Wake up Here : Native, Manchester

There aren’t many places we know of that are cooler than Manchester’s Northern Quarter - known for its indie coffee shops, tattoo studios and quality after-dark scene. [...]

There aren’t many places we know of that are cooler than Manchester’s Northern Quarter – known for its indie coffee shops, tattoo studios and quality after-dark scene. One of the things that makes the Northern Quarter so good is that each new addition is exactly that, an addition, something that brings something new or of value to the neighbourhood. 

One such venue is Native, an aparthotel created inside an old warehouse on Ducie Street. As well as the 166 serviced apartments, Native is a community hub that encourages people to meet up, hang out, grab a coffee, eat together, do some work or just simply go for a drink. For international travellers who want to experience what the North is really like, this is probably the best place to start. As far as hotel amenities go, you’ve really got a full cart with this one. There’s a gym, bistro, coffee shop, lounge, co-working space, and even a mini cinema with daily screenings. 

At #TeamCoco we’re proud to live a nomadic lifestyle – picking up from where we want, when we want, because we know exactly what we want. And while WFH is great, being a prisoner of your own house for months during lockdown is not, and we’ve been on the hunt for great shared working spaces ever since.

Cultureplex is the part of Native that has the amenities and prides itself on being a place to come and graft during the working week and to have fun at all other times. It’s super casual which is exactly what you need for a working environment, but for anything slightly more formal you can hire some cool private meeting spaces.

166 apartments in one complex is big. To understand the sheer size of Native, stand in the lobby and look up. A huge atrium heads directly for a giant skylight, illuminating the corridors leading to the apartments below. Imagine the atrium of a really cool prison, only more stylish and less criminal.

The apartments are so well equipped you could quite easily live in one, Native pride themselves on being a home from home for their guests. The authentic Scandi design lives for detail, even down to the parquet flooring throughout, and the clean industrial look made possible by exposed bricks, concrete walls and chunky light fittings.

Apartments start from a cosy studio through to a grand duplex penthouse. Even though the most standard studio apartment is big enough for a huge king sized bed on top of everything else, we’d well recommend an upgrade to a two-bed with a view if you can. The penthouse apartments have wrap-around terraces overlooking the whole of the Northern Quarter below, and beyond. The sights, sounds and smells of Manchester will definitely liven your senses.

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