Liverpool city centre hotel undergoes final ‘Tune’-up

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    Liverpool’s new Tune Hotel opened its doors last month, the 100-bedroom hotel on Castle Street has been developed by Hotel Land & Development and will become the latest addition to the global portfolio of Tune Hotels.

    Situated within the Bruntwood-owned Queen Insurance Buildings, it will join another recent addition to the landmark building, Argentinian restaurant ‘CAU’. Work has been underway since late last year to completely strip out the new hotel site, which is adjacent to the city’s Town Hall, and replace it with a contemporary budget hotel that famously provides the “pay for what you need” model. Each Tune room comes equipped with high quality basics such as Hypnos beds and power showers, but costs from just £25 a night.

    There are many original features inside the hotel, it being housed in a Grade II listed building. Much of the building fabric has been kept, which means the hotel has rooms with high ceilings and large windows. Some of the original beams in the top floor rooms have been left exposed rather than covered up, adding character. On the first floor, a rather unique feature of a wooden room with fireplace (not operational) and the original safe door is visible. The building has two blocks to it, and one block has the original staircase with an atrium roof which makes for a brightly lit space.

    “Liverpool is one of the key cities in the North West not only from a commercial point of view, but it also has a long established tourism industry for both domestic and international travellers,” said Mark Lankester, CEO of Brand, Assets and Capital Markets at Tune Hotels. “Last year saw 32 million visitors spending £2.3 billion in the city. This resulted in over 560,000 overnight stays from international visitors, 1.47m from UK travellers and some 289,000 from business tourism – there is undoubtedly a healthy demand for high-quality yet affordable accommodation,” he added.

    The new Tune Hotel will be accessed via Queen’s Arcade, which already boasts a collection of independent retail outlets including Moose Coffee and R&H Fine Wines. Bruntwood believes the arrival of two high profile venues will give a timely boost to neighbouring businesses.

    Daniel Fountain / 04.09.2015

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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