German hostel-hotel company Meininger has announced plans to open a 212-bedroom property in Manchester as part of a UK expansion drive.
The group said it is "expanding its presence in the United Kingdom" and "once again reaffirming its ambitions for accelerated growth". The group has operated the Meininger Hotel London Hyde Park since 2006 and plans to open a 590-bed Glasgow site next year.
The 8,000 sq m, 12-storey Manchester property will have 785 beds and is expected to open by the end of 2021. The building on 269 Great Ancoats Street will have double rooms, private multi-bed rooms for up to six people and beds in shared dormitories on floors two through to 11.
In addition to the reception and lobby, there will also be a bar, outdoor terrace and the signature Meininger guest kitchen and game zone on the ground floor. On the first floor, a 300 sq m breakfast room is planned. As part of the lease agreement with development partner S Harrison Developments, the property will initially be operated for a period of 20 years.
Hannes Spanring, chief executive of Meininger Hotels, said: "The demand for hotels in the city is growing continuously due to major infrastructure projects. In addition, Manchester has the largest office market outside London and benefits from a powerful event program throughout the year, attracting both leisure and MICE guests."
Doros Theodorou, chief commercial officer, added: "With three terminals carrying over 22 million passengers annually, Manchester Airport is the global gateway to Northern England and the third largest airport in the UK… We're expecting high occupancy rates from the very beginning of Meininger's operation in Manchester."