Can you feel it? The buzz, the palpable hum of excitement? I am not hiding my excitement about the opening of Hotel Gotham, Manchester’s newest five star hotel, at all well. But I’m not the only one.
In the weeks preceding the hotel’s opening last month, local and national press have been equally effervescent about it, with its 1930s interiors that have brought the 80 year old building and former bank back to life. Manchester Evening News enthused over the “swanky private members bar”, “stunning views across the city” and the “playful nods to that banking past” with gold ingot toiletry displays and moneybag-style laundry bags.
Much love has also been expressed for the video that’s shown to guests at the Hotel Gotham, which gives Manchester a New York twist. It shows the city’s glamorous side and features landmarks such as the central library, the big wheel and China Town, all epitomizing the hotel’s tagline “Manhattan comes to Manchester”.
Manchester is seeing an increasing number of people visiting for weekend getaways, exploring all the history and culture it has to offer, and as the doors swung open at Hotel Gotham, it can now claim its title as the second five star hotel in the city, although no other can stake a claim to the accolade of ‘Europe’s sexiest hotel’. Perhaps if they too channeled their inner Gatsby then they would get that sensual feeling.
While we have waxed lyrical about the hotel’s history and the narrative surrounding it however, it is the service unlike any other that’s really getting our hearts pumping. Only guests with a reservation either at the hotel or in the restaurant are allowed in because the name of the game here is privacy and luxury.
Rooms range from £150 per night to £1,000 per night for an inner sanctum room, especially good for those with a hidden desire to be Batman and have an utterly clandestine break. On which note, the hotel’s name does come from the comic book antihero’s home town and a nod to his secretive nature comes in the form of bat shaped ‘do not disturb’ signs on the bedroom doors.
Of course there’s more to talk about, and no doubt we will, but for now the anticipation is over and it’s time to celebrate a summer with serious sex appeal…