A stunning new conference and events space has been unveiled at Manchester’s newest hotel, the Crowne Plaza – Oxford Road.
The seven state-of-the art meetings rooms are bathed in natural daylight, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows and come equipped with the very latest in conference technology and high-speed Wi-Fi.
Between them they offer Manchester’s businesses 4,744 sq. ft. of floor space which can cater for more than 200 conference delegates at any one time.
And in a nod to its special location within the university district on Oxford Road, the hotel team have paid tribute to Manchester University’s most famous alumni – by naming their meeting rooms in their honour.
Those who have been name-checked include computing expert Alan Turing, Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington, the famous British astronomer, Nobel prize-winning architect Norman Foster, chemist Sir Robert Robinson and former Chief Executive of Manchester City Council Sir Howard Bernstein.
General Manager of Manchester’s only dual-branded hotel said the benefits of holding meetings and conferences at the Crowne Plaza Manchester – Oxford Road, were bolstered, not only by the Oxford Road Corridor location, but by the fact the 19-storey hotel boasts both a Crowne Plaza and Staybridge Suites hotel.
The development, known as “The Lume” is Manchester’s first ever dual-branded hotel. Andrew Fletcher explained that the Crowne Plaza boasts 212 guest rooms across the lower 12 storeys, while the extended-stay brand Staybridge Suites, offers 116 guest rooms, all with exceptional views of the city.
He said: “We are so proud of the conference and meetings space we have created and believe we have a truly unique offering for anyone holding a meeting or event in Manchester.
“With a brand-new dedicated conference floor and flexible meeting space, we’re confident our hotel will give any organisation the options they need to do business, whether they’re organising an intimate board meeting or a large-scale conference.
“With an abundance of natural daylight, the most stylish interior design and exceptional catering from The Laureate restaurant chefs we believe we have created the perfect blend to give delegates the best experience possible.
“And with two very different accommodation offerings to choose from within the one site, we know we have something very special that can cater for anyone looking for meeting or events space within Manchester.”
Keeping true to the brand’s commitment to “making every meeting matter”, everyone who books meeting space will have the on-site Crowne Plaza Meetings Director as a dedicated point of contact to oversee all their specific requirements. The hotel’s meetings team also guarantee they’ll respond to space, rate and date requests within two hours.
The two biggest event rooms – The Rothwell Suite (20m x 10m) and The Bernstein Suite (21m x 7m) – each comprise of smaller meeting spaces that can be used independently or in an enlarged format. The Rothwell Suite can cater for 230 people in a reception format or 210 theatre-style.
Guests and visitors can also take advantage of the hotel’s Business Centre, which is situated in the hotel’s conference and events lobby, and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi.
Several local businesses and high-profile organisations have already enjoyed the space, hosting events right through from team catch-ups to full-scale conferences and award ceremonies, since the hotel opened last month.
The Greater Manchester Tourism Conference was held at Crowne Plaza Manchester – Oxford Road last week and featured speakers including Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and the CEO of Visit Britain, Sally Balcombe.