Hotels in Liverpool
The glass-and-steel Malmaison is a flashy addition to the banks of the Mersey. A shiny industrial metal stairway spirals upward at the front desk to the champagne bar; architectural photographs of the city help set the urbane mood.
A few doors down Mathew Street from where the Beatles played the Cavern, is the Hard Days Night Hotel. With Beatles-themed rooms and other nostalgic kitschiness, it's just of the kind of blatant attempt at commercialization that seems bound to fail in Liverpool.
A once-dreary waterfront city recently dubbed a European Capital of Culture, Liverpool has always prided itself on being out of the mainstream. The Hope Street Hotel is in the Georgian Quarter, near several repertory theaters.
This members-only club is geared toward a younger set. It has music pumping, no reception area, and six spacious, starkly designed guest rooms. It couldn't be better situated, straddling the main shopping area and the Cavern Quarter of bars and clubs.