New 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.
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.
Both Crowne Plaza and Staybridge Suites are hotel brands of IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) and are located in the bustling Oxford Road area and within walking distance of the city centre.
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.
Due to The Lume’s easy access to transport links and Manchester’s major tourism attractions and commercial hubs, short and long-stay business clients, leisure visitors, entrepreneurs, academics and those visiting the universities nearby, are all expected to become regular guests.
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.
“More than 60,000 people also call the district home, with institutions including The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust all based there.
“We are confident that The Lume is very much one of a kind in Manchester city centre and are looking forward to meeting guests and visitors over the next few months and beyond.”
Bookings can be made directly via the hotel’s websites: