30 James Street

30 James Street has 63 bedrooms, a spa and conferencing facilities. Credit: Savills

‘Home of the Titanic’ hotel sold in Liverpool

German hotelier RIMC Hotels & Resorts has acquired the former White Star Shipping Line headquarters, now a 63-bed hotel, from administrators.

The grade two-listed 30 James Street Hotel, which had been branded as the ‘home of the Titanic’, was last owned by a Signature Living SPV. Signature Living, which was founded by Lawrence Kenwright, saw its hotel division collapse in 2020. Administrators Moorfields Advisory were subsequently assigned to dispose of the hotel.

RIMC UK managing director Duncan Gray said the company was planning to put a “significant investment” into the business, which is its first property in the UK. Gray added that the investment would “create an exciting and unique offer, befitting of such a prestigious building in the fantastic city of Liverpool”.

Savills was the sales agent on the deal between Moorfields Advisory and RIMC, where Moorfields was represented by Hogan Lovells and RIMC by DWF Law. Savills did not disclose the sale price.

Savills had last marketed the property for £12.5m in 2021, a price that had not been met by August last year. This led to the hotel being taken off the market.

In addition to 63 bedrooms, 30 James Street includes a seventh-floor restaurant and champagne barn, an outdoor terrace, conference and banquet facilities, a spa, and a pool.

Tom Cunningham, hotels director at Savills, said: “We’re pleased to complete on the sale of this iconic city centre hotel. 30 James Street provides quality accommodation and desirable amenities in a standout location, and we look forward to seeing the hotel take on its next chapter.”

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Not surprised Liverpool major hotspot now

By Anonymous

Excellent news for Liverpool.

By LEighteen

The Hotel sector is certainly buoyant in Liverpool at present.

By Liverpolitis

Good news, as stated, a historic building which needs a responsible owner, it`s almost a replica of the old Scotland Yard HQ in London(same architect).
Can we also see a start on the planned new hotel on the opposite corner of James Street, not sure who the developer is .

By Anonymous

Liverpool def in the top 10 now for hotel rooms!

By Anonymous

Good news , but the long standing and prominent vacant corner site opposite needs a very high quality development as soon as possible

By Georges

I’ve stayed at the Titanic hotel and will certainly keep an eye on this one

By Amanda Webb

I haven’t passed by for a few years but remember directly opposite this hotel a plot of land and a walkway with an authentic anchor situated in the cultivated green area. It looked good, but then, for no apparent reason, bulldozed, dug up and left barren. Why?

By john.

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