It’s been an exciting year for The Shankly Hotel. Since the doors first opened in August 2015, we have hosted some fabulous events and created some amazing memories. Here we count down our most memorable moments from The Shankly Hotel in 2016:
Liverpool’s First Autism Friendly Hotel
As part of a city-wide initiative, The Shankly Hotel proudly joined other established Liverpool companies to raise autism awareness.
Our staff members were individually trained to recognise signs that somebody may have autism. The initiative was backed by a number of schemes as well as the Autism alliance. This along with our help ensured a national audience was reached.
The Shankly Hotel were honoured to be included in such an important initiative and continue to support the plan today.
The Shankly Hotel wins ‘Simply the Guest’ Award
Just short of a year on from our grand opening and we were the proud recipients of LateRooms prestigious ‘Simply the Guest Award’.
This award is voted for by genuine guest reviews, which is why we were even more pleased to have earned the title.
Customer experience is at the forefront of any Signature Living hotel. The staff at The Shankly Hotel are what make our guests experiences what they are. Therefore, we owe this award to the team for their remarkable efforts.
Our guests are also to thank for taking the time to leave such glowing reviews following their stay with the Shankly Hotel in 2016.
For this and every happy guest experience we can help create, we are grateful.
The Shankly Hotel Wins the LEP Best Newcomer Award
Imagine our delight when another prestigious industry award came our way. Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards recognised The Shankly Hotel as its Best Hotel Newcomer. All this less than 12 months from our grand opening.
Signature Living owners Katie and Lawrence Kenwright and Bill Shankly’s grandson, Chris Carline attended the ceremony. The trio accepted the award with immense pride and credited staff for their tremendous effort and making the award win possible.
The Shankly Virtual Experience
The Shankly Hotel is renowned for being a unique one of a kind accommodation experience. Bringing to our guests a Bill Shankly experience that can’t be found anywhere else.
Visitors to the Shankly Hotel in 2016 were treated to an out of this world virtual experience. Using modern technology to deliver a brand-new concept, The Shankly Hotel have created The Shankly Virtual Experience.
Diners from the Bastion Bar and Restaurant and guests at The Shankly Hotel can enjoy the virtual presence of Bill Shankly. Watch on screen as a realistic version of the man himself appears to be dining with you and your friends.
A leap into the future of hotel experiences and a new meaning to those of us who have Bill Shankly on their fantasy dinner guest lists.
The Shankly Hotel Named One of the World’s Best Football Themed Hotels
The Shankly Hotel was first and foremost created as a family friendly hotel. The values and morals passed down by of the greatest player/managers in footballing history are at the heart of all that we do.
Of course, it goes without saying that the Bill Shankly theme carried a lot more than amazing family values. The prestigious footballing career of Bill Shankly is portrayed for all to see throughout The Shankly Hotel.
Guests can enjoy an array of marvellous memorabilia, depicting a fabulous footballing past. Bill Shankly’s contribution to the game of football gave creators of The Shankly Hotel an amazing foundation on which to build such an engaging theme.
We were over joyed being recognised as one of the world’s best football themed hotels. A title awarded to us by the Mirror almost a year on from our grand opening.
The Shankly family have provided the most amazing insight into what made Bill Shankly such an admirable man.
Shankly’s Greatest XI
In summer of 2016 The Shankly Hotel began a public vote to craft the ultimate dream team. We asked the people to choose a team to be named Shankly’s Greatest XI. Voting commenced and in one short month the greatest XI were announced.
To celebrate the a stunning evening dinner banquet took place in The Garden of Eden. Former players and families joined together to mark the contributions made by Bill Shankly to the game of football.
Players met and greeted fans who had specifically booked tickets for the event in our Baby Eden events venue. The greatest XI and representing families then enjoyed a three-course meal, live entertainment and a silent auction for some rare LFC memorabilia.
A particularly fascinating evening for us and one of our favourite memories from The Shankly Hotel in 2016.
Launch of the Shankly Tours
Bill Shankly was a Scottish man “proud to be called a scouser” and it was this sentiment that inspired us to introduce The Shankly Tours.
The Shankly Hotel tailored a fun selection of trips across Liverpool. The tours include sights and experiences that celebrate the connection Bill Shankly had with the city, it people and both football clubs.
