Ryan Giggs walks us through the new Hotel Football
Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs gives us a preview of the new Hotel Football which opens to the public on March 2 in the shadow of Old Trafford
Manchester United star Ryan Giggs gave us a tour of his new Hotel Football - and admits he couldn’t resist being the first to have a kick-about on the rooftop pitch.
The Reds’ assistant manager was one of the first to stay overnight at the venue on Tuesday, as staff prepare for its public opening day on March 2.
And Ryan took advantage of all of the hotel facilities, including that rooftop where he famously had a kickabout with his fellow former United pals Paul Scholes, Gary and Phil Neville and Nicky Butt, when the area was still a building site.
He says: “I think Cafe Football is my favourite part of the hotel, but what is great is there are so many different elements to the offering here.
“It’s great to have the five-a-side pitch on the rooftop with fantastic views of Manchester United, Salford Quays and the city in the background.
“Me and the kids had a kick-about up there last night.
“But what is great is you could go up there and get married, or have a kids’ party, or it could be a Ministry of Sound club night.”
Ryan said he and the GG Hospitality team have been delighted with how the hotel has now come together after years in the planning.
He said: “It’s been four or five years in the making so it’s nice to experience it and see it finally coming to fruition.
“Obviously here it’s right in the shadow of Old Trafford, but Hotel Football is something we hope to take around the UK and eventually around the world, so it’s more a celebration of football in general.”
Meanwhile Ryan couldn’t resist tasting a whole host of Cafe Football’s menu.
He laughed: “You can tell I’ve retired now! I had a little pizza to start, then fish and chips and finished it off with Vimto trifle.
“A lot of the menu is stuff from your childhood, like bubblegum ice cream.”
The hotel officially opens on March 2, but is holding “soft launches” at the restaurant for the next couple of weeks, with 50 per cent off in the restaurant, and rooms available from £50 a night.