Double first for Manchester, with hotel ‘double pack’ topping out

The first dual-branded hotel under one roof in the north of England is set to open early next year in Manchester.

The new management team of the dual-branded Crowne Plaza and Staybridge Suites took part in a topping out ceremony on Corridor Manchester this week. The ‘double pack’ concept, which will have 328 rooms, will be unveiled to the public in early 2018. Both brands are part of the IHG portfolio.

The 19-storey building, just off Manchester’s Oxford Road will be split between a 212-room Crowne Plaza and a 116-room Staybridge Suites.

The hotel will also boast a 120-cover restaurant, seven meeting rooms catering for over 200 delegates and a gym, all spread over 11 stories.

The extended stay Staybridge Suites brand makes its debut in Manchester and will be located on the upper eight floors. The aim there will be for a home-like environment through a mix of studio and one bedroom suites.

Andrew Fletcher is the new GM of the dual-branded hotel and Melanie Thompson, formerly of The Lowry Hotel, is director of sales and marketing.

Fletcher said Manchester is following in the footsteps of great cities across the globe that have incorporated dual-branded hotels in their offer.

“After topping out the building, we are delighted to now announce that the Crowne Plaza and Staybridge Suites will open under one roof early next year.”

“We are very different to any other hotel in the city region. What we have is two brands that very much complement each other and ultimately give people different options to what they have had before.”

The dual-branded 328-room hotel forms part of the University of Manchester’s Campus Masterplan, which includes the wider redevelopment of Alliance Manchester Business School. It will also adjoin its new two-storey Executive Education Centre, which will provide a new home for the business school’s corporate leadership and management programmes.

Corridor Manchester is home to 70,000 students and boasts a workforce of 60,000 people – with 14,000 new jobs planned.

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