In our penultimate look at a guide to Liverpool -1902 we today take a look at some of the hotels available to stay in at the time.
The visitor to Liverpool will find first-class hotel accommodation adjoining all the railway stations, and in the principal streets. In this respect the city is probably without a rival in the provinces ; but then no other provincial city has anything like the constant stream of strangers passing to and fro “within its gates.” The peoples of many lands use this great port, and good hotel accommodation is always a boon to travellers.
We propose here to briefly refer to the leading hotels.
“The Adelphi” is to Liverpool in a social sense what the Exchange is from a business point of view. Both are equally well known, and both play an important part in the life of the community. Some ten years ago, when the Midland Railway Company took over the management of the Adelphi Hotel from the private company to which it had belonged, they decided to make it a hostelry worthy of this great port and city, and of their own reputation as the proprietors of some of the principal railway hotels in the kingdom. They at once re-organised, re-modelled, and re-decorated the hotel throughout, furnishing it in the most sumptuous manner ; and it is now universally acknowledged to be one of the most up-to-date and finest hotels in the world. Americans and others who spend a few days here on arriving by steamer, prior to commencing a tour through the United Kingdom and Europe, freely admit the truth of the foregoing regarding the Adelphi.
Situated within a stone’s throw of the Central Station (Midland, Great Central, and Cheshire Lines trains), the hotel occupies a prominent position in Ranelagh Place, at the south end of Lime Street. From this point a number of important streets run, taking a constant stream of traffic by electric car past the hotel doors to the populous south and south-east portions of the city.
Adelphi Hotel Entrance Hall
The hotel comprises grand coffee room, public and private reception rooms, drawing room, smoking room, billiard rooms, large banqueting and ball rooms, ladies’ and gentlemen’s hairdressing saloons, and a large number of handsomely-furnished bedrooms en suite. In every room there is a telephone -one of the provisions of modern science which contributes greatly to the convenience of guests. A free library, well stocked with literature in various departments, has been established for the use of visitors, and has proved a boon of which full advantage is taken. The sanitary arrangements of the hotel have been carried out on the most approved modern lines, and are as perfect as the most skilful sanitary science can devise. In short, no expense has been saved, and no effort spared which knowledge gained from experience could suggest, to make the hotel, as has been said, one of the finest family and commercial hotels in the world. Books of reference of all kinds likely to be useful to travellers are available, and the hotel office and lift to the upper floors are close at hand. There is a cloak room for the free use of visitors in the front hall.
Adelphi Hotel the Smoking Room
Adjoining the hall, to the right, is the smoking-room, a most comfortable apartment, well stocked with newspapers and periodicals. It faces Ranelagh Place, and is well lighted. Here gentlemen meet to enjoy a chat over their cigars amid exceedingly pleasant surroundings. Special mention must be made of the handsome and elegant restaurants attached to the hotel, viz., the “ Louis Quinze ” and the “ Sefton,” both of which are much-appreciated adjuncts. Soft, delicate colours, with a free admixture of gold, and the most harmonious blending of carpets, window hangings, and furnishings, combine to give the apartment an appearance quite in keeping with the luxurious period of Louis XV., and which at once appeals to the eye and feeling of the most aesthetic and refined. The “ Louis Quinze ” Room is maintained for the service of high-class French cooking and choice wines, and here it may be stated that the Adelphi Hotel is noted for its cooking and the excellence of its wines. Many private luncheons, dinners, and suppers are served in this room in a style which equals the best European and American restaurants.
The Sefton Popular Restaurant, to which reference has been made, is named after the noble family' of Sefton, whose residence, “ Croxteth,” and estates are situated near Liverpool, not far from Sefton Park. In this room a popular luncheon is served throughout the year at a charge of 2/6, and many business men take advantage of it. During the winter months the concert lunch and concert dinner in the “Sefton Room” are always well patronised. Classical and popular selections are played by a first-class orchestra. The new magnificent Old English Billiard Room is another apartment worthy of note, the appointments being of the very highest class. There is a steam laundry attached to the hotel. Many public banquets, balls and soirees, are held at the Adelphi during the year. Fuller particulars regarding the hotel will be found in a little book entitled “Travel and Entertainment,” published by the Midland Railway in connection with their hotels.
