Dalata Hotel Group has today opened the Maldron Hotel Manchester City Centre with the creation of over 60 jobs.

The hotel was developed by a joint venture partnership between Sir Robert McAlpine Capital Ventures Limited and Catalyst Capital.

The 278-bedroom, 17 story hotel sits opposite Circle Square, a newly developed neighbourhood of independent bars, restaurants and event spaces set within the Innovation District in Manchester.

Dalata, the largest hotel operator in Ireland and one of the fastest growing in the UK, has also said that a second Maldron Hotel will start construction in Manchester later this year.

The hotel group also operates the Clayton Hotel Manchester City Centre, which opened its doors earlier this year.

Dermot Crowley, CEO of Dalata Hotel Group, said the continued investment in Manchester reflected the company's confidence in the city.

"I am delighted that we are opening a second hotel in Manchester in the space of two months. It demonstrates our belief in Manchester as a city," Mr Crowley said.

"There are many reasons for corporate and leisure customers to visit the city which makes it an ideal location for Dalata Hotel Group to invest in," he added.