Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and Portuguese hotel group Pestana have announced plans to open a Manchester outpost under their CR7 brand partnership.
The hotel, on the corner of Piccadilly and Newton Street, will be the seventh under the brand partnership, which takes its name from Ronaldo's initials and shirt number. It is slated for a 2023 opening.
Writing on its website Pestana said: "It couldn't be more appropriate – after all, this is the city where Cristiano Ronaldo started his international career in Man United back in 2003 and where he first used number seven."
Planning documents, lodged with Manchester City Council by Pestana and landowner Eastern Green, detail a proposal for a "four-star plus hotel" with more than 150 bedrooms.
The hotel will occupy the 19th-century, Grade II-listed Halls Building, as well as the adjacent space. The current building occupying the adjacent site would be demolished and replaced with an 11-storey structure.
A pub that occupies part of the ground floor of the Halls Building would be maintained and refurbished, with the building also featuring a ground-floor lounge space, retail and leisure units, a gym and an open-air events terrace on the 10th floor.
Family-owned Pestana is Portugal's largest international tourism and leisure group, established in 1972. It currently operates 87 four- and five-star hotels worldwide.
The Pestana Hotel Group has one property in the UK, the four-star Chelsea Bridge Hotel and Spa in London, which opened in 2010.
CR7 is Pestana's lifestyle brand, which was first launched with Ronaldo in 2015.
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