25 Marilyn Monroe Facts About Her Life and Career

Our Marilyn Monroe themed hotel room is one of our most popular rooms at Arthouse Hotel. A true 1950s icon, fans are still enamored today by Marilyn Monroe’s timeless beauty and charisma.

Monroe was a pinup icon and went on to become one of Hollywood’s most famous actresses. Long before the days of social media, the press were fixated on unraveling who she was and fans followed her every move.

But behind the scenes, Norma Jeane Mortenson was humble, shy and longed to start a family of her own. Though she’s best-remembered for her looks, Marilyn was also kind-hearted and politically engaged before her time.

So to celebrate the fascinating life of the world’s best-loved blonde bombshell, we’ve compiled a collection of our favourite ‘Marilyn moments’…

1) Marilyn loved to read literature

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Marilyn Monroe owned an extensive library of literature and was an avid reader. Often photographed enjoying a good book, some of Monroe’s favourites included The Fall by Albert Camus and Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. 

2) Marilyn Monroe was just a stage name

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Source: Wiki Commons

Marilyn’s real name was Norma Jaeane Mortenson, as documented on her birth certificate. Ben Lyon, Head of New Talent at Fox Studios helped a young and ambitious Norma Jeane to create a stage name.

Lyon told her “you are to me a Marilyn” in reference to Marilyn Miller, a woman who starred in musicals in New York. When it came to choosing a last name, Norma opted for her grandmother’s last name, Monroe. And the rest is history!

3) Monroe loved to wear Chanel No.5

If you’ve ever wondered what Marilyn Monroe’s scent of choice was, look no further than Chanel’s first and most timeless perfume. In an interview in 1952, Marilyn Monroe said that she wore “five drops of Chanel No. 5” and nothing else in bed. “I don’t want to say nude,” she said, “but it’s the truth.”

4) She married her first husband at 16

Before the bright lights of Hollywood swept up a young Norma Jean and Marilyn Monroe was born, James Dougherty married the pretty teenager when she was just 16.

“We decided to get married to prevent her from going back to a foster home,” Dougherty later said, “but we were in love. I never knew Marilyn Monroe, and I don’t claim to have any insights to her to this day,” Dougherty told United Press International in 1990. “I knew and loved Norma Jean.”

5) Marilyn was underpaid for her work

In comparison to her fellow leading ladies of the era, Marilyn Monroe was overworked and underpaid. Elizabeth Taylor was paid one million dollars for Cleopatra, while Monroe earned just $100,000 for Something’s Gotta Give. Jane Russell, Marilyn’s co-star in Gentleman Prefer Blondes was also paid over ten times the amount that Marilyn earned.

6) Marilyn married playwright Arthur Miller

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In 1956, Marilyn married playwright, author and screenwriter, Arthur Miller.  The turbulent relationship proved controversial once in the public eye and many speculated that Miller was simply using Marilyn as his muse.

Though their relationship ended in heartache, Miller went on to write:

“She was a whirling light to me then, all paradox and enticing mystery, street-tough one moment, then lifted by a lyrical and poetic sensitivity that few retain past early adolescence.”

7) Marilyn opposed segregation laws

In the 1950s, segregation laws were still very much in force. This meant American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald struggled to reach the audience she needed to really launch her career.

Marilyn used her platform to help Ella land gigs around Los Angeles, promising management that she would sit in the front row of Ella’s shows for a week!

8) Monroe was definitely a dog person

Throughout her life, Marilyn owned several dogs. As a child, she had a dog called Tippy, and her last four-legged friend was Maf, a Maletese terrier gifted to her by none other than Frank Sinatra!

9) She entertained army troops

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In the February of 1954, thousands of troops gazed up at Marilyn Monroe, who illuminated the stage with ten shows during her visit to Korea. Ted Sherman, who served in the Navy during World War II and Korea, recalled: ‘The movie star was at her glamorous best when she performed ten USO shows in four days for U.S. soldiers, airmen, Marines and sailors during the Korean War in early 1954.”

