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30 James Street, Home of the Titanic 4.0

Liverpool, Merseyside, England

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Pros

  • Distinctive, glamorous decor in rooms and public spaces
  • Convenient location within walking distance to attractions, restaurants, and bars
  • Individually and opulently decorated rooms, some with big whirlpool tubs
  • Chic rooftop restaurant and bar with outdoor space and lovely views 
  • Full-service spa with private pool, whirlpool, and sauna
  • Elegant ballroom for weddings and other events
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Discounted off-site parking

Cons

  • Some odd room configurations, including multiple-bed rooms
  • Busy hotel can be noisy during numerous social events

Bottom Line

A distinctive and upscale hotel conveniently located near the waterfront, 30 James Street, Home of the Titanic is a 64-room property within walking distance to many attractions, restaurants, and bars. Rooms are individually and opulently decorated with gilt-edge headboards, a pretty mix of textures, and some with big whirlpool tubs. Property highlights include a full-service spa and rooftop restaurant and bar with lovely views. This busy hotel caters to weddings and other events in a gorgeous ballroom (though groups can create some noise on the weekends). While rooms are certainly glamorous, some feature rather odd layouts, such as several beds in an open room (which cater to groups attending an on-site event). Other upscale boutique options exist nearby, including the Posh Pads at the Casartelli.

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A whimsical and glamorous upscale hotel full of surprises

This whimsical, glamorous space, built in the headquarters of the White Star Line, who owned the Titanic, has gorgeous interiors, including the elegant White Star Ballroom, a popular wedding venue

Surprises are seemingly around every corner in this one-of-a-kind, four-pearl hotel that pays homage to its origins as the headquarters of the White Star Line, owners of the ill-fated Titanic. The bones of the circa 1898 building are evident in the lobby’s impressive granite arches, crystal chandeliers, and attractive mosaic tile floors. This property opened in 2014 and seamlessly combines new and old. Herringbone-patterned wood floors and sleek, low-back black upholstered sofas and matching walls share space with a wood panel listing names of local residents who fell in World War I. The posh lobby leads directly into the elegant White Star Ballroom, a favored venue for Liverpool weddings and other celebrations. The delightfully unique rooftop restaurant and bar is also a popular social spot, offering some of Liverpool’s best views. This is a fun yet decidedly upscale hotel that can be quite busy with events at times but not overwhelmed by them.

Location

Near the waterfront and metro station, walking distance to many attractions

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This hotel is in the heart of Liverpool, near all the bustle of the waterfront. Albert Dock and The Beatles Story are approximately a 10-minute walk away, and the James Street Metro Station, within a one-minute walk, offers easy access to the rest of the city. The Echo Arena Liverpool, World Museum, and the BT Convention Centre are a 13-minute walk, while the Liverpool One shopping center is a five-minute walk. The University of Liverpool is 10 minutes by metro, while the Liverpool Cathedral is 17 minutes away. The Liverpool John Lennon Airport is 25 minutes away by car or taxi and 37 minutes by metro. A plethora of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs are five minutes or less by walking in any direction.

Rooms

Spacious and individually decorated rooms, some with strange multi-bed layouts

The unique and opulent Vault Suite, which consists of several beds lined up in one large, open room, caters to groups

There is nothing typical about the rooms at 30 James Street, all of which are individually decorated and glamorous. Certain rooms cater to large groups (such as bachelorette parties) and have configurations that could be unappealing to guests seeking more privacy. One such option is the Vault Suite, where several beds are lined up in one large, open room. The Presidential Suite also caters to groups, with three beds pushed together to create a 15-foot-wide bed and a round sofa large enough for several people to relax. Those who seek more standard rooms should consider the Quarters that feature two double beds, a dining-size table, double whirlpool tub with rainfall shower, and fully-equipped kitchenette with dishwasher, fridge, microwave, and dishes. Junior Suites also have a more traditional layout with two beds, sofa, and double whirlpool tub but no kitchenette. All rooms are spacious and feature a distinctive and upscale, if not opulent, decor with rich color combinations of black, gold, and silver and antiques or quality reproductions. Some rooms have solid black carpet, while others have multi-color tile. Crown molding, ceiling murals, and crystal chandeliers also grace some rooms. Bathrooms are equally distinctive and upscale although not quite as large. Most have a double whirlpool tub (some with a rainfall shower above), and some have a separate walk-in shower with glass door. Like the bedrooms, bathrooms are individually decorated but typically feature single-color, quality tile floors and walls and pedestal vanities. Free Wi-Fi, wall-mounted flat-screen TVs, electronic safes, and electric kettles are standard in all rooms. Some rooms offer waterfront views, while others have lovely city views. Select rooms also have balconies.

Features

Rooftop bar and restaurant, spa, event space, and free Wi-Fi

The rooftop Carpathia Bar and Restaurant serves all three meals from a chic space with outdoor seating

One property highlight at 30 James Street is the chic rooftop restaurant and bar that serves three meals daily with both indoor and outdoor dining plus waterfront and city views. Breakfast is included in some room packages, but is not standard. Afternoon tea is served daily. The full-service spa has a private pool, whirlpool, sauna, and treatment rooms that offer facials, massage, and various body treatments. The elegant White Star Ballroom can host events such as weddings for up to 200 people. Concierge services and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel are available. Parking is off-site, but hotel guests get a discount at a nearby garage.

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Address

30 James Street, Liverpool L2 7PQ, United Kingdom

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