Hard Days Night Hotel
41 North John Street, Liverpool, England, L2 6RR
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Expert review of Hard Days Night Hotel
As the name suggests, Hard Days Night is a hotel dedicated to all things Fab; everywhere you look there’s a precious Beatles artefact. But it’s all done in the best possible taste, making Hard Days Night an appealing, as well as unique, base.
This old merchant house is set slap bang between Mathew Street and Harrington Street, around the corner from the Cavern Club; Beatles fans couldn’t sleep closer to hallowed ground. For those with more up-to-the minute interests, North John Street is well located for shopping, with the boutiquey Cavern Walks shopping centre just round the back and Liverpool ONE five minutes away. The river’s not far, either.
Each of the 110 rooms boasts a piece of Beatles-related art. Otherwise, the look is good quality, with bright splashes of colour and Hypnos beds. Nice details include a full-size iron and board and a safe big enough to fit most laptops. If you can’t stretch to the impressive Lennon Suite, with its white baby grand piano, consider a room with a balcony. 402 is a good one, with views right down Mathew Street. If you have two or more children, beware: the hotel won’t use more than one put-you-up per bedroom, so you’ll need to go for interconnecting rooms.
Reception opens onto a circular lounge with low leather chairs and recessed booths ideal for quiet meetings (there’s free WiFi thoughout); it’s also popular for daytime drinks and afternoon tea. All the public areas are offbeat but classy, with the marble-pillared spiral staircase, which tells the Beatles story in black and white pictures as you ascend, a feature. Excepting weekend acoustic sessions, muzak seems to be favoured over Beatles tracks, perhaps a sanity-saving move in a place where you can’t move for the Fab Four.
Wood-panelled and clubby, Bar Four is a civilised place to begin or end a night out, and the huge back bar hints at the range of cocktails mixed here. There’s a healthy proportion of non-residents in attendance on busy nights, and the same is true of the brasserie-style restaurant, Blakes. This is where breakfast is served, but it has its own entrance and fans come for straightforward modern European food.
Brisk and businesslike on the desk, pleasant and friendly in the lounge. They specialise in booking all manner of Beatles tours and tickets and are patient with fans who come in just to see the hotel’s collections. Staff are apparently told “be nice to people,” and they are.
Who stays? Beatles fans, of course. It’s also starting to attract high-profile guests along with leisure travellers looking for something different: when I was there, Usher and the Sparta Prague football team had been in residence. On days like these, you might find paps lingering outside.
There's a £20 supplement for a room with a balcony.
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- 41 North John Street, Liverpool, England, L2 6RR
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- The Beatles
- High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service
- Cavern Quarter