Hotel Brooklyn, the new opening in Manchester from Bespoke Hotels, has announced the appointment of Paul Bayliss as general manager.
Set to launch in early 2020, the 189-bedroom property located on Portland Street will feature Runyon’s restaurant, a rooftop bar and versatile conference space called Brooklyn Heights. The hotel is being developed by Bespoke Hotels in partnership with Marshall CDP.
Bayliss has joined the hotel from his previous role as managing director of Macdonald Hotels’ division in the Scottish Highlands and Aviemore Resort, where he has been since August 2018. He was previously residential manager at the Midland hotel in Manchester, regional general manager for Macdonald’s Manchester division and general manager at Carden Park, near Chester.
Earlier in his career, Bayliss spent 24 years in the British Army in a variety of roles from apprentice chef to commissioned officer.
Hotel Brooklyn is being marketed as a sister property to Bespoke Hotel’s Hotel Gotham and will aim “to celebrate iconic urban landmarks of the new world, while offering true Mancunian hospitality”.
Bayliss said: “I am delighted to be leading the team at Hotel Brooklyn, as we look to make an immediate impact across Manchester and the North West. I have kept a close eye on the success of Hotel Gotham in recent years, and have a deep affinity for the city, so I’m excited by the challenge of making a similarly positive impact here.”
Graham Marskell, managing director of Bespoke Hotels, added: “We are very thrilled to have secured Paul’s services as we look towards a 2020 launch. Hotel Brooklyn is a significant opening for us, in the heart of a city we have grown extremely fond of in recent years. Paul’s outstanding track record and deep connections to Manchester will prove invaluable in the coming months.”