IHG® Hotels & Resorts has opened a new hotel in Manchester, Kimpton Clocktower Hotel. It joins Kimpton Fitzroy Hotel in London, Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel in Glasgow, and Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel in Edinburgh as the brand’s fourth hotel to open in the UK.
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 brick, tile, faience, stained glass and carved wooden staircases, are combined with contemporary fittings and interiors. In the hotel’s lobby, a three-meter-tall bronze horse by artist Sophie Dickens represents a horse-and-carriage ‘turning circle’ that once stood on the same spot.
The hotel enjoys a central location, being just a 10-minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly Station, and opposite Oxford Road Station. Highly visible thanks to its iconic clock tower, it also neighbours the world-famous LGBTQ area of Canal Street, and close to the city’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.
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 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.”