Cristiano Ronaldo wants to open luxury hotel with rooftop bar … overlooking Piccadilly Gardens
Cristiano Ronaldo plans to open a new luxury hotel with a rooftop bar overlooking Piccadilly Gardens.
The former Manchester United player, 35, has teamed up with Portuguese hotelier Pestana to launch the ‘upscale lifestyle hotel’ project on the corner of Piccadilly and Newton Street.
The Pestana CR7 Manchester is set to open in 2023, subject to a building permit, and will be the seventh of the hotels in the CR7 chain – named after the initials and shirt number of the Portuguese international.
“It couldn’t be more fitting – after all, this is the city where Cristiano Ronaldo started his international career at Man United in 2003 and where he used number 7 for the first time,” the hotel group said on its website.
Plans have been submitted to the Manchester Council for development, which is to be delivered in partnership with real estate company Eastern Green Limited.
The £ 27million project would see the grade II listed Halls building at 69-75 Piccadilly – home to The Piccadilly Tavern – refurbished, while the nearby empty building at number 67 will be demolished and replaced with a new one 11-story tower.
Together, they would house a four-star hotel with 151 rooms, a downstairs bar and cafe, a basement gym and a rooftop terrace, according to plans filed with council.
The Piccadilly Tavern unit will also be renovated as part of the plans, but will remain a pub. Parent company Mitchell & Butler told MEN that there are currently no plans to close it under the proposals, adding: “We still have a number of years on our lease.”
New retail and leisure units would also be created at street level as part of the plans, along with an outdoor seating area on Newton Street, where sidewalks would be widened and trees planted to enhance the public realm.
The applicants claim that the proposed development “presents a unique opportunity to substantially rehabilitate a significant heritage asset”.
“It will be made commercially viable through the introduction of a new sensibly designed hotel building; the delivery of a new luxury 4 * boutique hotel to the entire site ”, indicates the request.
“The redevelopment of the site represents an important step towards realizing the full regeneration potential and agglomeration impacts of the northern district and will make a positive contribution to the growing demand from the city’s hotel sector.
Pestana CR7 is a 50-50 investment partnership between Juventus forward Ronaldo and the hotel group. The brand already has locations in Ronaldo’s hometown, Funchal in Madeira and Lisbon, with other openings underway in New York, Madrid, Marrakech and Paris.
Pestana’s broader hotel portfolio includes locations in Berlin, Barcelona and Caracas, as well as the four-star Chelsea Bridge Hotel and Spa in London.
“Pestana is now keen to expand its brand into the regions and the economic and regenerative Manchester and tourist attraction provide a fantastic opportunity to establish its brand and second hotel in the UK,” the planning request continues.
The building to be demolished dates from 1841 and was originally the Hotel Adelphi. It is not listed, but both buildings are part of the Stevenson Square conservation area.
The tower proposed to replace it “takes its design cues from the surrounding 19th century warehouses”, indicates the request.
“The red color scheme echoes the historic use of red brick, while the rhythm of the deep, round windows echoes the large repetitive window openings of the adjacent former Category II listed warehouse to the left,” says he does.
The Halls building dates from 1870-80 and was originally warehouses and offices. Today it houses offices and cafes as well as the Piccadilly Tavern.
Proposals will go to a planning committee after the consultation period ends on September 9.