Crowne Plaza Liverpool John Lennon Airport Hotel
|Crowne Plaza Liverpool-John Lennon Airport|
|Opening date||14 May 2001|
The Crowne Plaza Liverpool John Lennon Airport Hotel, formerly the Marriott Liverpool South Hotel, is an airport hotel near to Liverpool John Lennon Airport, serving the English city of Liverpool. Today a member of the Crowne Plaza chain owned by the InterContinental Hotels Group, the Grade II listed art deco hotel building has an unusual history.
The building was constructed in the 1930s, as the terminal building for the airport, then known as Speke Aerodrome. It is still sometimes seen on repeats of early television news footage, with its terraces packed with fans waiting to greet the Beatles on their return from tour. The terminal building was replaced with a more modern building on a different location in 1986, and was left derelict for over a decade. During this time, the building was featured on the cover art of the single Don't Go Away, by Oasis. However it has since been renovated and adapted to become a hotel, opening for business in 2001. The adaption involved adding two new bedroom wings on the frontage of the hotel, but the airside aspect has been preserved intact.
The former apron of the terminal is also listed and retained in its original condition, although it is no longer connected to the airport or subject to airside access control. It is the home of several aircraft, including BAe Jetstream 41 prototype G-JMAC, Hawker Siddeley HS 748 G-BEJD and Percival Prince G-AMLZ, preserved by the Speke Aerodrome Heritage Group. Additionally, the group looks after a replica de Havilland Dragon Rapide that is displayed in front of the hotel entrance.
The two art deco style hangars that flank the terminal and apron have also been converted for new uses. One is now a David Lloyd leisure centre, whilst the other has been adapted as the headquarters of the Shop Direct Group, and is now known as Skyways House.
- Crowne Plaza Liverpool-John Lennon Airport
- InterContinental Hotels
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