Plans have been unveiled to convert Liverpool’s Municipal Building into a 180-room boutique hotel.

The Grade II listed building on Dale Street dates back to 1862, and was used by council staff up until 2016.

North West interior design consultancy Koncept ID has been appointed by Singaporean owner The Fragrance Group to deliver “a lavish makeover” of the building, with the property set to open as Hotel Municipal in late 2022.

Koncept ID said that the building “boasts grand pillars, decorative vaulted ceilings and marble fireplaces”, and the £35 million project will “sympathetically reinstate original features”.

Facilities will include a brasserie with all-day dining menu, a tea room and cocktail bar, as well as a spa with pool, jacuzzi and treatment facilities.

Commenting on the news Jenny Denton, lead designer, said:

“The Municipal Building is truly magnificent and the potential was clear from our very first visit. The design focuses on breathing new life into original features, restoring the building to its former glory while injecting a good dose of sophisticated elegance.”

“The new hotel will bring an exciting destination to Liverpool and with such a rich heritage, it’ll be a must-visit for locals and tourists alike.”

In September Accor announced plans to open the highest hotel in Liverpool, with a 221-room Novotel property located within the forthcoming Paddington Village development.

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