The 19-storey hotel development The Lume, which is dual branded with both Crowne Plaza® and Staybridge Suites® hotel brands, has officially opened and welcomes its first guests this week.
The newly built 328-room hotel development is owned by M&L Hospitality and managed by Cycas Hospitality.
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.
Andrew Fletcher, The Lume’s General Manager, said: “We couldn’t be more pleased to have opened this stunning dual branded-hotel. For the first time, thanks to The Lume, travellers to the north of England will have the choice of two different hotel styles in one central location.”
“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,” Fletcher also commented.
The dual-branded hotel 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 business school’s corporate leadership and management programmes.
Explaining the name, The Lume, General Manager Andrew said: “We chose this to celebrate our light-filled ‘illuminated’ hotel and to recognise the textile ‘loom’, an innovation that will forever be linked to Manchester.
“Our meeting rooms are also named after famous University of Manchester alumni including Alan Turing, Sir Howard Bernstein and Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington.”
He added: “It’s important to also highlight the importance of the Oxford Road Corridor, where The Lume is located. The Oxford Road Corridor is an innovation district south of Manchester city centre, running the length of Oxford Road from St Peter’s Square to Whitworth Park, and West from Higher Cambridge Street to Upper Brook street in the East.