In a surprise announcement yesterday, Hyatt announced that it is opening two hotels in Manchester next year.
What it DIDN’T say is that these are NOT new hotels. They are the brand new Crowne Plaza Manchester Oxford Road and the brand new Staybridge Suites.
The Crowne Plaza Manchester Oxford Road, which we reviewed here, will become a 212-room Hyatt Regency hotel. Staybridge Suites Manchester Oxford Road, which we reviewed here, will become a 116-room Hyatt House extended stay property.
The hotels are located in the University Quarter, a 10-minute walk from the city center and close to Manchester Oxford Road station.
It is not uncommon for hotels to rebrand. It IS uncommon for hotels to rebrand so soon after opening – the hotels have only been open for a year. Something odd is going on – especially as the Hyatt brand is a lot weaker than Crowne Plaza in the UK. It is possible that Manchester has reached IHG overload and the owners felt that the brand was not delivering, with IHG loyalists having many other options open to them.
Hyatt’s presence outside London is currently woeful, if you exclude the ‘Small Luxury Hotels’ affiliates, with their only hotel being the Hyatt Regency in Birmingham. This is a welcome expansion.
Shorter term, I am looking forward to the opening of Great Scotland Yard. Due to open in mid October, this hotel will be part of Hyatt’s Unbound Collection of unbranded independent hotels. It it based in the original Victorian Scotland Yard complex, very close to Embankment tube and the super-luxury Corinthia hotel. (The replacement Scotland Yard, next to Conrad London St James, has been demolished and is currently being redeveloped at luxury apartments.)
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