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When a floating Titanic-themed three-bedroom hotel opened in Liverpool earlier this year, people complained that the idea was in poor taste. With that misstep still fresh in Liverpudlian minds, Signature Living had better tread carefully in their new project to develop the old White Star Line headquarters into a hotel.
Albion House, the 19th-century building that was the home of the White Star Line in 1912 when the shipping line's Titanic sank, has stood empty for decades but was recently acquired by the development company. Signature Living began work this month and (optimistically) hope to have the first part of the 350-room hotel and apartment building named The Titanic open by April.
As many of you know, we are very high on places of personality, properties that go out on a limb to be themselves. It's admirable for a number of reasons, but mostly because of the risk associated with being yourself, especially when it comes to business -- while going out on a limb can please some, it can easily turn others off.
Well, let us officially give the Signature Living Hotel in Liverpool a standing applause. Talk about a hotel with a personality -- the hotel has rooms that are movie-themed, individually modeled after flicks like Sex and the City, The Hangover, James Bond, and Moulin Rouge. And calling them rooms is an understatement. The James Bond is a duplex, for example, and Moulin Rouge is a single dwelling that takes up an entire floor.
The reason we are so fond of this bravery is because it is lacking in so many areas of the hotel industry. There are thousands of hotels in which we could spin you around and you wouldn't know if you were in Oklahoma or Oregon. Sure, we don't expect every hotel to paint a movie star on the wall, but it wouldn't hurt to put a personal spin on things beyond cliched, trendy, barely-noticed design traits, such as "featuring local artwork in the lobby."
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And this one's a goodie. Described by the Daily Mail as an "eccentric businessman," UK-based Alfie Bubbles has purchased an old narrowboat and transformed it into a psychedelic, fully-functional 3-bedroom hotel that's inspired by, and remains faithful to, the Beatles' original yellow submarine.
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Despite just having opened a new branch on Liverpool Street last week, Tune Hotels is now aiming for yet another two new hotels in London between now and the start of the Olympics. And don't think they'll be taking a break after that, either. Oh no. CEO Mark Lankester told The Star that though the Olympics is good for business, "we are in [it] for the long term."
What this means is rapid expansion throughout the rest of the UK. And now we've gotten a few more details on the upcoming hotels, the first of which Lankester confirmed would pop up in Edinburgh and Liverpool (the city, not the London street) by 2013. And just to throw in a little extra excitement, he added: "With a name like Tune Hotels, we have to have one in the birthplace of the Beatles."
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Chances are, if you're heading to Liverpool to take in the Beatles and pop music history of the city, the Hard Day's Night Hotel is on your list of must-sleeps or at least must-sees. You almost can't avoid it, since the hotel sits at the entrance to the famous "Cavern Quarter," down which alley-like street you'll find the various underground music clubs that nurtured the young Beatles, The Who, and basically name any famous British musician from the 1950s through 1970s.
We've already given you a full look around the hotel's Paul McCartney suite and a peek at room service, but downstairs there's so much more going on. The HDN isn't just a hotel with a slight glaze of Beatles theme; the fab four are baked into the place, with priceless artwork at every turn and design flair that keeps it far away from looking anything like a Hilton or Marriott.
If you're an American traveling up to Liverpool, there's a pretty healthy chance that at least a portion of the trip is going to be The Beatles-related. And you know what? That's perfectly okay. There's pop music history all over the place in that city and they embrace it quite well, partially evidenced in the existence of The Beatles Story museum at Albert Dock.
And, if you're really serious about hitting all The Beatles hot spots, you'll probably either be staying at the Beatles-themed Hard Day's Night Hotel or as close to The Beatles Story experience as possible. For the latter, that means the Premier Inn Albert Dock.
The answer: not this! Despite the fact that both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are vegetarians, the Liverpool Beatles-themed Hard Day's Night Hotel proudly features the "Hard Day's Night Burger" on their room service menu, ringing up at a cool 13.75 GBP. That, with the current exchange rate, is a $22.18 burger, a cost made up for by the giant potato wedges qualifying as gourmet chips on the side.
If it weren't for Ringo's history of stomach issues, maybe he would have ordered it. But you know what? We're still sticking with not, since the hotel features a Lennon Suite and a McCartney Suite, but no Starr Suite...yet.
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It's a music fan's dream to make The Beatles pilgrimage to the English town of Liverpool, and experience not only the famous Cavern Club (where the Fab Four played some 292 times!), but The Beatles Story exhibit and maybe...just maybe...the entire Beatles-themed Hard Day's Night Hotel.
The Hard Day's Night, or HDN as we'll call it for short, is an extremely new hotel for the areaopened in 2008situated in a striking historical building with a serious presence in the Cavern district. Every bit of the hotel is named for something Beatles-related; there's Blake's Restaurant (for Sir Peter Blake, illustrator of the Sergeant Pepper album cover), Bar Four (for the Fab Four themselves), and the Paul McCartney Suite. This weekend, we stepped into the latter for a look around and emerged with an old fashioned case of Beatlesmania.
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NOMG. Justin Bieber is currently trapped inside the Beatles-themed Hard Day's Night Hotel in Liverpool, hometown of the Beatles, by screaming fans. Yes, the birthplace of Beatle mania is now under siege from Bieber Mania. TMZ reports:
Justin Bieber is currently holed up in his hotel in Liverpool, England -- with thousands of screaming girls outside ... and cops have warned Bieber that it could turn in to a "possible riot situation" and have even threatened to arrest him. Sources connected to Bieber tell us the pop star and his entourage have been warned that if Bieb or his team go anywhere near the balcony ... they will be arrested immediately for inciting a riot.
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 weíre 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 havenít been to Liverpool, youíll be pleasantly surprised. Although weíd like to say itís not all about the Beatles, thatíd be a lie Ė the city is totally all about the Beatles. But it also has stately architecture, a thriving nightlife scene, and an outpost of Londonís wonderful Tate art gallery (currently hosting a modern sculpture exhibition).
Itís 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 Ė itís 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.
A deluxe room
If youíre wanting to go to Liverpool and do your Beatles homage on a budget, there hasnít been much choice until now (and even the posh Hard Dayís Night hotel, when we stayed there, seemed to be falling apart). But now, it looks like things could have changed, thanks to the stealth opening of Base2stay.
The sister property of Base2stay Kensington (along the same lines as MyHotels), B2S Liverpool opened without a fanfare in the Ropewalks area back in August, and itís only now that the Guardian has got around to reviewing it.
Rooms start at £65 for a single, £75 double, which isnít bad at all Ė although rates donít include breakfast.
We hope the Hard Day's Night Hotel, The Beatles themed hotel in Liverpool, is keeping "warm below the storm" now that a flood has forced the hotel to close down for a few days. Er...maybe that should be "warm above the storm."
According to Click Liverpool, a leaking pipe burst in the basement yesterday, flooding the space where the hotel's power supply is located with hot water.
Guests had to be moved out of the luxury hotel but managements says they hope to reopen again on New Year's Eve. A message on their website apologized for the inconvenience and that guests with bookings for tonight and tomorrow should get in touch with the hotel, if they haven't been contacted already.
If you're looking to stay there on New Year's Eve however, you're out of luck as the hotel is sold-out.