Argent has confirmed it is in talks with Pret a Manger co-founder Sinclair Beecham about opening a boutique hotel at its Hive scheme in Manchester's Northern Quarter.
The developer has not yet fully acquired the site, however, a hotel is proposed for the HKR-designed scheme, overseeing Stevenson Square.
Construction on the 76,000 sq ft first phase of the 135,000 sq ft scheme officially started on 1 September.
Argent gained planning consent for the project in April last year. Completion is due for December 2009.