New 19-storey hotel development The Lume, which is dual branded with both Crowne Plaza® and Staybridge Suites® hotels, has officially opened and welcomed its first guests this week.
Located on Booth Street West, the 328-room 4* hotel will provide business class accommodation in a central campus location for the first time.
The development forms part of The University of Manchester’s Campus Masterplan, which includes the wider redevelopment of Alliance Manchester Business School. It also adjoins its new two-storey Executive Education Centre, which will provide a new home for the School’s corporate leadership and management programmes.
First class facilities
Occupying the lower 12-storeys, Crowne Plaza Manchester features 212 guest rooms, a 120-seat restaurant, bar, fully equipped 24-hour gym, club lounge and seven state-of-the-art meeting rooms catering for over 200 delegates.
Located on the upper seven floors, Staybridge Suites offers a mix of 116 modern studio and one-bedroom suites featuring fully-equipped kitchens and panoramic views of the city from the terrace on the 18th floor.
Guests also have access to the 24-hour gym, laundry facilities and complimentary hot and cold buffet breakfast in the "Hub" kitchen. The hotel will also host ‘The Social’ three evenings a week, an informal opportunity for guests to mingle and get to know their on-site team over complimentary drinks and nibbles.
Diana Hampson, Director of Estates and Facilities at The University of Manchester, commented: “We are proud to support this important project. The new hotel facilities and Executive Education Centre are a key part of the University’s Campus Masterplan and will be complemented by the opening of a suite of shops, cafes, restaurants and public realm at University Green for staff and visitors to enjoy.”
Andrew Fletcher, The Lume’s General Manager, added: “Giving both business and leisure travellers a new way to experience Manchester is something we have been excited about for some time. We have combined two hotels under one roof and are naturally delighted to now welcome people into what is a brilliant, relevant and flexible offer.”