There are football specific tours, match day tours and a combination Shankly and Fab Four Beatles tour. The city excursions have proven to be hugely popular and have made a fabulous addition to Liverpool’s tourist attractions.
We look forward to introducing further Shankly Tour options in 2017. Welcoming many more visitors to experience an alternative view of Liverpool.
Garden of Eden Launch
The eagerly anticipated launch of our city centre rooftop venue, The Garden of Eden, was nothing short of magical.
A full list of VIP’s gathered at on the top floor of the Shankly Hotel. We were pleased to welcome members of Hollyoaks cast, The Real Housewives of Cheshire and a Liverpool football legend or two.
The Garden of Eden is the ideal city centre rooftop space for glamourous events and stunning Liverpool weddings. We were so pleased with the turn out for our official Garden of Eden Launch party.
The evening included performances from the Nazielle Danielle School of Dance, Rachel McFarlane and was hosted by Liverpool radio personality Pete Price.
Alongside our celebrities and fabulous performers were a host of whimsical theatrical characters that made the entire evening a true fairy tale full of whimsy and wonderment.
The most perfect evening of celebration introducing the most magical Liverpool events space.
The Bastion’s Pastry Chef Wins Apprentice of the Year
Signature Living are proud to have provided Liverpool’s youth with nearlyl 100 apprenticeships this year.
The ability for us to provide young people the opportunity to work in fast paced, exciting environments is only growing as we do.
We saw fantastic results of the exciting opportunities we offer at The Shankly Hotel in 2016. Our Pastry Chef Apprentice Amy Wilson was awarded Apprentice of the Year at this year’s Switch Onto Business Awards.
Just 12 month after starting her career in the kitchen, Amy has been awarded this prestigious accolade. Her efforts have also impressed her mentor and our executive head chef Matt Cox.
“Amy is innovative, will try anything, experiments and has lots of great ideas… I would put her up there with one of the best apprentices I have ever worked with in 20 years of catering.”
We are sure there’s more to come from Amy and from the other hardworking individuals we have welcomed into the Signature Living family.
Signature’s Grotto at The Garden of Eden
What’s one thing that makes any child’s Christmas wishes complete? A visit to see Santa in Signature’s Grotto.
When we teamed up with One Magical City, we wanted to create the perfect winter wonderland so children in Liverpool could meet the man in red.
Our roof top venue, The Garden of Eden, was transformed into Santa’s Liverpool hideaway. We invited children up to the top floor of the Shankly Hotel, to give Santa their Christmas list. Each little one also collected themselves an early Christmas present.
Signature’s Grotto provided fabulous views across the city for those who were waiting to see Santa. Giving the children who attended a truly memorable Christmas Grotto experience.
TOWIE at The Shankly Hotel
The annual TV favourite, The Only Way is Essexmas, has become a popular UK Christmas TV staple.
We were over the moon when the cast of TOWIE descended upon Liverpool to film the special episode with us.
Cast members Chloe Sims, Danielle Armstrong, John Clark, Tommy Mallet, Georgia Kousoulou and couple Megan McKenna and Pete Wicks were here.
Each cast member enjoyed an evening in one of our luxury suites. The glamorous ladies even treated themselves to a well-deserved glass of bubbly and delicious afternoon tea in The Bastion Bar and Restaurant.
Keep an eye out this Essexmas for scenes filmed at The Shankly hotel in 2016.
Magical Wedding Show at the Garden of Eden
To celebrate the launch of the newest Liverpool wedding venue, The Garden of Eden, our wedding team at the Shankly Hotel organised a wonderful Eden Wedding Show. The first of many to come.
The Shankly Hotel opened it’s doors to happy brides and grooms inviting them int to imagine how their special day could be spent with us.
The event was a screaming success and all who attended had access to the best local suppliers. We even hosted a glamorous fashion show complete with catwalk and models clad in wedding day attire.
Our guests and the team involved participated in the internet craze the Mannequin Challenge. An all-round fantastic day was had by staff and guests. The first Wedding Show of many more spectacular events we look forward to hosting at The Garden of Eden.
So here’s where we wrap up memories from The Shankly Hotel in 2016. An entire year of fabulous events and wonderful moments.
We’d like to thank each and every person who made these moments possible, our wonderful staff and all those who have been mentioned above.
In particular, we’d like to thank our guests with whom we look forward to helping make more magical memories at The Shankly Hotel in 2017.