Manchester’s Palace Hotel appoints new GM to oversee refurb


The Palace Hotel in Manchester has appointed Michael Purtill as its new general manager, who will oversee the multimillion pound refurbishment at the four-star hotel, due to finish this summer.

Purtill, who joins from his position as general manager at various Four Seasons Hotels’ properties, in Hampshire, Canary Wharf and Instabul, and his appointment marks the first senior announcement as part of The Palace’s 121 for 121 recruitment drive.

Earlier this month, we revealed that The Palace Hotel, part of the Principal Hayley Group and owned by Starwood Capital as part of the new Project 1898, is to undergo an extensive renovation, which will see its bar and restaurant facilities transformed.

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A major part of Purtill’s new role will see him oversee this project when he comes on board from April 11.

Purtill has also gained experience at a senior level in some top UK hotels, including Ashdown Park in Sussex, Trump Turnberry Resort and Chewton Glen, where he was for seven years from 1987.

He comments: “I’m thrilled to be joining The Palace Hotel at such a critical time in its history. For myself and the team, this is an incredibly exciting time to be a part of the hotel’s transformation and one which we can, together, make a real stamp on. I can’t wait to get started.”

David Taylor, chief operating officer at Project 1898 adds: “We are very pleased to have someone of Michael’s calibre joining our business. We are in great hands with Michael leading the way, and can’t wait to see the impact he has on our people and the local area.”