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It’s almost enough to make you feel sorry for Ryan Giggs. We said almost.
He’s all excited, gearing up to launch Hotel Football, his imaginatively named hotel in Manchester, and if those drawn-by-a-teenager renderings weren’t embarrassing enough, this week it emerged that he's been using a convicted killer to promote the hotel.
Kevin O’Dea was part of a gang that attacked and killed student Sion Hardy in 2008, as he left a nightclub. Since he was released from prison in 2011, he’s reinvented himself as a model, which is how he turned up on the Hotel Football website, being poured a beer by a not-at-all-patronising stock sexy woman (we read today that 91% of women feel misunderstood by advertisers – can’t think why), in front of a spectacularly misplaced sign saying “Attack The Day”.
(Two things we’re not commenting on: just how big the dearth of models in the Manchester area must be if O’Dea makes the cut; and just how it’s possible to spend a mere three years in jail for killing someone.)
Manhattan may have something to say about this.
There’s a new hotel opening in Manchester next year. It’s retro, it’s art deco-ey and it’s a brooding old Victorian towerblock. Its name? Hotel Gotham.
Taking over a Manchester landmark – the former Midland Bank HQ on King Street – in April 2015, Hotel Gotham will have a restaurant and club as well as 60 rooms – spread over seven floors above a Jamie’s Italian restaurant. While the website is all retro New Yorky, the rooms, apparently, will “take their cue from art deco”. And, here’s where it gets weird – the Manchester Evening News reports that the overall design will be “Japanese and Tuscan inspired”. Too much? Not according to the owners, who are already calling it “one of the sexiest hotels in Europe”.
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Last time we heard about Hotel Football, the Manchester hotel being built by former Manchester United footballers Ryan ‘scumbag’ Giggs and Gary ‘the only nice guy in football’ Neville, we were transfixed (in a not altogether good way) by the renderings.
Today, we have an opening date: 8 December. We also have some more, equally transfixing renderings courtesy of the Manchester Evening News. We're being slightly mean - the room rendering looks like something we might have created in Paint circa 2003 – but, looking past that, the rooms themselves actually look pretty stylish and not fanatically ‘football’. In short, we could go here.
There will be a rooftop “pitch” and events space, all rooms will have 40-inch TVs and full Sky packages to watch matches on, the restaurant Café Football will serve sausage rolls and burgers as well as posher food, and there will even be betting facilities(!!!) on site.
No word on rates yet, but we’ll keep an eye out.
The Manchester Evening News is now adding to the list of departures with an update that a sale has been agreed for the city’s Lowry Hotel to Westmont Hospitality Group. While the management team on-site reportedly is staying on, it will mean a rebrand as well, but whether that’s InterContinental, Hilton, Marriott, or another brand Westmont works with is still to be confirmed.
We’re also happy to see mention of renovations to ‘further enhance the offer’; we stayed at the Lowry back in 2010 and still remember being a little underwhelmed by our room at what was meant to be “the” luxury hotel for Manchester, with a rather generic bathroom, a huge tear in the sheets on the bed, and ripped fabric on some of the furniture.
You can still book through the Rocco Forte website until well into next year, with a Deluxe Room starting around £149 ($243) a night. We’ll let you know what becomes of the Lowry when we find out.
Sports bars and lounges are nothing new, but a hotel devoted entirely to the international sport of football?
The World Cup may be over but now, excitement is building, literally, for the opening later this year of Hotel Football. What better city to deliver this hotel concept than the home of Manchester United Football Club, and who better to deliver this hotel than former United players themselves? Their goal, so to speak, is to create a true match day experience for both home and visiting team fans.
Manchester United Football Club goes back to 1878 (originally under a different name) and the organization is not shy about its claim to be the most popular football club in the world. If you agree with that, then a hotel right next to the stadium makes a whole lot of sense.
Hotel Football is the first hotel developed by GG Hospitality, founded by former United footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs. Neville and Giggs, along with a few other “Class of 92” teammates, sampled more than enough hotels--and sports bars-- on the road and have come together as inspired hoteliers. GG Hospitality also operate the popular Café Football in London.
