Hotel Brooklyn appoints Paul Bayliss as GM ahead of 2020 launch

Manchester’s upcoming Hotel Brooklyn has appointed Paul Bayliss to the role of general manager, ahead of its early 2020 opening.

A sister property to Hotel Gotham, Brooklyn will feature 189 bedrooms, a stylish top floor bar, versatile conferencing space known as Brooklyn Heights, as well as Runyon’s, a ground floor destination restaurant.

Awarded an MBE for services to hospitality in 2006, as well as being named Independent Hotelier of the Year in 2017/18, Bayliss arrives at Hotel Brooklyn having been managing director at Macdonald Hotels’ Highlands division and Aviemore Resort since August 2018, during which time it was named Scottish Resort of the Year.

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Prior to this, Bayliss was residential manager at Manchester’s Midland Hotel, regional GM for Macdonald’s Manchester division, as well as GM at Cheshire’s Carden Park Hotel. He also enjoyed a lengthy career in the British Army, spanning 24 years.

Hotel Brooklyn aims to celebrate iconic urban landmarks of the new world, while offering “true Mancunian hospitality”.

Bayliss said: “I am delighted to be leading the team at Hotel Brooklyn, as we look to make an immediate impact across Manchester and the North West. I have kept a close eye on the success of Hotel Gotham in recent years, and have a deep affinity for the city, so I’m excited by the challenge of making a similarly positive impact here.”

Graham Marskell, managing director of Bespoke Hotels, added: “We are very thrilled to have secured Paul’s services as we look towards a 2020 launch. Hotel Brooklyn is a significant opening for us, in the heart of a city we have grown extremely fond of in recent years.

“Paul’s outstanding track record and deep connections to Manchester will prove invaluable in the coming months.”

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