Liverpool’s city centre has changed dramatically over the last few years, with huge investment resulting from the European City of Culture celebrations in 2008. In particular the £1bn Liverpool One project has transformed the city centre, bridging the gap between the “old” centre and the Albert Docks, and adding flagship departments stores, and endless restaurants and bars to the city.
Liverpool’s hotel scene is also flourishing, with a range of upmarket, boutique, budget and serviced apartment properties having recently opened or due to do so in the next few years. Here is a round-up of ten new and forthcoming hotels in the city.
1) Hilton Liverpool
The Hilton Liverpool is the first core-brand property by the group in the city, and the newest addition to Liverpool’s hotel portfolio. It’s also one of the final phases of the huge £1bn Liverpool One development, located on the edge of the complex close to the regenerated docks area.
The 215-room hotel enjoys a great location overlooking Chivasse Park and the Albert Docks, and features architecture designed “to represent the curvature and ebb and flow of the Mersey River”. Facilities include a seventh-floor executive lounge, a business centre, gym, and wifi internet access throughout.
For meetings there are eight function rooms plus the Grace Suite ballroom for up to 400 delegates theatre-style, while F&B options include Exchange restaurant and Pima bar. There are also plans to add a spa facility along with a further “destination bar” in the near future.
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2) Bridgestreet at Liverpool One
Bridgestreet’s newest UK serviced apartments opened in April last year, and are located right in the middle of the pedestrianised Liverpool One complex.
The property features 77 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, all with sleek, modern kitchens and room facilities including flatscreen TVs, iPod docking stations, Freeview TV and wired / wireless internet access.
Some of the apartments on higher floors in particular have fantastic views of the city, and while there are no leisure facilities on site, there are endless restaurants, bars, cinemas and departments stores literally on the property’s doorstep.
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3) Novotel Liverpool City Centre
Located on Hanover Street on the edge of the Liverpool One complex, this new-build hotel opened late last year, and features 209 Novation rooms across eleven storeys, with LCD TVs including mp3 connections, sofa beds, and desks which can be swiveled round from the wall to face the TV.
Standout features include an indoor swimming pool (a rarity in the city) with underwater Bose speakers and built-in spa bath, as well as a steam room and gym. There are a total of nine meeting rooms, inclduing Novotel’s new Eureka concept (pictured), a meeting space with flexible furniture which gives delegates the power to quickly and easily change the layout themselves, from boardroom-style to breakout or dining choices.
Other features include Elements restaurant with TV pods for lone diners, and a iMac corner with free internet access.
A full review of the Novotel Liverpool City Centre will be published on this site later this month.
4) Hampton by Hilton Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Hilton introduced its budget brand to the UK last year with the opening of the Hampton by Hilton Corby, which was followed by this hotel at Liverpool John Lennon airport in October. The property is located opposite the airport terminal, in a building also housing a multi-storey car park.
The reception area has anything but a budget feel to it, with modern, colourful furniture, and there is even the same full size horse-with-lampshade-on-its-head sculpture with which visitors to BA’s Galleries lounges at T5 will be familiar. The hotel’s 160 rooms are simply decorated, with features including free wifi internet access, flatscreen TV, radio alarm clock with mp3 docking, and the brand’s signature Cloud Nine bed.
Other features include free buffet breakfast (served from 4am for those with early departures), free parking, a bar / lounge serving light snacks and evening meals, a gym, and two meeting rooms overlooking the terminal.
5) Hard Days Night Hotel
Located on North John Street in the Beatles Quarter of the city, Hard Days Night Hotel opened in 2008 and pays homage to the Fab Four’s legacy through a number of interesting twists including Beatle’s songsheets hanging from the reception ceiling and a Yellow Submarine juke box in the lobby.
All rooms include subtle Beatle’s artwork, while the Lennon Suite (pictured) also features a white grand piano. Blakes Restaurant has images of characters featured on the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, and the hotel also features the popular Bar Four cocktail bar, and several events spaces including “The Two of Us” wedding suite with private spiral staircase.
6) Staybridge Suites Liverpool
IHG’s extended-stay brand arrived in the UK in 2008 with the opening of the Staybridge Suites Liverpool, followed by a second property in Newcastle last year. The hotel is located opposite the city’s Arena and Convention Centre, close to the Albert Docks and Liverpool One complex.
The hotel features 132 one-bedroom and studio suites, all with kitchens, free wifi, a gym, and a 24-hour shop. Free continental breakfast is also served in the Hub Kitchen (pictured), and guests can also attend After Work receptions (Tuesday – Thursday) with free snacks, beer, wine and soft drinks.
For a full review of this property, click here.
7) Indigo Liverpool
IHG’s boutique brand Hotel Indigo debuted in the UK in London last year, and has three three further London hotels in the pipeline, as well as a property in Glasgow. The 151-room Hotel Indigo Liverpool is due to open in 2011, and is being built on land at the junction of Chapel Street and Rumsford Place in the city’s central business district.
8) Millenium and Copthorne Liverpool
Located within the city’s £160m Central Village development, this project will add not one but two hotels, both due to open in 2012 and totalling over 360 rooms. The Copthorne Hotel Liverpool will face onto newington Square, while The Millennium Hotel Liverpool will be housed within the grade 2 listed Watson Building. Features will include conference facilities, restaurants, bars and a gym / spa.
9) Base2Stay Liverpool
Due to open this summer in the Ropewalks area of the city (a UNESCO World heritage site), the 106-room Base2Stay Liverpool will be housed in a former print works dating back to the 1850s, with features including mini-kitchens and free wifi in all rooms. The brand debuted in London’s Kensington in 2006, and a further London property is also planned for the Soho area.
For a review of the Base2Stay London Kensington, click here.
10) Hampton by Hilton Liverpool City Centre
Liverpool’s second Hampton by Hilton property is due to open in June this year, and is located on Hurst Street to the south of the city centre, within the new Kings Mill Docks development. The 151-room hotel will feature the brand’s signature facilites including free wifi and breakfast, a fitness centre, and meeting facilities.
For our four-hour guide to Liverpool, click here.