Manchester’s first ever dual-branded hotel, The Lume, has opened in the heart of the city’s innovation district on Oxford Road. Home to a 212-key Crowne Plaza and 116 Staybridge Suites, the development aims to target regional businesses with a series of new meetings and events spaces.
In a nod to its location, The Lume pays tribute to The University of Manchester’s most famous alumni, naming its meeting rooms in their honour. Those who have been name-checked include computing expert Alan Turing; famous British astronomer Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington; Nobel prize-winning architect Norman Foster; chemist Sir Robert Robinson; and former Chief Executive of Manchester City Council Sir Howard Bernstein.
The seven meetings rooms are bathed in natural daylight thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows and come equipped with the latest conference technology and high-speed Wi-Fi. Between them, they offer Manchester’s businesses 4,744ft² of floor space that can cater for more than 200 delegates. Guests and visitors can also take advantage of the Business Centre, which is situated in the hotel’s conference and events lobby.
General Manager Andrew Fletcher notes that the benefits of holding meetings and conferences at the new property are bolstered not only by its position on the Oxford Road Corridor, but also by the fact the 19-storey hotel comprises both a Crowne Plaza and Staybridge Suites hotel.
“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,” he says. “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, 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.”