A Night At One Of The Most Haunted Hotels in Britain: The Adelphi, Liverpool

Why I booked myself into the Adelphi when I am scared to death of ghosts and ghouls is beyond my comprehension, but anyway I did it.

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We were going to a concert at the Liverpool Philharmonic, the Adelphi is on route, it was a bargain price on Late Rooms (£49) and I really didn’t engage my brain.  I just clicked ‘book’.

Then (and I always do this after the fact) I checked Trip Advisor which mostly went along the lines of ‘do not stay at this hotel’.  Hmmm – have I made a mistake here I thought.  People said it made Fawlty Towers look good, or that it was like staying in the Grand Budapest Hotel.  But no-one mentioned ghosts.

I don’t mind camping out in a dodgy hotel if the price is right and it’s only for one night (you can always sleep clothed on top of the covers after all).  I also tend to take Trip Advisor with a pinch of salt as I never review anything myself and I suspect many like minded folk are the same. So I thought, oh well, let’s go with the flow.

Then, a little niggle popped into my mind.  Hadn’t this hotel been on the telly?  Hadn’t I read somewhere that it was haunted.  I always avoid haunted hotels as I know I won’t sleep a wink, so it seemed a mighty cock up had been made here.  Anyway, to check, I googled ‘Adelphi haunted’.

What popped up was terrifying.  Not only is it haunted, it is haunted by multiple ghosts and people actually pay to go on ghost hunting breaks here.  Flippin’ heck – this was getting very scary.   The third floor in particular is said to be possessed by a demon with people reporting being violently ill, feeling someone watching them, or in some cases, seeing someone rifling through their belongings who then disappeared into thin air.

Deciding to man up I turned up on the day and was delighted with the architecture of the public rooms: simply stunning and exactly what you would expect from a grand old hotel built in 1911.  It’s all marble walls and crystal chandeliers – faded grandeur at its best.

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Checking in, we were given a key …..to the dreaded third floor!  I had a momentary panic and thought about asking for another room, but not wanting to look like a nutter, I smiled and said thank you.

The room was huge and although minimally furnished (one tea bag between two people anyone?) it was clean.  The mattress was a little thin but I had no qualms about sleeping here.  Until about 11 p.m. when we were back from the theatre and the reality set in…..I was about to spend the night in a haunted hotel!

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Giving myself a talking to, I dropped off for a little while, only to be woken at midnight by that feeling you get when your mind is alert but your body won’t move.  I get this all the time, so no matter, but it did unsettle me and I decided the best course of action was to sleep with one eye open until at least four a.m. as I figured there would be no hauntings in the morning hours.

I had five blissful hours sleep from four ’til nine and have to say, the Adelphi was actually fine.  No ghosts, no poor service, no dirt.  A bit shabby chic maybe, but I can live with that.

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Would I stay again? Absolutely – although maybe not on All Hallows Eve: don’t want to go looking for trouble do we?

 

 

56 thoughts on “A Night At One Of The Most Haunted Hotels in Britain: The Adelphi, Liverpool

  1. Good for you for being adventurous! I have to admit I was laughing out loud at your lack of sleep! I can so relate! Glad it all worked out for you! Wonderful post. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Nooo!! Haha now this was a blog post in the working, the universe was leading you to this! I quite like the look of this place and places with a story behind them make them so much more interesting and I’m glad no mishaps happened for you x

  3. I’m such a sceptic with ghosts and most things. I’d be the nutter in the lobby shouting come on then ghosties show yourself ha. Looks like a nice little hotel though

  4. Wow, you’re brave! If I knew it was known as haunted I wouldn’t stay.
    Not that it hasn’t happened to be at a friend’s grandma house on my own for two nights and my friend only told me after I asked her what’s about this house.
    But if I knew, I wouldn’t stay there 😉

  5. I love how you told a story with this post! The architecture did look stunning though! I stayed in a hotel in Birmingham that I was convinced was haunted, it was horrible! Trust us for booking the cheapest in town eh! x

  6. Just got back from this hotel – to say it was ‘active’ was an understatement – didnt sleep a wink the second night
    As you say, figures near your bed, corridors that make you feel someones behind you, the noises in the night and the freemason lodge downstairs.

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