Great John Street Hotel is a luxurious boutique wedding venue in Manchester city centre. With a private roof terrace, stunning interior, and proximity to St Johns Gardens, it’s a great location for a city wedding.
Located in the heart of Manchester city centre lies an eclectic, urban, boutique luxury hotel called Great John Street Hotel. This historical building used to be an old schoolhouse and was converted into a gorgeous 30 room hotel. It’s also one of the hottest wedding venues in the city. From their friendly, accommodating staff, an incredible rooftop terrace and the seamless wedding event services, you and your guests will have the most memorable night of your lives.
Your special day will be full of love, happiness, (good) tears, friendship, family, and laughter.
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5 Reasons to Get Married at Great John Street Hotel
1. Perfect For Small Weddings
Intimate & personal for the ones who matter.
If you’d like your wedding day to only include the most important people in your life, Great John Street Hotel is right up your alley. Keeping your guest list small allows you to spend more time with the people who really matter to you. Great John Street Hotel is perfect for guest lists including your closest friends and family (60-80 people), and also for those with who want a little bigger party (200 people). It’s your day, it’s all up to you!
2. Stunning Rooftop Terrace
Breathtaking lighting for incredible photographs & party atmosphere.
Elegant, chic, romantic. These are just a few words that describe Great John Street Hotel’s rooftop terrace that you could have total access to. It’s a perfect location for the actual wedding or reception. The rooftop overlooks half of Manchester, which you can imagine leaves breathtaking backdrops for wedding photographers to get amazing shots you’re sure to love.
Other benefits of the rooftop terrace include a fully equipped professional kitchen, complete with catering services for your event. Free Wifi, natural light, comfortable furniture, and a full-service bar is sure to get the party started.
3. Unique Bedrooms & Suites
Beautiful, unique, comfortable.
After your guests have danced the night away celebrating YOU, comfortable and unique rooms are just a few steps away. The hotel offers a variety of city style rooms and each one is individually designed. Beautiful, clean, impeccable rooms await you and your guests.
- 6 rooms on the first and second floors
- Rooms vary in size from 300-350 sqft
- Feature exposed beams, original brickwork, and wooden floors
- 8 rooms on the first and second floors
- Larger than Baby Grand, ranging from 330-400 sqft
- Feature exposed brickwork, steel beams, wooden floors
Classical Grand Suits
- 10 rooms on the mezzanine, first, and second floors
- Junior Suites – Range from 450-475 sqft
- Original and lavish in style
- Beautiful colours, textures, and luxurious fabrics
- Original features such as wooden floors & brickwork
Eclectic Grand Suites
- 4 rooms on the first and second floors
- Duplex Suites – Vary in size from 520-600 sqft
- Ultimate style & comfort
- Features antique crystal chandeliers, flamboyant colour schemes, unique fabrics
- Original brickwork/wood floors, huge, gorgeous windows providing natural light
Opus Grand Suites
- 2 rooms located on the first floor
- Grand Suites – 625 sq ft
- Glamorous duplex suites, New York loft feel
- Original windows from the old school, natural lighting
- Stunning brickwork/wood floors, luxurious fabrics, and colours
4. Attentive Wedding & Hotel Staff
Organization, brilliance & attention to detail.
No one wants to feel like a burden during the most special day of their life! Great John Street Hotel offers an incredible event team and hotel staff waiting to please you. From the moment you inquire about the wedding venue, your stress and worries will melt away. They’re quick and helpful responding to any questions or concerns you may have without being overbearing.
On the day of your wedding, every last detail is taken care of. Candles will stay lit, flowers will stay beautiful, meals will be delicious, cocktails will be flowing, empty glasses/plates will be cleared, and your event room(s) will look absolutely stunning. Top-notch service awaits when you book your wedding at Great John Street Hotel. They truly pour their hearts into ensuring your special day goes off without a hitch. Weddings are their speciality, leave it to the experts.
5. Gorgeous Atmosphere
City vibes, impressive character & cosy charm.
You simply have to see it for yourself. Older buildings like this one have an incredible amount of vintage ambience that you can’t get anywhere else. When you decide to book your wedding at Great John Street Hotel, you’re not only booking a location, you’re booking an experience. The vibes of the exposed brick, wood floors, and large/original schoolhouse windows, gives this place an unbeatable atmosphere.
They offer many different spaces based on exactly what you’re looking for:
- Rooftop Lounge and Playground for ceremonies and receptions up to 120 guests
- Library or Headmaster’s Office for more intimate ceremonies or private dining
- Boys’ & Girls’ classrooms for family ceremonies and dinners
- On the ground floor the Oyster bar, Library, Mezzanine, Kitchen and Headmaster’s Office hold up to 200 guests.
Find out even more information on Great John Street Hotel here.
Great John Street Hotel Parking
Been invited to a wedding at Great John Street Hotel and wondering where to park?
The on-street parking outside the venue and in surrounding streets is limited to 2 hours, so whilst this is perfect if you’re visiting this venue for afternoon tea (highly recommended!) or a spot of lunch, it won’t be long enough parking duration for a wedding.
The hotel does have a few underground parking spaces, but these are reserved for guests, and available on a first come, first served basis. There are a couple of spaces on the right-hand side of the hotel too, but these are also reserved for guests.
The nearest large carpark is NCP Spinningfields (New Quay Street, M3 3BE), which is only a 3-minute walk.
Why Have a City Wedding?
Classy & Romantic.
Imagine you and your love, surrounded by your closest family and friends in the middle of beautiful Manchester. Sweeping views of the city put a smile on everyone’s face, and you all gaze into the distance as the sun begins to set. (As your photographer snaps incredible shots.) These are the memories that will last a lifetime.
The urban environment just around the corner from Great John Street Hotel provides a convenient location for getting great shots of your entire wedding party. Do you want ‘walking down the middle of the street’ shots? No problem. Or how about ‘downtown sidewalk shots’ with huge brilliant glass buildings in the background? Just around the corner. Any shot you’re looking for in a cityscape is possible in an urban setting. Indoor or outdoor options in your favourite city are just a click away. City weddings are unique, classy and can be customized to exactly how you envision it.
City weddings have a whole lot to offer. Besides the tremendous amount of character they provide, the entertainment value is second to none. With many other attractions and bars nearby your guests have the option of keeping the party going long after the reception. Amazing nightlife is just a few blocks away.
Another benefit is for out of town guests, you’re giving them a weekend full of new experiences. A city wedding offers new and authentic sights for out of towners to experience all within their fingertips. Incredible views and stunning sights await them.
Looking for other luxury boutique hotel options? Check out my King Street Townhouse Weddings page.
Karen Julia Photography
Creative, personal & classic style.
Choosing the right photographer for your special day is a personal and important choice to ensure you capture the exact vibe you crave. After all, you’ll have these photographs to look at for a lifetime, they should be perfect.
I’ve been shooting weddings for over 12 years now. I invest the time into getting to know the couples I’ll be working with to ensure I get the perfect shots to showcase the connections and love between their friends and family.
Look no further than Great John Street Hotel for your wedding day, you won’t regret it. As one of the most magical days of your life, you deserve the best of the best.