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Old November 9th, 2005, 05:25 PM   #41
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They still are.

I booked a night there for my nan who was visiting. She got ill and I had to cancel. My credit card was charged anyway even though I gave enough notice. They're still refusing to give the money back as of this moment as I don't have a "cancellation number" Needless to say they never gave me one.

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Old November 9th, 2005, 05:27 PM   #42
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Ha ha ha. "umpa lumpa", spot on mate.
I think apart from Willy Wonkas' chocolate factory Liverpool has the highest population of umpa lumpas in the world
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Old November 9th, 2005, 11:45 PM   #43
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Old November 10th, 2005, 07:37 AM   #44
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Arrow Hotel buys police station .....

http://icliverpool.icnetwork.co.uk/b...name_page.html

Hotel buys police station Nov 9 2005

By Bill Gleeson, Daily Post

THE Hope Street Hotel is to expand after its owners paid £1.4m to buy the building next door.

The hotel company has taken possession of what was the Merseyside Police headquarters on Hope Street. The last remaining staff of the Merseyside Police Authority vacated the former station last week.

Hope Street Hotel owner David Brewitt said he expected to submit a planning application for the conversion of the building's existing 10,000 sq ft into a hotel together with another 5,000 sq ft of new space to be added as an extension to the premises. The building currently has permission for residential use.

The acquisition of the former police headquarters is part of an expansion strategy that could see the hotel group open new venues in Manchester and Chester. It follows the success of the 48-room boutique hotel since it was opened two years ago. Mr Brewitt said it currently enjoys an 80% occupancy rate.

Hope Street Hotel is currently marketed as part of the Design Hotels Consortium.

The conversion will be masterminded by Liverpool architectural practice Falconer Chester.

"We would like to do something very interesting with it. It will be a modern version of the existing hotel," said Mr Brewitt..

He added: "The new building is an ugly 60s design, but we will turn it into a sparkling hotel."

It is hoped that an upmarket spa operator can be attracted to use part of the extended premises. There will also be conferencing facilities.

"I think we will spend about £1.5m redeveloping the building.

"I think we may have paid a bit over the odds for it, but it is more valuable to us than anybody else. I'm sure we can make it work.

"There are lots of developers out there who keep chasing us because of the success of the hotel.

"I would like to have five hotels in say five years' time..

"There are 700 people a night staying in four star hotels in Liverpool. We would like to offer something approaching five star standard," said Mr Brewitt.

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Old November 10th, 2005, 01:31 PM   #45
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The Hope Street hotel - is that the one with the Piano bar downstairs in the 'basement' ?

Mate of mine and his laydee stayed there for the weekend a few weeks back, said it was superb. The piano bar is nice, even if the barstaff have the annoying habit of thinking they're in cocktail whenever they serve bottles / spirits.

As for the worst - the Jamaica House.

Once told another mate to stay there as a joke, not thinking he'd actually book it..

He got an ear infection and nearly went deaf
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Old December 8th, 2005, 04:17 PM   #46
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Lets hear it for the Dolby on queens dock. I used to work there and my mum found it hilarious that I could book someone into their room, exchange keys,turn around to pour them a pint and then skip through a door to make them their dinner. Faulty towers, literally.
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Old December 14th, 2005, 06:32 PM   #47
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Adelphi Hotel today, the lounge shows some of the opulence that was built into this hotel but it really needs investment to regain its position in the pecking order.





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Old January 21st, 2006, 09:48 PM   #48
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Cleaning up the beatles hotel quite nicely. Amazing what a spring clean can do.
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Old January 21st, 2006, 10:10 PM   #49
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Cheers Buggered. It's good to see such an excellent building being brought back to life. I hope The Beatles hotel works out.

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Old January 21st, 2006, 10:15 PM   #50
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Agreed. Just been looking round some of the other threads and I like the progress being made on hanover St too. I love those buildings, especially the Stanley building at the bottom end of the block.
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 01:03 PM   #51
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Stunning pictures of the Adelphi Doug,it just shows you how grand the Titanic actually was.
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Old January 24th, 2006, 02:22 PM   #52
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The Lord Nelson is/was a bit ruff...
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Old January 25th, 2006, 12:46 AM   #53
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Top-end hotel trade a match for anyone Jan 24 2006
By Bill Gleeson, Daily Post

HOTELS in Liverpool enjoyed one of the strongest improvements in trading conditions of any city in Europe last year.

Figures compiled as part of a benchmarking study by accountancy firm KPMG and internet-based research group The Bench show that Liverpool's upmarket hotel brands experienced the second best growth in occupancy rates compared to other cities in Europe, including London and Paris.

Figures contributed by Radisson SAS, Marriott and Thistle show an 11.5% increase in room occupancy rates during 2005 compared to 2004.

The study also reveals that the hoteliers were able to increase nightly charges for a room by 6%, to an average of 100.50 euros. That figure was the 16th best-performing city in Europe, according to the benchmark study.

