Hotel Indigo Liverpool Will Open 8 July But Don't Expect a Beatles Theme
February 9, 2011 at 8:31 AM
It'll take a few hard day's nights of work to get this finished in time
Hotel Indigo is on a roll this year with no fewer than 57 hotels in the works, but this week we’re focusing on what to expect from the two UK properties opening this summer, the Hotel Indigo Liverpool, scheduled to open July 8 (pushed back from an original Spring opening), and Glasgow, down for May 2. Today: Liverpool.
If you haven’t been to Liverpool, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Although we’d like to say it’s not all about the Beatles, that’d be a lie – the city is totally all about the Beatles. But it also has stately architecture, a thriving nightlife scene, and an outpost of London’s wonderful Tate art gallery (currently hosting a modern sculpture exhibition).
It’s also up there with Newcastle on the friendliest locals in Britain list, and there is, of course, an epic ferry in which to cross the Mersey.
The Indigo will be located on Chapel Street, half a mile from the Albert Docks (the most tourist-friendly part of Liverpool, with the Tate, Beatles Story, and plenty of bars, restaurants and shops, all on the waterfront in renovated dock buildings). And if that sounds a lot, fear not – it’s only a five minute walk from the Mersey ferry terminal, and about seven minutes to North John Street, home to the Cavern Club, Hard Day's Night Hotel, and 50,000 Beatles fans at any one time.
The six story hotel will be four star, have 151 rooms, and will house a steakhouse – called, originally, The Steakhouse Bar and Grill – run by celeb chef Marco Pierre White. White has described it as:
Somewhere for friends and family to gather in relaxed surroundings and enjoy simple food, cooked perfectly.
Let’s just hope the prices are more relaxed than his London offerings. Interestingly, the hotel’s website describes the cuisine as American English.
Rates for opening night are a respectable £129, and look to hold at that price throughout the summer. By way of comparison, the Hard Day’s Night is showing £115 for that same night.
But it’s Malmaison Liverpool – which is just round the corner from the Indigo – which is probably more of a direct competitor than the Beatles-themed hotel. While the booking system on the website was down when we checked on prices last night, rooms at the Mal generally start at £99. And, as Malmaison hotels are, generally speaking, pretty glorious, the Indigo will have its work cut out. And while we'd love to see it rocking a Beatles theme, we think it's unlikely. The best we're holding out for is an esoteric print of a plant detail shaped like a Liver Bird.
No photos, Twitter or Facebook account yet. We’ll keep checking.
[Photo: Business Traveller]