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Old March 6th, 2006, 12:04 PM   #61
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My parents-in-law stayed at Trials last years, before it's revamp - it was nice, just in need of some love.

Anyone know how it's re-vamp went?
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Old April 5th, 2006, 11:19 AM   #62
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29-35 Seel St.

This item in the DP. the part of the report that made me laugh was when the hotel was converted to a 68 storey instead of 68 bedroom hotel. The DP should do better than this after all a quick read over this article would have caught that mistake, ummm 68 floors now there's a thought!!

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Old April 5th, 2006, 01:39 PM   #63
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haha, if only
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Old April 5th, 2006, 04:06 PM   #64
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Another hotel for Hope St Apr 5 2006



A SECOND boutique hotel is planned for Hope Street as a rival to the existing Hope Street Hotel.

The plan is part of a £55m regeneration of four university buildings.

Merseyside property firm Maghull Developments is considering the multi-million pound plan for the former homeopathic hospital.

Maghull is the preferred developer on a portfolio of four properties, belonging to Liverpool John Moores University (JMU), which it plans to transform with a number of mixed-use projects over the next five years.

They are 68 Hope Street, the former art college, 2 Blackburne Place, Josephine Butler House on the junction of Hope Street and Myrtle Street and 42 Hope Street, the location for the hotel.


Maghull managing director Mike Hanlon told the Daily Post: "This will be a significant city centre regeneration scheme. It will be mixed-use. There will be an element of residential, office accommodation and maybe retail and leisure as well.


"We have negotiated rolling breaks on each of the four so we could take vacant possession of a couple of them within the next 12 months. We are looking at an end value of around £55m."


No covenants exist restricting the use of the buildings, which are suitable for a number of commercial and residential uses.


The existing Hope Street Hotel and London Carriage-works Restaurant opened in February 2004 and within months established a reputation as one of the best places to stay in the North West.


In November of that year it was named as one of the "World's 50 Coolest Hotels" for 2004 by industry bible Conde Nast Traveller.


It has become a favourite with celebrities including former Everton and England star Paul Gascoigne and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who stayed there on a high profile visit last week.


In November last year its owners paid £1.4m to buy the building next door, the former Merseyside Police headquarters, in order to expand the 48-room hotel which enjoys an 80% occupancy rate.
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Old April 6th, 2006, 01:19 AM   #65
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Talking 68 STOREY ? Never --better knock 10 off it........

[QUOTE=Doug Roberts]This item in the DP. the part of the report that made me laugh was when the hotel was converted to a 68 storey instead of 68 bedroom hotel. The DP should do better than this after all a quick read over this article would have caught that mistake, ummm 68 floors now there's a thought!! QUOTE]

Doug this old print works was bought by Alias Hotel Group of Bristol and back in July 2004 they announced a revamp of this old building which has been derelict for 20 years. I wonder why they have backed out ?
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Old April 6th, 2006, 11:58 AM   #66
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Found this story, maybe Guestinvest have changed their minds on the Seel St. site and decided to bank a profit on the £3m property sale.


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LHM is reported to have signed a conditional agreement to sell its Alias Hotels chain to London-based hotel property firm GuestInvest for £30.4 million in cash. The opening in mid 2006 of the Alias Ropewalks in Liverpool will give Alias a total of five lifestyle hotels in the UK; this total could rise to 15 over the next five years as GuestInvest is said to be keen to push forward with the plans LHM already had in place. What will be new is GuestInvest's plan to allow private investors to buy a lease on a hotel room, a plan that could have its trial run at the Alias Hotel Seattle on the south coast in Brighton.
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Old April 27th, 2006, 10:38 AM   #67
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Planning application 06F/1096 - To refurbish and extend existing building to create 48 bed hotel with restaurant, bar/brasserie and function room at the Wellington Rooms, Mount Pleasant. application New Dimension Properties.

New Dimension have owned the Wellington Rooms (Irish Centre) for some time I'm glad to see something happening here.
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Old April 27th, 2006, 04:44 PM   #68
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It`s good to see a growing list of smaller hotels opening as they will add to the diversity of the downtown mix.

In many ways I`d rather see say 50 smaller hotels open than perhaps 15 major hotels - what the `eck, we can do both.
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Old May 6th, 2006, 12:54 AM   #69
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new website for revamped Trials hotel..

http://62castlestreet.co.uk/
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also looks like Room, the swanky restaurant, is opening in Trials' ground floor July. nice..
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Old May 6th, 2006, 04:05 PM   #71
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Trials Hotel was excellent when it first opened and also provided probably the best `bar food` for the City workers at lunch time.

My sister and my brother in law also stayed there and they were very impressed overall. Then of course there were a few recessions and Trials like a lot of hotels felt the pinch.

Good to see it bouncing back, although it`s always been popular I think, including with film makers.
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Old May 7th, 2006, 12:29 PM   #72
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Liverpool hotel group Centre Islands has added a boutique hotel to its portfolio with 62 Castle Street.

Formerly Trials hotel, the beautiful Grade II listed Georgian building has undergone a £2.5m refurbishment and will reopen in July.

The new hotel will include 20 bedroom suites, an intimate private dinning room, and two conference rooms.

Centre Islands owns and operates seven North West hotels including Crowne Plaza Liverpool, Holiday Inn City Centre and Express by Holiday Inn at the Albert Dock.

