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Everyone Likes Hotel Gotham Except for This Reality TV 'Star'

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  Site Where: 100 King Street, Manchester, United Kingdom, M2 4WU
May 11, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

It was all going so well for Hotel Gotham. Manchester’s newest hotel was looking good, garnering great reviews and generally making a splash – and then, a pesky a reality TV “celebrity” had to come along and spoil it.

Mario Falcone, one of the less likeable lotharios on The Only Way Is Essex, stayed last week, and was not impressed.

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Hotel Gotham Has Batted into Manchester

April 15, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comment (1)

Forget Hotel Football, this is the Manchester opening we’ve been most excited about this year – Hotel Gotham, which opened last week in the old Midland Bank building on King Street.

The banking theme runs through the hotel (as well as the Gotham City theme, thesexy Downton theme and the “sexiest hotel in Europe” theme), according to Mancunian Matters, with moneybags on the laundry bags, walls embossed with typewriters and “gold ingot toiletry stands” – for real.

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Lowry the Artist Will Come to the Lowry Hotel Later This Year

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  Site Where: 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Manchester, United Kingdom, M3 5LH
April 6, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Things have been pretty quiet over at the Lowry, Manchester’s once fanciest hotel, since Rocco Forte sold it last year, while new, interesting ventures like Hotel Football and Hotel Gotham have been springing up around it.

So here’s some welcome news – the Lowry is getting a £4m renovation, with work expected to be completed by the end of the year. The ever so slightly blah rooms, hallways and the spa will be the focus of attention.

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Aloft is Preparing for a British Invasion

March 9, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

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The UK’s second (and third, and thereafter) cities don’t often get much of a look in when it comes to attracting Americans – whether visitors or investors. But all that might be about to change with the news that Aloft is preparing quite an aggressive British invasion.

According to C&IT, in this article which was sent to us by one of our wonderful readers, Starwood plans to sign off on three UK Alofts this year: Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Hotel Football Is About to Kick Off

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  Site Where: 99 SIR MATT BUSBY WAY, Manchester, United Kingdom, M16 0SZ
February 23, 2015 at 8:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s been a long road for Hotel Football, Manchester’s football-themed hotel. First there was its dubious ownership (love rat footballer Ryan Giggs, who, if we’re being generous, we’d call a love-hate figure in Britain). Then there were the childish-looking renderings. The model who turned out to be a convicted killer. Then the inevitable delay in opening.

But finally things are coming together for Giggsy and Gary Neville – the hotel is on track to open 1 March, though it appears to be in soft opening already. It’s still playing coy on the website, with no photos of the rooms yet, but the Twitter feed has been retweeting photos from people getting sneak peeks, and the Manchester Evening News reports that local students from the University of Salford have covered the place in football-themed murals, including feature walls behind the beds. And you know what? We hate to say this, but they look pretty good.

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Hotel Gotham is Channeling the 'Sexy Downton' Look

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  Site Where: 100 King Street, Manchester, United Kingdom, M2 4WU
January 12, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Three things out of the many things we love about hotels: first, well thought through themes. Second, all things retro. Third, going in a totally unexpected direction.

And right now, the place that’s ticking all our boxes is Hotel Gotham in Manchester.

We told you about the Gotham before – the extraordinary new project taking over the historic Midland Bank HQ, a brooding, art deco building that’s perfect for the Gotham theme. And the art deco theme. And the exotic theme, all of which we’ve been promised.

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Hotel Football Is Thinking Of The Fans, Will Open Four Months Late

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  Site Where: 99 Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester, United Kingdom, M16 0SZ
November 10, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Another week, another hotel opening delay. But this one is a little different. Where other hotels say sorry, hands up, we can’t finish it in time, this one claims to be opening late because they want to make it even better than planned, honest guv. Because it’s going to be extra brilliant, it’s going to take extra time.

The place in question is Hotel Football, the hotel we’d love to hate but actually rather like the look of – or rather, of the rooms, at least. It has just pushed its opening date back from November to March – but not because it’s waiting to die down from the scandal of employing a convicted killer in its advertising campaign. Perish the thought! It’s because, as a spokesman told the Manchester Evening News, they want to “further develop unique features, beyond our original plans”. Of course, guys, of course - all for the fans. How very generous.

From now until the opening in March, we will be enhancing the conference and banqueting facilities and will also be extending our rooftop 5-a-side football pitch and event space by over 50%.

We want to ensure the supporters and hotel guests have an unforgettable experience when they visit us and this additional preparation time will ensure this. It’ll be worth the wait.

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Manchester's Hotel Football Had A Killer Marketing Strategy. Literally

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  Site Where: 99 Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester, United Kingdom, M16 0SZ
October 15, 2014 at 8:23 AM | by | Comments (3)

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.)

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Manchester Will Become Gotham City Next Year

October 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Manchester's Hotel Football Will Take To The Pitch December 8

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  Site Where: 99 SIR MATT BUSBY WAY, Manchester, United Kingdom, M16 0SZ
September 22, 2014 at 8:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Bye Bye Manchester: Rocco Forte Sells The Lowry

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  Site Where: 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Manchester, United Kingdom, M3 5LH
September 18, 2014 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last year, we reported on changes at Rocco Forte Hotels with both Rocco Forte Abu Dhabi and The Augustine in Prague leaving the group following earlier reports of financial struggles.

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.

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Expect To 'Eat. Drink. Sleep. Football' at The Hotel Football in Manchester

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  Site Where: 99 Sir Matt Busby Common Way, Manchester, M16 0SZ
August 1, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | Comments (3)

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.

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