In Pictures: Hotel Football opens in Manchester

Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville's Hotel Football has opened in Manchester. C&IT was among the first group of media to stay at the property.

Hotel Football, Manchester
Hotel Football, Manchester
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Giggs strongly influenced the "look, feel and design" and Neville was in charge of "everything, including construction – he's built a lot of houses for himself".

That's according to the managing director of Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville's company GG Hospitality, Stuart Procter. He confirmed how hands-on the two former Manchester United football legends were in the development of Hotel Football, which opened adjacent to United's Old Trafford ground at the weekend.

The 133-room, four-star hotel is the first of its kind, offering a unique, football-themed product to Man Utd fans, football fans, sports fans and corporate groups looking for an unusual events venue. Reassuringly, the F&B offer is high-quality: burgers and pies, naturally, but overseen by Michelin-starred chefs.

"When you put the TV on these days, it's either football or cooking," said Procter. "So we put the two together: love food; love football."

The 'football' aesthetic is relatively understated, with subtle touches throughout the interior, the stars' own influences prevalent. "Our three words are inviting, surprising and playful," said procter.

Check out C&IT's photo gallery (above) to decide for yourself.

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