Queens Hotel Portland Place Piccadilly and Portland Street Manchester
Stuccoed, Italianate, simple but with an ornate porch (Pevsner South Lancashire 1969, page 296)
The conversion of three town houses into a hotel followed the opening of the Manchester and Birmingham Railway, with its terminus at London Road (Piccadilly) railway station. The hotel specialised in turtle soup, with tanks in the basement holding live turtles imported from New York.
The Queen’s Hotel in Piccadilly is also by Mr Walters. It is a large building in the Italian style. The porch is projecting, with a broken pediment. The capitals of the pilasters are original and in very good taste, and this is equally true of some other ornamental parts. [Builder 15 November 1845 page 548]
QUEEN’S HOTEL PORTLAND PLACE, MANCHESTER – To be let, most eligible and spacious premises occupying a site of about 810 square yards of land, which are about to be converted into a first-rate Family and Commercial Hotel, situate in Piccadilly, Manchester; convenient to the railway stations and intended to be called the Queen’s Hotel. – For particulars apply to Messrs John Dugdale and Brothers, 112 Market Street, Manchester, or Mr Dugdale, surgeon Blackburn. [Manchester Guardian 18 June 1842 page 1 – classified]
QUEEN’S HOTEL, MANCHESTER – S Towers has the honour to inform the Nobility, Gentry, and Public in general, that the above hotel was opened to his friends and patrons on the 20th of March. The establishment is furnished in an elegant style, and with every comfort that can be suggested. The Smoking Room is ventilated on an improved plan. The Billiard Room is complete with every modern improvement. Hot, cold and shower baths on the premises. An ordinary every day at half past one. Dinners, routes and balls provided. Turtle sent to any part of the kingdom. Raw ice constantly on sale. [Manchester Guardian 6 April 1844 page 4]
QUEENS HOTEL MANCHESTER, TURTLES - S Towers begs respectfully to inform the inhabitants of Manchester and its vicinity that he has just received a large cargo of Fine Live Turtles by the steam-ship America, from New York. Live Turtle on sale. Turtle Soup always ready, and sent to any part of town or country. [Manchester Guardian 12 September 1849 page 1]