Staybridge Suites

Hotels top out at Business School

The dual-branded Crowne Plaza and Staybridge Suites hotel off Manchester’s Oxford Road has reached its highest point of construction, and is on track to open early next year.

The 19-storey building contains a 212-room Crowne Plaza, occupying 11 storeys from the ground up, and a 116-room Staybridge Suites on the upper eight floors, offering longer stay apartments.

Crowne Plaza will also include a 120-cover restaurant.

Both brands are part of the IHG portfolio. The scheme forms part of the University of Manchester’s campus masterplan, which includes Bruntwood’s redevelopment of the Alliance Manchester Business School, adjoining its new two-storey Executive Education Centre.

Andrew Fletcher is general manager of both hotels. He said: “After topping out the building we are delighted to now announce that the Crowne Plaza and Staybridge Suites will open under one roof early next year.

“The dual-brand double pack concept is extremely exciting as it isn’t something that has been offered to people staying in Manchester before.

“Being located just off Oxford Road, within Corridor Manchester and next to the Alliance Manchester Business School on the University of Manchester campus, gives us tremendous confidence in our offer.

“We are very different to any other hotel in the city region. What we have is two brands that very much complement each other and ultimately give people different options to what they have had before.”

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