Why 28 boutique, budget and five-star hotels are coming to Manchester soon and when they should open


Manchester’s hospitality industry is booming.

By 2023 there will be 28 new hotels in the city area, eight will arrive this year, and ten more in 2021 and 2022.

This is another striking indicator of the rapid transformation of the city center and of Manchester as a tourist destination.

While cranes have dominated the skyline for two decades now (albeit slowed down by a recession in 2008), the majority of developments have been offices or apartments.

Now it is the turn of world famous hotels.

In November, Man United legends Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs opened The Stock Exchange, which has already been named one of the best luxury hotels.

Others have opened in the past year, including Dakota in the Piccadilly Basin and Native Manchester on Ducie Street.

In the coming years, dozens of new names will open their doors, increasing the number of rooms available in Greater Manchester from around 9,600 to 14,800, an increase of over 50%.

What is driving this phenomenal growth?

The GG Hospitality team, including Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, outside the Bourse Hotel

The Manchester Evening News spoke with Adrian Ellis, Managing Director of the Lowry Hotel and President of the Manchester Hotelier’s Association (MHA) about the “unprecedented” expansion.

“There is so much more to do now”

He has spent his entire career in the hospitality industry and got his first job in Manchester in 1995 at Victoria & Albert on Water Street.

“At the time, it was a much smaller market and a much smaller market [hospitality] community, ”Adrian said.

“There were only half a dozen remarkable hotels in the city center.

“Growth has nothing to do with what it is today.

“The city has obviously changed since then, there were no Spinningfields to begin with!

“There is so much more to do now, I think it’s really developed a lot.”

Some of the attractions that bring people to Manchester have been around for a long time and aren’t hard to guess.

Football for example.

“When Manchester City take on Real Madrid at home in March, you can be sure that all the hotels in the city will be full,” said Mr Ellis.

Adrian Ellis, General Manager of the Lowry Hotel

It’s a similar situation when there is a big musical event like Parklife or a major artist is playing in the stadiums or at the Arena.

Other factors of Manchester’s tourism success have developed more recently.

Unique cultural offers such as Manchester International Festival or Home cinema and theater.

Another example is LSLowry itself.

“Lowry’s paintings have gained in value,” Mr. Ellis said.

“The Chinese are very interested in it because they think it reflects the industrial heritage of England, the chimneys and the mill towns.

“It’s part of their studies, they do it at school.

“So they want to visit the heritage.

“They probably learn more about it than British children!”

Demand has exceeded supply for years

Manchester has long benefited from its geographic position in the center of the north, and Mr Ellis says it’s something international visitors find appealing.

He says many tourists from China, the Middle East or the United States are now interested in a vacation to Britain that can offer both city and country.

StayCity Aparthotel set to be completed in Manchester city center this year

“It’s definitely more and more popular,” he said.

“We have seen an increase in the number of operators making day tours in the Lake District for example.

“Visitors from the Middle East often come here during the summer months to escape the heat, they usually come in large groups, families or maybe more than one family.

“They usually stay a week or two and once they’ve explored the city they want to explore the countryside, so from Manchester they can go to the Lakes or the Peak District or the Hollow of Bowland.

“Football is still a big part [of visitors] but now they’re coming for a lot more reasons. “

The economic story behind the hotel construction boom is simple: Manchester’s tourism industry has grown faster than capacity.

Since 2015, Manchester hotel occupancy rates have been around 80% throughout the year.

Mr Ellis says that there are about 25 days a year, when one or more big events take place, that there is hardly a spare room to be found in the city.

MEN reported last year how music fans complained that their hotel reservations were canceled due to “overbooking” during Parklife.

“Investors look at the data and think ‘there is a demand, let’s have a share’,” Mr. Ellis said.

“In the past, Manchester had a lot of independents but not a lot of hotel brands.”

Football remains a big part of Manchester’s tourism industry – but it’s not the only attraction

“These brands think ‘Manchester is the second city and we don’t have a presence’, there is a feeling that they need to be established.

“There are other big companies moving in, whether it’s BUPA or Amazon, and they think ‘if they move in, we should be too.’

What’s a little unusual in Manchester is that dozens of these new hotels have gone through the long process of securing funding, finding a suitable site, obtaining a building permit and construction at about the same time.

“They probably haven’t compared their grades,” Mr. Ellis said.

“They didn’t say ‘let’s all open together’.

“The number of rooms will drop from 9,600 to 14,800 in three years.

