Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, the leading global boutique luxury brand from IHG®, will open its Kimpton® Clocktower Hotel in Manchester, on Thursday 1 October, joining Kimpton® London Fitzroy, Kimpton® Blythswood Square in Glasgow and Kimpton® Charlotte Square in Edinburgh as the brand’s fourth hotel to open in the UK. A fitting, final launch for Kimpton® in the UK, Kimpton Clocktower Hotel brings the brand’s cosmopolitan style, cool culture and luxury service to Manchester.
Kimpton Clocktower Hotel is a magnificent, terracotta Grade II listed building with a history dating back to 1890, when it first opened as The Refuge Assurance Company headquarters. The grand clock tower at the centre of its striking Victorian architecture is an unmistakable landmark on Manchester’s skyline. All 270 loft-style bedrooms, including 11 suites, were designed to make the most of the stunning, double and triple-height ceilings. Other original, period features including glazed bricks, tiles and faience, stained glass and carved wooden staircases, meet contemporary fittings and interiors, including a three-metre-tall bronze horse by artist Sophie Dickens which sits in the lobby. The piece denotes a horse-and-carriage ‘turning circle’ that once stood on the spot.
Guest rooms offer an homage to Manchester’s iconic music scene, with vinyl records of the city’s most iconic bands – from the Stone Roses and Oasis to Elbow and Take That – available to play on record players in each room. Each room borrows design inspiration from the spirited and renowned Manchester party and music scene, with vibrant, bespoke textiles designed by Timorous Beasties, which incorporate the iconic Manchester worker bee and bold contemporary graphic prints adorning the walls.
Hotel guests will enjoy Kimpton’s signature perks such as in-room yoga mats and the ‘Forgot It? We’ve Got It!’ service offering important guest essentials. Free tuck boxes of treats in all rooms, as well as fresh milk and mineral water in the fridge make for a relaxing in-room experience. Guests can also expect the brand’s industry-leading pet-friendly attitude and an approachable luxury experience fuelled by a hotel team who is committed to delivering heartfelt care and personal service in surprising ways.
Those wanting to make human connections can meet fellow visitors across social distanced tables at the nightly Kimpton Social Hour to bond over hosted drinks from 5-6pm. The setting for Kimpton Social Hour will be in The Winter Garden, an interior glasshouse within The Refuge; a dining room and public bar, set in a 10,000 square foot of space.
A 10-minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly Station, Kimpton Clocktower Hotel is located in the heart of the city, opposite Oxford Road Station. Visible from all around thanks to its clock tower, it is less than five minutes by foot from the world-famous LGBTQ+ area of Canal Street, and close to the city centre’s shopping areas and department stores. For those looking to explore Manchester on two wheels, Kimpton-branded bikes are available for hire free-of-charge.
Kimpton is renowned for its award-winning portfolio of local, seasonally-inspired restaurants and bars. At the heart of Kimpton Clocktower Hotel is The Winter Garden, a space full of natural light, where guests can sit back and relax for a drink or a meal, whatever the time of day or night. Destination bar and restaurant, The Refuge by Volta, serves globally inspired small plates, craft beers and cocktails curated by the award-winning team from Volta and has a uniquely curated programme of events and happenings. The hotel also offers 17 meeting rooms featuring charming Edwardian detailing alongside 21st century technology, with capacity from four to 1,000 thanks to the largest ballroom in a hotel in the northwest of England.
Johan Scheepers, General Manager, Kimpton Clocktower Hotel commented on the opening: “Kimpton Clocktower Hotel is the latest addition to the global Kimpton brand. Each Kimpton hotel is an escape from the ordinary, and Kimpton Clocktower Hotel will offer a real ‘wow’ factor stay with a warm Mancunian welcome.
“Kimpton continues on its incredible expansion across the globe with the opening of Kimpton Clocktower Hotel marking our fourth opening in the UK. The Kimpton brand is rooted in human heartfelt connections and we look forward to welcoming guests and locals in a city world renowned for its warmth, charm and exuberance.”
There are currently 66 Kimpton hotels open worldwide with a further 33 in the hotel development pipeline. Kimpton Clocktower Hotel closely follows the opening of Kimpton Vividora, which opened its doors in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona.
Bookings are now available at www.kimptonclocktowerhotel.com.