A private hotel company who run the highly successful leisure and conference venue, The Castle Green Hotel in Kendal have bought the Princess on Portland Street and restored the eighteenth century former silk warehouse building back to its former glory.
The hotel which in previous years has had a questionable reputation has undergone a half a million pound investment programme and relaunches as a top of the range, three star business hotel with 85 newly refurbished en-suite rooms, contemporary brasserie, bar, lounge and meeting facilities. From fluffy duvets and towels to contemporary eating and meeting no detail has escaped the personal touch of the new owner management.
The Manchester hotel scene is currently experiencing an explosion of high profile openings with some of the world’s largest hotel chains investing in the City so will the independently owned Princess regain its crown in this highly competitive market?
It has all the ingredients - the owners are a group of highly experienced hoteliers made up of husband and wife team, James and Catherine Alexander as executive director and finance director and Tim Rumney as managing director - a team which has over 80 years of hotel experience between them and who already own The Castle Green Hotel in Kendal and a pedigree that includes the turn-around and management of hotels in the North West and further afield.
Tim Rumney, managing director, says; “The Princess on Portland is a fabulous building and we hope our unique blend of contemporary surroundings and personal service will deliver what business visitors to Manchester want - a value for money business hotel and a dining experience in the centre of Manchester. Our independence in comparison with the rising number of hotel chains in the City means we have a hands-on approach with the flexibility and expertise to give our corporate customers the friendly personal touch that we are already famous for in Kendal.”