“That’s an increase of over 50% – it’s completely unprecedented and a massive investment.”


This will undoubtedly lead to an increase in the membership of Mr Ellis’ organization, the Manchester Hotelier’s Association, founded 20 years ago and which today has over 60 active members.

“Everyone will have to improve their game! He admitted.

“Demand will catch up with supply, there may be a period when there is too much.

“This is why we are seeing a number of hotels being renovated.”

The Lowry Theater and Imperial War Museum North

“People need to catch up, they are aware of the competition.”

For hoteliers like Mr. Ellis, the next step will be to find new markets and promote improved services and better attractions in the city.

But he says Manchester should be proud of the impression he gives to visitors.

When asked what tourists think of our city, he replied: “So many people never realized that Manchester has so much to offer and that it is such a beautiful city.

“The talk of friendly nature – how people will talk to you – we hear it over and over again.

“They like the ease of getting around, especially compared to London, you don’t have to take the bus or the tube.

“They love being able to visit so many attractions, whether it’s museums, Media City, the North Quarter.

“I think people come away with a positive image.”

Some of the 28 hotels that will open in Greater Manchester over the next three years

1. StayCity Aparthotel Manchester

Location: Mason Street / Cable Street as part of New Cross Regeneration

Opening date: January 2020

Number of rooms: 224

2. Hampton by Hilton Manchester City Center

Location: Sharp Street, near Rochdale Road, near NOMA

Opening date: 2020

Number of rooms: 221

3. Irish World Heritage Center

Location: Irish Town Way, Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester

Opening date: first semester 2020

Number of rooms: 135

4. Brooklyn hotel (tailor-made hotels)

Location: Site adjacent to 55 Portland Street, Manchester.

Opening date: February 2020

Number of rooms: 191

5. Haigh Hall Hotel (Contessa Hotels)

Location: School Lane, Wigan, WN2 1PE

Opening date: first semester 202

Number of bedrooms: 19

6. The Quality Street Hotel (Signature Living)

Location: 123-125 Liverpool Road (former commercial hotel)

Opening date: first semester 2020

Number of rooms: 42

7. CitySuites (Property 2)

Location: Embankment West, Greengate, Salford. (near property 1)

Opening date: second semester 2020

Number of rooms: 147

8. Cotton garden

Location: 40 Chorlton Street, Manchester

Opening date: second semester 2020

Number of rooms: 41

9. Holiday Inn (Express) Central Park Plaza

Location: Central Park Plaza, Oldham Road, Manchester (opposite the existing Holiday Inn)

Opening date: second semester 2020

Number of rooms: 120

ten. Mollie’s Motel & Diner (Soho House Group)

Location: St John’s (former site of the Granada studios)

Opening date: 2020

Number of rooms: 210

11. Hotel to be confirmed

Location: Rock Street, Oldham

Opening date: second semester 2020

Number of rooms: 70

12. Budget hotel to be confirmed

Location: Circle Square, former BBC site, Manchester

Opening date: second semester 2020

Number of rooms: 155

13. To be confirmed (G&G Hospitality) 5 * star hotel

Location: St Michael’s (Jackson’s Row), Manchester

Opening date: second semester 2020

Number of rooms: 216

14. Victoria Warehouse (extension to existing property) 3 * Hotel

Location: Trafford Wharf Road, Stretford

Opening date: 2020

Number of rooms: 400

15. Cornbrook Hub / Manchester Waters – 4/5 * Hotel

Location: Dinton Street, corner of Cornbrook Rd, Manchester

Opening date: 2020, Q3

Number of rooms: 155

16. Cornbrook Hub / Manchester Waters – Aparthotel

Location: Dinton Street, corner of Cornbrook Rd, Manchester

Opening date: 2020, Q3

Number of rooms: 88

17. To be confirmed – Aparthotel

Location: 52-58 Thomas Street, North Quarter.

Opening date: second semester 2020

Number of bedrooms: 26

18. Travelodge, Oldham Prince’s Gate

Location: Princes Gate Development, Oreillons, Oldham

Opening date: second semester 2020

Number of rooms: 68

19. Clayton Hotel, Manchester City Center

Location: 55 Portland Street (former BT Tower)

Opening date: 2021

Number of rooms: 329

20. CQIB

Location: 55 Portland Street (former BT Tower)

Opening date: 2021

Number of rooms: 261

21. Premier Inn, Manchester First Street

Location: First Street, Manchester

Opening date: 2021

Number of rooms: Unknown

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