Liverpool, United Kingdom

Hope Street Hotel

Rates from (ex tax)$93.88

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP89.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Open-plan elegance

Setting

Lofty Liverpool palazzo

A cosy and chic stay in Liverpool's cultural quarter, Hope Street Hotel has sleek, modern rooms decked out with bright wood floors, exposed brick, and wood panelling. Some feature decadent extras such as massive, free-standing wooden baths and Bang & Olufsen entertainment systems, but all include Egyptian cotton sheets, fluffy towels, and REN products.

Smith Extra

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A bottle of house wine, plus free late check-out (until 1pm on weekends and till noon on weekdays)

Facilities

Photos Hope Street Hotel facilities

Need to know

Rooms

89, including seven suites and two penthouses.

Check–Out

Weekdays, 11am; weekends, 12 noon. Later check‑outs charged at £10 an hour, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $93.88 (£74), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP89.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast. Continental breakfast, £13.50; full English, £16.50. A la carte breakfast menu also available.

At the hotel

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.

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.

Also

In‑room beauty treatments can be arranged.

Pet‐friendly

Diminutive dogs are welcome; a cleaning fee of £15 applies for their stay. See more pet-friendly hotels in Liverpool.

Children

Welcome: games available; under-5s eat free. Cots (free) and extra beds (£30) can be provided in the studio rooms.

Overview

Games available; kitchen accommodating. Cots and extra beds for under‑14s can be provided in the studio rooms, at no extra cost. There are also DVDs and CDs for children.

Best for

Babies and up – children of all ages welcome.

Recommended rooms

Only King Deluxe categories and upwards fit an extra bed or cot. Studio rooms are the most suitable for families; they've got enough space for at least one extra bed or cot.

Activities

Reception staff are clued up on the city's family-friendly attractions, and have lots of leaflets available. They recommend visiting World Museum Liverpool and taking a waterfront tour on the Yellow Duckmarine bus.

Meals

Children are allowed in the restaurant at all times. There isn't a dedicated children's menu, but chefs will make smaller portions of dishes on the regular menu. Staff are happy to heat up milk and baby food, and provide packed lunches. Milk can be stored in the kitchen's fridges.

Babysitting

The hotel doesn't provide a babysitting service.

No need to pack

High chairs are provided in the restaurant.

Also

Just ask, and staff will provide children with age-appropriate toys, from colouring books to jigsaws. There's a DVD player in every room and children's DVDs to borrow.

Food and Drink

Photos Hope Street Hotel food and drink

Top Table

Table 15, nestled between the restaurant’s decorative glass shards.

Dress Code

Relaxed and urbane.

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.

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.

Last orders

Lunch, 3pm; dinner, 10pm. Bar: midnight, Monday–Saturday; 10pm Sunday. The restaurant bar is open seven days a week.

Room service

24 hours: an all‑day menu including market specials, with a limited night menu available 10pm–7am.

Location

Photos Hope Street Hotel location
Address
Hope Street Hotel
40 Hope Street,
L1 9DA
Liverpool
United Kingdom

Planes

The hotel is a 20-minute drive from Liverpool's John Lennon Airport.

Trains

The Lime Street and Central stations in Liverpool are both under five minutes away by car. Direct trains go from Lime Street to London Euston in two hours.

Automobiles

From London, driving time is just under four hours. Manchester is a more appealing 60 minutes away. The nearest motorway is the M62. You'll also need the A562.

Worth getting out of bed for

Visit the Everyman Liverpool and/or Liverpool Playhouse theatres, both of which are leading a resurgence of fine drama in the city (www.everymanplayhouse.com); the hotel can check ticket availability for you. The beautiful 19th-century Albert Dock now houses Tate Liverpool as well as the Merseyside Maritime Museum, the Beatles Story (which is a lot of fun) and a couple of decent cafés. Croxteth Hall and Country Park (+44 (0)151 233 6910) has a walled garden and a Victorian farmyard (with some very sweet pigs) as well as various activities on offer, including horse riding.

Local restaurants

60 Hope Street (+44 (0)151 707 6060) has an impressive fine‑dining room upstairs, a bar, and a cosier café on the ground floor. Clove Hitch on Hope Street (+44 (0)151 709 6574) serves classic Brit dishes such as bangers and mash, as well as more exotic offerings such as swordfish with chimichurri and orange-glazed carrots. Leave room for a home-made pudding. Opposite the hotel, Host (+44 (0)151 708 5831) is a first-class option for pan-Asian dining. The Shipping Forecast on Slater Street (+44 (0)151 709 6901) hails itself an alehouse and eatery and the spot to head for live music and great beers.

Local cafés

A smart, great‑value basement bistro beneath the theatre of the same name, Everyman Bistro has a daily changing menu of Francophile tarts, flans and quiches (+44 (0)151 708 9545).

