The concept of a Beatles inspired hotel in Liverpool has been prevalent amongst Beatles enthusiasts in the city since the late 1980's. The choice of a suitable location and the finances to make the vision a reality only came together in 2004 when hotel plans were finalised.
From the early stages the objective was to create a unique environment that offered high quality hotel facilities with an exciting and interesting 'twist' in the clever presentation of a theme that would be both subtle yet challenging in the way that the incredible story of the Beatles was told.
The hotel is a 'Grade II' listed building dating back to 1884. Designed by Thomas C Clarke, what was known as Central Buildings was constructed in a classic design with imposing marble columns a feature of the front elevation and the internal staircase. Situated within what was the original business district of the city, the building will have housed a number of merchant interests at a time when Liverpool, as one of the world's major seaports, had a prominent international trading role.
Central Buildings could well have been a tourist destination of a different kind as, during the Second World War, it was designated the backup location for the allied command head quarters in the city during the Battle of the Atlantic.
As the Hard Days Night Hotel this landmark building will now play a key role in sustaining the city's burgeoning reputation as a major tourist destination within the UK.