Designed by Jesse Harley and built in 1855, this Grade II 19th century warehouse at Stanley Dock has been completely transformed into a luxurious 153 bedroom hotel. Remaining faithful to the unique heritage of the hotel and its original architectural features, Dublin-based adi studio has created a stylish, yet welcoming space that is sure to become a prime destination for residents and visitors to the city.
Renamed in recognition of the city’s connection to the famous liner, the Titanic Hotel is the first of a multi-staged redevelopment at Stanley Dock Village, which will transform the former Tobacco and South Warehouses into an innovative residential, business, retail, educational and leisure complex.
The warehouses were once the life blood of the thriving Port of Liverpool, storing rum and tobacco imported from exotic locations, while the docks at the mouth of the Mersey River, including Stanley Dock, pioneered modern dock technology, transport and port management. The prosperous trading Liverpool enjoyed through its docks and canals was at the core of its halcyon days as the Second City of the Empire.
With this illustrious history in mind, the renovation project has retained many of the original brick and iron features which pay homage to the World Heritage site status of the area, and which now complement the hotel’s high quality fittings and eclectic designer furniture.
“In just a little over a year this beautiful historic Liverpool landmark has been completely metamorphosed from a derelict brick shell to a hotel like nothing else in the city, or even the world,” says general manager, Greg Place of this ambitious redevelopment.
“We are extremely proud of what stands here in the North Warehouse at Stanley Dock today – a project everyone has worked very hard to achieve. Like Liverpool’s ancestors who brought goods in from the New World more than a century ago and developed this city into what it is today, so do we want to be the pioneers for the next generation and life at Stanley Dock with the new Titanic Hotel Liverpool.”
The full scale of the refurbishment can be fully appreciated when entering into the gargantuan reception space, with its views across the VIP lounge and bar to the waterfront terrace. The interior has remained true to the industrial heritage of the structure, its red brick arches, pillars and cool stone floors coalescing perfectly with the stylish new furnishings.
Cheshire-based furniture designer and manufacturer, Style Matters, created a number of bespoke furniture designs for the project. Among these were luxurious, deep antique chesterfields in the VIP lounge, signature lounge chairs with antique Cart tables and ‘Draughtsman’ bar stools.
The hugely generous proportions of the hotel’s guest rooms are also particularly notable, as well as the spectacular vistas they boast over the Mersey estuary or the Tobacco Warehouse. Each guest room has a separate bath and drench shower, and features an earthy, soothing colour scheme for a subtle, yet luxuruous feel.
Stanley’s Bar and Grill, headed up by renowned chef Alex Worrall, features a menu of regional meat products, fish from the Cornwall shores and locally sourced vegetables, as well as freshly baked goods from a unique social enterprise involving students from Liverpool City College.
The hotel’s stylish hideaway, the Rum Bar, features 60 different varieties of the world’s very best rums which can be tailored into ‘Rum Tale’ cocktails devised by specialist mixologists – providing guests the story from the birth place of the rum, its journey to the bottle, all the way through to why the ingredients have been chosen.
The hotel’s waterside terrace, meanwhile, offers views across the dock to the original Pumping Station and to the immense Tobacco Warehouse, and provides the ideal spot to enjoy a cocktail.
In the depths of the luxury Titanic Hotel is the T-Spa, which will open later this summer. With five treatment rooms encased in exposed brickwork arches, a Roman bath pool area, aqua thermal experiences as well as a Technogym, T-Spa is now the city’s most sumptuous destination to escape, relax and unwind for guests and visitors alike.
The adjoining events space, the Rum Warehouse, has been open since June, welcoming prestigious events from the International Festival for Business with space for 1000 theatre-style, 600 for dinner on the ground floor and up on the mezzanine area a further 300 with 14,000m² exhibition space.