Dakota Manchester announces general manager and senior team ahead of May opening

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Ahead of its opening on May 18, boutique hotel brand Dakota, has announced who is to take the helm of its newest property in Manchester.

The new 137-bedroom Dakota Manchester, situated on Ducie Street, will be overseen by new general manager Matt Townley, who brings with him over 15 years’ experience to the role with the likes of Principal Hotels, Malmaison and De Vere.

Stephen Martin joins from Dakota Glasgow as deputy general manager.

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The new Grill brasserie will be under the direction of head chef Sam Karle, formerly of of Simon Radley at Chester Grosvenor, Aiden Byrne at Church Green and Mottram Hall in Cheshire.

He will work alongside the newly appointed bar and grill manager, Tom Husted, joining from the Ryder Grill at the Belfry Hotel & Resort in Sutton Coldfield.

Alexa Cherry strengthens the senior team as director of sales, joining from Living Ventures flagship restaurant, Australasia, with time spent at Eclectic Hotel Collection prior to that.

Tom Kelly has been appointed front of house manager.

Matt Townley, general manager at Dakota Manchester said: “We’re very fortunate at Dakota to have hotels that are thoughtfully designed and incredibly well appointed. This allows me to focus my energy on ensuring the team are mentored, challenged, empowered and on the same mission. In essence, my job is to deliver the simple things brilliantly.”

The fifth hotel in the Dakota Hotels group, a partnership between hotelier Ken McCulloch and Evans Property Group, Dakota Manchester is a £30m development and the latest addition to the brands’ expanding portfolio.

The ‘original’ hotels are located at Forth Bridge, Edinburgh and Eurocentral – a modern business estate equidistant between Glasgow & Edinburgh.

Dakota Glasgow opened in 2016 with Leeds following one year later.

 Future sites are in the pipeline as the group continues to target key cities in the UK.

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