venue of the month - the principal manchester
The former Palace Hotel recently completed its £25 million renovation project which was part of their rebrand to create the newer and sleeker, Principal Manchester. OTE were lucky enough to attend the official launch party to experience what the revamped hotel has to offer. With updates to its 1000 capacity event space, 270 elegant bedrooms and a brand new restaurant, we think the hotel looks pretty amazing.
What they say
Although already established as an event venue and iconic building in Manchester, the hotel’s new look hopes to expand its events portfolio over the coming years. Michael Purtill, General Manager comments that “the hotel has always been a popular choice for event organisers drawn in by the scale and versatility of the function space and its ornate design, which has been lovingly protected throughout the upgrade. This huge restoration has given the hotel a new lease of life and we’re looking forward to welcoming a full range of corporate events and private parties, including meetings, conferences and weddings to our ‘grand dame’ hotel for years to come”.
Their brand new restaurant, The Refuge, which features a public bar, dining room, den and winter garden is the latest addition to the hotel. The den is available for private hire for up to 80 people where you can host a foosball competition before sharing a dining platter on the snooker table which transforms into a dining station, a perfect option for chilled out Christmas parties or launch events.
What we love
Our favourite space has to be the winter garden at the centre of The Refuge, cleverly created to ‘bring the outside in’ featuring illuminated trees in glass greenhouse style room. This area was filled with silver and white helium balloons at the launch event, we loved this simple yet effective decoration idea.
Finally, we love the versatility of the hotel, the multiple spaces available in the hotel means that they can offer conferencing facilities for up to 1500 people or private dining for 20 in the Directors Room.