This palatial building in Lime Street is the property of the London and North-Western Railway Company, and is attached to Lime Street Station. Some years ago it was enlarged by the addition of numerous bedrooms at the rear. The ornate architectural style of the building, being thrown into prominent relief by the massive grandeur of St. George’s Hall opposite, and aided in its effect by the width of the street, gives the North-Western Hotel an appearance which never fails to strike the stranger to the city. The accommodation and appointments are of the highest class, the principal rooms, overlooking Lime Street, having plenty of light and air. The hotel has an excellent reputation among visitors.
This fine hotel, situated in Tithebarn Street, at the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company’s Exchange Station, has also been practically rebuilt and enlarged within recent years. Being in close proximity to the Landing Stage, the various Exchanges, the principal centres of business, and the Town Hall, it attracts many commercial men under its hospitable roof. In decoration and furnishing it will hold a place with any similar hotel in the kingdom, and is fitted with all the latest improvements known to science. This hotel is a very popular resort with business men for luncheon purposes, the accommodation and service in the restaurant being up-to-date in every way. The large banqueting hall is the scene every year of many important social gatherings, few provincial hotels having better facilities for such functions.
The Compton, in Church Street, stands in what is undoubtedly the busiest thoroughfare in Liverpool. Theposition being central, and convenient to all the railway stations, the Landing Stage, and the suburbs by the electric cars which pass the doors, the “ Compton ” is very popular with the business man and tourist. The hotel enjoys a wide name for its comfort, excellent cuisine, and moderate charges ; and here American tourists flock in large numbers, being always certain of finding home life and probably meeting with friends and acquaintances. No class of people are so susceptible to the influences of domestic surroundings as the Americans, hence their patronage of the “ Compton,” and their recommendation of its good qualities as a family hotel to their friends. The hotel contains many fine rooms, all handsomely furnished. The large stock room is especially valued by commercial men, who have here every facility for showing their goods. The billiard and smoking rooms are among the finest in the city, and a spacious coffee room for ladies and gentlemen adjoins the ladies’ drawing room. One charm which the “ Compton” possesses makes it distinct from most hotels. That is the large and valuable collection of pictures, many of them by eminent men, which renders the various entertaining rooms quite a series of art galleries.
Other well-known hotels in the city include the St. George, Lime Street; Imperial, Lime Street; Waterloo, Clayton Square; Feathers, Clayton Square; Union, 20 Parker Street; Neptune, Clayton Square ; Hanover, Hanover Street ; Angel, Dale Street; Alexandra, Dale Street; Bee, St. John’s Lane; Star and Garter, St. John’s Lane; Victoria, St John’s Lane; Stork, Queen Square. For those who prefer an hotel in the suburbs, so as to avoid the noise and bustle of the city, we can recommend the Hotel Royal, Waterloo. This hotel has a splendid position facing the river, and from its windows a lovely view is obtained of the outward and inward-bound steamships. Waterloo is within 10 minutes of Liverpool from Exchange Station (L & Y. Railway), and there is an excellent service of trains every quarter of an hour.
Liverpool possesses several excellent temperance hotels.. The chief of these is Laurence’s, in Clayton Square, which is largely patronised by commercial men and tourists. Being centrally situated for business purposes, Laurence’s Temperance Hotel almost daily during the buying seasons resembles a great mart, from the business transactions that are always proceeding. To excellent management are added a generous table, first-class accommodation, and every comfort of domestic life.
Other high-class temperance hotels include the Shaftesbury, in Mount Pleasant, and the Clifton, at 41 Islington - a central, quiet, and homely house.
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Robert F Edwards