Successful budget design hotel group Motel One is opening a new hotel: Motel One Manchester-Royal Exchange will be the group’s second hotel in Manchester. The hotel’s ideal location in the heart of Manchester city centre, just three minutes from Market Street and the shopping district, and a short walk from Manchester Piccadilly train station, makes it a welcome addition to the group’s expanding portfolio in the city. Rooms start at just £69 a night.
The hotel has 302 rooms and occupies an original building on Cross Street. The old historic facade blends seamlessly with the newer building behind, capturing the fusion of Manchester’s industrial past and cutting-edge modernity. Picking up on the city’s history as a centre for the textile trade, the hotel has an industrial theme; the design concept is a nod to Manchester’s status as a ꞋcottonopolisꞋ – which denotes a metropolis centred on the cotton trade. When selecting furniture and fabrics, great care was taken to source regional products and manufacturers, with most from Manchester-based company ꞋCamiraꞋ.
A grand entrance
On entering the hotel the motif of cotton wool and the textile trade is immediately visible. Guests enter through 6m high round arches made of steel, beneath an ꞋAlturo AlvarezꞋ chandelier which floats from the ceiling like balls of cotton-wool. The furniture in the entrance area is from luxury leather furniture manufacturer ꞋBaxterꞋ and mimics the smooth shapes of cotton. Behind reception, printed linen depicts cotton plants, as guests are welcomed to Motel One Manchester-Royal Exchange.
The One Lounge and Bar – a space to “work, meet and relax” in style
The motto of the One Lounge as a space to “work, meet and relax” is perfectly realised at the group’s new hotel. Filigree letters mimicing spun thread decorate the walls, and a long Chesterfield sofa completes the look, custom made by local company ꞋStylemattersꞋ from the Manchester area. Window recesses are equipped with thick cushions and many pillows to create a relaxed seating area and cosy atmosphere for guests. Rustic steel surfaces, complete with natural rivets and grains, give the bar counter an industrial charm, with lamps above the counter made of real wood. The bar at Motel One Manchester-Royal Exchange will offer a selection of local gins for guests to enjoy.
The breakfast area
With a range of delicious local produce on offer, guests can start the day right at Motel One Manchester-Royal Exchange. Inkeeping with the cotton theme, the coffee station is covered with a specially created collage depicting yarn bobbins and spinning machines used in fabric production. The small metal dishes over the breakfast tables are complemented by a sky of old coils. A long high table serves as a workbench and provides space for small meetings.
The rooms: sleep in style
The industrial theme continues into the rooms, with the walls above the beds featuring high-quality wallpaper, and a unique design of wooden wheels and single metal letters to bring to mind the industrial design concept.
Guests are guaranteed a good night’s sleep in comfortable, high-quality box-spring beds with 100% Egyptian cotton sheets. In the bathrooms, granite and glass fixtures and a washstand with stylish Dornbracht taps give the feeling of a mini spa, complete with rain shower, makeup mirror, refreshing eco shower gel and luxury towel.
Clever design features like the space-saving integrated clothes rails, storage shelves and safe ensure ample room for rest or work. With Motel One’s mobile desks and free Wi-FI, guests have the flexibility to work wherever they want, or simply kick back and relax in one of the Freifrau leather armchairs, illuminated by stylish Tolomeo lamps from Artemide. Mastering the art of combining high-design with functionality, all rooms boast a 42″ LG TV with alarm function.
With a third site in Manchester already secured for development, the group‘s expansion in this vibrant British city looks set to continue.