Hope Street Hotel
The design of Hope Street Hotel combines the modern use of traditional materials with original iron columns, heavy beams and exposed brickwork.
The hotel is located in the chic Hope Street Quarter, between the city's two cathedrals, across the street from the newly restored Philharmonic Hall. The landmark 1860 building, in the style of a Venetian Palazzo, was originally home to the London Carriage Works - the sign is still visible in the stone.
Developed and operated by Merseyside based entrepreneurs David Brewitt, Andrew Bentley and Paul Askew, the hotel has been dramatically extended and reinterpreted by Archline design, led by Basia Chlebik.
The minimalist design by Basia Chlebik integrates a modern use of traditional materials, wood, glass, and stone, with the building's original features of exposed brickwork, beams and cast iron columns.
The most dramatic feature is the central oak staircase, supported by two of the largest pieces of structural oak in the UK, that runs the height of the building. A steel balustrade adds a contemporary touch.
The London Carriage Works restaurant, named after the building's first incarnation, is located on the ground floor facing Hope Street. The open-plan space, containing a bar-brasserie, with comfortable leather sofas, and "fine dining", is divided by a giant "glass-shard" sculpture.
The Resident's Lounge is located in the basement, and also accessible from the street. Daylight enters through glazed skylights under the pavement. In keeping with the concept the designers combined the massive exposed brick columns with a streamlined glass and stainless steel counter. A Steinway Grand Piano makes it a popular spot for visiting musicians.
The style is contemporary with wooden floors, king-size beds and lots of natural light. Some rooms have exposed brick walls and original beams, all have state of the art DVD players and LCD wide screen televisions, B&O telephones, and broadband access.
Open only one year the Hope Street Hotel has been voted one of the fifty coolest hotels in the world by Condé Nast Traveller.
The London Carriage Works restaurant run by Paul Askew, Liverpool's most decorated chef, has been awarded a 2005 Rémy as one of the UK's top 10 regional restaurants.
Facts about Hope Street Hotel
Archline design, led by Basia Chlebik
David Brewitt, Andrew Bentley and Paul Askew
Last updated: December 19, 2013