Liverpool now features the first Radisson RED hotel in the North of England. The Radisson RED Liverpool merges history, legacy, and distinctive design as it enters this vibrant city. It is housed in a lovingly renovated Grade II-listed building that originally opened as one of the original British railway hotels in the 1800s. The hotel’s contemporary robata grill and barbecue restaurant, Stoke, has made it a popular dining destination as well. It serves traditional cuisine with a grilled touch along with unrivalled views of the city’s cultural area, St. George’s Hall, and the city’s neoclassical grandeur.
RED Radisson The famous structure in Liverpool, formerly known as Northern Western Hall, was built in 1871 and is attached to Liverpool Lime Street train station. Alfred Waterhouse, a local architect who also constructed Manchester Town Hall and London’s Natural History Museum, originally planned the hotel as one of the British Transport Hotels with easy access to the nearby train station. Apart from being utilised for student housing in the 1990s, the structure was mainly abandoned starting in the 1930s.
An enormous stained glass window from the nineteenth century and a stately sandstone stairway were both restored during the substantial renovations. In order to bring natural light into the atrium and provide a focal point for visitors as they enter via the main door, stained glass specialists were called in to recreate the six-meter-high window above the staircase. The magnificent staircase took more than 792 hours to renovate, and the 94-meter handrail’s finishing touches were applied by famous polishers. The hotel’s iconic turrets and spires, which date back to the 1800s, have been been renovated to further emphasise its magnificence.
The 201 guest rooms and suites, some of which have views of St. George’s Hall, are located in the 10-story hotel and feature the distinctive, avant-garde design of Radisson RED. In recognition of the city’s renowned music scene and maybe its most well-known export, The Beatles, the hotel features sculptures of a submarine, a scooter and sidecar in the manner of the 1960s, and both. In-room artwork made especially for the hotel by local artist Indigo Art pays homage to Liverpool’s most well-known people, places, and things, including the iconic photo of The Beatles crossing London’s Abbey Road. Black and white photographs of local landmarks and hand-drawn paintings in red that were added as additional artworks include pictures of the Liver Bird, the city’s emblem that can be seen on its coat of arms and is perched atop the Royal Liver Building.
The Radisson RED Liverpool is the perfect starting point from which to explore the city. Famous music and entertainment venues like the Empire Theatre and St. George’s Hall are right outside the hotel’s door, and nearby attractions like the Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool ONE, and vibrant nightlife are also easily accessible.
An 800g 38-day dry aged and grass-fed ribeye, Dover sole with seasonal herbs, whole roasted chicken, as well as a plethora of vegetarian options like sticky barbeque maitake mushrooms and truffle arancini, are just a few of the dishes on the menu at the hotel’s signature restaurant Stoke, which is located on the ground floor. The eatery also has a robata grill and an open kitchen.
Visitors can discover the ideal location for a conference, function, or celebration, as well as the on-site gym with the newest training equipment. On the lower ground floor of the Radisson RED Liverpool, there are five conference rooms that can hold up to 50 people for private events. There is also a smaller private dining room with views of St. George’s Hall that can hold up to 8 people.
Tom Flanagan Karttunen, Area Senior Vice President, Northern & Western Europe at Radisson Hotel Group, commented, “The Radisson RED brand and the city of Liverpool are the perfect match, both representing fun and vibrancy with strong links to music, art, and design. The building has undergone an incredible transformation. It’s one of the first buildings that visitors to the city will see when they arrive so we’ve worked hard to create an unforgettable experience for both locals and tourists.”
“The opening of Radisson RED Liverpool and the building’s renovation have been greatly anticipated across the city for some time and we’re thrilled to finally reveal the finished look,” said Gary Waring, General Manager of Radisson RED Liverpool. “Liverpool is an incredibly unique place and we’ve worked hard to reflect this throughout the hotel, paying tribute to local icons and giving a nod to the building’s rich heritage. Bringing an exciting food and drink venue to the city was also a key priority. We are looking forward to welcoming guests and creating a real must-visit destination.”