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Hotel Highlights

  • Lively bar with up-and-coming and well-known bands
  • Fine dining in stylish London Carriage Works restaurant
  • Great location in Liverpool's cultural quarter

Overview

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

Here's what you get for booking Hope Street Hotel with us:

A bottle of house wine, plus free late check-out until 1pm (usually charged at £10 an hour and subject to availability)

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Hope Street Hotel

Advance purchase offer: 20% off Stay 2 nights and get 10% off Stay 3 nights and get 15% off

Facilities

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Hope Street Hotel – Liverpool – United Kingdom

Need To Know

Rooms

89, including seven suites and two penthouses.

Check–out

Weekdays, 11am; weekends, midday. Later check‑outs charged at £10 an hour, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $98.96 (£63), 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.

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, and small pets can be put up – a cleaning fee of £30 will be charged.

Children

Welcome: games available; under-fives eat free. Cribs and extra beds for under‑14s can be provided in the studio rooms, at no extra cost.

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Food & Drink

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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

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

Smith Insider

Dress code

Relaxed and urbane.

Top table

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

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

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 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.

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).

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Lofty Liverpool palazzo

Hope Street Hotel

40 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9DA, 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.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Claire Baylis , Glossy-gracing freelancer

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…
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Hope Street Hotel

Anonymous review by Claire Baylis, Glossy-gracing freelancer

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

Reviews of Hope Street Hotel from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We were upgraded so room was amazing! Lovely views from the hotel. Staff helpful. Beds so comfortable.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Superb hotel facilities with a spacious room (321), comfy big bed and plenty of hanging space. View toward the city over rooftops but elevated position makes it quite spectacular - particularly at night.

Don’t expect

I tried to book a late check out but the hotel said it may not be possible. We didn't truly need it but I was disappointed.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Beautiful room, very spacious, fantastic bathroom, lots of extras. Only a few minutes walk into the city.

Don’t expect

Prices a bit steep in the restaurant, menu not to my choice but it was packed so very popular.

Rating: 6/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Friendly staff, great room with an amazing view across the entire cityscape.

Don’t expect

There was a function going upstairs which was rather noisy! (We were on the fourth floor.)

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Suite 406 was simply stunning. Staff, service and amenities were five star! We could not have been more impressed, nothing was too much trouble. Beautiful restaurant, great staff. The location was great to access the many sites of Liverpool.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the room, fantastic view, the welcome – as friendly and helpful as ever – and being back in Liverpool.

Don’t expect

Breakfast on Saturday felt a bit rushed to me because the restaurant was busy.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We liked the location and the breakfasts.

Don’t expect

The lighting in the rooms could have been better and there was no ventilation in the bathroom.

Rating: 5/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We liked the cool, ski-chalet interior and thought the hotel was great value for money!

Don’t expect

We were promised a bottle of champagne on check-in which never eventuated but they left us a block of chocolate, which we enjoyed.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is a great hotel with a relaxed atmosphere and friendly, professional staff. It has excellent facilities; I would love to return!

Rating: 10/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel reflected perfectly the beach environment. With the attentiveness of the staff, you have a perfect restful hotel for those long weekend breaks.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the fantastic bar and restaurant, lovely rooms and friendly staff.

Don’t expect

Rooms are very noisy and you can hear everything in the corridor and neighbouring rooms. I stayed for two nights and housekeeping did not make up the room after the first night.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The room was well appointed and the view was lovely. I stayed in a twin room with friend for a girly catch up.

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel was very relaxing from the minute you walked in – there was a lovely smell of candles and plenty of spaces to relax in. The room was fantastic, with a very comfortable bed and great bathroom. The toiletries were also great.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel's style, the attention to detail and the friendly helpful staff.

Don’t expect

Breakfast could have been served faster for guests who are in a hurry.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the style of the hotel; nine out of ten.

Don’t expect

The room we stayed in was too warm – I'm usually cold but the room was stuffy so I had to open windows and use air-conditioning.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the friendly staff and the entire hotel was beautiful; the beds are so comfy you never want to leave!

Don’t expect

I would've liked a dressing table with a mirror.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved everything from the very friendly staff to the stylish bedrooms and the filling breakfasts. As a veggie, a full-English breakfast can sometimes be less than 'full' but mine was great.

Don’t expect

I would've liked less air conditioning: Liverpool is cool enough, in both senses of the word!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the spacious room with plenty of storage space for clothing and luggage; it was quiet with very little road noise. It's convenient for the city centre but has a good selection of eating places within walking distance. The staff was pleasant and helpful.

Don’t expect

The building is quite complicated to get round initially and could use more directional signage.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This hotel is prefect for lively nights. I got a great welcome and when I got back late (after midnight) I was asked what I needed and answered 'I'd love some chocolate' and a whole bar of delicious dark chocolate was given to me, free! My room was lovely and sunny and light and overlooked the rooftops of Liverpool and I could even see the Mersey in the distance. Good breakfast, too.

Don’t expect

The kettle in the room was a bit of a hazard.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the clean fresh lines in the hotel room and the great contemporary decor, which was also very comfortable with all we needed. We were also given an upgrade. The staff on the front desk and room service was very accomodating and helpful.

Don’t expect

The first morning there did not seem to be enough staff at breakfast, just one at first greeting and taking orders. But it improved and the breakfast was good.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the warm welcome on arrival, the large suite and the great food and drink. I liked everything, really. Plus, it is very dog friendly.

Don’t expect

The weather could've been better! We stayed on the night of one of the worst winter storms. And, our dog was upset that she wasn't the cutest pooch staying!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the atmosphere of the hotel and the wonderful finishing touches.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Very efficient and friendly service; I stayed in room 406 and highly recommend it for the bathroom and general room facilities. Good location.

Don’t expect

Parking is somewhat limited but if you are planning on having two days and one night in Liverpool then parking at the Anglican Cathedral is a good option.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is a lovely quiet hotel, in a great area on the edge of the city centre. The friendly staff even gave me a free room upgrade.

Don’t expect

The king-size beds in the studio room had two single mattresses, rather than one king size.

Rating: 10/10 stars