The Shankly Hotel offers so much more than luxury accommodation – it is an experience. Enjoy rooms inspired by one of the most iconic sporting figures in the world. Comprising of 83 luxurious rooms and suites, it’s the ideal destination for those looking for a stylish, comfortable and flexible hotel in Liverpool. No other hotel offers such a unique insight into the life and career of Bill Shankly.
Each room is inspired by the legendary manager’s illustrious football career, and offers iconic quotes, relaxing beds and a luxurious bathroom, we guarantee an unforgettable stay at our hotel in Liverpool.
“Aim for the sky and you’ll reach the ceiling. Aim for the ceiling and you’ll stay on the floor.”
– Bill Shankly
The Shankly Hotel has aimed for the sky – creating the ultimate hotel experience in Liverpool. Our comfortable, sleek and stylish rooms and suites span over 2.5 times an average hotel room. As standard, rooms include a double whirlpool bath, 50 inch plasma TV, free WiFi and air conditioning.
To really make the most of your stay at The Shankly Hotel, you can book a table at The Shankly Hotel, which celebrates Bill Shankly’s life. Experience delicious dishes surrounded by amazing memorabilia from the Shankly family’s private collection.
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I still remember the first time I met him. They were doing up the main stand at Anfield so they were using these temporary offices. The only place to sit was on a dustbin outside so I sat there talking to my manager at the time, Ron Ashman, while Bill was inside. After a while Bill came out, shook my hand and beckoned me over to his Capri to take me for my medical down near the docks.
From the moment I met Bill I just gelled with him. I was from mining stock and so was he. I think he saw something in me that reminded him of himself. He wanted to help me and he did, massively. Apart from my parents, Bill was the most important person in my life. He brought me to the club, he believed in me and he inspired me. That first meeting with him changed my life forever.”
I had only been at the club a couple of weeks when Bill said to me ‘you will play for England son’. I was a 20-year-old kid who hadn’t even played for Liverpool’s first team. I thought ‘wow’ if he thinks I can they maybe I can. Bill was a giver. He wanted to make people better. He always came in full of life and what I loved about him was that he was always honest. You always knew where you stood with him. If you did something wrong he would tell you but he was never negative about anything. If he didn’t have anything good to say he just wouldn’t speak to you.
I didn’t expect to get in Liverpool’s first team so quickly. I came in at the end of the season and went on tour when a lot of the players were away with England. I got games, did well and forced my way into contention. It meant I never actually played a reserve team game for the club. That was one of the things about Bill. He wasn’t scared to put someone in. If he thought you were good enough that was it. I was a 20-year-old kid who went straight from Scunthorpe in the Fourth Division to playing in front of 51,000 at Anfield against Forest.
It was a period of transition for the club. When I signed there were great players there like Tommy Lawrence, Ron Yeats, Ian St John, Peter Thompson, Chris Lawler, Tommy Smith and Ian Callaghan. There was signings like Alun Evans, who had cost £100,000 from Wolves, John McLaughlin and Ian Ross. And new kids on the block like Emlyn Hughes from Blackpool and Ray Clemence who replaced Tommy Lawrence. Steve Heighway was a rising star and Brian Hall was coming through. There was a good mix of the old and the new, and Bill got the perfect balance.
When he resigned’ I don’t know anyone who saw it coming. I remember someone called me and said ‘have you heard about Shanks?’ My first thought was ‘he’s been involved in an accident’. When I was told he had resigned I didn’t believe it. There was talk after every season about Bill threatening to quit and the board talking him out of it. But when I spoke to Bill he said ‘no, I’m finished this time’. It was a massive shock.
Bill’s departure certainly played a part in my decision to leave. No disrespect to Bob, but when Bill left half the club went for me as well. Don’t get my wrong, I enjoyed playing for Bob. We had some great times and won the European Cup. But it wasn’t the same after Bill left. I just didn’t enjoy going into the club as much when he wasn’t there. Nobody could replace Bill.
I was really saddened by the way he was treated by the club. I appreciate it was a difficult situation for everyone. Bill was such a big personality but it could have been handled a lot better. It should have been a case of someone asking him ‘what job do you want?’ They should have done something for him whether it was a place on the board or whatever. I know it would have been difficult for Bob to have him around the place but I’m sure something could have been sorted out.
Bill should never have been allowed to walk away and I’m sure if you could ask those people involved they would admit they regret the way they went about things. The sad fact is that Bill spent more time at Everton’s training ground than ours. Bill took Liverpool by the scruff of the neck and put down the foundations on which the club’s been built. Bob achieved more than Bill in terms of honours but Bob was the first to admit that Bill put in the ground work.
Bill gave everyone connected with the club great belief and principles. Everyone counted for something whether you were the kitman or you cut the grass. I played under a lot of good managers but none were in the same county, let along the same street, as Bill. His way was right for me and I learned so much from him. I took a lot from what Bill taught me into my own management career. Things like if you treat people the right way and give them the chance to flourish then you will get the best out of them. Bill was unique and the man meant everything to me.