Local bars

Co-owned by electro band Ladytron, Korova on Fleet Street (+44 (0)151 709 7097) is a funky, music-focused venue that combines playful bar, canteen-style restaurant and buzzing club with panache. It’s a good place to catch promising young acts play live.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

This review of Hope Street Hotel in Liverpool is taken from our latest guidebook, Mr & Mrs Smith: Hotel Collection – UK/Ireland Volume 2.

When pondering new minibreak options, I’ve never previously found myself saying, ‘Ooh, Liverpool’. But that was before we discovered the chic boutique treat of staying at the Hope Street Hotel. When we find out that it’s just a quick walk from Lime Street Station, it seems daft to do anything but travel from London by train. The journey from Euston is surprisingly swift, marred only slightly by a post-10-pints passenger who joins at the penultimate stop.

At the station, milliseconds pass before a guy drops everything to give us directions. ‘Go up this road until you see a bombed-out church,’ he begins, before mapping out the 15-minute route. Picturing bleak ruins, we wonder if our destination is quite right for Mr & Mrs Smith-style romance. But, when we get to our HQ for the weekend, we apologise to Merseyside and all who sail in her. Billed as Liverpool’s ‘first boutique hotel’, the Hope Street Hotel is within the city’s cultural quarter, where you’ll find many restaurants and theatres, as well as the art deco Philharmonic Hall. The hotel building dates from 1860, but it is all modern minimalism inside, with a softly lit reception and low sofas in the lounge.

Mercifully, the receptionist who shows us to our suite forgoes the typical fastidious room tour (‘That’s the phone – really? And that’s the door?’), leaving the fun exploration stuff to us. Mr Smith starts playing with the Bang & Olufsen TV and sound system. I manage to hold back from jumping on the Egyptian-cotton-sheeted bed, but admire the room’s USPs: huge wooden beams, touch-on light switches, open-plan X-factor bathroom on an upper level. ‘I want that bath,’ I announce. ‘Where can I get that bath?’ I’m transfixed by the huge, freestanding wooden tub, accessorised with fluffy towels and REN products. The thing is clearly big enough for two, but there’s a plush leather armchair opposite, so you can quibble over who soaks and who gets to watch. For soakaphobes, there’s a huge glass-fronted shower, and double basins, complete with mist-free mirrors.

We dine in the hotel’s renowned restaurant, the London Carriage Works. The atmosphere is nicely busy and buzzy, the wine list never-ending, and the food incredible: all delicious, fresh, local and organic produce. It doesn’t hurt that chef Paul Askew’s cosmopolitan flavours are served in a grand property built at the end of the 19th century in the style of a Venetian palazzo. A private party means the hotel bar is off-limits, but it isn’t exactly a hardship sloping off to our suite to enjoy a couple of brandies there.

The bed – big enough to lose yourself in for a week – is tough to leave the next morning, particularly when the smoked salmon and scrambled egg breakfast arrives. But we finally haul ourselves up and out for an explore. Shopping-wise, Liverpool’s city centre has all the usual high-street favourites and so on, as well as independent and designer boutiques: Cricket at the Cavern centre, and Flannels at the Met Quarter. You may not be a celeb mag reader, but you have to have been in media exile not to have seen them swinging in bag-form at some point from a Wag’s arms in the ubiquitous paparazzi shots. And the atmosphere in town is chirpy – 10 times friendlier than what we’re used to down in the capital. ‘That looks lovely,’ says one woman, as I step out of a changing room cubicle – and she is another shopper, not the retail assistant selling me Vivienne Westwood I can’t afford.

Tate Liverpool in the Albert Dock is a new Tate for us, and well worth our time. Sadly our visit wasn’t timed to catch the Turner Prize exhibition, held here as a curtain-raiser for Liverpool’s status as European Capital of Culture 2008. The area in general is an agreeable place to wander around; we even get to enjoy our first outdoor drink of the year. Then it’s back home – aka Bang & Olufsen plus bed, for an afternoon movie and a snooze – perfect.

Evening meanders its way down the Mersey and we’re pleased to learn that Hope Street is packed with restaurants, including the recommended 60 Hope Street and the Side Door – but, we stumble across Valparaiso, just around the corner on Hardman Street. Liverpool’s only Chilean restaurant, it does a mean steak, and their traditional corn and mince pie is delicious, too.

After dinner we check out the hotel bar, where a pianist bashes out requests – Coldplay, not show tunes – on her Steinway Grand. We’re seduced by its big squishy sofas and delicious champagne cocktails; the atmosphere is energised yet relaxed, with a clientele that we guess is a mixture of locals and Hope Street guests.

You can have breakfast in the hotel restaurant, but we’re now utterly addicted to our suite, which I have, by this point, decided I’ll be replicating as the ultimate one-bed back home. We summon a trayful of toasted bagels in bed. ‘Room 406? Is that… Ms X?’ I’m asked, on calling room service. No, I tell them. ‘I know that name,’ I say to Mr Smith. ‘Isn’t she a fashion designer?’ He looks puzzled, then it clicks. We’re sharing the Hope Street Hotel with a much-photographed British pop minx. I have to admit, I quite like being mistaken for a pop star. And looking around the suite, I feel a bit like one, too.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Hope Street Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Spacious rooms, excellent service and the huge, comfy bed. There are many excellent restaurants on Bold Street, make sure you head there for dinner.

