Manchester Pride Proudly Returns
This bank holiday weekend, the Manchester Pride festival is back, bigger and better than ever. With loads of wild, wacky and wonderful events planned, including performances from chart toppers and the famous pride parade, you’re certain to have a fabulous time. The festival is funded by Manchester Pride, a registered charity that campaigns for equality and provides opportunities and support to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. The charity raises money for LGBT causes and HIV projects by running events throughout the year, including The Manchester Pride Spring Benefit and Superbia. With superstars such as Groove Armada, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Will Young and MNEK performing during the four-day celebration, thousands are expected to flock to Manchester to join what is, undeniably, one of the boldest festivals around. Expect a full assault on the senses in the Gaydio Dance Arena, “where disco meets dance and DJs meet drag artists”, or just relax and suck up the atmosphere in one of the many restaurants and bars that make up Manchester’s Gay Village. On Saturday 27th August, hit the streets to see the iconic Manchester Pride Parade march through the City. With tens of thousands of spectators expected to attend, the event will […]
Fire, fun and flashing lights…we’ve officially launched!
Last week, the Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre got glammed up for its official launch party. Staying true to its roots, the hotel’s celebration was centred around everything “Manchester”. From the best local food and drink to the fantastic playlist, which boasted big hits from the likes of Oasis, The Smiths and Take That, the hotel paid tribute to the city’s biggest culinary, creative and cultural achievements. The party was hard to miss. As evening approached, the dimming sky provided the perfect backdrop for the hotel, which was illuminated in the traditional Holiday Inn colour- a bright and vibrant green. If you haven’t managed to visit yet, it’s worth a trip if only to see the hotel’s meticulously clean and fresh-looking building, brightly lit and standing out against the traditional background of red brick and office blocks. The entrance was every bit as grand as the building itself. Guests were invited to walk down a black carpet, a nod to the famous Tony Wilson quote “This is Manchester, we do things differently here”, framed by bright lights and gold arches. A fire performer stood on the corner, greeting guests with tricks and twirls, a faint smell of fuel in the […]
UEFA Euro’s 2016
UEFA EURO’S 2016 The UEFA Euro’s 2016 has kicked off with a bang, giving us a truly entertaining first week of football. Throughout the roller coaster week we’ve had plenty highs and lows and fans everywhere are offering their uncompromising support. With the stakes high, the players are feeling the pressure to perform and bring home the cup. Amidst all the excitement, it’s easy to spend hours glued to the television. If you’re not in a football friendly household, you’re heading for trouble (nobody likes someone who hogs the TV remote!) However, fear not, because here at the Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre we’re completely dedicated to your viewing pleasure! Stretch your legs and come along to the hotel, where we have multiple large screen TVs in our fantastic open lobby area. Grab a bite to eat from our all day dining menu or indulge in one of our tasty UEFA sharing boards whilst enjoying a drink from our well stocked bar (we have a great selection of local beers!) Bring as many friends as you like- we have plenty of room for everyone! Click here to find out more
10% off your bill with your event or show tickets
There’s a reason why Manchester is the place to visit this summer. Boasting a generous amount of popular galleries, museums, venues and festivals, this vibrant and diverse city has truly established itself as one of the UKs leading cultural hotspots. It’s no surprise, then, that the City attracts a wealth of global entertainers. This year alone, superstars such as Lionel Richie, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Rihanna and Rod Stewart will be gracing our stages and huge festivals, including Parklife and Creamfields, will have the City on its feet. However, there’s more to Manchester than its music scene (although it is, without a doubt, incredible) so if you fancy something different there’s plenty of bestselling theatre, shows and sport to see. If you’re visiting the City to attend any of these fantastic events, make sure to eat and drink at the Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre. We’re offering 10% off your food and beverage bill when you display a valid event ticket to your server.
It’s National Space Day!
Today is National Space day and, seeing as we’re the European City of Science 2016, we thought we would celebrate by highlighting some of Manchester’s greatest seismic achievements. The City has a unique scientific heritage, boasting some of the most momentous scientific discoveries of all time. The first atom was split, computer built and aeroplane designed here and an impressive 25 Nobel Laureates have hailed from the Manchester University. With so many accomplishments under its belt, there was never any doubt that Manchester would be a pioneer in space exploration. In the 1930s, an astronomer called Bernard Lovell moved to Manchester to conduct research at the University. His speciality was “cosmic rays” however the light pollution from the City made it difficult to complete his studies so decided to push for funding to build a large radio telescope that would be based away from the City itself. After a tense wait, funding was finally granted and an 89-meter-high structure was built and operational by 1957. It was the largest telescope at the time and still aids in tracking artificial satellites and doubles up as a long range ballistic missile radar system! The Lovell Telescope is based at Jodrell Bank Observatory. You can visit […]
Warm welcomes from Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre
Stylish hotel with local personality set to make its mark on the city’s hotel scene Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre, a stylish new 298-room, 4-star hotel, has opened in Manchester’s vibrant Piccadilly area. In a prime location, moments from one of the country’s major transport hubs, Manchester’s newest property is set to make its mark with its high specification facilities, contemporary design – including Holiday Inn’s signature “Open Lobby” – and a deliberate nod to Manchester’s distinctive city identity. High Spec Facilities The hotel features Holiday Inn’s signature ‘Open Lobby’ concept, a vibrant multi-purpose area combining reception, restaurant, lounge, bar, business centre and To Go Café proudly serving Starbucks coffee. In this large, flexible space – a focal point of the hotel – guests can eat and drink, kick back and relax, socialise or work, taking advantage of the hotel’s super-fast free Wi-Fi. The hotel’s 298 rooms – including 2 penthouse suites with views across the city – are highly specified with modern décor. All of the air-conditioned rooms are equipped with attractive bath amenities, 40-inch LCD Smart HD televisions and built-in USB ports located on the wall sockets at both desk level and by the beds. Dining options are […]
The Finishing Touches
The hotel is nearly finished and what a journey it’s been! In the past few months, we’ve made incredible progress, turning the former building site on Aytoun Street into something spectacular. We started building the Hotel in January 2014, demolishing the old Labour Exchange building and creating a remarkable 298-bedroom hotel from the rubble. However, there were plenty of obstacles we had to overcome to reach this point. The demolition process itself took 6 months to complete and a temporary dam had to be created to divert the canal water from the works area. As well as this, there were certain elements that couldn’t be built on site. For example, all of the bathrooms were assembled elsewhere and installed fully kitted out. You wouldn’t recognise the hotel now and we’re incredibly excited to start welcoming guests. With our innovative open lobby concept, the largest in the UK, the hotel promises to become a vibrant local hub for leisure and business guests alike.