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King Of King Street Manchester’s King Street is one of the most iconic in the city. Formerly the centre of the north-west banking industry, it has become one of the most expensive areas, with luxury boutiques and grand hotels taking over the listed buildings. Number 100 is no exception; previously a HSBC bank, the Grade II listed building was designed by Edwin Lutyens in 1928. Now, the building has been painstakingly restored to its past glory as the gorgeous art deco Hotel Gotham opens. The 60-room hotel has kept the original architecture of the building, which was once dubbed ‘the King of King Street’, using it to inspire its nostalgic yet decadent design. The bedrooms feature travel trunk style cocktail cabinets and wardrobes, while subtle nods are made to the banking past with moneybag style laundry bags. Meanwhile the design sees burnished metals teamed with dark polished woods and luxurious leather. Feminine notes of plum and raspberry lift the room, and soft velvet and faux fur are also used liberally, adding to the hotel’s lavish aesthetic. Spread over seven floors, the hotel offers stunning views over the city – particularly from the bar on the top floor, allowing you to sip a glass of champagne or two while taking in the sight. Internal restoration includes the reincarnation of the main staircase, plus the balustrades, mouldings and terrazzo flooring. Original glazed tiles from the once central lightwell add an interesting backdrop to the core of the bar. Here the connection to the hotel’s past as a bank continues, with leather satchel briefcase lights, bowler hat displays, green glass and bankers’ lamps all paying homage to the original function of the building. Lead designer, Oliver Redfern, explained that the nods to the past were important to the hotel. “We wanted to pay tribute to a major building designed by one of the greatest British architects, Edwin Lutyens, whilst injecting a distinct, fresh personality,” he said. “We hope our gets will have as much fun at Hotel Gotham as we have had in creating it.” Rooms at the hotel cost from £150. For more information, visit www.hotelgotham.co.uk. n Powered by TCPDF (www.tcpdf.org) 37


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