Adrian Ellis, General Manager of the five-star Lowry Hotel, has been awarded the title of Master Innholder, one of six new title holders awarded this year, and one of only 120 Master Innholders in the UK.
The award of Master Innholder is given to practicing hoteliers with a minimum of five years’ experience as a general manager. They must have clearly demonstrated not only their hotel management ability, but also their continuing support for improving standards within the industry.
Since joining the Lowry Hotel in 2015 Adrian Ellis has overseen a £5.25m refurbishment of the hotel including the upgrading of five new riverside suites overlooking the River Irwell, the relaunch of the hotel spa and the River Restaurant gaining a double-AA rosette.
Adrian joined The Lowry Hotel from his role as General Manager of the 318-bedroom Fairmont Baku Hotel in Azerbaijan where he spent more than three years initially responsible for pre-opening operations of the iconic hotel which forms part of the prestigious Flame Towers complex.
Mr Ellis said: “Since returning to Manchester to oversee the iconic Lowry Hotel I have strived to achieve excellence in hotel management. Being awarded the prestigious title of Master Innholder is a lovely recognition of my career achievements and shows the passion I have for improving standards.
“Working with the dedicated team at the Lowry Hotel has allowed me to build the reputation, performance and quality of customer service provided for our guests while overseeing extensive renovations.“
The Master Innholders organisation can trace its origins to the early 1300s. The Worshipful Company of Innholders was incorporated as a Livery Company under a royal charter in 1514.
The Master Innholders was established in 1978 by the Worshipful Company of Innholders in collaboration with Hotel, Catering & Institutional Management Association (now Institute of Hospitality), the industry’s professional body.