Overlooking Old Trafford, one of the most famous stadiums in the world, GG Hospitality opened Hotel Football on Sir Matt Busby Way in 2015, one of the only a few hotels in the world with a five-a-side pitch on the roof.
It boasts 133 rooms (including stadium view and ‘squad’ rooms for families), a 750-person capacity basement bar, event spaces and suites, as well as the Cafe Football restaurant, as popular with tourists as it is with business.
“One of the most pleasing things is just how much corporate business we get, including events, nothing to do with football but these people and these businesses love the environment and the service levels there and are booking it instead of hotels based in the city centre,” says Gary.
“People coming out of the City Centre, to a football themed hotel for nothing to do with football, just because they like and trust it that much to be the right place for them to hold their events – that for me is one of our greatest successes. Likewise with the bedrooms. People are staying at our hotel, knowing they have got to get a taxi into the city centre rather than staying in the city itself. It’s a massive testament to the team there.”