Cycas has opened a 19-storey double-decker hotel development on Manchester’s Oxford Road Corridor; the first in the North of England.
The new property brings together IHG’s Crowne Plaza and Staybridge Suites brands for the first-time outside North America, with a total of 328 contemporary rooms.
Staybridge Suites Manchester – Oxford Road, the city’s newest aparthotel, combines classic hotel facilities and exceptional views with the comforts and flexibility of home. Located on the upper seven floors, the pet-friendly extended-stay hotel offers a mix of 116 modern studio and one-bedroom suites, each with its own fully-equipped kitchen. Guests will also be able to enjoy panoramic vistas from the 18th floor lounge and internal terrace, with views stretching east towards the Peak District and West across the city, including both of Manchester’s world-famous football grounds.
The lower 12 storeys are occupied by the 212-roomed Crowne Plaza Manchester – Oxford Road. The city’s newest Crowne Plaza adjoins the University of Manchester’s new two-storey Executive Education Centre – which will provide a new home for the business school’s corporate leadership and management programmes – with direct connections on the ground and first floor.
Guests for both properties can take advantage of The Graduate bar and 120-seat The Laureate restaurant on the ground floor; a tribute to the hotel’s university links and the Oxford Road Corridor’s newest dining and drinking destination. As an added benefit, Staybridge Suites guests will also be able to enjoy room service direct from the restaurant.
The development also incorporates a fully-equipped 24-hour gym and a dedicated meetings and events floor, with seven state-of-the-art Crowne Plaza meeting rooms catering for over 200 delegates.
With world-leading science, educational and business institutions and a workforce of 60,000 on its doorstep, plus good transport links across the city and to Manchester Airport, the hotel development – known locally as ‘The Lume’ – is a short walk from the city centre. View a view preview of The Lume here.
The opening marks Staybridge Suites’ Manchester debut and is the first property to reflect the extended-stay brand’s new design.
The hotel also becomes the first Crowne Plaza hotel to join Cycas Hospitality’s fast-growing portfolio and becomes Cycas Hospitality’s third collaboration with M&L Hospitality, for whom Cycas now operates five hotels. It is also the sixth Staybridge Suites hotel to open in the UK, with Cycas Hospitality running five and owning two of them.
Speaking of the hotel’s opening, the hotel’s General Manager, Andrew Fletcher, said: “We’re really excited about how combining two distinct but complimentary hotels under one roof will give both business and leisure travellers a new way to experience Manchester.
“As the way people travel evolves, we wanted to give guests the more flexible accommodation options we know they’re looking for, whether they’re staying for a few nights or a few weeks. We’re therefore delighted to combine personalised home-from-home touches with an on-site restaurant, buzzing bar and extensive meeting facilities in a way that visitors to Manchester haven’t had before.”