The romance runs deep, and Manchester continues to show great affection for its counterpart across the pond, whether in architecture, food or design. And, of course, hotels.
From the team behind the gorgeous Hotel Gotham, it’s no surprise that Manchester’s new Hotel Brooklyn looks beautiful, sleek and modern yet also harking back to a more glamorous age.
The look of the bedrooms has been inspired by Brooklyn’s loft spaces. Beds have brass adornments and there are street art wall features, while Turkish rugs have been designed to contrast with the concrete floors.
And what’s really making waves is that fact that the stylish interiors of the Portland Street hotel have also been designed with accessibility in mind. Indeed, 18 of the 189 beautiful bedrooms are fully accessible, and have been stylishly designed to complement the aesthetics of the hotel.
Sadly, just a handful of weeks after Manchester’s newest design-led hotel first opened on 14th February, it had to close its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But now, the hotel is opening again on 21st August, and is well set up for all the safety measures that have become part of the ‘new normal‘.
“We are a brand new property conforming fully with modern travel needs so we already have lots of features designed to allow for an environment where personal space is a key factor, including a self check-in facility so no contact is required from the second a guest arrives,” says general manager Paul Bayliss.
“In addition we have nearly 200 brand new and immaculately clean bedrooms and best practice in hospitality cleanliness lined up ready to go including UV lamps, misting of rooms, tested and compliant staff fully-trained in the highest standards.
“Finally, we have large restaurant and banqueting spaces, several separate kitchens and four lifts, allowing us to plan for continued social distancing.”
The restaurant, named Runyon’s after Damon Runyon, an American writer renowned for his depictions of Brooklyn characters, offers a menu with American influences – think clam chowder, dry aged steaks, and Billy’s bacon fried rice.
The bar, meanwhile, has cocktails named after Stonewall activists – a nod to the hotel’s proximity to the Gay Village.
On the top floor of the hotel, Salvation Bar is part of the hotel’s dedicated private events space, Brooklyn Heights, offering panoramic views across the city.
And this autumn, the hotel will have a new Portland Street next door neighbour with the opening of glamorous 24 hour casino, restaurant and bar Napoleons, following an £8m investment.
“I am delighted to get back into the office post-Covid-19 lockdown and celebrate the hospitality industry for what it is – the art of entertaining guests…” says Paul.
“It’s time for the beleaguered travel and hospitality industries to get back on their feet.
“We look forward to welcoming visitors to Manchester’s little piece of the Big Apple.”
Hotel Brooklyn reopens on 21st August 2020 at 59 Portland Street. Nightly rates start from £130 for a Club Room on a B&B basis. If you book direct between 4th July and Thanksgiving (26th November 2020), you’ll be in the running to win a five night stay in New York, in Spring 2021, staying in a plush midtown Manhattan hotel with economy return flights included.