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City Inn Signs Up for Manchester

City Inn, the award winning all new-build prime city centre hotel group, today announced that they have now signed up the documentation and are to commence construction of their Manchester hotel in January 2005. Ê
City Inn has been setting a new standard in stylish 4 star city centre hotels since its first hotel opened in Bristol in 1999 with the most recent being the opening of City Inn Westminster in 2003. City Inn Westminster is London’s biggest new build hotel in 30 years and has recently won the Architectural Award for Best New Hotel at the European Design Awards 2003 and Best New Hotel at the International Hotel Investment Forum 2004. ÊCompletion of the Manchester hotel will see the room stock of City Inn grow to in excess of 1,300 rooms and continues City Inn’s dedication to quality contemporary architecture. The hotel has been designed by Weintraub Associates with interior designers Gerard Taylor Associates.

The Manchester hotel will be the fifth in the City Inn portfolio and will open for business in August 2006. City Inn Manchester will occupy a landmark site at the new Piccadilly Place development, with 284 bedrooms including six suites, a sophisticated and stylish Lounge Bar and 120 cover CITY CAFé with al fresco terrace and a unique Sky Lounge with panoramic views of the cityscape.

The hotel forms a key part of Piccadilly Place, a redevelopment initiative by Manchester City Council. Next to Piccadilly Station, with its connections to the airport, the hotel will be within close proximity to the law courts, Manchester University campus, the Canal Street area, China Town and the rejuvenated public gardens. ÊCity Inn will overlook a new public square to which the hotel is contributing. Ê

Sandy Orr, Executive Chairman of City Inn, said:
“My company’s road to Manchester has been a long one but this location was well worth waiting for. ÊManchester is a vibrant, modern place and this is exactly what each City Inn aims to be. City Inn will create 140 new careers in Manchester. We are thrilled to be able to make this firm announcement today”. ÊÊÊ

David Orr, Chief Executive of City Inn, commented:
“Since we opened City Inn Westminster there has been a greater realisation on a national level that City Inn is a brand that has captured the imagination of many and our Manchester announcement continues the story of the growth of a young and ambitious new brand for the UK”.