Qbic Manchester: The Brand New Hotel Coming to the Great Northern City

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You know we love exploring the north of England, if it’s not our Editor in Chief talking about her love of Leeds, it’s our northern writers sharing their passion for Manchester. So, when we hear about new openings up north, we’re always a little bit keen to share. Cue the arrival of QBIC Manchester…

The new Deansgate property, which will be the latest addition to Qbic’s portfolio of hotels mixing forward-thinking design, sustainability and affordability will open to the public on 17 May 2021, in line with government guidance (earlier May opening date for key workers). The new hotel extends the brand’s unique and friendly blend of hospitality to this much-loved northern city. 

Challenging traditional stereotypes, Qbic is reinventing the concept of affordable hotels by focusing on what matters to its stylish, savvy, environmentally-responsible guests. The 261 innovative, pet-friendly rooms boast comfortable king-sized beds, high-speed WiFi, water-efficient power showers, sustainable toiletries and complimentary tea and coffee. Qbic’s contemporary and quirky philosophy is reflected in its design concept focused on Manchester’s saints & sinners creating a relaxed, unconventional hangout that is destined to become a much-loved local spot. 

Qbic Manchester has delved deep into the soul of the city for interior design inspiration. An eclectic mix of famous Mancunians provided creative concepts, all of whom were considered to be both saints & sinners of their time. There’s the conflicted Reverend William Cowherd who preached at the ironically named Beefsteak Chapel, putting Manchester on the map for supposedly inventing vegetarianism. William promoted a meat-free diet to his congregation and preached morality to the working classes, although ran a gentlemen’s club himself. The design also focuses on the saintly and fearless suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst plus Alan Turing, the inventor of the world’s first computer, who is viewed as a saint today but whose perception as a sinner drove him to his early death. Their fascinating local stories are seen throughout the interiors from the abstract wall coverings, fabrics, lighting and features. 

Katie Edgar, Director of Interior Design – Qbic Hotels quotes: 

‘Every Qbic hotel is unique but after living and working in Manchester for 15 years I now call it home and I am so excited to bring the Qbic personality to my city and celebrate Manchester’s history and personality through the decorative lens of the hotel. The ethos of the brand focuses on transformation, regeneration and creative renewal and the dynamic space that we have created is testament to this and will set a new standard for hospitality in this vibrant city.” 

WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THE NEW HOTEL: 

Caring for the planet: 

Qbic’s philosophy is reflected in its sustainability policies. The brand ethos works in conjunction with the fact that Qbic transforms existing buildings rather than starting from scratch. All the lighting throughout is LED and energy-efficient, the roof solar panels are a constant source of green energy and the showers feature an innovative eco-friendly design that creates a water-efficient high-pressure shower. The Qbic Coin concept rewards those who do not need their rooms cleaned on a daily basis with free drinks from the bar. 

Relaxed hangout spaces: 

Located within the hotel in the beating heart of Deansgate, soon to open Motley is housed in the eco conscious Qbic Manchester and takes it’s relaxed, friendly vibe from the city it calls home. The eccentrically designed social space, inspired by the saints and sinners of Manchester, will welcome hotel guests, locals and four-legged friends to eat, drink, play, work and hang out. 

Pet friendly: 

Hate the thought of leaving your four walls without your four-legged friend? At Qbic Manchester, guests can bring their pets with them for a hassle-free stay – they will be treated like VIPs and given their own bed. There is an additional charge of £20 per night for a pet friendly room. To reduce waste, the hotel donates old bedding to the local Dog’s Trust who re-use to create bedding for the animals in their care. 

Rates start from £63 per night for a small double.  

For details on the hotel visit https://qbichotels.com/manchester

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