One of Liverpool’s most iconic independent brands, Hope Street Hotel, is to complete its transformative development in Spring 2020. The city’s original boutique hotel will be extending into and building upon the adjacent 1931 Grade II-listed premises, formerly The Royal School for the Blind, seamlessly combining some of Liverpool’s finest old buildings with a contemporary guest experience. This will mark the independently owned hotel’s second expansion since opening in 2004 and will bring more of its unique offering to the city, demonstrating Hope Street Hotel’s continued role in the regeneration of Hope Street and Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter.
With distinctive and complex architecture alongside sympathetic interior design, Hope Street Hotel’s new development will add new rooms and suites, an extensive spa which will include an indoor swimming pool and indoor-outdoor vitality pool Liverpool’s first hotel cinema, a new gym and a new fifth-floor event space with two terraces – one overlooking the city centre, the other the Metropolitan Cathedral.
In keeping with the current hotel, the new additions will continue to see the considerate attention to detail Hope Street Hotel is renowned for, delivering handsome public spaces. The hotel’s simple design will evoke a sense of space that complements the original Victorian warehouse interior. Quality features such as pitch pine beams, Cheshire pink brick walls, oak floors, cast-iron pillars and picture windows – seen in the original part of the hotel – will be elements carried through each part of the new development.
The extension will see the addition of 62 new rooms, including 15 suites. The rooftop suites will have private terraces with outdoor hot tubs, and stunning views overlooking the city.
The spa, to be named ‘Hope Street Hotel Spa’, will be set within the hotel’s inner courtyard space creating a tranquil urban retreat. Split across both indoors and out, it will have impressive facilities accompanied by thoughtful design elements. An oasis, minimal in style, the spa will have glass walls, Portland stone and oak alongside the original brick and York stone features. Outdoors, a 4m x 5m black, mirror-like vitality pool with infinity edges will emerge from its white stone surrounded by trees, open fires, and loungers. – all within the courtyard of the original Victorian school. Indoors, a 15m x 4m swimming pool will have water blades, swim jet, and underwater music with a waterfall dividing the pool and vitality pool. Dark walls will create a dynamic space complemented by the reflective black tiles of both pools. The indoor spa facilities include a Himalayan salt sauna with ion-infused air, an aroma steam room infused with natural essences, a rejuvenating herbal sauna, Rasul, Hammam and tepidarium with heated beds. There will also be experience showers, a deep foot spa, an ice bowl and drench bucket, and seven treatment rooms. The spa product partners are REN Clean Skincare and Temple Spa with manicure and pedicure stations using Leighton Denny products.
Hope Street Hotel’s new cinema will be the first hotel cinema in Liverpool. Located on the first floor of the newly refurbished building, the cinema will be a room with exposed pitch pine roof trusses, six arched 1851 windows, and Cheshire pink brick walls. With capacity for 40 people, the cinema will have a 4m wide screen, surround sound and will be available to hotel guests and external audiences for regular screenings. It will also have its own cosy bar, called the ‘Cinebar’.
The new gym in the basement of the hotel will have 16 cardio and weight stations, a wide range of free weights and spacious workout areas. It will also have an exercise studio with a barre and a sprung floor, making it suitable for a wide range of both group and private classes.
An impressive second events space named ‘Fifth Two’ at the top of the new build has floor-to-ceiling windows providing panoramic views across the city and Hope Street itself. Fifth Two also has two terraces planted with silver birches, cloud ilex and assorted shrubs creating a roof-top green space. One of these terraces overlooks the city centre and the other over the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. The room can accommodate 150 guests and will have state-of-the-art technology, including sound systems, projection facilities and automatic blinds.
Opened and developed by Dave Brewitt, a Liverpool resident since 1981, Hope Street Hotel has grown three-fold in the last 15 years, and has become a firm favourite for locals and visitors to Liverpool alike. This latest project has been a complex build, bringing together the buildings from four different eras, over four different footprints and resulting in just over 30 different floor levels. The whole development has been undertaken while keeping the existing hotel open.
The new developments are due to open in Spring 2020.