When it comes to historic hotels, 30 James Street is up there with some of the best. With the building’s rich historical background and captivating story of restoration, this special hotel is an iconic building with its roots set firmly in Liverpool’s maritime history.
The hotel is linked to one of the most famous vessels in modern history and carries with it a legacy that is filled with eminent, historical DNA. After the careful and sensitive refurbishment of this beautiful building, Liverpool has seen a significant piece of its history brought back to life.
Here are the reasons why 30 James Street is one of the best historic hotels in the UK.
1. It’s the Home of The Titanic
The building was built for the ‘Ismay, Imrie and Company’ shipping company, which in time became the home of the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, more commonly known as the White Star Line. This was the company that built two liners which were bigger and more luxurious than any other vessel in the World at that time in 1907. Their names? The RMS Olympic and RMS Titanic. In later years, the White Star line shipping company was sadly taken over by its long-term rival the Cunard Line, but the White Star Line had still created the benchmark that all would follow. Even the Cunard Line would eventually be forced to follow the White Star Line’s trail of innovation.
When Bruce Ismay built 30 James Street in 1896, Cunard decided to build much larger & more luxurious offices. Located just in front of The White Star offices, the Cunard spoilt Bruce Ismay’s view of the Mersey. The construction of the Cunard building took away Ismay’s most beloved past time where he would often stand and gaze over the Mersey watching his ships!
2. There Are Original Features from 19th Century
When you enter the building, you will notice the original fine mosaic of South America set into the floor, which is a listed feature. There is also a wooden war memorial at the front of the historic hotel which lists the members of staff who ‘Gave Their Lives for Their Country’ during WW1.
3. It is a Grade II* Listed Building
Formally known as Albion House, 30 James Street is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building.
4. Part of the hotel pays Homage to J.P. Morgan
Morgan’s Spa, in the basement of 30 James Street, is named after J.P. Morgan. He was one of the most powerful people associated with the RMS Titanic. He was an influential American financier and banker who is also at the centre of Titanic conspiracies still to this day.
5. There’s a Definitive History Specific to Every Room
Each room within the historic hotel has an individual connection to the White Star Line and RMS Titanic. Every suite is thoughtfully designed with stunning interiors, luxury amenities and modern furnishings which allude to the sophistication and extravagance passengers aboard ships of this era will have experienced – and ensures that each and every guest feels like a first-class passenger.
6. The Building Survived the Blitz
Unlike others in the surrounding area, 30 James Street remained standing during the Liverpool Blitz, bearing only damage to the gable. This was not rebuilt until the late 1940s. The Liverpool Blitz was one of the biggest attacks on the city and caused widespread devastation across Liverpool.
7. The Building’s Heritage Architecture
The White Star Line HQ was designed by architects Richard Norman Shaw and J. Francis Doyle in 1896. The design of 30 James Street’s construction closely follows the architect’s earlier work of 1887, which was the former New Scotland Yard building in London.
8. The Reason the Titanic Wore Liverpool’s Name
The building was the RMS Titanic‘s port of registry, which is the reason why she bears the “Liverpool” lettering on her stern. The crew and captain of RMS Titanic, Captain Edward J. Smith, also received their orders from the headquarters. With one of the most famous ships in modern history directly attributed to our beloved Liverpool, it’s no wonder why 30 James Street is one of the best historic hotels.
9. A Restaurant Named in Honour
Carpathia, the first rooftop bar & restaurant in Liverpool, was named after the Liverpool-based Cunard liner that rescued all 705 survivors of the Titanic disaster. This fantastic restaurant is a fitting tribute to a true story of bravery. Décor in the restaurant replicates the first-class dining halls onboard luxury cruise liners of the time. The a la carte menu follows the style the meals served on board Titanic, with several courses and twists on traditional classics that they would have enjoyed on board.
The well-renowned champagne bar & restaurant is also set to open a new extension in Spring 2019, with unbeatable views of the waterfront.
Stay in Historical Grandeur
Very few buildings are synonymous with the White Star Line and the RMS Titanic, and we are proud to be one of few properties connected to such prevalent elements of maritime history.
Here at 30 James Street, you can be wrapped up in the RMS Titanic’s enchanting history, explore the sensitively restored White Star Headquarters and take enjoyment spending time at a fabulously luxurious historic hotel.
Contact our friendly team on 0151 236 0166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a break, meal, spa treatment, or special event at 30 James Street – Home of the Titanic.