Exclusive hotel in heart of Manchester finally opens for business

The Stock Exchange

One of Manchester’s most eagerly anticipated hotels and restaurants has opened for business today.

The Stock Exchange Hotel, which is owned by footballers Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville and hotelier Winston Zahra, is expected to be one of the most exclusive venues in the city.

Bull and Bear

Guests can expect to pay £200 per night for a stay at the hotel with the penthouse costing £1,750 per night.

The new hotel features the Bull & Bear by restaurant which is being run by celebrity chef Tom Kerridge.

The new restaurant is located in the grand domed room which was previously the trading floor of the Stock Exchange.

The former Stock Exchange building is a striking example of Edwardian architecture from the 20th Century and has been meticulously transformed into a hotel offering a collection of 40 rooms and suites, including two signature suites and a stunning 3,500 square foot penthouse residence.

The boutique property will opens as a member of global hotel and restaurant fellowship – Relais & Châteaux – and is being managed and operated by Manchester based GG Hospitality.

Having purchased the Grade II listed building six years ago, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs explained that their vision was to bring the building back to life.

The duo said: “We knew the Stock Exchange well from when it was a restaurant but it was only when we viewed it in its entirety that we realised the extent of the history there.

“Most people familiar with the building will know of the domed ceiling above the old trading room floor, but there are many other original features that will not have been seen by many, such as fireplaces, vaults and stained-glass windows.

“For us it was critical that this heritage was protected, and it now sits at the heart of what we hope will be an exciting new concept for Manchester.”

Co-owner and GG Hospitality chief executive Winston Zahra said: “We are honoured to be the first ever Relais & Châteaux member in Manchester and one of the first properties in the 65 year history of the fellowship to become a member before its doors open.

“This is testament to all of the work the team has been doing behind the scenes. We have put a great amount of effort into ensuring the design for the property truly respects the history of the building.

“The values and foundations of Relais & Châteaux to protect and defend the local art of living are reflected in every detail of our offering and we are committed to preserving an important part of Manchester’s heritage, while offering quality service in an exceptional setting.”

The hotel’s interiors have been designed by internationally renowned design studio Autoban.
Their bespoke design – a subtle arrangement of a light palette of colours, combined with luxurious materials, original marble, brass, glass and woodwork – ensures guests will experience spaces deeply rooted in the history and heart of the city, crafted around the remarkable stories of the building.

The rooms and suites can be booked as individual rooms or combined into a number of configurations, creating interconnected spaces ideal for guests visiting the city for business or leisure and for families or groups.

Whole floors can be hired with full interconnecting capability and the building is also available to be booked out in its entirety for exclusive use.

Tom Kerridge said: “We’re so excited to finally share The Bull & Bear with the people of Manchester. The space looks amazing and the team is ready to welcome guests and offer them a really special experience with some great food.

“I’ve always loved Manchester and I’m so chuffed that my first restaurant up north is in this brilliant city.”

Room prices start from £200 per night, suites from £320 per night and signature suites from £650 per night.

All rates are variable depending on demand and seasonality in the city. The 3,500 square foot, three-bedroom penthouse residence.

The penthouse, starts from £1,750 per night and will be priced depending on the length of stay.