SH Hotels and Resorts has announced plans for a second UK property under its lifestyle Treehouse Hotels brand.

Treehouse Hotel Manchester will be housed within the redeveloped Renaissance Manchester City Centre, and will join the existing Treehouse Hotel London (pictured above) which opened in late 2019.

Marriott’s Renaissance hotel closed in July 2020, citing weak demand and economic uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Manchester Treehouse hotel is scheduled to open in 2023, and will mark the first phase of a £200 million redevelopment of the Deansgate property by Starwood Capital Group.

The 216-room hotel will feature a “treehouse canopy” inspired entrance, where guests will be “drawn down a path with an abundance of dappled light and the natural scent of pitch pine, reminiscent of entering a secret forest”.

There will be a top floor restaurant and bar with views of the city, and more quirky elements including space hoppers in the gym, and “an invitation for visitors to carve their stories into a central living wooden art piece that will grow over time”.

The hotel will also incorporate a number of sustainable features, including the extensive use of reclaimed and recycled materials in the construction of the building and furniture, as well as roof gardens, living green walls, a kitchen garden harvesting rainwater, and honey produced by the hotel’s own rooftop apiary.

Commenting on the news Starwood Capital Group’s chairman and CEO Barry Sternlicht, said:

“I’m really excited to launch our second Treehouse Hotel in the UK. Manchester is as much a destination for travellers as a gathering place for its energetic local community.

“Our Treehouse will introduce a new execution of fun and witty, and provide an imaginative hospitality experience.

“As a sustainable brand, we will reuse and repurpose the existing building. We are thrilled to set roots in the city of Manchester.”

Business Traveller’s Tom Otley reviewed the Treehouse Hotel London shortly after it opened, calling it “a real find – quirky yet well run, with the right focus on environmental issues and design without it getting in the way of a great place”. For the full review see:

Hotel review: Treehouse London