Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
9:00 AM 17th July 2020

Downtown Brooklyn (Manchester!) Says Hello….Again!

It was the last hotel I visited before lockdown and, just a few weeks after Manchester’s newest design-led hotel, Hotel Brooklyn, opened in the heart of Portland Street on 14th February – it closed its doors in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Now, it’s set to open again…..

Wales was the destination and, en-route back to Leeds, Manchester’s Piccadilly station was the final leg of my journey…..after a night’s stay at the Brooklyn of course.

Apart from being a cracking hotel, I, personally, am delighted to report that the Hotel Brooklyn will open once more on 21 August 2020, celebrating with an amazing competition: simply book direct between now and Thanksgiving (26th November 2020) to be in the running to win a five night stay in New York, in Spring 2021, staying in a plush midtown Manhattan Hotel with economy return flights included.

General Manager Paul Bayliss said: “We are a brand new property conforming fully with modern travel needs so we already have lots of features designed to allow for an environment where personal space is a key factor, including a self-check-in facility so no contact is required from the second a guest arrives.

“In addition we have nearly 200 brand new and immaculately clean bedrooms and best practice in hospitality cleanliness lined up ready to go including UV lamps, misting of rooms, tested and compliant staff fully-trained to the highest standards. Finally, we have large restaurant and banqueting spaces, several separate kitchens and four lifts, allowing us to plan for continued social distancing.

“I am delighted to get back into the office post-Covid-19 lockdown and celebrate the hospitality industry for what it is – the art of entertaining guests… It’s time for the beleaguered travel and hospitality industries to get back on their feet. We look forward to welcoming visitors to Manchester’s little piece of the Big Apple."

Designed by Squid Inc, the name Brooklyn was inspired by the New York Borough - chosen for its similarities to Manchester: its buzzing industrial growth and powerfully vibrant identity and culture. The 189-room hotel pays homage to Brooklyn’s history from early 20th century to the present day and – crucially - is a pioneer in accessible design – leading the way in Europe with its adaptability features: a trailblazer in accessible, sexy and modern design for all.

Nightly rates at Hotel Brooklyn start from £130 for a Club Room on a B&B basis.