The city of Liverpool in the north west of England has firmly established itself in recent years as a favourite destination for travellers seeking a city break with a strong emphasis on culture and history. Indeed, in 2008, Liverpool’s cultural contributions and achievements were recognised when the city was awarded the title “European Capital of Culture”.
Culture is in evidence wherever you turn in Liverpool. More than 60 languages are spoken in the city, which is home to Europe’s oldest African and Chinese communities; and the city’s Chinatown district boasts the largest Chinese arch outside mainland China. Here, orchestras sit comfortably beside Merseybeat; historic architecture alongside modern art; and championship golf alongside the Grand National.
With its vast array of listed buildings, galleries and other places of interest – including Albert Dock, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site just like globally-renowned historic attractions such as Stonehenge and the Great Wall of China – it’s unsurprising that Liverpool was voted one of the top three UK city break destinations by readers of Conde Nast Traveller Magazine, ahead of celebrated competitors such as Bath, Manchester, Oxford and York.
Popular culture is also prevalent in Liverpool. More Liverpool artists have had a number one hit than artists from any other town or city; the most famous of these artists being The Beatles, of course, whose Liverpool roots were referenced in many of their most popular hits. In film, too, Liverpool excels; it’s the most filmed-in British city outside London, with starring roles in many famous movies including Letter to Brezhnev and The Hunt for Red October.
With all this emphasis on culture comes a taste for the finer things in life. As demand for cheap-but-cheerful hotels and guest houses diminishes, interest in Liverpool luxury apartments increases dramatically.
But why is this? What makes Liverpool luxury apartments such an attractive alternative to hotels and guest houses?
Partly it’s a change in the type of visitor coming to Liverpool. The increased focus on history, culture, exclusive eateries and designer shopping has all but eradicated any negativity associated with the city in the latter half of the 20th century. Top sporting personalities, playwrights, poets, actors, musicians and screenwriters – these are the Liverpool citizens of the 21st century, changing the face of the city for its residents and visitors alike.
And with the prevalence of such prestigious residents and visitors comes a taste for the sort of exclusivity, style and luxury that can’t be experienced in a cheap bed and breakfast or tired hotel chain. Liverpool visitors are saying goodbye to the shabby and familiar, and hello to accommodation as unique as their own signature; the finest Liverpool luxury apartments are contemporary and stylish, luxurious yet simple, boasting cutting-edge technology, definitive furnishings and original features.
Outstanding service is another important factor in the popularity of Liverpool luxury apartments over hotels. Look for apartments that include the services of an experienced and knowledgeable concierge with unrivaled local knowledge, who can advise on places of interest, guide you around the city, suggest the best places to eat and drink (or arrange restaurant deliveries if you’d rather eat in), organise VIP entry to the best bars and clubs, and even arrange for basic essentials like bread, milk and cereal to be waiting for you when you arrive.
Liverpool luxury apartments are the ideal accommodation when you’re travelling in a group, too. Unlike in a hotel – where your party might be split across several storys – with serviced apartments your party is all in one place, so you can be together without compromising on privacy and space. And Liverpool luxury apartments are perfect for executive hospitality, enabling you to accommodate your clients and business associates in style and comfort; you can even take out a long let if corporate hospitality is needed regularly.
When choosing a Liverpool luxury apartment, choose one that’s situated in the heart of the city, on the doorstep of Liverpool’s best shops, restaurants, bars and attractions. Look for apartments that are situated in the city centre, overlooking the historic Albert Dock and close to public transport and parking facilities. Read online reviews at sites like TripAdvisor, to be satisfied that previous guests have had a magical experience. And insist upon 32″ HDTV with Freeview and DVD, a sumptuous fully fitted kitchen, wi-fi broadband connection and a whirlpool bath; after all, when you’re staying in a Liverpool luxury apartment, “luxury” should really mean “luxury”!