Liverpool's long-mooted Beatles hotel will open next January to coincide with the city becoming European Capital of Culture, it was announced today.
The £20m Hard Day's Night Hotel is being built in a Grade II-listed building in the city, which dates back to 1884.
It will have 110 bedrooms, including two penthouse suites with panoramic views across the city and three private rooms.
Two restaurants, bar, lounge souvenir shop and gallery will also be housed in the six-storey building.
The privately-owned hotel, based on the corner of Mathew Street and adjacent to the Cavern Club where the pop group first appeared, will be four-star property containing more than 110 pieces of original artwork telling the Beatles' story.
The property, developed by Bowdena, will be managed by Hospitality Management International, which has signed a five-year management contract.
Mike Dewey, previously of Flanagan Hotels, has been appointed as general manager.
By Daniel Thomas
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