Townhouse Hotel

Townhouse Hotel, Manchester

Manchester hotel sells for £12.5m

Manchester’s Townhouse Hotel has been snapped up by the Fragrance Group in a £12.5m deal.

Fragrance Group Ltd, represented by international real estate advisor Savills, has acquired Townhouse Hotel in Manchester from Harcourt Developments for £12.5m.

The Grade II listed property dates back to 1870 and was formerly a cotton warehouse before opening as an 85-bedroom hotel in 1982. 

An extensive refurbishment programme in 2010 created the current 4-star boutique hotel offer, with a brasserie, bar and self-contained business centre. 

Townhouse Hotel is located on Portland Street in Manchester city centre, close to Manchester Piccadilly station, Palace Theatre and Manchester Art Gallery.

Martin Rogers, head of UK hotel transactions at Savills, said: “We are very pleased to have acquired this well-established hotel on behalf of our client.

“The hotel investment market in the North is performing strongly with transactions totalling £304m in the first half of this year alone.”

Alistair Greenhalgh, a director at LSH Hotels, added: “The sale of the Townhouse Hotel in Manchester illustrates the current appetite for prime city centre hotels as, yet again, we have seen competitive bidding on a prime asset.

“The Brexit referendum and subsequent slump in the value of the pound is attracting overseas investors in their droves, many of which are keen to take advantage of the currency trade off by pursuing UK hotel opportunities.”

Under its new ownership, the property will be managed by Bespoke Hotels. Harcourt Developments was represented by Lambert Smith Hampton.