Last year there was a huge buzz around the news that a new hotel was to be incorporated into what was once the Midland Bank on King Street, Manchester. King Street and the streets that snake around it are home to some of the most prestigious designer boutiques and restaurants in Manchester. Located in the main banking hall and one of the vaults of the old Midland Bank, sits Jamie’s Italian with Hotel Gotham filling up the upper seven floors and rooftop terrace. The Midland Bank was originally designed by Victorian architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens back in 1928, with construction of the art deco building being completed in 1935. The building has often been know as ‘The King of King Street’ due to its impressive neoclassical structure, height and design. It truly is a spectacular building to see, and you can see why it draws comparisons with New York buildings and the idea for the Gotham themed design.
Hotel Gotham opens at 100 King Street in a small but well designed lobby area. Bell Boys are on hand to guide to you to the right place, and in this case reception for the hotel is located on the 6th floor alongside the restaurant Honey, and the stairs to the private members club, Club Brass. Due to design of the building, the hotel rooms work in a tiered structure with the rooms on level five being the smaller, more bijou size compared to the 22ft high walls and larger rooms of level one. Of course, pricing is according to room size so the lower the level of the room, the higher the price. On each floor is an inner sanctum suite; a room with no windows. Due to there being no windows as they are in the centre of each floor, each suite has an amazing cinema screen wall, to give the illusion of an outside view. I didn’t get chance to have a look in the suites, but when I have a spare £1000, I will be spending the night. With just 60 rooms within the hotel, each decorated to a luxurious and high spec, to work in conjunction with the Hotel Gotham name and as a nod to the old Bank that the building used to be, it’s quite possibly one of the most amazing hotels I have ever visited, and I’ve stayed in a lot!
Each room is decadently designed, and features Gotham inspired artwork on the walls, faux fur pelts across the bed and a copy of the hotels in house paper, The Gotham Bugle. The wardrobes have had their fair share of press recently as they cheekily contain an intimate kit and a hangover kit. Quite fitting really if you help yourself to the mini bar that’s included or make yourself a Martini. The bathrooms feature huge showers and high end toiletries, whilst the turn down service of an evening includes a jar of Batman shaped shortbread cookies left by the bed.
The restaurant Honey is open to everyone who wants to visit, whether you are staying at the hotel or not. Again, with a nod back to the old Bank, the dining room features old filing cabinets and typewriters on the wall which were found in the vault prior to refurbishing. I love the little touches like this which make a simple dining room full of history. The restaurant caters for breakfast, lunch, Afternoon Tea, pre-theatre dinner and a dinner menu. I’d be interested to see what the Afternoon Tea menu is like as I noticed little Manchester themed desserts on the menu in the form of Eccles Cakes and Manchester Tart.
The reason for my visit to Hotel Gotham was to be introduced to Jeff, the managing director to talk about getting a private membership for Club Brass. Club Brass is located on the seventh floor and is surrounded by three rooftop terraces, each with incredible views of Manchester. Nothing is too much trouble for the private members of Club Brass. If you want to sit on the terrace at night and feel the need for a hot chocolate and a fluffy blanket, they will bring these to you. It costs £750 per annum for membership, which is exclusive and will soon be going to a referral scheme only. Club Brass isn’t open to the general public for a quick Saturday night drink with friends, however if you are a member, then my understanding is that you can bring three non members in with your party. At the moment, only 250 memberships have been released so they are quite exclusive. I still in the debating stage of whether to get one, as I am hardly here for weekends but to be able to enjoy mid weeks drinks and food in Club Brass and with those incredible views makes me feel like I’m back in NYC.
Private Membership information is available on the Hotel Gotham website as are facilities to book into one of Manchester’s best hotels. If I ever get chance to stay here, I will give you a full run down of just how fabulous the hotel is.