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Liverpool hotel news: smart new Accor opening now plus UK’s first IHG Vignette on the way

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Liverpool is currently riding a bit of a wave in terms of new hotel openings.

Accor’s Pullman hotel (website here) arguably started it back in 2016 as a high-end new build.

During the pandemic, Melia opened an outpost of its four star business brand INNSiDE, following earlier openings in Newcastle (INNSiDE Newcastle reviewed here) and Manchester (INNSiDE Manchester reviewed here).

Municipal Hotel liverpool Accor MGallery

Things really picked up in December 2022, when Radisson’s growing lifestyle brand RED arrived with the opening of Radisson RED Liverpool.

This looked like a high profile opening for the city, with the hotel occupying a building on Lime Street which was one of the original Victorian railway hotels, connected to the station. The photos we published looked impressive.

Two more upper scale Liverpool hotels are on the way

On 17th May, Accor is opening The Municipal Hotel under its MGallery brand.

The hotel website is here.

The hotel building was previously Liverpool’s Municipal Buildings which opened in 1868. It was formerly the home of Liverpool City Council until 2017.

A listed building, it is apparently well known for its French and Italian architectural style and its clock tower.

The hotel, which looks exceptionally smart looking at the two pictures here, will have 179 rooms, a restaurant, an afternoon tea lounge, a cocktail bar and a spa. The spa will have a 16 metre indoor swimming pool as well as a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. You can find out more here.

Municipal Hotel Liverpool Accor MGallery bar

IHG is on the way too

Back in 2021, IHG launched its Vignette brand.

As we covered here, Vignette is IHG’s version of Hilton’s Curio, Marriott’s Autograph or Hyatt’s Unbound Collection.

Here is the logo:

IHG Vignette collection

Vignette – and Hilton, Hyatt and Marriott’s own versions of Vignette – all target upmarket hotels which want to remain independent but wish to become part of a ‘marketing system’. In return for IHG funnelling them bookings via, the hotels agree to join IHG One Rewards and to honour member benefits.

The hotels keep their existing branding and the senior hotel management will not become IHG employees.

Whilst Vignette is not primarily aimed at new hotels, IHG is happy to accept them. The roll out is slow with even IHG’s bullish official forecasts only predicting 100 sign-ups within the first decade. There are currently 14 hotels signed or open.

‘The Halyard at Ropewalks Liverpool’ will join Vignette when it opens later this year. It will be the first Vignette hotel in the UK.

The Halyard will have 133 rooms with a feature rooftop terrace. The developers say that Ropewalks is ‘one of the UK’s hippest areas’ – we will put in on the list to find out in Autumn when the hotel opens.

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Comments (29)

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  • Gavin says:

    Vignette collection Sindhorn Midtown in Bangkok is a good hotel, if a little bland, and is convenient for public transport. It’s priced in a similar bracket to Holiday Inn Sukhumvit but is much much better! Got good value paying with points and and upgraded from a basic room to a suite as IHG Diamond.

  • BC8 says:

    Why would they name a hotel brand after a Swiss motorway tax?

  • Alex Sm says:

    Poor planning! They are just missing the Eurovision by one week when the city will be packed with guests from all over the world and the hotel space is in high demand

    • Rich says:

      They clearly want a soft launch – judging that that approach will pay off in the long run v opening during the frenzy.

      • Ken says:

        Soft opening? Sure

        It was due to open earlier but they have run out of time.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          It may even have a soft open but only for a few high paying corporates etc rather than in general sale

    • Rob says:

      What you plan for and what actually happens with big builds are two different things.

      • DaveJ says:

        Well that’s just bad planning isn’t it then?

        If something goes “wrong” every time then maybe that should erm you know be built into your plans

    • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

      I was thinking that as well but then I also thought it could have already been block booked months ago by some of the delegations / media / EBU and that could be their soft opening

  • Ken says:

    It’s a great building.

    However, £450 for basic double at the Municipal on a random Saturday night in September.

    Even with ‘football season rates’, that looks optimistic.

