Manchester: A nights stay in…Motel One, Manchester-Royal Exchange

Manchester is the design hub of the north and with that comes the need for hotels with interiors designed to impress. In the running to Manchester Open Design Insider has taken a trip to Manchester and has got an inside peek at the latest and best hotels. 

Successful budget hotel group, Motel One have just opened a new hotel in the area, Motel One Manchester – Royal Exchange. This will be the groups second hotel in Manchester, and with it’s central location right in the heart of the city centre, it is a welcome addition to the groups portfolio. lobby motel oneA trend that we have seen growing in the hospitality market, is the infusion of the properties location in the design and features. And the Motel One is no exception.

On entrance, the concept of the design is clear. Cotton and the textile trade is the heart of Manchester’s trade workers and has been for years and this subject is immediately visible. With a full mural depicting cotton plants and cotton reels being used as small decorative features, it ties in with the cities history nicely.cotton ball lighting lobby There is a beautiful ‘Alturo Alvarez’ chandelier which floats from the ceiling like balls of cotton-wool and the luxury leather furniture is made by ‘Baxter’.

The One lounge and bar continues the cotton theme by having a ‘COTTONOPOLIS’ sign made from thread above the custom made Chesterfield sofa by local company ‘Stylematters’. There is a raised area for guests to relax where the window recesses have been filled with thick cushions covered with Camira fabrics. cottonopolisRustic steel surfaces, complete with natural rivets and grains, give the bar and counter tops an industrial charm. industrial tableThe bedrooms are cleverly designed, and even though the square footage of the rooms may be small the space-saving features are integrated well. BCFA members were featured heavily in the bedrooms with stylish Tolomeo lamps from Artemide, beautiful fabrics from Camira, WC from Villeroy & Boch and a shower fixture from hansgrohe.

Ursula Schelle-Müller, Head of Marketing and Design at Motel One said that;

“Reaching a concept which reflects Manchester’s unique character was so important to us in the design of the hotel. We love the way the décor echoes the meeting of the city’s industrial past and modern present. It´s always special for us when we work with existing buildings like in Manchester and capture the best possible translation in design between old and new.” 

See my gallery from my stay at Motel One Manchester – Royal Exchange below.

Hotel Information

Managed by: Sean McFall
Date opened: June 2017
Architect: Leach Rhodes Walker
Interior Designer: Motel One (Internal Team)
No. of rooms: 302
Types of rooms: Room with Queen/King sized bed

Superior Room with Queen/King sized bed

Large Superior with Queen/King sized bed

Facilities (pool, restaurant, café, gym, meeting rooms etc) : 24-hour reception, One Lounge area & bar
Cost of standard 1 night stay inc. breakfast: From £69 a night / £78.50 including breakfast


To stay at the Motel One visit their website here and to register for your FREE ticket to attend the Manchester Open CLICK HERE



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Alys is a knowledgeable design editor who is focused on instigating conversations, both online and in-person, with industry experts which challenge, educate and advance the commercial interior sector. Her training and 15 years of professional experience as a furniture designer for the commercial sector makes her uniquely placed to lead Design Insider as Editor
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