Latin-American hotel startup opens first UK location in Manchester


Selina, a hospitality group from Latin-America, has debuted its concept in the UK, as it opens in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

The group, which was first started in 2015 in Panama, has opened Selina NQ1 Manchester, comprising a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, Irish pub, basement club and 37 bedrooms, ranging from private rooms, suites and shared rooms.

The new concept has been created with ‘beautifully designed accommodation, excellent food, co-working, wellness and local experiences’ at its core.

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Selina’s head of country UK, Erwin de Jong Oliveira said, “Being able to bring Selina to Manchester is such an exciting opportunity, we wanted to blend Selina’s Latin American roots with the rich history of Manchester to infuse the aesthetics together and provide a hub for digital nomads around the world.”

Selina currently operates 50 locations throughout Latin America and Europe and is growing at an average of a new property each week, boosted after securing $100m in funding from a number of companies earlier this year.

The company plans to rapidly expand across Europe and the United States, targeting 100 locations and 100,000 beds by 2022.

Bedrooms at Selina NQ1 Manchester have been designed by Lorna Keller, who worked closely with local artists and the community to source artwork for the Latin-American inspired spaces.

There are 132 beds in total in a range of categories, from lofts to suites and micrco-sized double rooms, plus shared rooms including a female-only option.

The first restaurant to open on-site will be Wilson’s Social, named after British record label owner Tony Wilson.

Also opening is Selina’s grab and go coffee shop with three more social spaces set to launch this autumn. These include a high- end cocktail bar with weekly music performances, a late-night basement electric club and the reopening of the popular Corner Boy, a traditional Irish American pub.

Selina NQ1 Manchester will also be launching a co-working space later this summer.

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