Rest with the Fab Four at new Beatles hotel

LONDON Mon Feb 4, 2008 7:59am EST

1 of 10. A portrait of Beatles John Lennon hangs on the wall in the Lennon suite at the newly opened Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool, northern England, February 1, 2008. The four-star, 110 room Beatles themed hotel opens its doors to the public today and is only a stone's throw away from the site of the famous Cavern Club.

Credit: Reuters/Phil Noble

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Looking for some rest after a hard day's night? Fans of the Fab Four can now book in to the newly opened Beatles Hotel in Liverpool, England.

The "Hard Days Night Hotel" has 110 rooms set in the heart of the 'Beatles Quarter' in the city of their birth. It's situated a stone's throw from the Cavern Club, where it all began for the Fab Four.

The four star boutique establishment has two luxury "Lennon" and "McCartney" suites. The Lennon room is all in white, featuring a white baby grand piano and giant pictures of John Lennon. The McCartney suite contains no leather in recognition of Macca's celebrity vegetarian status and has a suit of armor on display, a nod to Sir Paul's knighthood.

If you want to ask your partner to "Love Me Do", you can even get married in the hotel's wedding chapel.

The Grade II listed building features specially commissioned artwork from American airbrush artist, Shannon, in every room. The pictures depict the story of the Beatles from the basement through to the roof in chronological order.

A room costs anywhere between 170 pounds ($336.1) a night to a massive 650 pounds for either of the Lennon and McCartney suites. On its debut weekend the Hard Days Night Hotel was fully booked.

"The phones haven't stopped ringing. Interest has come as far afield as Croatia, Russia, Japan, obviously America and there's been huge interest from Brazil even," hotel spokesman Johnny Lockwood said.

Day trippers are not excluded from the Beatles experience, as the two restaurants will be open to non-residents. But you'd better be a fan of Beatles music as both The Brasserie and Blakes restaurants will play nothing other than Beatles hits every evening.

The hotel opening on Friday (Feb 1) coincides with Liverpool being the 2008 European Capital of Culture.

(Editing by Paul Casciato)

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