Adelphi Hotel viewed from Hanover Street
Copyright © John Bythell 2000
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.
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!
Hotel in its former glory days.
Image © Cliff Hayes
Sefton Suite is in fact a replica of the First Class Smoking Lounge
on the ill fated "Titanic".
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.
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.
of course, the hotel is closely associated with another internationally
known event, the Grand National.
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.