Sarah Walters

Take a look at the stunning Palace Hotel following its £20m redesign

It is thought to have cost in excess of 20m to turn around the ailing jewel in Manchester’s historic hotels crown – the landmark Palace Hotel, on Oxford Road. And now, almost two years after the project began and with only 24 of the 271 bedrooms left to complete, we were let in for a look around. The Grade II-star listed hotel has been stripped of its dated decor and red carpets, exposing even more of the original features – which include woodwork and flooring, ceramic tiled walls, stained glass windows, and marble staircases.

Andy Lambert Take A Look At The Stunning Palace Hotel Following Its £20m Redesign Andy Lambert Take A Look At The Stunning Palace Hotel Following Its £20m Redesign

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The hotel is owned by Principal Hayley which was acquired in 2013 by the Starwood Fund. Lead architects on the project are Manchester-based 3D Reid alongside London interior designers Alex Michaelis and Luke Rowett of Michaelis Boyd. Years of repairs, interior design, and soft furnishings have been stripped out, and every room has had to be individually designed because of the unique character of the hotel.

The Palace Hotel was built in several stages as a Refuge Assurance Building from 1891 and designed by Alfred Waterhouse, the man behind Manchester Town Hall, and his son Paul.

Andy Lambert Take A Look At The Stunning Palace Hotel Following Its £20m Redesign Inside a suite at the Palace Hotel Andy Lambert Take A Look At The Stunning Palace Hotel Following Its £20m Redesign

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Twenty years after it was first converted to a hotel, at a reported cost of 7m, it has been reinvented as a light and relaxing inner city retreat, with a design that utilises cool blues and natural woods and metals to compliment the distinctive tiles. Bedrooms and suites all feature original artwork, bespoke furniture, and en suite bathrooms (some with bath tubs), and are expected to start at around 100 per night for a standard room.

Andy Lambert Take A Look At The Stunning Palace Hotel Following Its £20m Redesign

The overhaul of the building includes all the public areas, too, with smart new reception desks in the expansive marble foyer as well as a newly commissioned sculpture set to be revealed at the official reopening in September. The iconic ballroom in the basement of the building has been repainted to bring out the details on the columns and windows, and the former post room – which still boasts its original tiles and herringbone floors – has become a break out space and coffee room.

Andy Lambert Take A Look At The Stunning Palace Hotel Following Its £20m Redesign Reception at The Palace Hotel Andy Lambert Take A Look At The Stunning Palace Hotel Following Its £20m Redesign Ballroom at The Palace Hotel

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Meeting rooms on the first floor have been kitted out with the latest presentation technology and new lighting rigs.

A big star of the redesign is The Refuge1 bar and restaurant – which occupies the corner of the building on Oxford Road and Whitworth Street West, and now features a winter garden, opulent bar area, refined restaurant, and casual coffee and meeting area – with even more exciting plans still to be revealed.

Take A Look At The Stunning Palace Hotel Following Its £20m Redesign The winter garden inside The Refuge Take A Look At The Stunning Palace Hotel Following Its £20m Redesign The post room at The Palace Hotel

References

  1. ^ The Refuge (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)