25 September 2020 00:31

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The Grand Party Hotel, review: a grubby and slightly sneery series with a Big Brother edge

The Shankly Hotel: Inside the glitzy Liverpool filming location of The Grand Party Hotel on BBC One The hotel offers a range of vibrant, themed party rooms A new BBC show will explore one of the UK's most extravagant hotels, filled with unique party rooms. The Grand Party Hotel, which kicks off tonight on BBC One, will take a peek at the lively events that take place at this rather extraordinary venue. Not only will it show off the vibrantly decorated and distinctive suites at the Shankly Hotel in Liverpool, which sleep multiple people, but it will also meet some of the guests who have come to celebrate important events there. The Grand Party Hotel will go behind the scenes of the rather remarkable Shankly Hotel in Liverpool which has made its name thanks to its impressive top floor party rooms. The hotel, run by Signature Living, is popular with people celebrating weddings, birthdays, hen dos, and even divorces, with big groups gathering in the themed communal rooms for some rather memorable celebrations.

The show will meet some of those who come to stay at the hotel and uncover their stories. The first episode will introduce us to a woman named Laura who is at the hotel to celebrate her divorce. There are also some touching moments, such as a baby shower taking place at the hotel for a woman who previously collapsed. It's the hotel's party rooms that make it stand out from the rest – the Signature Living website describes it as "the ultimate party destination in the heart of Liverpool". Decorations in some rooms include pink flamingos upside down on the ceiling, lions' heads on the walls, champagne trays in the bathrooms – as well as multiple double beds, communal jacuzzis, and Roman Baths, according to the BBC.

Rooms at the hotel have names such as "LMAO", which comes with vibrant green decor and multiple golden bathtubs and fake deer heads on the walls. Signature Living also offers serviced apartments and pool parties in city-centre venues, with videos on the company's website showing off drinks parties, dancers, people lounging in hot tubs and all-round frivolity. When we're allowed to travel again, please don't make me stay at The Grand Party Hotel (BBC One). What made the hotel unique (and uniquely shudder-inducing) were its "party rooms" – vast communal suites sleeping up to 24 guests in multiple beds. It was a real-life version of Noughties drama Hotel Babylon, with Changing Rooms decor and communal bedrooms which brought back memories of Big Brother.

The Grand Party Hotel Eric is the avuncular doorman at the Shankly Hotel in Liverpool BBC The timing of last night's new fly-on-the-wall series The Grand Party Hotel, filmed pre-Covid, was unfortunate, airing just a few days after the government announced the latest round of social restrictions to try to slow the second wave. Did anyone really have the appetite for a behind-the-scenes look at the Shankly Hotel in Liverpool, which has built its reputation on being a great X Factor star Wagner was taught how to shot a Jägerbomb 10 minutes before performing at lesbian wedding on tonight's episode of The Grand Party Hotel. The singer was booked as a surprise celebrity guest at Danielle and Trudy's big day and was ushered into Liverpool's Shankly hotel via a secret lift. But before Wagner went on stage to perform, wedding planner Ciara gifted him with a little bit of Dutch courage – and he had to be talked through how to drink it. Wagner was shown the ropes (Picture: BBC) Wagner then went on and performed Livin La Vida Loca (Picture: BBC) Trudy and Danielle booked Wagner as their special celebrity performer (Picture: BBC) I have to stay in the #GrandPartyHotel Any lesbian wedding that gets Wagner to sing La Vida Loca is just the start of something beautiful — Anthea McTeirnan (@amcteirnan) September 24, 2020 The Grand Party Hotel is a four-part BBC show that goes through the lobby and behind the doors to reveal the secret life of one of the most popular and extraordinary hotels in Britain.

The Shankly Hotel is situated in the heart of Liverpool and people flock there from all over the UK to celebrate important moments – everything from birthdays to baby showers, graduation parties to hen and stag weekends, weddings to anniversary celebrations and even divorces. The Grand Party Hotel continues on Thursday at 8pm on BBC One. If you've got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we'd love to hear from you. The company behind the George Best Hotel is featuring in a documentary on BBC1 despite grave financial troubles and investors in the Belfast venue being left out of pocket. The first episode of four-parter The Grand Party Hotel featuring staff and guests at the Shankly Hotel in Liverpool aired this evening. A synopsis said: "We meet staff and guests behind the scenes at Liverpool's craziest hotel.

It has party suites for up to 24 people in one room, but can the staff cope with the unusual demands?" Since 12 months of filming from October 2018, the hotels owned by Liverpool-based Signature Living have gone into administration, including the Shankly. Bedford Hotel Ltd, the entity behind George Best Hotel, owed £15m when it went bust early this year. The historic Scottish Mutual Building at Donegall Square where the George Best Hotel was to open in December 2018 is in a derelict state, with scaffolding and a rubbish chute still in place. A spokeswoman for the BBC said: "The Grand Party Hotel is an observational series that takes viewers behind the scenes of the Shankly Hotel in Liverpool. "It was filmed before the hotel went into administration. As an observational documentary it does not set out to explore the business model of the hotel or wider hotel group but rather to tell the story of staff and guests." But SDLP South Belfast MLA Matthew O'Toole said: "The George Best Hotel is just a few hundred yards from another site on the southern side of Belfast city centre that was due to receive investment that probably isn't going to happen: BBC Broadcasting House. "It would be disappointing if this documentary offered free publicity to Signature Living while one of Belfast's landmark properties, the Scottish Mutual Building, lies undeveloped and millions is owed to creditors and suppliers." Meanwhile, hotelier Lawrence Kenwright of the Signature Group has confirmed the launch of a new hotel and leisure company, UK Accommodation Group Ltd. Chairman Thomas Scullion, an investor in Signature Living, said that the UK Accommodation Group's mission is "to create a 'bucket list' experience which separates it from all other hotels". Mr Kenwright said he's now working on a proposal to present to administrators with the aim of regaining control of the Shankly Hotel "alongside completing four further hotels under the Signature banner". Expand Close The planned city centre George Best hotel lies in disrepair / Facebook Whatsapp The planned city centre George Best hotel lies in disrepair But it said it was working with the Linen Quarter Business Improvement District and the administrator to address the condition of the building, including the graffiti. Investors have paid a total of £4m to own 59 rooms in the George Best Hotel. Signature Living planned to turn the former War Memorial Building on Belfast's Waring St into a party hotel like the Shankly. But that project did not progress, so the building is on the market - along with Belfast's Crumlin Road Courthouse, which Signature Living also bought with a view to turning into a hotel.