A new Manchester hotel whose construction ground to a halt when an 80 tonne mobile crane collapsed on the site is finally set to open.
The Holiday Inn Express on Oxford Road is the first of the brand's new-look hotels in the north of England.
A crane fell over on its side at the site during the hotel's construction in March 2009, partially plunging into the nearby River Medlock, although fortunately no one was hurt in the incident.
Intercontinental Hotel Group's Holiday Inn franchise decided in 2007 to undertake a re-branding process, with Holiday Inn hotels being upgraded to offer super-fast internet access, LCD televisions, air conditioning and en-suite power showers, and a pillow choice in every room.
General manager Jonathan Smith said: "We are delighted with our location in the heart of the city. Oxford Road is one of Manchester's most central streets, a stone's throw from the city's main attractions and close to Piccadilly and Oxford Street train stations. It means our hotel is ideal for the business community as well as visitors and tourists.
"The hotel is surrounded by thriving bars, cafes and restaurants, with Manchester's Museum, St Peter's Square, Manchester Library, and the University of Manchester buildings all a few minutes' walk.
By Neil Gerrard
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