A hotel with 172 bedrooms operating under the design-led lifestyle brand AC Hotels by Marriott is to be developed in the New Cross area of Manchester.
Permission has been granted by Manchester City Council to Axel Hospitality for the hotel to be built in Cable Street, close to the Northern Quarter. Located on what is currently a vacant, brownfield site, the hotel will include a café bar, fitness centre and meeting rooms.
The New Cross area is one that has been identified by Manchester City Council for major regeneration.
The planning application for the hotel, which will be designed by Simpson Haugh & Partners, was submitted by HOW Planning.
Conor Vallelly, associate at HOW Planning, said the New Cross area will become "a vibrant, distinctive and accessible new destination" where people want to live, work and socialise.
"The expansion of the City Centre boundary to include areas such as New Cross is vital in terms of delivering upon the city's growth objectives for residential, commercial and population growth and approval of this scheme is one of the first steps taken to achieving this aim."
The first two AC Hotels by Marriott in the UK recently opened in Birmingham and Salford, after being rebranded from Ramada properties.
Founded in 1998 in Spain by Antonio Catalán, the brand has been operated as a co-venture with Marriott since 2011. Today there are more than 80 AC by Marriott hotels in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Denmark, Turkey, France, the UK and the United States, with a further 50 properties in the pipeline over the next three years.
Key design features of AC Hotels include open lobbies, libraries with books selected by guest curators; and monochromatic bedroom schemes with hardwood floors.
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