For decades, Liverpool has been one of the United Kingdom's premier destinations for city breaks. Recent years, though, have seen the city develop into a behemoth of international travel. Since being designated a European City of Culture back in 2008, Liverpool has been a hive of activity on the travel scene. Today, it houses one of the country's best selections of hotels. Among the more impressive are the numerous design hotels on offer for visitors who want something a little more 'artisan' than the usual generic chain hotels.
A long list of facilities is not enough for a design hotel to stand out from the competition. Instead, when it comes to design hotels, the approach is qualitative, not quantitative. Liverpool's Titanic Hotel illustrates this point perfectly with its unique pool setting.
The idyllic indoor pool is surrounded by carved stone columns and lit by candles. With gentle fountains and jets dotted around the pool, swimming becomes an act of therapy, rather than mere exercise. The adjoining spa is also something of a dream, helping guests relax in the heart of this bustling city.
When hotels set out to win hearts and minds, it doesn't always pay to be subtle! The Indigo Hotel, located on Chapel Street in the heart of the city, is an excellent example of how design hotels push the boundaries by being bold with their aesthetic choices.
Even from the busy street outside, guests can see instantly what makes the Indigo Hotel different. The striking hotel façade displays a high-impact colour palette, breathing life into the urban centre. Moving indoors, guests are struck by the unusually shaped furniture and continued use of vivid colouring.
The Indigo Hotel also boasts the substance to back up the style. Facilities include a state of the art fitness suite, a pair of stylish bars and free WiFi throughout the property.
At the other end of the spectrum is the Nadley Hotel, demonstrating that design needn't be complicated to stand out. The stylish hotel is located in Ropewalks, the design quarter of Liverpool. Inside, guests can expect clean lines, an understated palette and an extremely high standard of fittings. This charming option really sets the standard for design hotels in Liverpool.