Bespoke Hotels has appointed Jeff Ward as managing director ahead of the opening in April of Hotel Gotham in Manchester.
Ward joins from Wimbledon's Cannizaro House, and had previously worked as food and beverage manager at the five-star Grand Hotel Europe in St Petersburg, Russia; and as conference and banqueting manager at the Bristol Hilton International. He began his career as a trainee at the Park Hilton in Munich.
He will now work on the opening team for new 60-bedroom, luxury hotel, which will feature a restaurant named Honey, and Brass, a rooftop "prohibition-style" bar and club. Located at the head of Manchester's King Street, and housed within an art-deco building completed in 1928, the hotel is expected to open on 7 April after a complete refurbishment.
The hotel, which is being developed by the Marshall Construction Group along with the owners, Bespoke Hotels, will feature five inner suites, each with their own garden.
Ward said he is "thrilled" to be given the opportunity to lead such an exciting project. "I aim to utilise all my local knowledge, enthusiasm and attention to detail to ensure the king of King Street regains its crown not just in Manchester, but nationally as well."
Founded in 2000 by Haydn Fentum and Robin Sheppard, Bespoke Hotels now manages more than 4,800 hotel rooms and more than 2,800 staff.