city.

If you’re arriving by car then book your space in the underground car park here. You can reserve your space at least 2 hours before arrival to secure the advanced price of £5 per 24hrs. Payment on arrival will be charged at the standard rate of £15 per 24hrs.


Ducie Street Warehouse, 51 Ducie Street, Manchester, M1 2TP

Local Transport Hubs

  • Manchester Piccadilly Station 2 mins
  • Coach Station 7 mins
  • Airport 20 mins


COVID-19 // Safety

We know it’s a rather strange time right now so we’re really grateful that you’re looking to stay with us. Like you, we’re looking forward to the future days of crowded tubes, sharing sweets and awkward hugs…but we’re afraid for now we’ll just have to do a few things differently.

We’ve created three downloadable guest information packs designed to give you everything you need to know about staying Native in London, Manchester and Glasgow.

Inside you’ll find all the measures we’re taking to keep you safe, as well as insider tips on all the latest information for food & drink options and what’s on locally – that’s if you feel like venturing out. 

You can find out more here: Native Manchester COVID Plan

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1-night stay at Native Manchester

You all know how much I love a staycation so I’ve partnered with Native Manchester to offer you and a guest a one-night stay with breakfast.
I am so grateful for all the love and engagement you show Sophie’s Suitcase this year and I wanted to give something back, after what’s been a really tough year for everyone!



Go to my Instagram to enter!

1. Like the post

2. Follow @sophiessuitcasetravel and @nativemcr

3. Tag who you’d take with you in the comments – the more people you tag, the more entries you get!

4. For additional entries, simply share the post to your own stories!




  • Competition open from Sunday 4th October – Sunday 25th October 2020.
  • Prize is a 1-night stay at Native Manchester plus breakfast for two at Ducie Street.
  • Hotel stay is up to the value of £200 per night. After this price, the guest has the option of paying the difference between the price listed on for their desired date and £200.
  • Breakfast includes 1 main, plus 1 drink per person.
  • The prize is subject to availability and may not be exchanged for monetary value.
  • The prize can be redeemed for stay dates prior to 28/09/21.
  • The prize must be redeemed 2 weeks in advance of requested stay date.
  • The prize is subject to blackout dates including but not limited to NYE, and match days.
  • Competition is open to UK residents only.
  • One winner will be picked at random at the end of the competition and will be messaged on Instagram.


My Travel Tips and Recommendations


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Travel Insurance

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