iStay expands party apartments with new Liverpool city centre scheme

Ann Chambers, CEO, iStay

A Liverpool entrepreneur who provides party apartments in the city has expanded with a new apart-hotel site.

Ann Chambers, founder and CEO of iStay Liverpool has now added the Castle Street area to her growing portfolio of luxury apart-hotels across key locations including Temple Court, Water Street, Duke Street, Bold Street, Rodney Street and the recently launched Harrisons Aparthotel on Victoria Street.

Sitting within the Castle Street Conservation area, iStay Liverpool’s newest development at 17-21 Castle Street will be based in a five-storey, Grade II listed building.

The proposed scheme, which will undergo a multi-million-pound refurbishment, will involve a sensitive conversion of the building. It will include 33 apartments as well as a lobby, lounge, and boutique working area on the ground floor of the building.

The grand entrance will include a dedicated food and beverage area.

Ann said: “iStay Liverpool is building on its success in the city and this new development in Castle Street is a major investment for us, and one which was impossible for us to pass up, as this is such an iconic building, whose value has been transferred at an undisclosed fee.

“The site itself is visually stunning and culturally and architecturally significant: it has been a vital part of planning to ensure that its exterior and internal features are maintained, such as original staircases, the grand opening doors, and external façade elements which make this site unique.

“In terms of its use as a new development for us at iStay Liverpool, we will be utilising our experiences so far to ensure that this new site sets a business benchmark for us.

“Apart-hotels like ours are becoming an increasingly popular choice for national and international guests, as well as local ones, for short or long stays.

“Castle Street is a prestigious setting close to all of the city’s major amenities and attractions, from premium shopping, to restaurants and nightlife venues, our nearby concert arena, with accommodation that gives guests more room and a homely feel than a traditional hotel setting. This site will have premium amenities, decor and extra touches which iStay are now renowned for.

“I am also delighted that this Castle Street development will have a specially designed apartment for those who require accessibility – it has been a conversation that has been ongoing, and is vital for us at iStay to make provision for guests who require ground floor accommodation.”

She added: “Quite simply, this new development is going to be something really special. It has come at a busy and productive time for us as a group, and for me personally, my recent successes are moving me forwards to expand, whilst always maintaining standards and consolidating on what iStay Liverpool has already achieved.”

Work will start this summer at the new iStay development with an anticipated opening date of Q2 2023.