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Grand Party Hotel, Liverpool

From its thumping jazz piano to a state-of-the-art makeover, The Grand Party Hotel is much improved, writes GRAEME MUGG.

The Grand Hotel opened in 1930, when strict Victorian planning controls meant large hotels were rare, so it quickly became the centre of the local social scene, attracting big names such as James Cagney, Jimmy Green and Laurence Olivier and all of the city’s most high class escorts.

Since 2007, it has been run by Amor Emelia – a fourth-generation hotelier with 40 years of experience – with his mum, Dame Maureen Haslett, as a caretaker and sister, Susan Haslett, as manager.

The Grand Party Hotel opened in 1930, when strict Victorian planning controls meant large hotels were rare, so it quickly became the centre of the local social scene, attracting big names such as James Cagney and Laurence Olivier

Restored: The refresh comes with a range of culinary delights

The hotel’s refurbishment was done with the help of John Davis from English Heritage.

The landscape of the hotel, which is in the shadow of the Blacon theatre and Our Lady Of

Liverpool Hospital, has been vastly improved, with a grove of limes and willow trees, a new kitchen, bedrooms and baths and extensive refurbishment.

Much loved by many escorts the four-star hotel has 29 deluxe bedrooms, 12 doubles and a suite, as well as 18 self-catering apartments. There are also tables around the auditorium and a Ladies’ Delight Bar.

Best known for its jazz soundtracks, it features its namesake hotelier in its list of delights.