Castle Street hotel undergoes final Tune-up

   LIVERPOOL’S new Tune Hotel is set to open its doors within the next month. The 100-bedroom hotel on Castle Street has been developed by Hotel Land & Development and will become the latest addition to the global portfolio of hotel group Tune Hotels. Situated within the Bruntwood-owned Queen Insurance Buildings, it will join another recent addition to the landmark building, Argentinian restaurant CAU, while Bruntwood is also undertaking significant refurbishment of the offices at both 16 and 24 Queen Avenue. Work has been underway since late last year to completely strip out the new hotel site, which is adjacent to the city’s Town Hall, and replace it with a contemporary budget hotel that famously provides  “pay for what you need” model. Each Tune room comes equipped with high quality basics such as Hypnos beds and power showers, but costs from just £25 a night. “Liverpool is one of the key cities in the North West not only from a commercial point of view, but it also has a long established tourism industry for both domestic and international travellers,” said Mark Lankester, CEO of Brand, Assets and Capital Markets at Tune Hotels. “Last year saw 32 million visitors spending £2.3 billion in the city.  This resulted in over 560,000 overnight stays from international visitors, 1.47m from UK travellers and some 289,000 from business tourism – there is undoubtedly a healthy demand for high-quality yet affordable accommodation. “This makes Liverpool the ideal destination for us to expand our UK portfolio. Tune Hotels is the choice of the savvy traveller guaranteeing a safe and comfortable night’s sleep without breaking the bank, and all in great central locations –Castle Street is therefore the perfect site being in the heart of the city’s business district and the Queen Building has played a role in the history of Liverpool since it was built back in 1837.  We hope that it will continue to do so as part of the Tune Hotels Group for many years to come.” Martin Jackson, director at Hotel Land & Development, said: “The development of the Tune hotel in Liverpool builds on our existing commitment to grow the Tune brand across the UK. Liverpool was a key target city, and to secure such a fantastic location and property within the city centre working with Bruntwood as the owner was an opportunity not to be missed.” The new Tune Hotel is adjacent to Queen’s Arcade, which already boasts a collection of independent retail outlets including Moose Coffee and R&H Fine Wines. Bruntwood believes the arrival of two high profile venues will give a timely boost to neighbouring businesses. Toby Sproll, head of retail and leisure at Bruntwood, commented: “Tune is almost ready to welcome its first guests and its arrival follows hot on the heels of CAU, which has quickly become a new destination on one of Liverpool’s most historic streets in just a few weeks. “With potentially hundreds of guests staying at the hotel at any one time, we are really excited to see the benefits this new addition can bring to fellow traders within Queen Insurance Buildings and across the commercial district.”