The eagerly-awaited Stock Exchange Hotel will open in Manchester on 15th November 2019 as a member of Relais & Châteaux, an association of 580 unique hotels and restaurants throughout the world owned and operated by independent entrepreneurs.
The former Stock Exchange building, a striking example of Edwardian architecture, is currently being meticulously transformed into a hotel with a collection of 40 rooms, including two signature suites and a stunning 3,500 square foot penthouse residence.
Having purchased the Grade II listed building six years ago, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs say that their vision was to bring the building back to life.
“We knew the Stock Exchange well from when it was a restaurant but it was only when we viewed it in its entirety that we realised the extent of the history there,” said the pair.
“Most people familiar with the building will know of the domed ceiling above the old trading room floor, but there are many other original features that will not have been seen by many, such as fireplaces, vaults and stained glass windows.
“For us it was critical that this heritage was protected, and it now sits at the heart of what we hope will be an exciting new concept for Manchester.”
Learning and preserving the history of the building was critical to co-owners Gary and Ryan and hotelier Winston Zahra.
During the research period, the team found three former traders from the Stock Exchange: Alan Botterley (93 years old), Jon Goldstone and David Cummings. The Northern Stock Exchange ceased trading in 1979.
“When you hear Alan, Jon and David talk and share the memories they have of the building, you realise how important it was to them and what an impact it had on people in Manchester,” said Gary Neville.
“The stories of boom and busts, of playing cricket and football on the trading room floor, the different characters that worked there and how they all felt when it closed.
“When we heard these things, we became even more determined to bring the building back to life and share the stories that it has to tell.”
The hotel’s interiors have been designed by internationally renowned design studio Autoban. The interior spaces will be deeply rooted in the history and heart of the city, crafted around the remarkable stories of the building.
The Bradshaw, John Gass and Arthur Hope room collections pay respect to the architects who originally designed the Portland stone building which originally opened in 1906.
In addition to the room and suite collections, the hotel includes two signature suites: The 1906 Suite and The Boardroom Suite, measuring 1,070 and 1,700 square feet respectively.
The Boardroom Suite, accessed via a private staircase off the main lobby of the hotel, is located in one of the most historically significant and architecturally preserved parts of the building – the original Stock Exchange boardroom.
Designed to honour its past, the 1,700 square foot space boasts a number of original features, including marble pillars, wood panelling, an ornamental fireplace, stained glass windows, and the original Stock Exchange vault.
Complimenting the best accommodation available in Manchester, The House is an exclusive, fully serviced residence. With its own roof terrace offering views across the Manchester skyline, the unique penthouse is spread over 3,500 square feet.
“We are honoured to be the first ever Relais & Châteaux member in Manchester and one of the first properties in the 65-year history of the fellowship to become a member before its doors open,” said co-owner and GG Hospitality CEO Winston Zahra.
“We have put a great amount of effort into ensuring the design for the property truly respects the history of the building.”
The heart and soul of the hotel will be a restaurant and bar overseen by chef Tom Kerridge, housed under the magnificent dome which for decades was the trading floor of the Stock Exchange.
Private dining and events will be catered for within The Vault and The Bank. The Vault sits in the lower ground floor of the building and will offer events for up to 120 people.
The Bank, with its own private entrance off Norfolk Street, will offer private dining experiences for up to 14 people and comes complete with its own wine cellar.
Philippe Gombert, president of Relais & Châteaux, says he is “deeply convinced that Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Winston Zahra will revive Stock Exchange and its history in a remarkable way.”
The hotel is taking room bookings now for dates from 15th November 2019. Room prices start from £160, suites from £320 and signature suites from £650 per night. The House starts from £1,750 per night depending on the length of stay.