New hotel concept set to open next month in Village neighbourhood

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A new 42-room hotel is set to open in Manchester’s Village district next month.

LEVEN Manchester is being developed through a joint venture between London-based Wellbrook Hospitality and Manchester-born entrepreneur brothers Joshua and Ben Senior, having been purchased for £3.3m.

Housed in a landmark early 20th century warehouse on the corner of Chorlton Street and Canal Street, LEVEN Manchester is a 33,000 sq ft property that was previously used as a cotton warehouse, and more recently a brewery and comedy club.

Following an extensive interior and exterior reimagining, the 33,000 sq ft property will open for soft launch in October 2021 as a design-led, 42-key hotel, creating 20 jobs.

Timothy Griffin, principal, Wellbrook Hospitality, said: “At LEVEN, you can stay for a coffee, or stay for a cocktail. Stay for a day, or a year.

“We want to offer a beautiful, flexible space for every need – it’s a hotel with freedom at it’s heart for both the modern traveller and the local crowd.

“We are super excited to be bringing this new player to Manchester’s flourishing hotel scene.”

Joshua Senior said: “This project has a special place in my heart, as it’s such a prominent landmark building for the Village neighbourhood.

“I’m delighted to be working with the team at Wellbrook, whose veteran experience in the hospitality industry has been invaluable as we develop the LEVEN brand together.

“Manchester is buzzing right now, with many fantastic new businesses opening – it’s a brilliant time to be bringing a new hotel and a new hangout to the city.”

The lobby of LEVEN features a brass-topped bar with emerald green scalloped tiles, blackened steel ceiling height units and statement lighting for a dramatic entrance.

A walkway connects the lobby with a day-to-night lounge. A large canteen-style wooden table takes centre stage, geared towards co-working and socialising, and a corner sofa in turmeric velvet makes the ideal people-watching perch, sitting under three original artworks by artist Lillie Bernie.

LEVEN Manchester’s 42 rooms comprise four accommodation types: Life Size (standard bedroom); Living Space (one bedroom suite); Living Large (one bedroom duplex Penthouse suite); and Living The Dream (two bedroom duplex Penthouse suite).

Every room and suite is unique, taking the historic roots and industrial heritage of the building and merging it with sleek interior touches.

All have oak parquet or timber floors, bespoke furniture, 100% natural mattresses by Naturalmat and Grown Alchemist bathroom amenities.

Some feature high ceilings, exposed brickwork, and stand-alone bathtubs, while others have full kitchens, designed like a wet bar with every appliance housed behind slick cabinetry.

In the Life Size and Living Space rooms, soft greys and blues are offset by rich green velvet, leather and black marble furnishings, while the duplex Penthouses have a calming neutral colour palette throughout, and upper level bedrooms accessed by spiral staircases.

Phase two of LEVEN Manchester’s launch will see a 1,700 sq ft cocktail bar and 4,000 sq ft restaurant space open on the ground and basement levels.

Nightly rates at LEVEN Manchester will start from £89 in a Life Size room, and from £299 in a Living The Dream two-bedroom duplex Penthouse suite.