Manchester's upcoming Hotel Brooklyn announced the appointment of Paul Bayliss MBE to the role of General Manager, as the property looks ahead to its launch in early 2020. A sister to the acclaimed 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, Paul 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.
Prior to this, Bayliss was Residential Manager at Manchester's Midland Hotel, Regional GM for Macdonald's Manchester division, as well as General Manager at Cheshire's Carden Park Hotel. He also enjoyed a lengthy career in the British Army, spanning 24 years and in positions ranging from Apprentice Chef to Commissioned Officer.
Standing as something of an homage to industry, Hotel Brooklyn aims to celebrate iconic urban landmarks of the new world, while offering true Mancunian hospitality. Whether it's the Brooklyn Bridge itself, or the countless feet that crossed the boards of Old Broadway, Hotel Brooklyn will be a stylish, design-led property, marrying convenience and luxury in equal measure.
"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", said Bayliss. "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."
"We are very thrilled to have secured Paul's services as we look towards a 2020 launch" added Graham Marskell, Managing Director of Bespoke Hotels. "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."