Hotel Brooklyn, Manchester’s new design-led hotel, launches February 2020

08 November 2019

Bespoke Hotels will open to Manchester’s newest design-led hotel, Hotel Brooklyn, right in the heart of Portland Street in February 2020.

Designed by Squid Inc - the team behind Hotel Gotham – the name Brooklyn was inspired by the New York Borough and chosen for its resonating similarities to Manchester, in terms of its buzzing industrial growth, as well as its strength of identity and culture. The 189-room hotel will pay homage to Brooklyn’s history from early 20th century to the present day, with the inclusive design of the hotel being overseen by Motionspot, the UK’s leading accessible design company. Positioning itself as Manchester’s most accessible hotel, Hotel Brooklyn will be a trailblazer in championing "accessible, sexy and modern design for all".

The aesthetic of the 189 bedrooms has been inspired by Brooklyn’s loft spaces, peppered with immaculate features that favour quality and high-spec finishes. Beds have brass adornments, while Turkish rugs have been designed to contrast with the concrete floors. Bathrooms have been cleverly-angled to allow their back walls and semi opaque windows to look out across the bedroom, while street art wall features finish off the bold design direction.

Hotel Brooklyn’s bar and restaurant, named Runyon’s after Damon Runyon, the writer renowned for his depictions of Brooklyn characters, that were the basis of the musical Guys & Dolls, will present a diverse menu showcasing European and American influences, starting from £22 per main dish. Featuring dishes such as Crab Flake A La Newberg, Billy’s Bacon Fried Rice, ‘Oscar’s’ B.L.T Wedge and Hash Browns, alongside vegetarian and vegan options.

On the top floor of the hotel, Salvation is the hotel’s dedicated events bar, featuring exposed brick work, pop art and neon lights to create a lively destination bar.

Throughout the hotel, regional suppliers have been selected wherever possible. Deanhouse Interiors were commissioned to fabricate the entire fit-out package, including cased goods from wardrobe and bedroom fittings, to the reception pods and 9th floor bar counter. Alongside this, PS Interiors sourced several key furniture pieces throughout, including the retro styled bedroom chairs, while sourcing New York street art was overseen by Elegant Clutter Artwork. In addition, Manchester-based The Knot Collective were commissioned to design two bespoke rugs for the hotel’s public spaces.

Olly Redfern, Lead Interior Designer of Squid Inc says “it was an honour to work with Bespoke Hotels again on creating another iconic Manchester hotel with a strong identity and character. Weaving the lines between Manchester and Brooklyn is a bold and inspirational project that draws many parallels and it was incredibly fun to do, partnering with some of the best local suppliers to create the finished look.”

“I am delighted to be leading the team at Hotel Brooklyn, as we look to make an immediate impact across Manchester and the North West”, added Paul Bayliss, recently-appointed General Manager of Hotel Brooklyn. “I have kept a close eye on the success of Hotel Gotham in recent years, and have a deep affinity for the city, so I’m excited by the challenge of making a similarly positive impact here.”

“We are thrilled to have secured this fantastic site in the heart of Manchester’s historic industrial thoroughfare of Portland Street”, commented Robin Sheppard, Chairman of Bespoke Hotels. “We believe Hotel Brooklyn is a perfect fit for Manchester, not solely in terms of the architectural grandeur and convenience of its location, but the abundant character and feistiness of the city. Portland Street is experiencing a regeneration as the hotel strip of the city”.

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