Hope Street Hotel
- Style Open-plan elegance
- Setting Lofty Liverpool palazzo
Stay cocooned in a room at Hope Street Hotel, and you're likely to be torn between enjoying the Bang & Olufsen TV and sound system from the Egyptian-cotton-sheeted bed, and the huge, free-standing wooden tub, accessorised with fluffy white towels and REN products. Thankfully there's usually a plush leather armchair, for you to perch on while you quibble over who soaks and who gets to watch.
Need to know
- Rooms 89, including seven suites and two penthouses.
- Rates Double rooms from $134.89 (£83), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast. Continental breakfast, £12.50; full English, £15.50. A la carte breakfast menu also available.
- Facilities Free WiFi, DVD/CD library. In rooms, wall‑mounted LCD TV, DVD/CD player, free broadband internet access, underfloor heating, mist‑free mirrors, rain shower heads, Ren toiletries, minifridge/champagne chiller in some rooms.
- Check–out Weekdays, 11am; weekends, midday. Later check‑outs charged at £10 an hour, subject to availability.
Children Welcome: games available; under-fives eat free. Cots and extra beds for under‑14s can be provided in the studio rooms, at no extra cost.
- Also In‑room beauty treatments can be arranged, and small pets can be put up – a cleaning fee of £30 will be charged.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Suite 406 is an open‑plan suite with a sloping ceiling, exposed beams and a mezzanine bathroom with a huge Italian wooden bathtub. All suites have oak flooring and Bang & Olufsen TVs and DVD players.
- Packing tips Binoculars or a zoom lens, for a close-up view of the Liver Birds atop the Liver Building.
Food and drink at Hope Street Hotel
- Hotel restaurant Paul Askew – a fan of the ‘three ways’ method – is chef at the London Carriage Works restaurant, which offers a choice of menus, including à la carte, pre-theatre and tasting menus. His grown‑up Modern International culinary bent is evident in dishes such as confit shoulder of black‑faced Suffolk lamb and pan‑roasted sea-bass.
- Dress code Relaxed and urbane.
- Top table Table 15, nestled between the restaurant’s decorative glass shards.
- Last orders Lunch, 3pm; dinner, 10pm. Bar: midnight, Monday–Saturday; 10pm Sunday. The restaurant bar is open seven days a week.
- Room service 224 hours: an all‑day menu including market specials, with a limited night menu available 10pm–7am.
- Hotel bar The Residents’ Lounge is a cocktail bar (open Thursdays to Saturdays only) with table service and live music – watch out for ivory tinklers on the Steinway grand piano and try one of the Pimm’s Royale champagne cocktails.