The transformation of all 17 conference, meeting and private dining rooms sees the spaces fully restored and upgraded to combine modern technology and contemporary décor with the classic Edwardian features evident in the majority of the venue’s characterful function space.
These include the newly restored art-deco Ballroom, a grand room that accommodates up to 1,000 seated guests. The Ballroom, far removed from its original use as a staff dining room for the Refuge Assurance Company, boasts impressive high ceilings and natural light as well as an ornate design that has been lovingly protected throughout its upgrade.
In addition, the brand new Whitworth Room, whilst retaining its original tiled features and striking columns, has also been fully-renovated to provide a welcome new pre-function space for the Ballroom or for private hire for up to 450 guests. On the second floor of the hotel, and reached by an ornate marble staircase, the exclusive Directors’ Suite - a traditional and imposing, wood-panelled event space - has been fully revamped to provide an ideal setting for board meetings and exclusive parties and receptions for up to 100 delegates.
Simon Willis, Project 1898 Brand Director, commented: “The Palace Hotel Manchester has long been an icon of the city and a treasured building enjoyed by many for a full range of corporate and private functions, so we are delighted to re-launch the events space that now reveals its original personality and soul whilst bringing it thoroughly up to date for the needs of the 21st century delegate.”
The Palace Hotel Manchester is a stunning example of late-Victorian and Edwardian architectural design positioned at the very centre of the city. The building’s striking terracotta façade and distinctive clock tower sets the hotel well apart from its modern city centre counterparts and provides an inspirational setting for corporate events and private celebrations against a backdrop of British tradition.
The hotel’s accessible location close to all major transport links - including Manchester Oxford Road and Piccadilly Train Stations, the M60, M62, M6 and Manchester Airport - and flexible events facilities, have secured The Palace Manchester’s position as a leading conference hotel within the city and one of the North’s grandest event venues.
As part of the overhaul, all public areas and bedrooms are being fully upgraded, whilst a brand new restaurant, due to open later this summer, will add a vibrant new destination restaurant to the Manchester city-centre dining scene to complete the hotel’s full-service luxury four-star offering.