Don’t expect

Families with children.

Rating

Stayed on 21 Sep 2016

We loved

The staff were great. Location was great, room was very comfortable. Near to both Cathedrals, go up the tower in the Anglican Cathedral - worth the view. Talk to the retired clergy - very interesting stories. Everyman theatre cafe excellent at the end of the road of breakfast.

Don’t expect

Bit of building work in the morning, but not the hotel's fault - Liverpool is being rejuvenated, so understandable.

Rating

Stayed on 25 Aug 2016

We loved

The city is amazing, and the hotel is lovely. Loads to see and do lots of quirky pubs/bars

Don’t expect

A cheap breakfast or a "happy anniversary" on arrival when they had the heads up

Rating

Stayed on 13 Aug 2016

We loved

The location, the rooftop bar, clean spacious room (we got an upgrade for our anniversary thanks to Mr & Mrs Smith!) Breakfast around the corner at The Quarter was very good.

Don’t expect

Drawers..!!

Rating

Stayed on 6 Jul 2016

We loved

I loved the bed - the rooms - fresh coffee - staff. Walk to the docks and taxi back. Get a ticket for the Everyman, Philharmonic or the Pilgrim. Visit the cathedrals

Don’t expect

The breakfast included. I also should have asked if I could have swapped the bottle of wine for a glass of wine. Travelling alone it was too much.

Rating

Stayed on 8 Jun 2016

We loved

Friendly staff, restaurant, room. Recommend Bar Hannah around the corner. 9/10

Don’t expect

A big bar with quiet corners

Rating

Stayed on 2 Apr 2016

We loved

The staff, the food, where it was situated. Our children were well looked after, too. The restaurants local to the hotel are excellent. 

Don’t expect

A commercial hotel, this a proper boutique hotel

Rating

Stayed on 25 Mar 2016

We loved

The room was great - large, spacious and well laid out. Food in the London Carriageworks restaurant was lovely. Recommend visiting the Albert dock and the maritime museum, both were great. 

Don’t expect

It was a little noisy from adjoining rooms, but not too bad.

Rating

Stayed on 26 Feb 2016

We loved

Our evening meal in the restaurant was fabulous and the recommended wines delicious. The bar was a good place to sit and drink afterwards, lively but not too crammed.

Don’t expect

The rooms are rather bare and bland for our tastes. A little splash of colour wouldn't go amiss.

Rating

Stayed on 20 Feb 2016

We loved

The location; the setting is on a beautiful street lined with Regency houses.

Don’t expect

Many frills – there's not much to do in the hotel itself, so it meant we made the most of exploring the city. A lounge or drawing room area would have been nice for guests to enjoy.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Jan 2016

We loved

Friendly staff and well furnished and fitted out room. The hotel restaurant was excellent, with wonderful food and great service. Near to the rejuvenated areas of Liverpool.

Don’t expect

Countryside views!

Rating

Stayed on 7 Jan 2016

We loved

Friendly staff, stylish and comfortable room. Location in an attractive part of the city in easy walking distance of the city centre.

Don’t expect

No breakfast included, but that was not really a problem at the very competitive price we paid.

Rating

Stayed on 3 Jan 2016

We loved

The Hope Street Hotel is a lovely bright and airy hotel. The views from our room across the rooftops of Liverpool down towards the Livery Building were fantastic. The bathroom was just gorgeous, and the beds were heavenly. The whole experience was fantastic; we really enjoyed our stay!

Rating

Stayed on 8 Dec 2015

We loved

The staff were so friendly, rooms were fresh and clean. Ten out of 10.

Don’t expect

A cheap dinner, prices put us off so can't comment on value or quality.

Rating

Stayed on 12 Oct 2015

We loved

Our suite was outstanding with fab views from penthouse level balcony over Liverpool and its famous landmarks

Don’t expect

Easy parking but they do have a great parking deal at Liverpool Cathedral which is only 5 mins walk away and you can drop your bags off at the hotel before parking up. It has to be the most elegant car park you've ever stopped at!

Rating

Stayed on 23 Jun 2015

We loved

The hotel bar's cocktails!

Don’t expect

Immaculate, brand new bedrooms - the place showed signs of wear but in a way that added character and charm.

Rating

Stayed on 19 Jun 2015

We loved

Everything about the hotel and the fantastic service.

Rating

Stayed on 22 Feb 2015

We loved

The size of the room and the amazing view.

Don’t expect

Any noise.

Rating

Stayed on 20 Feb 2015

We loved

Lovely location in best part of town. Very cool and relaxed. Bed was awesome and service was excellent.

Don’t expect

Turn on fridge in the bedroom.

Rating

Stayed on 23 Dec 2014