I’m always delighted and flattered to receive an invitation to experience a hotel or restaurant that I’ve never visited before (or ones that I have for that matter). And when I received the invitation from Liverpool based Think PR for an overnight stay & spa experience at Titanic Hotel, I was as intrigued as I was excited.
To say that Liverpool is ‘happening’ right now is a serious understatement, and I have heard many fabulous things about Titanic Hotel. This unbelievably cool hotel is just eleven months old and is located down on the old dock road on Stanley Docks (don’t get confused with the Titanic party apartments on James Street, this is a different experience altogether) …
Its such an easy hop to Liverpool from Chester on the train; get off at James Street and then just a short taxi ride to Titanic Hotel. My very friendly taxi driver gave me the full history of the area in just a mile and a half journey – the regeneration of this once bustling and thriving area of the city is incredible, and it was Harcourt Developments who originally identified the three huge brick buildings on the north side, and initiated their transformation.
I arrived at reception and was greeted by Duty Manager and Head of Concierge, Brian Martin. Charming guy, full of smiles and bursting with pride. Titanic Hotel is very, very impressive – and large! Stunning warehouse / industrial design with huge windows and ceilings, fab uniforms, great signage; first impressions? Awesome.
Check-in complete, I headed up to my room – even the corridors are a statement in themselves and my ‘Classic’ room was HUGE!!
Everything here is big, spacious and fabulous!
Now I don’t know about you, but I LOVE hotel rooms, especially ones like this – and after a few minutes exploring (the bathroom was equally as impressive) I collected my bikini to head down to the basement to check out The Spa at Titanic. We weren’t booked in for our treatments until the next morning but I was keen for a dip in their hydrotherapy thermal pool. I was greeted by Jessica (another totally fabulous staff member) who was delighted to tell me all about their brand new spa (which has only just opened). Once again, the building lends itself beautifully to the pool and steam rooms with open brick and vaulted ceiling, making the atmosphere cool, calm and ever so slightly mysterious. Jessica explained that the hydrotherapy pool is always exactly 34 degrees and has a number of jet buttons around its perimeter for instant massaging bubbles at every point.
And with loungers, refreshments (the sweet rhubarb herbal tea was sublime) and an ‘experience shower’ for my enjoyment, the next hour drifted blissfully by until it was time to get ready for dinner…
Dinner was at 6 (civilized for a Sunday) so I arrived at the bar with half an hour to spare … and met up with Head of Concierge Brian, who took me to have a look at the Rum Warehouse, Titanic Hotel’s event / meetings / conferencing space which can cater for up to 1000 guests. It’s a massive space – with its own entrance complete with incredible replica staircase from the mighty ship itself.
I met my fellow media ladies with our host Laura from Think PR in Stanley’s Bar & Grill, and after too much chat and a whole load of excitement, we ordered dinner; cauliflower soup with truffle cheese toasty to start followed by Barnsley chop with béarnaise sauce for main course, and the most delicious custard tart to finish. And only a couple of glasses of pinot grigio – seeing as Sunday is technically a school night!
Dinner was fabulous, exactly what you’d expect from a very good quality Grill menu – and this is such an amazing restaurant design with open kitchen and no pretension whatsoever. They even have a separate vegetarian menu… nice touch.
And so to bed….
After a dreamy night’s sleep in my massive bed – in my massive room – it was time to get up and head back down to Stanley’s for breakfast. I absolutely LOVE a good hotel breakfast and of course the Titanic didn’t disappoint here either. Full English with great quality ingredients (I am of course a sausage expert!!) and a fab continental buffet plus newspapers and anything else you could ask for. The perfect start to another fabulous day…
So back down to The Spa at Titanic, and this time it was for the full Spa experience. We had all been booked in for different treatments – and even though we had no idea which treatments we were having, we knew it was going to be … FABULOUS!
The spa staff and therapists are so calm and relaxed, they’ll make sure you chill out whatever your state of mind. Robed, chilled and incredibly happy, it was time for my treatment; Tangle me up Body Wrap, using VOYA Spa products
They say – ‘With a full body brushing and hot towel cleanse that relaxes tired and lethargic muscles and relieves stress and fatigue. The antioxidant compounds light cellulite and the signs of ageing. Improving suppleness and the elasticity of your skin. Your treatment is complete with a relaxing scalp massage whilst your skin is absorbing the rich seaweed gel.’
I say – totally magnificent!
This was over an hour of complete gorgeousness … Heather (senior spa therapist) was delightful, whispering to me when I needed to turn over, sit up etc. The VOYA products are luxurious and the whole experience was heavenly. I could quite easily have fallen back to sleep without even making it back to my massive bed in my massive room – for the rest of the day.
And as if my spa experience couldn’t have got any better, they then presented me with a VOYA goodie bag! And who doesn’t LOVE a luxury goodie bag???
By now, we were all totally blown away our amazing Titanic Hotel experience. Everything had been perfect and there was nothing to fault, but our hosts had just one more treat for us, Afternoon Tea – Titanic style.
Perfect finger sandwiches, warm homemade scones with the naughtiest clotted cream, flaky pastries and the very best tea served in china teapots. Glorious.
At about 2 o clock, it was time to say goodbye and head back to Chester. Its hard to summarise this trip as the attention to detail and hospitality had been too good for words.
I know that my new friends, Athina and Caitlin enjoyed their Titanic Experience as much as I did and we will all be back very, very soon.
This is a fabulous hotel that everyone must visit..
Liverpool is an amazing city and I challenge anyone to find happier, prouder people.
I LOVED all of it, thank you.