The historic Beatle-themed Hard Day's Night Hotel in Liverpool, which remained closed today after a fire on Thursday that caused damage to its upper floors, issued an updated statement Friday saying it will reopen some facilities Saturday, but leave its hotel rooms closed.
"Following an investigation with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service earlier today, Hard Days Night Hotel will reopen its restaurant, bar and lounge tomorrow at noon. It will also host a number of events that are due to be held over the weekend in its function rooms and suites.
"However, the management team have made the decision to keep its hotel rooms on all floors closed and will reassess the situation early next week.
"General Manager Mike Dewey said, 'Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service have finished their investigations and we are pleased that we can reopen parts of the hotel tomorrow. They did a fantastic job in confining the fire to the right hand corner of the hotel on both the fourth and fifth floor and I cannot praise them enough. At this point, we have no further information, but the team and I would like to thank everyone for their continued support and understanding at this time.
"For those guests who were due to stay with us this evening or over the next few days, please contact us on 0151 236 1964 and we will help to make the necessary arrangements.'"
You can see new pictures of the fire taken by Mark Ashworth in the slide show.
The building housing the hotel dates back to 1884, the hotel says. The 110 rooms are furnished with specially commissioned Beatles-inspired artwork. Beatles artist Shannon, whose artwork is featured in the hotel, told Beatles Examiner she feared some of her paintings were damaged in the blaze. The Cavern Club, where the Beatles played as they rose to fame, is nearby.
Shortly after the fire, the hotel issued a first statement with early details.
“We can confirm that there was a fire at 1:05 p.m. on Thursday 14th Feb at Hard Days Night Hotel. The fire started in the corner of the building’s fifth floor. The fire has now been contained and the fire brigade are dealing with it on site.
“General Manager Mike Dewey said, 'Both the hotel’s staff and Merseyside Fire Service worked in partnership to make sure everyone was taken to safety within 10 minutes and no one was hurt or injured. The cause of the fire is not yet known and we are unable to report anymore at this time.'"
(Thanks to Donna Jackson and Mark Ashworth in Liverpool for their pictures and information.)
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