The Stock Exchange Hotel in Manchester will join the Relais and Chateaux portfolio when it opens later this year.
Co-owned by ex-Manchester United footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, along with hotelier Winston Zahra, the 40-room property is housed within the city’s former Stock Exchange building, and is scheduled to open on November 15.
Features will include two signature suites, a 325sqm penthouse residence, and a restaurant and bar overseen by Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge, and housed “under the magnificent dome which for decades was the trading floor of the Stock Exchange”.
There will be two events spaces – the lower ground floor The Vault for up to 120 people, and The Bank which can offer private dining for up to 14 guests and which features its own wine cellar.
The Grade II listed building was originally built in 1906 as the Manchester Stock Exchange, before becoming the Northern Stock Exchange until 1979 when this was amalgamated into the London Stock Exchange. The space has subsequently been used as offices and a restaurant, and was bought in 2014 by Neville and Giggs.
The hotel will be managed by GG Hospitality (also responsible for Hotel Football Old Trafford), and will become a member of Relais and Chateaux, which counts 580 hotel and restaurant members worldwide, including the Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxford, and Cliveden House in Berkshire.
Interiors have been designed by Autoban, and are described as “a subtle arrangement of a light palette of colours, combined with luxurious materials, original marble, brass, glass and woodwork,” ensuring that “…guests will experience spaces deeply rooted in the history and heart of the city, crafted around the remarkable stories of the building”.
Commenting on the news, co-owner and GG Hospitality CEO Winston Zahra said:
“We are honoured to be the first ever Relais and Chateaux 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.
“This is testament to all of the work the team has been doing behind the scenes. We have put a great amount of effort into ensuring the design for the property truly respects the history of the building.
“The values and foundations of Relais & Châteaux to protect and defend local arts of living are are reflected in every detail of our offering and we are committed to preserving an important part of Manchester’s heritage, while offering quality service in an exceptional setting.”