Paul Davies has become Operations Manager of Staybridge Suites after joining from iQ Student Accommodation.
He previously spent three years in two IHG sister properties, the first year as Guest Relations Manager of the Crowne Plaza Manchester city centre and then two years as Hotel Manager of the Holiday Inn Express Manchester City Centre Arena.
Nathaniel Farrell, who has spent four years as a chef in Copenhagen, is now Executive Head Chef at the dual-branded hotel and links up with the team following a spell at Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel.
Prior to this he was Executive Head Chef at the Abode Chester and Executive Sous Chef at Hilton Manchester Deansgate.
Joining the Crowne Plaza as Food & Beverage Operations Manager from Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre is Martin Sromek, where he was Operations Manager. He previously worked at Grill on the Alley and Mercure Manchester Piccadilly.
Christian Bendixen, from Denmark, has been named Rooms Operations Manager at the Crowne Plaza. He worked at Hilton Manchester Deansgate most recently and also enjoyed spells at the Radisson BLU Hotel Sea Plaza Dakar, Senegal and Radisson BLU Scandinavia Hotel Aarhus, Denmark.
General Manager of Manchester’s first dual-branded hotel Andrew Fletcher said: “We very much believe we’ve made four fantastic appointments.
“With the opening of the first dual-branded hotel under one roof in the north of England now imminent, we feel we are building a talented team that has solid foundations and a strong can-do attitude that will look after our guests well.”
Crowne Plaza guests are set to occupy the first 11-storeys and longer term Staybridge customers the upper eight floors.
The Crowne Plaza will contain 212 rooms over the first 11 floors, a 120-cover upscale restaurant, seven meeting rooms catering for over 200 delegates and a gym while Staybridge will have a mix of 116 studio and one-bedroom suites above.
PICTURE (from left): Paul Davies, Christian Bendixen, Martin Sromek and Nathaniel Farrell