It seems as if I am going to be spending a lot of time up in Liverpool in the future and I was searching for somewhere that would be a home away from home. I hate business hotels, anything that feels too corporate. So all that seems to be left are the so-called 'boutique'hotels . There are a few of them in Liverpool, but the only one that fitted my needs in terms of budget and location was the Hope Street.
Upon arriving, everything seemed promising, a nice welcome from the receptionist and the place seemed to have the right vibe, from its minimalist look, to its Frete sheets. But all is not well at the Hope Street Hotel. Admittedly we stayed in their least expensive room, but it still cost a pretty penny even with the 10% reduct you get if you are a friend of The Tate Gallery.
I loved the fact that the room was large and well equipped, but the bathroom was one of the worst designs I have ever encountered. For instance, you had to climb into the bath to insert the plug, the design of the taps required a degree in physics and it was impossible to stand near the wash basin to brush your teeth.
The manager of the brasserie, yes you know who you are, looked at us as if we were mad when we walked in at 9.30pm (it is advertised as being open until 10pm) asking for a table. He reluctantly seated us and proceeded to serve us with the most bitter of attitudes. It is amazing how food tastes horrible when you know that the server harbours a grudge against you. Hospitality is definitely not this man's chosen career!
The answer to all of your celebrity questions is at hand. The staff love to name-drop. Enquire about the glass sculpture in the restaurant and you'll immediately hear stories of how Yoko Ono walked into it! Admire the floor to ceiling windows and you will hear about how they had to be obscured when the Barcelona football team stayed there. Comment on the cutlery, and discover that Mick Jagger travels with his own steak knives. Its that sort of place.
OK, the hotel has elan, it has panache and when you jump into a cab and ask to be taken to the Hope Street you'll get a warm feeling inside. But scratch its surface very slightly and you may learn that it not quite worthy of its reputation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 89 Individually designed hotel rooms - urbane, minimal and chic with solid wood floors, over sized beds draped in Egyptian cotton, wall mounted LCD wide screen TVs with DVD players and ipod stations. Complimentary Wi-Fi, Pellegrino mineral waters, ironing, shoe shining service and REN toiletries. Hope street hotel has a two AA Rosette restaurant, offering delicious modern menus and Afternoon Tea and bar a with a AA notable wine list - both serving 24 hour room service. Hope street is in the middle of the cultural quarter and hope street hotel is no more than a 5 minute walk of its amazing neighbours: the Everyman, Unity and LIPA theatres, the Philharmonic Hall, two Cathedrals the Victoria Gallery and Museum and National Trust's Hardman House. All threaded through university departments, independent restaurants and infamous hostelries. Winner of Liverpool City Region Best Hotel Tourism Awards 2014 Silver winner for VistEngland Best hotel 2014 ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hope Street Liverpool
- Hotel Hope Street