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24 September 2014
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The Adelphi

The Adelphi Hotel viewed from Hanover Street
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Audio Local memories of the world famous Adelphi Hotel
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The first Adelphi Hotel on the present site was opened in l826 by owner James Radley. It soon became the most popular hotel in the city, and gained a reputation throughout Britain and Europe.

In 1912, another great hotelier, Arthur Towle, acquired and rebuilt the Adelphi. Today’s building still reflects his care and ambition to make it one of the most luxurious in Europe, with solid marble walls in many of the bedrooms, a fine indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and full central heating. Luxury indeed!

The Adelphi
Adelphi Hotel in its former glory days.
Image © Cliff Hayes

The Sefton Suite is in fact a replica of the First Class Smoking Lounge on the ill fated "Titanic".

The following years saw a flourishing trade, with the hotel as Liverpool’s arrival and departure point for passengers on the great liners to American and beyond.

A former Adelphi manager recalls the Hotel's glory days
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Many famous people have stayed in the Adelphi, including Roy Rogers and his horse "Trigger", who is supposed to have made a grand entrance from the mezzanine floor to the main lounge. And of course, the hotel is closely associated with another internationally known event, the Grand National.

More recently, the Adelphi was the subject of a BBC television series, when "Just cook, will yer?" entered the dictionary of famous phrases of all time.

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