Titanic Hotel – Stanley Dock, Liverpool

Entering the grounds of the Titanic Hotel is rather like arriving at an imposing Victorian prison. Castellated turrets resembling giant chess pieces guard the entrance and exit of a large cobbled courtyard that lies before a formidable looking redbrick building.

Titanic Hotel Stanley Docks Liverpool

Some five stories high and once a rum warehouse the building sits alongside Stanley dock. Facing it from the opposite side of the dock is the similarly huge Tobacco warehouse that is now, inevitably, being developed in to luxury flats.

Titanic Hotel Stanley Docks Liverpool

This is the heart of the Stanley Dock conservation area, the latest region of the city slated for regeneration and development. Although sitting a couple of miles from the city centre and Albert Dock, what the hotel loses in convenience it gains in space.

Titanic Hotel Stanley Docks Liverpool

Where hotels in the central part of the city have modestly sized rooms and comparatively limited public space, the Titanic Hotel interiors are vast, open and airy.

Titanic Hotel Stanley Docks Liverpool

Entering the property under a suitably industrial steel sign, the building’s industrial heritage is clear to see. Solid iron columns and girders rise from dark wood floors to support the high vaulted brick ceilings.

Titanic Hotel Stanley Docks Liverpool

The designers have carefully added to this with solid furnishings, leather chairs and industrial style light fittings. An open plan reception morphs in to a lounge and Stanley’s Bar & Grill. Sadly the menu offerings are somewhat overpriced, fairly unremarkable and lack imagination. Those less keen on standard meat-oriented meals should note that there are hardly any alternative diet or vegetarian options at all.

Titanic Hotel Stanley Docks Liverpool

The lounge and bar atmosphere however are good, and those seeking fresh air can spill out on to a spectacular and long terrace that overlooks the docks. Breakfasts, taken in the Stanley Grill are from a very generous and good quality buffet but they disappoint with an extra charge for cappuccino or latte.

Titanic Hotel Stanley Docks Liverpool

Also disappointing is the fact that the pool facilities are only accessible with yet another extra charge. For a brief morning swim it costs £40 for two people to have a dip – a minus point in an otherwise excellent stay.

Titanic Hotel Stanley Docks Liverpool

The pool is part of the subterranean Maya Blue spa which also has treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam room and relaxation lounge, all attractively set under the same brick vaulted ceilings.

Titanic Hotel Stanley Docks Liverpool

Whilst the dining and pool facilities disappoint, the rooms more than compensate. The smallest start at a vast 56m2, more than many good sized local apartments and are truly spectacular value for money.

Titanic Hotel Stanley Docks Liverpool

With the ultra cool style of a Manhattan loft or Wapping warehouse there is exposed brick, original vaulted ceilings (in many rooms) and a tasteful colour palette. Pale grey walls are countered with flashes of blue, leather and mid-tone wood. Angle-poise style lamps are mounted beside the beds and large prints of historic dockyard scenes of ships designs grace the walls.

Titanic Hotel Stanley Docks Liverpool

Bathrooms are similarly generous in size, stylish fitted and well stocked with white fluffy towels. The rooms have all the usual extras in the way of Nespresso machines, safes and so on as well as plenty of extra seating and desk space to use up the excess footage. The best views are from those rooms that face the hulking Tobacco Warehouse nearby.

Titanic Hotel Stanley Docks Liverpool

With a name that nods to the Liverpool connections of the notorious liner – this is a big, bold and brave hotel. Once the extra charges are considered, the Titanic Hotel provides a spectacular and unique stay.

CELLOPHANELAND* were guests of the titanic hotel

For more information visit www.titanichotelliverpool.com

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