Liverpool has more Georgian buildings than Bath and the Hope Street Hotel is situated in the middle of them, near the University, cathedrals and Chinatown. It’s quite a way down to the shops and river, but an interesting walk.
Simple and stylish, but luxurious. Entry-level rooms have king size or twin beds, underfloor heating, gorgeous white bedding and eco-friendly REN toiletries, and it gets better from there. Some of the bathrooms are massive, and all share a touch-operated lighting system which I found infuriating. The higher up the building you go, the more striking the views get. There’s a thoughtfully-compiled brochure in each room, which relates some of the history of Hope Street.
The residents’ lounge is in the brick-lined space next to the restaurant and serves snacks for when the thought of fine dining is too much. There’s also a smaller, quieter lounge off the reception, with squishy sofas.
Eating and drinking
The hotel is appended to The London Carriage Works, regarded as one of the best restaurants in the city. Chef Paul Askew places a firm emphasis on using local produce and suppliers. Service can be very slightly wobbly.
There’s a small gym, perfectly fine for a stop-gap workout.
Willing and professional. Staff are used to dealing with high-fliers and, charitably, they treat all their guests as if they might be.
Who stays there
Older football fans, couples enjoying a treat and people who relish simple luxuries.
There are sometimes “secret” day-of-arrival deals.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Travellers with pets
- People watching
- Special occasions
- Chilling out
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Attached to top restaurant
- Lovely location amid Georgian terraces
- Long walk to the waterfront