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The wonders of the Titanic´s home, 30 James Street

Located in the heart of the city centre, with a rooftop bar showcasing the spectacular Liverpool skyline, luxurious accommodation and historic background that just cannot be compared… 30 James Street has been voted the best hotel in the UK, and it´s clear to see why.

Labelling this construction a hotel just doesn´t do it justice. This miraculous building offers experiences that are unrivalled by any other. At any point, these four walls could be hosting a wedding, a spa day, a three-course dinner, a business meeting, a cocktail masterclass or a sleepover for 20 guests. Maybe even all of the above!

Guests travel from all over to stay in one of 30 James Street´s extravagant rooms, known for oozing comfort and elegance. The theme continues into the hallways, filling every room adjacent.

However, the obvious beauty is just the tip of the iceberg. The heritage of the building, and the effort to preserve and appreciate it is second to none. No other hotel in the world can boast the same kind of memorabilia as the home of the world´s most famous cruise liner, the Titanic.

 

The history behind the building

The “unsinkable” ship was a part of one of the most famous events in maritime history.

The White Star Line (WSL) was founded in 1845 in Liverpool, its head office located at Albian House, 30 James Street. The Titanic was registered at the same address, now the premises of the opulent hotel that pays homage to it.

The boat was created during a fierce rivalry between The White Star Line, and shipping competitor, Cunrad. During the first half of the 20th century, these two opponents became locked in a battle of who could build the most sophisticated and luxurious ship of their time.

In 1909, building began on the well-known cruise liner after chief executive of WSL, Joseph Bruce Ismay, ordered the construction of three large ships that would be the largest of their time.

On April 10th 1912, the Titanic set off on its maiden voyage, the world´s first transatlantic crossing from Southampton to New York.

In the early hours of April 15th, the luxury steamship hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean. The boat was hit by a jagged underwater spur, which slashed a 300-foot gash in the hull below the ship’s waterline.

The ship stayed afloat for approximately three hours after impact, but unfortunately saw the death of more than 1,400 passengers out of the 2,200 who were on board.

 

What kind of memorabilia we have

We wanted to keep the memory of the Titanic and all of its passengers alive by decorating the hotel in a similar, traditional fashion to the luxurious ship, by naming our restaurant, spa and floors after significant relations to the boat and by showcasing intriguing memorabilia throughout the building.

We have been lucky enough to receive donations and scans of Titanic and 30 James Street artefacts over the last few years.

There is a copy of the only known surviving ticket, owned by Reverend Stuart Holden. His wife fell ill the day before the Titanic was due to sail, and they cancelled their voyage at the last minute.

We have a telegram transmitted from RMS Titanic (M.G.Y.) to the S.S. Birma on April 15th 1912, reading: “We have struck iceberg sinking fast come to our assistance. Position Lat. 41.46n. Lon. 50.14.w. – CQD (All stations: distress) MGY. (Titanic’s Call Sign)”.

There is also a letter sent from “Ismay, Imrie & Co” to the Marine Department, Board of Trade dated April 16th 1912. It said: “Referring telegram yesterday ´Titanic´deeply grieved say that during night we received word steamer foundered about 675 souls mostly women and children saved”.

These are just a few of the relics that have come home to 30 James Street that gives a strong feeling of appreciation to the building, letting the hotel´s charm permeate into every layer.

 

The Signature spin

Being able to transport our guests back in time to Britain´s most glamorous era is a reputation we love having. But doing this with a modern Signature spin makes it even better.

We have put our stamp on the hotel, turning the previously dilapidated building into a social beacon.

Our unique group accommodation can be booked so that groups of 20 can make memories to last a lifetime, without having to be split up into individual rooms. Our bedrooms offer bespoke furniture and fittings such as deluxe waterfall showers, double whirlpool baths and smart TVs. Everything a group needs to have the best time.

Morgan´s Spa is an exceptional subterranean space offering a range of pioneering spa treatments in Liverpool´s city centre. There is nowhere quite like it! You can be pampered underneath the hustle and bustle, whether you choose a spa day, a weekend away or just an afternoon. You´ll leave in ship-shape.

30 James Street offers weddings in the White Star Grand Hall, where each event can be specifically customised so that everyone gets the unique experience they have been dreaming of, providing the perfect, romantic backdrop to a couple´s big day. This area used to be as the first-class lounge and ticketing office for the White Star Shipping company.