Positioned opposite Manchester United’s OId Trafford stadium, the 133 bedroom hotel will open its doors in the autumn of 2014 to serve match day fans, as well as families, tourists and business users.
Like Café Football, GG Hospitality directors and former teammates, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville have been heavily involved in the creation of the hotel and its features. To add to the footballing credentials other members of the Class of ’92 – Philip Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt, are also investors in the project.
The five former teammates, alongside GG Hospitality’s managing director, Stuart Procter, are looking to create a unique experience that will surprise and delight everyone.
The hotel will feature its own five-a-side rooftop football pitch and unique meeting and event spaces, catering for up to 500 people.
Talking about the development of Hotel Football, Gary Neville, said: “Ryan and I are looking forward to another new challenge, working with our former teammates again to create something special near to the stadium we all love.
Paul Scholes added: “When Gary and Ryan mentioned the idea of Hotel Football and Old Trafford Supporters Club I was really keen to get involved - the hotel is our chance to create something special for the fans.”
Phil Neville continued: “We want The Old Trafford Supporters Club to become a place United fans can think of as their own.”
Hotel Football will be headed up by general manager, Stewart Davies, who has previously run hotels in Manchester including the Mint Hotel and the Hilton Double Tree. The opening will create up to 200 jobs in the local area and the team will be working with Trafford College to offer its students work experience in the hospitality industry.
Ryan Giggs said: “Through the hotel we are giving local people the opportunity to work in a great hospitality environment. We will also be working closely with local students to help them build their own careers as this is something we are really passionate about.”
Nicky Butt added: “Hotel Football Manchester gives us the chance to build something new and successful so close to Old Trafford, a place we all enjoy spending our careers.”
Hotel Football will also boast Café Football Manchester, GG Hospitality’s restaurant which has already proved hugely successful at Westfield Stratford City.
The restaurant will feature some of the signature dishes from its London counterpart, where the menu was designed by two Michelin star chef, Michael Wignall, in collaboration with the group executive chef, Brendan Fyldes.
Stuart Procter commented: “We are excited to be opening Hotel Football with five of the most fantastic players of our generation. Their knowledge of football is second to none and this will be evident throughout the hotel, but the focus will be on quality, as well as football – to ensure it will be a great experience for everyone.”