Entering the grounds of the Titanic Hotel Liverpool 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.
Some five stories high and once a rum warehouse the building sits alongside Stanley dock. Facing the Titanic Hotel Liverpool from the opposite side of the dock is the similarly huge Tobacco warehouse that is now, inevitably, being developed in to luxury flats.
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.
Where hotels in the central part of the city have modestly sized rooms and comparatively limited public space, Titanic Hotel Liverpool interiors are vast, open and airy.
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.
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 the Titanic Hotel Liverpool 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 sadly there are hardly any alternative diet or vegetarian options at all.
The lounge and bar atmosphere however are good, and those seeking fresh air can spill out on to the Titanic Hotel Liverpool s 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Titanic Hotel 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.
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 Liverpool
For more information visit ”www.titanichotelliverpool.com”