    The Halyard will perfectly situated for Concert Square – not exactly hipsterville.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Never trust early rates before a hotel even opens. They’re pretty much set at a level to make people aware but not actually book unless they really like it or low occupancy

      Things always change a few weeks after opening.

    • Red Flyer says:

      The hipsters will head to lower Duke St and Baltic Triangle and not the carnage that is Saturday night in Concert Square.

  • NorthernLass says:

    Liverpool is a lovely city which has much more to see and do than Manchester (though as a Mancunian by origin I am committing heresy by saying such a thing!) We visit a couple of times a year for museums, exhibitions and theatre. The area around the docks has benefitted from a lot of regeneration and is a really pleasant place to spend time.
    Hotel prices at weekends have been astronomical since the pandemic, though mid-week there are real bargains to be had. I’ll keep an eye out for the new Vignette property.

    • AirMax says:

      astronomical rates = points redeeming opportunities.

      Any tips on good value redemptions there ?

      • Lady London says:

        Accor points value on spend is always strictly based on the cash price…so no nice points opportunities unless you can find a machine to make Accor points without staying much.

        That being said, ahem some of Rob’s recent articles here on headforpoints were about new earning partnerships opened by Accor. So if you fly a lot or hire cars a lot it’s recently become a better idea than Accor’s largely miserable earning rates for actually staying in their hotels.

        However Rob’s also recently become a fan of Accor events aa excellent value for points in the past couple of years including in London. These have seemed much better value than the Hilton or Marriott similar offers.

        • Rob says:

          Harry Styles tickets currently up for auction on the Accor site. Was at 2,000 points on Friday, not checked since.

    • RussellH says:

      Although I visited Liverpool much less frequently than I did Manchester when we lived in the far north of England, I think that overall I would agree.
      My first ever visit to Liverpool would have been about 16 years ago, an invitation to tour operators to visit the German Navy’s largest warship (named Frankfurt), which was on a courtesy visit. The waterfront was a real eye-opener.
      And before Starwood was taken over by Marriott, the Aloft in Liverpool (the former Royal Insurance building) had to be one of the best points deals in the whole UK.

    • Lady London says:

      I love Northern England architecture and this looks really nice.

    • Ian says:

      I too as a Mancunian by birth have to admit through gritted teeth that Liverpool city centre is far and away a better place than Manchester these days. I was in Manchester city centre recently and it really has become a grim place.

      • No longer Entitled says:

        As a Scouser I would have to concur with my Mancunian friends, Liverpool is far superior at this point in time. There is a lot of building going on in Manchester, so perhaps a work in progress, but it I find it to be very disparate with no real soul. It does feel, as Ian says, a bit grim.

        As for Liverpool, better architecture, better shopping, better arts, better culture and better people. Okay, maybe the last one is pushing it a bit, but it does have the advantage post regeneration of being a very walkable city. It’s great for a weekend break and I’d recommend the Hilton as a good location.

        • DaveJ says:

          Much better people in Manchester though

          • tony says:

            The folk of Manchester are well balanced – chips on both shoulders….

            Anyway, I got what I would consider an outsized redemption at the Hilton in Liverpool on a football weekend but that was before COVID. Prices were eye popping. Also whilst the INNSIDE is far from flash, I got a very good discount with my AMEX Plat status gig there.

  • FrenchLondoner says:

    Do we have more information now on IHG elite and ambassador benefits at Vignette?
    In particular does Diamond give free breakfast like other brands and are there additional benefits for ambassadors?

    • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

      You can check the benefits table

      Since it’s not an IC AMB benefits don’t apply.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Just because it’s not an IC doesn’t mean Amb means nothing

        For example it does at six senses hotels where you get some benefits non ambs dont

        and other brands can see you’re an Amb.

        • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

          Doesn’t get you AMB benefits though!

          • LittleNick says:

            They really need to sort out the ambassador program and how this ties in with other IHG brands. Perhaps they could have a two tier ambassador program with an additional fee for it applying at the other luxury brands say Regent, Kimpton and Six senses etc

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