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Flood closes Beatles-themed hotel

A bedroom in the hotel
The hotel was closed after a flood

A luxury Beatles-themed hotel in Liverpool has been temporarily closed after a flood.

The 110-room Hard Days Night hotel had about 100 bookings for both Tuesday and Wednesday which have had to be cancelled, a hotel spokeswoman said.

Fire crews are helping to clear the water away and general manager Mike Dewey said he hoped to have the hotel re-opened by New Year's Eve.

The flood on Monday did not cause too much damage, he added.

"The timescale we are working on is that tomorrow afternoon we will switch the electricity back on and then the hotel will re-open on New Year's Eve," Mr Dewey said.

Wedding chapel

"We have set up a temporary office and are able to deal with any inquiries from people whose visit will be disrupted."

The four-star hotel on North John Street, a stone's throw from the famous Cavern club, has 110 rooms and two luxury penthouses.

It is decorated with previously unseen Fab Four photos and original artwork from Beatles' artist Shannon.

The hotel also has a wedding chapel and civil wedding licence, so couples can tie the knot in front of pictures of the Beatles and their partners.

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