The rise is attributed to an increase in low-cost air travel, which has benefited hotels throughout the UK.

Gatwick recorded the fastest-growing prices in hotel rooms in Europe. London and had the highest room rates. The new data, which covers over 330,000 hotel rooms worldwide, shows average room rates for hotels in Gatwick rose by 11% in 2005 to 114 euros, ahead of price increases in Paris, which were up 9%. Price increases in London rose by an average of 3.7% to 189 euros.

When measuring growth in revenue per available room (RevPAR), which is an industry performance measure, regional destinations outside London were found to be growing at almost double the rate experienced in the capital. The regions achieved a 6.1% increase in RevPAR, compared to 3.84% in London.

Jamie Chappell, managing director of The Bench said, "London recovered remarkably quickly from the July bombings to remain at the head of European performance rankings in terms of overall RevPAR, but the fact that the rest of the UK grew almost twice as much, highlights the terrific performance of regional destinations like Gatwick, Aberdeen and Liverpool."

According to KPMG, hotels should be achieving occupancy levels of 70%. In the UK, Liverpool, Aberdeen and Manchester achieved higher levels of occupancy.

Philip Camble, a hotel adviser at KPMG's travel, tourism and leisure practice says, "Within the business-oriented cities under review, strong weekend trade is critical to achieving average annual occupancy levels in excess of 70%, which should be the target for all city centre hotels.

"Weekend occupancy is therefore crucial to the business model, and remains a key part of marketing and sales strategies for the industry as a whole," he added.
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Old January 28th, 2006, 10:22 AM   #54
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Front page DP today, Adelphi to get a multi-million pound revamp!!

Great news, all 402 rooms to be refurbished, new banqueting hall to have 1,000 capacity!! the Reeces dairy at the rear of the hotel to be converted into a multi storey car park, amazing the management must be regular readers of SSC!!

Hotel owner, Alex Langsam said "I don't want to do to the Adelphi what they did to the Midland Hotel in Manchester. They had a lovely old hotel and battered it. We have marble and panelling at the Adelphi. It is not the sort of hotel that would benefit from a modern makeover. We see ourselves as the custodians of a fine old building" good on yer Alex!!

Eileen Downey, general manager says "We are getting refurbished because this is a damn good business, I'm full tonight, I'm full tomorrow night. Whether or not there is football, there is not a Saturday night in the year I could sell you a room. I'm full now for the Grand National and I'm full for the August Bank Holiday"
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Old January 28th, 2006, 02:00 PM   #55
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Talking Can I borrow your crystal ball.!!!!..............

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Adelphi Hotel today, the lounge shows some of the opulence that was built into this hotel but it really needs investment to regain its position in the pecking order.





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Whats your next prediction, Doug ????
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Old January 29th, 2006, 01:32 AM   #56
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What fantastic news! Never been in the Adelphi but looking at those pics, a refurb will further accentuate the grandeur many of Liverpool's buildings exude both externally and internally.
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Old February 26th, 2006, 02:22 PM   #57
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Angry You`re having a laf aint you .....

Here are some signs and notices written in English that were discovered throughout the world. You have to give the writers an 'E' for Effort.

In a Tokyo Hotel:
Is forbidden to steal hotel towels please. If you are not a person to do such thing is please not to read notis.

In a Bucharest hotel lobby:
The lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable.

In a Leipzig elevator:
Do not enter the lift backwards, and only when lit up.

In a Belgrade hotel elevator:
To move the cabin, push button for wishing floor. If the cabin should enter more persons, each one should press a number of wishing floor. Driving is then going alphabetically by national order.

In a Paris hotel elevator:
Please leave your values at the front desk.

In a hotel in Athens:
Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9 and 11 A.M. daily.

In a Yugoslavian hotel:
The flattening of underwear with pleasure is the job of the chambermaid.

In a Japanese hotel:
You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid.

In the lobby of a Moscow hotel across from a Russian Orthodox monastery:
You are welcome to visit the cemetery where famous Russian and Soviet composers, artists, and writers are buried daily except Thursday.

In an Austrian hotel catering to skiers:
Not to perambulate the corridors in the hours of repose in the boots of ascension.

On the menu of a Swiss restaurant:
Our wines leave you nothing to hope for.

On the menu of a Polish hotel:
Salad a firm's own make; limpid red beet soup with cheesy dumplings in the form of a finger; roasted duck let loose; beef rashers beaten up in the country people's fashion.

Outside a Hong Kong tailor shop:
Ladies may have a fit upstairs.

In a Bangkok dry cleaner's:
Drop your trousers here for best results.

Outside a Paris dress shop:
Dresses for street walking.

In a Rhodes tailor shop:
Order your summers suit. Because is big rush we will execute customers in strict rotation.

A sign posted in Germany's Black forest:
It is strictly forbidden on our black forest camping site that people of different sex, for instance, men and women, live together in one tent unless they are married with each other for that purpose.

