“We thought we’d be really big, in Liverpool” - Paul McCartney
Having been born and raised in Liverpool, it’s safe to say that the Beatles music has featured heavily In My Life. As such, I was very excited to receive an invitation to visit Hard Days Night, the world’s only Beatles themed hotel.
It is set in a grand, Grade II-listed building in the heart of Liverpool’s city centre, two minutes away from Liverpool One shopping. Just around the corner is Mathew Street and the world famous Cavern Club, where the Beatles rose to fame. The hotel is filled with Beatles memorabilia, from exclusive photographs and artwork on the walls and a Yellow Submarine jukebox in the lobby.
Beatles music, as you would expect, features throughout but not too much. Just enough to create a feel-good atmosphere and a buzz in the bar area. Underlying the musical theme is excellent service, contemporary interior decor and, most importantly, a stylish cocktail bar serving aptly named cocktails such as All You Need Is Love and Strawberry Fields.
I took my mum along with me who is a huge Beatles fan and who wanted to join me as a Day Tripper to visit the hotel. When we arrived we took a seat in the Lounge & Bar for a light meal. We each chose a sandwich and cocktail. My Grilled Halloumi and Tomato Fondue ciabatta (£6.76) was so tasty and much better than the usual bar food you receive in hotels, as was mum’s Roast Beef and Creamed Horseradish (£6.75). Both accompanied with a side of the most delicious chunky chips!
The Lounge & Bar is located in the heart of the hotel. With stunning imagery and artefacts of The Beatles all around. It’s where guests can also enjoy the hotel's famous afternoon tea and is also one of my favourite places to go to in the city to meet friends for a cocktail. On this occasion I had a Cosmopolitan and mum had a White Album Mojito, both £8.00.
Once we’d finished eating we went up to our room on the 4th floor. I was pleasantly surprised at how spacious the room was for a city centre hotel. There are 110 rooms in total ranging from luxury to deluxe. Despite being a themed hotel, the decor oozes class and sophistication. Taking pride of place above the bed was an original piece of Beatles inspired art names ‘Let it Be’, mum’s favourite Beatles song.
All of the rooms are equipped with free WiFi and an interactive LCD TV. Initially the technology in the room got the better of us and we considered phoning reception to ask for Help! but we persevered, promising ourselves We Can Work It Out. Sure enough the TV soon sprang into action and out blasted some classic hits while we enjoyed the view across the city from our private balcony.
The bed in the room was so comfortable, I slept like a log. Four Liverpool lads famously sang that Money Can't Buy Me Love, but it can buy you a thoroughly relaxing stay in this gorgeous hotel. If you really wanted to splurge, £650.00 will buy a night in the Lennon Suite, a stunning white room with it’s very own white grand piano.
The following morning I woke up feeling refreshed and thinking I Feel Fine. I went out onto the balcony to watch the sun come up before heading down for breakfast in Blakes restaurant.
Blakes is named after Sir Peter Blake who created the iconic sleeve for the Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album. The restaurant houses original Beatles artwork including a centrepiece display of 60 images of icons from the album's sleeve.
After a hearty breakfast we collected our bags and bid the doorman Hello, Goodbye before setting off on the Long and Winding Road home.
Do you want to know a secret? Q Park in Liverpool One offers a discounted rate for Hard Days Night guests and is just a two minute walk away.
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Cocktail Saturdays was a guest of The Hard Days Night Hotel.