LEVEN Manchester, UK Is Now Open
Housed in a landmark early 20th century warehouse, LEVEN Manchester is a hotel designed to be enjoyed on a guest’s own terms.
The LEVEN brand is a joint venture between Manchester-born entrepreneurs, brothers Joshua and Ben Senior, and industry innovators Wellbrook Hospitality. The Manchester site is the first in a series of LEVEN hotels. The LEVEN lifestyle will include co-working, co-living and retail - with a range of merchandise commissioned for the Manchester opening.
The property’s red brick walls and Crittall windows hold a rich history dating back to Manchester’s industrial past, including former uses first as a cotton warehouse, and more recently a brewery and comedy club. Following an extensive interior and exterior reimagining, the 33,000 sq ft property is now open as a design-led, 42-key hotel.
Phase two of LEVEN Manchester’s launch in Q2 2022 will see a 1,700sq ft subterranean cocktail bar with 6.5m high ceilings, and a stunning 4,000 sq ft restaurant space open on the ground and basement levels. In the meantime, the soft-opening will see a series of nine art exhibitions installed within these ground and basement level spaces ahead of their transformation next year, featuring the work of nine Manchester artists from 3rd December 2021 - 13th February 2022.
LEVEN: Design Notes
The original two storey high loading dock of the former warehouse is now the impressive main hotel entrance. The design and construction team has worked with the original Victorian fabric of the building; exposed brick, vaulted ceilings and cast iron columns; and used modern materials and lighting to throw the retained industrial finishes into relief.
The lobby features a brass-topped bar with emerald green scalloped tiles, blackened steel ceiling-height units and statement lighting for a dramatic entrance. There’s plenty of space to hang out on comfy sofas in green velvet, and soft leather armchairs.
A walkway connects the lobby with a day-to-night lounge, perfect for work and play. A large canteen-style wooden table takes centre stage, geared towards co-working and socialising, and a corner sofa in turmeric velvet makes the ideal people-watching perch, sitting under original artworks by artist Lillie Bernie.
LEVEN Manchester’s 42 keys comprise four thoughtfully-designed accommodation types: “Life Size” (standard bedroom), “Living Space” (one bedroom suite), “Living Large” (one bedroom duplex Penthouse suite), and “Living The Dream” (two bedroom duplex Penthouse suite).
Every room and suite is unique, taking the historic roots and industrial bones of the building and merging it with sleek interior touches. All have oak parquet or timber floors, bespoke furniture, 100% natural mattresses by Naturalmat and Grown Alchemist bathroom amenities. Some feature high ceilings, exposed brickwork, and stand-alone bathtubs; others have full kitchens, designed like a wet bar with every appliance needed to cook up a storm (or for a private chef to do the culinary honours) housed behind slick cabinetry.
LEVEN: To Eat & Drink
Flat white with oat milk? Check. Negroni and a toastie? Check. The Lobby and Lounge at LEVEN Manchester has whatever you fancy, whenever you fancy it. With a home from home vibe, it’s just the place for guests and locals to hang out with friends, or meet new ones - as well as find a quiet spot to work or get into a good book.
Serving pastries and snacks from local suppliers, and LEVEN own-blend coffee in collaboration with Origin, the Lobby and Lounge also serves up house-made cocktails - all the classics, plus fresh new recipes and alcohol-free options. In the future, a series of local guest DJs will turn up the heat on the decks come evening. Guests can enjoy a bespoke in-room food and beverage service and complimentary house-made breakfast smoothies. Dining options include getting the best of Manchester restaurants delivered to your room or suite; fridge-fills stocked with treats and snacks prior to arrival; and private chefs bookable on request.
Stay tuned for details on the destination restaurant and cocktail bar, opening in 2022.
LEVEN: To Stay
Thoughtful touches help guests staying at LEVEN feel instantly at home. Free early check in and late check out makes travel easier. Rooms feature complimentary limited edition LEVEN socks to keep guest cozy in the rooms, or take home. Free fast wifi throughout makes life easy, and some rooms feature city or canal views.
LEVEN: The Neighbourhood
Centrally located at 40 Chorlton Street, alongside vibrant Canal Street, and a five minute walk from Piccadilly Station, LEVEN Manchester is perfectly placed to experience everything this dynamic, flourishing neighbourhood has to offer. With its heady mix of bars, clubs, restaurants, independent stores, alfresco drinking and dining and a thriving LGBTQ+ community, the Village celebrates diversity and community spirit. The rest of Manchester is on the doorstep, waiting to be explored.
Nightly rates at LEVEN Manchester start from £89 in a “Life Size” room, and from £299 in a “Living The Dream” two-bedroom duplex Penthouse suite.