Dakota Hotels – Wikipedia

Dakota Hotels is a UK-based hotel brand with five locations, each with a brasserie-style Grill and cocktail Bars. Dakota Hotels first opened two boutique hotels near Edinburgh Airport in South Queensferry, and in Eurocentral, Motherwell South East of Glasgow. The brand has now expanded into Central Glasgow, Leeds, and Manchester.

The brand was founded by Ken McCulloch and is owned by Evans Property Group.[1]


The brand was named after the Douglas DC-3 aircraft introduced in 1936 for commercial air travel in the United States,[2] which was designated the Dakota in Royal Air Force service.

The press have reported celebrities as staying at Dakota Hotels including Hugh Jackman,[3]Arnold Schwarzenegger, Katy Perry, Liam Gallagher, Stereophonics, The Stone Roses,[4]Glenn Close,[5]Melanie Brown,[6]Noel Gallagher, Christian Slater,[7]Gary Lineker,[8] and Andy Murray.

Brand Expansion[edit]

The first Dakota opened on a Business park at junction 27 of the M1 motorway in 2004 by Ken McCulloch and David Coulthard, in 2008 after a long-standing dispute between co-owners David Coulthard and Ken McCulloch could not be resolved the company was put into receivership and liquidation.

Dakota Eurocentral was opened in 2006[9] as a new build in Motherwell, off the M8 motorway in Lanarkshire, followed subsequently by another new build in South Queensferry close to Edinburgh Airport by the Queensferry Crossing in 2007.[10]

A third hotel and the first city centre location was opened on West Regent Street in Glasgow[11] in 2016[12] followed by a fourth on Greek street in Leeds in early 2017.[13]

The largest hotel is in Manchester city centre, near to Manchester Piccadilly railway station, with 137 bedrooms opened in May 2019.[14]


Dakota was created by Glasgow born hotelier Ken McCulloch.[15] Other hotels previously launched by McCulloch include One Devonshire Gardens in Glasgow, the Malmaison brand, the Columbus Hotel Monaco, and the Aviator Hotel at Farnborough Airport.

Hotel interiors were designed by Amanda Rosa Interiors (Ken McCulloch’s wife), who also designed the Malmaison brand and Columbus Hotel Monaco.[1]

Educational partnerships[edit]

Dakota Hotels has established links with Queen Margaret University and Fife College to provide internships to hospitality students.[16] Dakota Hotels is part of the Mentor Scheme formed between the Manchester Hotelier’s Association (MHA) and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).[17]

The hotel has previously established awards for university students at Queen Margaret University, focusing on dissertations in hospitality.[18]

Dakota Hotels is a 2021 sponsor of HIT Scotland, a scholarship programme designed to support people working and studying in the hospitality industry in Scotland.[19]

Ken McCulloch was the 2018 winner of the “Very Special Achievement award” [32] at the Scottish Style Awards [33] and was the 1993 winner of The Caterer’s Hotelier of the Year.[34]

External links[edit]


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  5. ^ “Glenn Close Reveals Her Daughter Annie Starke Taught Her How to Be a Mother”. Closer Weekly. 12 August 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  6. ^ Jackson, Daisy (23 June 2019). “Inside the new luxury Manchester penthouse suite where Hugh Jackman stays”. Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  7. ^ “Restaurant review: Dakota Deluxe Bar & Grill, Leeds”. www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  8. ^ “Gary Lineker”. Twitter. Archived from the original on 5 July 2020. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
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  13. ^ “Approval Confirmed for Luxury Leeds Hotel”. insidermedia.com/. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  14. ^ “Dakota – Manchester’s Newest Luxury Hotel opening in May”. Manchester’s Finest. 6 December 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  15. ^ “Honorary Graduates | Queen Margaret University”. www.qmu.ac.uk. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  16. ^ QMU. “Boutique hotel group recognises hospitality students with new support package”. www.qmu.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  17. ^ About Manchester. “Hotel Mentorship Scheme Sees Newfound Success”. About Manchester. Archived from the original on 4 December 2020.
  18. ^ “Dakota Hotels announces two new awards for university students”. thecaterer.com/. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  19. ^ “HIT Scotland — About HIT”. HIT Scotland. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  20. ^ Bourne, Dianne (22 May 2021). “The Manchester hotel named in the top 1% in the world”. Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 26 July 2021.
  21. ^ “Top 30 Best Places to Work in Hospitality…” The Caterer. 19 May 2021. Retrieved 26 July 2021.
  22. ^ “Dakota Grill – Leeds – a MICHELIN Guide Restaurant”. MICHELIN Guide. Retrieved 26 July 2021.
  23. ^ “The Best Places to Work in Hospitality 2020”. The Caterer. 24 September 2020. Retrieved 26 July 2021.
  24. ^ “GQ Food & Drink Awards 2018 shortlist”. British GQ. 7 March 2018. Retrieved 24 July 2021.
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  26. ^ “Seven of the best hotels in Leeds”. The Independent. 18 September 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  27. ^ “Dakota Deluxe Hotel named ‘Best for Contemporary Design’ in Leeds | Traveleads”. www.traveleads.co.uk. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
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  32. ^ “Ken McCulloch: the man who made Glasgow a global destination”. HeraldScotland. Retrieved 24 July 2021.
  33. ^ “Scottish Style Awards | home”. www.scottishstyleawards.co.uk. Retrieved 24 July 2021.
  34. ^ “Aviator hotel Farnborough Menuwatch”. The Caterer. 7 August 2008. Retrieved 24 July 2021.