Hard Days Night Hotel is the only Beatles themed hotel in the world. It’s situated right in the heart of Liverpool (around the corner from the famous Cavern Club where the Beatles, amongst many others, played when they started out).
The hotel, a stonesthrow away from Liverpool One and in easy reach of shops, bars and the Docks, feels grand complete with a chap in a top hat who opens the door. Inside there are photographs of Paul, John, Ringo and George as well as other memorabilia. The adjacent restaurant (Blakes, after Sir Peter Blake the artist behind the infamous Sergent Peppers Lonely Hearts Club sleeve) is where breakfast of a continental buffet and full english to serve yourself is located and we also ate dinner there on one of the two nights we stayed. There is an a la carte option but we ate from the set menu. The choices were slightly more limited than on the sample menu but each course was delicious and the service was great.
The Fab Four bar serves everything from tea and beer to Beatles themed cocktails. We had a Strawberry Field cocktail (not to my taste thanks to the pepper used!) but there are others and there’s even Beatles Wine and mocktails (the John Lennon-ade looks tasty). The dark, wood pannelled bar is large and has a sophistocated feel, as we visited mid-week it wasn’t very busy but that didn’t take away from it as we sipped a cocktail (delivered to the table by the barman) accompanied by cover versions of Beatle tracks.
The hotel itself has a very grand feel and is situated well whatever you might be visiting Liverpool for (although I studied at Liverpool we acted like real tourists and used our trip to visit bars, restaurants, museums and even take a bus tour of the city. We also drove to famous Beatles locations including Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields which I hadn’t previously taken time to appreciate).
Our stay at the Hard Days Night Hotel felt luxurious and many of the staff were extremely friendly. I was slightly disappointed that, unlike other hotels, we weren’t offered anything special when we notified the hotel our stay was for a special occasion, but I suppose many of the guests are visiting for a treat.
The rooms are individual, as you might expect for a boutique hotel, and each boast unique Beatles Artwork and individual decor. I’d enquired about staying in one of the hotel’s suites (the all-white John Lennon suite complete with its own piano looks incredible) but at £1250 per night supplement it was out of my price range.
As it was a special occasion we upgraded to stay in a balcony room with a city view. There are no chairs on the balcony but it’s still wonderful to look out over the city, especially as the sun sets. The balcony rooms also include robes (I wish we could’ve brought them home) and slippers with the hotel logo (which has a tale of its own as the Beatles loved to put hidden messages into their lyrics) and all rooms boast quirky, music themed essentials like the usual shampoo/conditioner but also bubble bath.
Our stay at the hotel was brilliant and regardless of whether you’re a massive Beatles fan I’d recommend staying. It’s on the pricey side but worth it given the fantastic decor and central location in the heart of a big city.
Have you stayed, what did you think?