In a Zurich hotel:
Because of the impropriety of entertaining guests of the opposite sex in the bedroom, it is suggested that the lobby be used for this purpose.

In an advertisement by a Hong Kong dentist:
Teeth extracted by the latest Methodists.

In a Rome laundry:
Ladies, leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time.

In a Czechoslovakian tourist agency:
Take one of our horse-driven city tours - we guarantee no miscarriages.

Advertisement for donkey rides in Thailand:
Would you like to ride on your own ass?

In a Swiss mountain inn:
Special today - no ice cream.

In a Bangkok temple:
It is forbidden to enter a woman even a foreigner if dressed as a man.

In a Tokyo bar:
Special cocktails for the ladies with nuts.

In a Copenhagen airline ticket office:
We take your bags and send them in all directions.

On the door of a Moscow hotel room:
If this is your first visit to the USSR, you are welcome to it.

In a Norwegian cocktail lounge:
Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar.

In a Budapest zoo:
Please do not feed the animals. If you have any suitable food, give it to the guard on duty.

In the office of a Roman doctor:
Specialist in women and other diseases.

In an Acapulco hotel:
The manager has personally passed all the water served here.

In a Tokyo shop:
Our nylons cost more than common, but you'll find they are best in the long run.

From a Japanese information booklet about using a hotel air conditioner:
Cooles and Heates: If you want just condition of warm in your room, please control yourself.

From a brochure of a car rental firm in Tokyo:
When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn. Trumpet him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles your passage then tootle him with vigor.

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1,000s of maitime companies employ 10s of 1,000s of staff with an annual turnover of £2.5bns+ / 15% of the Merseyside economy. The Super Port of Liverpool is expanding & with 150,000 ship movements a year, the River Mersey is the UK’s 3rd busiest estuary.
http://www.shipais.com/index.php
The Merseyrail network runs 700 services a day, the most intense of any in the UK apart from London Underground.
http://visitliverpool.com/
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Old February 26th, 2006, 05:23 PM   #58
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I recall in Hong Kong seeing a sign on some market stall which said 'You Broke You Buy!'. Charming eh?
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Old February 26th, 2006, 10:43 PM   #59
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And in a London news agents (yesterday) .....

"We are not a libarary - buy first read later"



Which probably accounts for the derailment of my train of thought .....
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1,000s of maitime companies employ 10s of 1,000s of staff with an annual turnover of £2.5bns+ / 15% of the Merseyside economy. The Super Port of Liverpool is expanding & with 150,000 ship movements a year, the River Mersey is the UK’s 3rd busiest estuary.
http://www.shipais.com/index.php
The Merseyrail network runs 700 services a day, the most intense of any in the UK apart from London Underground.
http://visitliverpool.com/

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Old March 6th, 2006, 11:39 AM   #60
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Pete Burns' mate chooses the Adelphi as his number one hotel in the world

Me and my travels George Galloway, MP

Interview by Carl Wilkinson
Sunday March 5, 2006
The Observer

I never travel without...
A Montecristo No 2 cigar. People keep buying me cigar wallets, but I keep losing them, so usually the cigar travels in my top pocket, which isn't good for it.

My last trip was to...

Cairo. I was arrested and held all night. Next day, I got an apology from the President and a bouquet of flowers bigger than my desk. The only man who can say he's sane is the one who has been discharged from a mental home - he has a certificate to prove it. So I'm probably the only man certain to get into Cairo on my next trip: there was so much trouble over my last one it's inconceivable I'll be arrested again (touch wood).

My idea of paradise is...

Cuba: sun, sea, socialism, tobacco and beautiful girls! I've been many times in dark days and fine, and I'm going again soon because I'm writing the Fidel Castro biography, which should be out in October. The writing's mainly done, but I have to make a final choice of pictures from various archives in Cuba.

My top travel tip is...

Travel light. There's nothing worse than lugging heavy baggage. If there is, it's losing your heavy baggage. Most trips don't require a fifth of the clothes people habitually take - and that's especially aimed at women. I try to travel with only carry-on luggage.

My favourite hotel is...


The Adelphi in Liverpool. My second favourite would be the Mamounia in Marrakesh. Both are marvellous Art Deco hotels. I love Art Deco and even collect it - I go to fairs on Sundays and buy anything from ashtrays to radios and furniture.

I always bring back...

Cigars and anyone who cares about me does too. It's the only way I can smoke Havanas. They're too expensive here.

My first trip was...

An Aer Lingus flight to Dublin from Glasgow in 1960. I was six. I remember it clearly - the green and white livery, the view from the plane, the landing. It was unbelievably glamorous, unlike today.

To me, travel now is...


A drag. The best thing about it is that I'm out of telephone contact for a couple of hours, I can read intensively and perhaps see a decent movie.

The best place I've been is...


Iraq. It's magical. I first visited in 1993. I fell in love with it, head over heels. It's one of the few places I physically long for. I could probably go back if I stayed out of the way of the British and US troops. If I go, it'll be illegally, over the Syrian border.
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