One of Manchester’s first boutique hotels could be given a new look if refurbishment plans are given the green light.
A proposal has been submitted by e-commerce firm, The Hut Group, to extend the Great John Street Hotel, as well as renovate the property’s bedrooms, rooftop bar and ground floor space.
The Grade-II listed building, on the corner of Atherton Street and Great John Street in Castlefield, opened as the hotel in 2005 following a transformation of the former Granada Studios TV complex.
If given the green light, renovation plans would also include an external glass lift shaft and a single-storey on the Little John Street side of the hotel.
Sections of the mezzanine balcony floor would also be removed to create a double-height space across the ground floor.
The planning application, which has been submitted to Manchester City Council, states: “While the hotel was recognised as Manchester’s first boutique hotel when the Great John Street Hotel began operating in 2005, the hotel is in need of a comprehensive refurbishment to bring the offer up to the quality and standard expected for a luxury boutique hotel in Manchester in 2020 and beyond.”
The Hut Group acquired Great John Street Hotel last May from operator Eclectic Hotel Group. The King Street Townhouse also formed part of the sale, while EHG’s founders Eamonn and Sally O’Loughlin continue to own and manage Didsbury House Hotel and Eleven Didsbury Park.