Located in the newly transformed Ducie Street Warehouse on the edge of Manchester’s Northern Quarter, innovative aparthotel brand Native, has just opened the doors to its latest outpost.
Occupying eight floors of a vast Grade II listed former Victorian warehouse, Native Manchester will be the UK’s largest aparthotel, spanning 180,000 square feet. The beautifully designed 166 apartments will offer a variety of living spaces from studios and one beds to two-bedroom penthouses, complete with private garden terraces.
Re-imagined by Archer Humphryes Architects, the firm behind Chiltern Firehouse and the new Standard Hotel in London, the building’s industrial heritage is prominent throughout. With towering cast-iron columns, a vast central atrium and exposed barrel arched brickwork, each apartment features a fully equipped kitchen, bespoke Conran furniture and magnificent parquet flooring.
Guy Nixon, founder and CEO of Native said: “This has been an extraordinary opportunity to take one of the great icons of Manchester’s industrial past and turn it into a major cultural and social destination for the city.
“Manchester is a thriving, culturally rich and fast expanding city so it seems apt that we are unveiling the new breed of Native’s aparthotels here at Ducie Street. We wanted to do something spectacular and recognised that hoteliers are rarely known for operating destination F&B offerings. As well as creating uniquely spacious aparthotel rooms in this magnificent space, we set out to identify an F&B operator that could bring the vast ground floor space alive by offering something truly unique to the Manchester market as well as to our aparthotel guests.
Now also opening at Ducie Street Warehouse is independently operated CULTUREPLEX, a ground floor social hub from leading London restauranteurs David Waddington and Pablo Flack. CULTUREPLEX includes a restaurant (Bistrotheque), a mini cinema, coffee counter and flexible events and workspaces, creating a unique community centre and all day hangout.
Award-wining fitness brand, BLOK, has also opened their first studio outside of London in a part of the Ground Floor space. Set across three impressive studios and led by some of Manchester’s leading instructors, classes at BLOK will run from 6am until 9pm.
As with all of its aparthotels, Native Manchester has reached out to local operators to identify its Native Originals, in which it champions local businesses and individuals who can provide genuine experiences for its guests. The Native Originals range from food and drink operators including Rudy’s, Dishoom, Pollen, Mackie Mayor and Seven Bro7hers, to cultural institutions such as The Whitworth and the Royal Exchange.
To coincide with the launch of Native Manchester, Native will also be running its ‘In search of Originals’ campaign, in which it will be asking people to share their Manchester heroes or venues as part of a social media competition to win an overnight stay.
Native Manchester is the latest in an exciting pipeline of openings including Native Bankside, which opened in Summer 2018 and Native Glasgow, which followed in Autumn 2018. Future sites under development include Leeds, York, Bristol, Oxford and London’s Soho.
Prices for a Studio at Native Manchester start from £76 per night.