The Lowry, Salford, Manchester

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The five–star Lowry Hotel is an independent luxury hotel located on the Salford-Manchester boundary, and is the only hotel in the region to be part of the prestigious Leading Hotels of The World. Since first welcoming guests in April 2001, the hotel remains a landmark of fashionable hospitality by absorbing the city’s present energy and exuberating a sense of fun and glamour. The hotel is both contemporary and comfortable, offering the largest rooms in the city, as well as six suites and the Charles Forte Presidential Suite, which oversee the Irwell River.

Arney Fender Katsalidis has collaborated with celebrated Manchester-born painter Alan Rankle to deliver six bespoke suites, creating unique interiors, which are inspired by the paintings of the internationally acclaimed artist. The boutique riverside rooms each feature a unique artwork by Rankle, elegantly complemented by the designer’s custom colour scheme of the textiles and furnishings and impressive space planning.

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Each room contains a unique over-scaled headboard, which wraps slightly around the bed, depicting original artwork. The art has been printed onto a 4m x 2.5m (13ft x 8ft) upholstered headboard and is reflected into two mirrored doors opposite, allowing guests to view the artwork from either end of the room. A harmonious collaboration between creatives, the rooms distil a moment of luxury in the busy lifestyle of their eponymous guests and the regular visitors of Manchester.

Being a nationally renowned hotel, The Lowry hosts a diverse demographic of visitors including celebrities from the entertainment, music and sports scenes. This boutique art hospitality space is a regular destination for eclectic tourists and business travellers. The refurbished riverside suites have created an artistic and colourful environment through the use of key design finishes and details including brushed brass, soft drapery and polished surfaces in contrast with bespoke pieces, luxe textiles and pops of colour.