The Beatles, football, the docks and hard graft are what Liverpool is best known for. But since 2008, when Liverpool was the European Capital of Culture, this city has had a few more of its facets shined up and revealed to the outside world. And in amongst the building work you'll find some of the best places to stay in Liverpool, honed from what were previously industrial or commercial premises.
Before 2008, Liverpool was already shining up its city centre. A centre which has always been blessed with more listed buildings than anywhere but London. To that buffed up centre came the museums and galleries, and restaurants, cafes and bars, which now make this a fascinating, as well as nice looking, city to explore.
One of the great things about Liverpool is that its architecture makes just walking around an interesting experience. St. George's Hall on Lime Street is considered by many to be one of the finest neo-classical buildings in Europe, St. Nicholas and Our Lady Church is an impressive local parish church and the area around Albert Dock has the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in the UK. If you direct your strolling towards these sights you can ensure you see the highlights.
It's worth taking a ferry across the Mersey to explore the Albert Dock area. This is where you'll find the Tate, the Maritime Museum and The Beatles Story Museum.
If you're on a Beatles pilgrimage some of the best places to stay in Liverpool are around the Cavern Quarter. Which is also a good location if you're here for the shopping! Cavern Walks in the Cavern Quarter is where you'll spy all the premium boutiques, and where you're most likely to spot a WAG.
The area around Lark Lane is one of the best places to stay in Liverpool for foodies. this is where you'll find many of the top eateries. And if you're here for the nightlife try the area around Seel Street, recently voted the fourth 'Hippest Street' in the UK.
Once owned by Genesis, these iconic recording studios, the biggest outside London, now house a cool, contemporary, funky hotel. Bang in the middle of bustling Liverpool, there are still three recording studios and the Attic bar in the same building. Bedrooms are well equipped with the necessities.
Liverpool (Ropes walk)
Best family value in Liverpool in the city centre in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Smart comfortable ensuite rooms, from singles to suites. 24 hour concierge, friendly, helpful staff, room service breakfast only, just moments away from bars and restaurants of the vibrant Ropes Walk area.
Right in the heart of this thriving city, the purpose built Malmasion is situated on Liverpool's historic waterfront. The winning formula of comfort, good food and excellent service is much in demand with a loyal clientele. Well-appointed bedrooms from standard to suites. Smart bar and brasserie.
Billed as the only Beatles inspired hotel in the world, this 'Fab Four' star stylish hotel is housed in the elegant grade two star Central Buildings in the 'Beatles Quarter' of the city. Next door is the famous Cavern Club where the Beatles rose to fame. Beatle memorabilia and Beatle mania rules.
Utra funky, multi-coloured 4 star boutique hotel with Marco Pierre White grill. Built on the site of a cotton warehouse and close to the historic and vibrant waterfront, shops and Albert Dock. Bold designs, contemporary bedrooms, cool gym and not to be missed is the signature Cotton Candy Cocktail!
Liverpool (5 Chapel Street)
Built in the style of an Italian Palazzo in 1857 by a wealthy merchant, and then used as Gentleman's Club. Centrally situated, and now a family run institution with an award winning restaurant Ziba. Contemporary original art is mixed with traditional furnishings, bedrooms are beautifully appointed.