It's one of the most recognisable buildings in England's second city, and now it might become a hotel: Manchester's historical Corn Exchange is up for redevelopment.
The vast, triangular-shaped building in Northern England is a Grade II listed property dating back to 1897 (though its predecessor, the Corn and Produce Exchange was the place for farmers and merchants to flip their goods as early as 1837). Having suffered bomb damage in World War II, and then again in 1996, by the IRA, the building had some constructive surgery and a name change in 2000 to “The Triangle,” essentially a retail arcade. In 2012, the building took back its original name, followed by a proposal to expand its dining facilities.
Now its owners, Aviva Investors, are planning a £30m ($50m) redevelopment project for the Exchange - which is set to include an 86-room hotel. according to the Manchester Evening News. The complex will also include up to 13 restaurants - now there’s an amenity.
The Lowry Hotel in Manchester is trying to spice up the life of business travelers with a new program called the Ultimate Cycling Experience that lets them get behind the bars at the Manchester Velodrome, an Olympic-sized cycling fast track.
The package is meant as a team-building exercise for companies and groups to treat their employees/members during a business trip. The Lowry Hotel has partnered with the National Cycling Center to offer a one-hour training session with a professional biking coach to help riders learn how to tackle the banked track. Participants are then allowed to race against each other in a one-lap time trial. After, the group gets an "awards ceremony" back at the Lowry in the form of a three-course dinner.
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British Airways announced today its "Big British Invite," a promotion that offers two nights free accommodation in select UK hotels when you purchase a roundtrip ticket between the US and the UK.
You can book this deal through March 31, 2013, and the free hotel stay is valid for travel from January 9 through May 31, 2013. In other words, you must book the airline tickets by March 31st for travel between now and the end of May.
There are participating hotels in London, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, and Edinburgh, and while there are an abundance of Holiday Inns on the list, you'd be silly to pass up the extra nights. Hotels in London include the Royal National, President, Aloft London ExCel and Rembrandt.
We have a few questions for you. 1: Do you like Downton Abbey? 2: Have you seen all the episodes? 3: Are you looking for another similar show to replace it or even supplement it?
If you answered yes to at least two of those questions, then fire up the Netflix because Instant Streaming has the entire two seasons of a British period drama set just after World War I which have all the upstairs-downstairs drama of Downton and more. It's called The Grand, it came out in 1997-1998, and it all takes place in a hotel. SCORE.
Here's how imdb begins to explain the plot:
A derelict police station doesn't strike us as the most mood setting or lavish of atmospheres, but a Bristol, England-based hospitality group is hoping lend an upmarket touch to one such building in Wigan, located in Greater Manchester.
A local paper reports that the concrete complex, built in the 1970s and abandoned for about a decade, will soon be turned into a 60-bed hotel with the help of Sanguine Hospitality. Just how dire is the property? So frightful a sight that locals have nicknamed it the "Stazi" after the former East German state security headquarters.
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There’s nothing like a lazy weekend away but it’s something of a downer when you finish breakfast and realize that check out was half an hour ago. UK chain Thistle Hotels feel your pain, though – they’ve just launched a Lazy Sundays package which lets you stay through till 6pm Sunday. [Insert your favorite line from Lazy Sunday here. Chronic-what-cles of Narnia!]
You’ll also get breakfast in bed until midday (another annoyance – wanting a lie in, and realizing breakfast ends at 10am) and a newspaper so you have something other than the obvious to occupy your time. Even better, you can swap breakfast for a full on Sunday lunch if you feel like leaving the boudoir.
And if you get too comfy in the room, you can even sleep over on the Sunday night for a reduced price, starting at £23.50.
The package starts at £70 per person (that’s for the Thistle Heathrow, although to be honest, you might not want to hang around there) and is valid throughout and next year - until 31 December 2011.
Yes, we have a hard time believing the New Kids on the Block who, were they real kids on real blocks would be neither new nor kids nor living on any blocks of ours are still getting mobbed outside of their hotels these days. But apparently the boys are still being greeted with screaming fans wherever they go and to be fair, they warned us about all of this many years ago in their song "Hangin' Tough": "and if you try to keep us down were gonna come right back." Yes, they came right back.