Alias Hotels, which describes itself as a ‘funkier than average, mid-market’ hotel group, opens its flagship Manchester venue this month. Alias Hotel Rosetti was designed by the group’s founder, Nigel Chapman, who adopted a ‘machine for living’ theme. ‘The hotel is spun from a previously hardworking industrial building that was a powerful landmark on the Manchester scene and I wanted some of the scars of the past to remain,’ Chapman explains. The hotel’s loft-style rooms have exposed original features, including steel beams and ironwork columns, and there are ‘Airstream’-style diners on each floor. Penthouse suites feature original paintings by Miles Davis.
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