Hotel Football Build Complete: Opening Date Confirmed

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    GG Hospitality directors and former teammates, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, will open the world’s first Hotel Football on 2 March 2015.Located opposite Manchester United’s OId Trafford stadium, the four star hotel and conference facility will boast a number of unique features making it the go-to destination for fans, families, business users and tourists.

    To add to the footballing credentials other members of the Class of ’92 – Philip Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt, are also on board.

    The hotel will offer the ultimate match day experience, with bespoke corporate hospitality packages, as well as being home to The Old Trafford Supporters Club, making it the place to be for any football fan.

    Talking about the new development, Gary Neville said: “Ryan and I have spent so much of our lives playing at Old Trafford and appreciate everyone who supported us there over the years.

    “To make sure that the hotel appeals to everyone, not just football fans, we are working with some of the most talented people in the industry to create something unique and inviting – with a focus on excellent customer service.”

    Feeding a love of football, the four star hotel will capture that authentic football culture, with hints to the game running throughout the décor.

    After a busy day exploring the city, finishing a business meeting or enjoying a long weekend, guests can check in to one of the 133 bedrooms. The interior of the hotel will be stylishly designed to create a relaxed, but totally unique atmosphere.

    Rooms will be complete with a 40” smart TV where guests can enjoy a full Sky package, as well as complimentary wi-fi and a fully stocked retro mini bar.

    Hotel Football will boast Café Football Manchester, which will serve dishes that have proved popular at its London counterpart.

    The menu, designed by two Michelin star chef, Michael Wignall, in collaboration with Café Football’s executive chef, Brendan Fyldes, sees traditional, wholesome produce transformed into something extraordinary.

    With signature dishes, like The Boss Burger and Café Football Sausage Roll, a sausage roll that restaurant critic, Jay Rayner described as “shockingly good”, the menu aims to capture the essence of the beautiful game.

    To complement the menu, there will be more than 20 wines from 10 different countries to choose from, together with a range of hand-selected international craft beers, including the specially brewed CF Beer.

    Visitors to Café Football will also be able to sip signature cocktails designed by expert mixologists. Inspired by football, they are sure to be score points, with delights such as the Red Devil.

    The Old Trafford Supporters Club will be located inside Hotel Football and it will be the ultimate fan’s hangout. Guests and fans can get involved in the excitement and build up to the game, with live music, pie and peas, betting facilities and a fully stocked bar.

    Taking the football theme one step further, the hotel will feature its own impressive rooftop football pitch. The ideal event space for parties or a casual kick-about, known simply as ‘Heaven’, the pitch on the 11th floor boasts panoramic views of Manchester. With a fully retractable roof, it can be hired for unique parties and events for up to 200 people.

    There will be extensive corporate facilities available for local and national businesses visiting Manchester, with six meeting and event rooms that hold up to 500 people.

    Focusing on teamwork and taking inspiration from some of the greatest ever football teams, the conferencing facilities are designed to help users achieve their goal. This includes use to the Players’ Lounge, where food designed by two Michelin Star chef, Michael Wignall, will help refuel and half time treats reward hard work.

    Stuart Procter, managing director of GG Hospitality, the hospitality company behind Hotel Football, commented: “The announcement of the official opening date and the sneak peak inside what is one of the UK’s most unique hotel developments, is the next major milestone in this project. I’m looking forward to taking our very first bookings.”

    Commenting on bringing employment opportunities to the area, Stuart added: “We have built the foundations of a strong and experienced team to drive forward the opening of the Hotel Football later this year, but the ‘transfer window’ is still open and there is still room for many more recruits.”

    Daniel Fountain / 20.02.2015

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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