For details on the hotel’s progress, visit www.62castlest.com. Restaurant facilities are provided by the award winning Room Restaurants, for menu’s and further details visit www.roomrestaurants.com.



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Old May 8th, 2006, 03:19 PM   #73
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Boutique hotel opens after £2.5m facelift May 8 2006

LIVERPOOL'S newest boutique hotel, to be known as 62 Castle Street, is preparing to open after a £2.5m facelift.

The former Trials Hotel, at the corner of Castle Street and Derby Square, in the city centre, has been transformed during the past few months.

The work has been carried out by owners, the Centre Island group, who already run the Crowne Plaza at Princes Dock and the Holiday Inn in Lime Street.

The refurbishment has taken place to preserve the features of what is a Georgian, Grade II-listed building in the heart of the city's commercial quarter.


Martin Griffiths, managing director of 62 Castle Street, said last night: "Turning the notion of conventional hotels upside down, our hotel is Liverpool's newest and stylish boutique hotel, which is due to open in July, 2006. Our research shows that consumer demand is evolving.


"Travellers are now looking for 'experiences' that match their lifestyle and aspirations rather than branded stays. This latest addition to the Centre Island portfolio totally meets these aspirations."


The interior includes the individual design of 20 bedroom suites, an intimate private dining room, and two high-quality conference rooms complete with meeting equipment and the very latest in technology.


Centre Island is Merseyside's largest hotel employer, controlling the fortunes of the flagship Crowne Plaza Hotel and; Holiday Inn in Lime Street, as well as Express by Holiday Inn at the Albert Dock, and Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port-Cheshire Oaks.
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Arrow Hotels given spy bug alert .....

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Hotels given spy bug alert May 8 2006

By Neil Hodgson, Liverpool Echo

MAJOR hotels in Merseyside are vulnerable to the bugging of important business meetings, it was claimed today.

North west industry specialist Talk Safe UK contacted a range of hotels throughout the region, including five based in Liverpool.

They said their inquiries revealed that none of the hotels they contacted could guarantee that meeting rooms were swept for electronic eavesdropping gadgets before confidential business meetings took place.

"A growing number of corporate deals are conducted in hotels and the dangers of electronic eavesdropping in such easy-access venues should not be underestimated," said Talk Safe UK director Roger Bescoby.

"The research indicates a lack of awareness in the increase of bugging and surveillance.

"With the rapid growth of technology combined with relatively easy access to meeting rooms this is an area of growing concern," he said.

He added: "Bugging devices have become commonly available and can be installed in a matter of seconds.

"Hotels should consider counter surveillance as an option."

Ian Austin, managing partner at Liverpool law firm Halliwells, echoed Mr Bescoby's views and admitted: "I'm surprised at the findings.

"More and more business meetings are now taking place at neutral venues such as hotels.

"We would insist on a room being swept for bugs as commercially sensitive information needs to remain absolutely confidential. You can't take any chances," he said.

However, Geir Tonnessen, general manager of the Radisson SAS Hotel in Liverpool's Old Hall Street, said: "We don't normally sweep meeting rooms, but we will if asked."

Talk Safe pointed out that the danger of bugging is becoming more prevalent.

One recent high profile case involved an investigation by Manchester United Football Club into claims that their dressing room had been bugged during an important Premiership clash earlier this season.

Reports claimed that tapes contained team briefings.

(Another case for Inspector Gadget!!!)
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Old May 8th, 2006, 08:12 PM   #75
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The Radisson Old Hall St.

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Old May 11th, 2006, 11:00 AM   #76
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New Hotel in the Offing

Irish Center Hotel Dream
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Thanks Wormella. Hope they manage an imaginative and sympathetic conversion. Nothing too legoesque.
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It's about time The Wellington Rooms/Irish Centre was restored. Like the idea of a modern structure growing out of the old one.
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Old May 15th, 2006, 05:09 PM   #79
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The Hope St Hotel

My wife and I were fortunate enough to stay here on our wedding night, back in Nov 2004 not long after it had opened. We seriously looked at every hotel in the city, and were shocked at how poor the selection of decent hotels were. In the end we found the Hope Street Hotel by chance (on t'internet) and paid £250 for one night in the 'honeymoon suit' and it was worth every penny! It's a great location, and has a really intimate, friendly atmosphere, with beautiful detail everywhere in the building design - brick walls, wooden beams and in our room, a mezzanine bathroom with a freestanding Italian wooden bath!

The staff were wonderful (which you'd hope for that price, but they weren't at all snooty, which was refreshing) when we arrived we were too exhausted (from the stress of the wedding) to go to the bar for a drink so they offered to bring complimentary cocktails of our choice to our room for us. They also have a selection of CD's and DVD's you can order up to your room (at no charge) to watch on the amazing 30" Bang and Olufsen TV.

http://www.hopestreethotel.co.uk

I checked up on their prices the other day and the same room is now £350 a night - a 30% increase in 18 months, they must be doing well! (Sad to think that I'll never be able to afford to stay there again though..) Glad to hear about the extension plans, and the increase of this type of hotel in the city with the likes of 62 Castle Street and the potential development of the Irish Centre, not forgetting the good old SAS either!

Long live the ridiculously priced boutique!
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Thanks for sharing that Tom and welcome to the Liverpool forum.
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