Sherman added:

“It was a great evening for all the homesick guys who were dazzled by the movie star’s performance. The sight and sounds of Marilyn singing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” is a memory I still cherish.”

10) Marilyn married Joe DiMaggio

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Marilyn Monroe and “Yankee Clipper” Joe DiMaggio shared a whirlwind romance, marrying in 1954 and splitting just nine months later. DiMaggio’s love for Monroe lasted far longer than their marriage survived. Remaining friends until the end, DiMaggio had roses delivered to Marilyn’s crypt three times a week for 20 years.

11) She was notorious for always being late

Nobody’s perfect…and when it came to time keeping, Marilyn’s was certainly an issue. The star was often known to be running late!

12) Marilyn was involved with the Kennedys

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Though the topic has been debated over the years, many believe that Marilyn Monroe had been romantically involved with both President John. F. Kennedy and his brother, Robert Kennedy.

One of Marilyn’s biographers, James Spada told People magazine, “it was clear Marilyn had sexual relations with both Bobby and Jack. ”

13) Marilyn longed to have children

Sadly, Marilyn suffered several miscarriages during the life. But the star longed for children of her own. This was clear from the close relationships she maintained with her stepchildren from her marriages to Arthur Miller and Joe DiMaggio.

14) And she was very intelligent

Though the “blonde bombshell” stereotype seemed to coincide with being a “dumb blonde”, this was far from the case. Marilyn had an IQ of 168.

15) Hugh Hefner is buried next to her

Somewhat bizarrely, Playboy‘s founder Hugh Hefner bought the burial spot next to Marilyn Monroe in 1992. Starring on the cover of the first issue in 1953, Marilyn helped to shape Playboy into the publication that it became.

16) She struggled with her weight

Though her hourglass shape continues to inspire ladies to embrace their natural body shape, Marilyn’s weight fluctuated throughout her career. Her weight changed so dramatically during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl that Beatrice Dawson, the costume designer for the film said: “I have two ulcers from this film, and they’re both monogrammed MM.”

17) Marilyn was close to Frank Sinatra

Hollywood duo Marilyn Monroe and crooning legend Frank Sinatra maintained a friendship over a number of years, with many stories detailing a close romance between the pair. Supposedly in 1961, Marilyn and Sinatra embarked on an intimate relationship, lasting several months.

James Kaplan’s account of their relationship claims that Sinatra asked Monroe to stay with him at his Lake Tahoe resort, in a final attempt to win over the actress and protect her from the darker sides to fame. It’s also thought that Sinatra expressed his desires to marry Marilyn, but she declined his proposal.

Following Marilyn’s death, Joe DiMaggio turned Sinatra away from her funeral. The former friends had become rivals, and many believe that Marilyn and Joe had rekindled their romance prior to her passing away.

18) She shared out her estate

Marilyn’s estate was valued at $1.6 million when she died in 1962. She left 75% of that estate to her acting coach, Lee Strasberg and 25% to her psychoanalyst, Dr. Marianne Kris. Marilyn also left a trust fun for her mother that was worth $5,000 a year.

19) Happy Birthday, Mr President

Need we say more? This iconic occasion saw Marilyn perform a breathy rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ for President John F Kennedy. Her controversial delivery and dazzling rhinestone dress sent the press into a frenzy!

Of course, this performance fuelled more rumours that Marilyn and JFK were having an affair. It was reported that Jack had told her he would leave his family, and Marilyn had said to her friend Jeanne Carmen, “Can’t you just see me as first lady?”.

20) Marilyn was a fan of yoga

Decades before doing yoga became an Instagram necessity, Monroe was a fan of doing yoga. She was taught by Bollywood film star Indra Devi, who also taught Greta Garbo and Gloria Swanson.

21) She also enjoyed lifting weights!

Marilyn began to lift weights while she was on Catalina Island with her first husband. It’s said that she studied weightlifting with Howard Corrington, a former Olympic champion.

In 1952, Pageant magazine published a feature on Marilyn’s exercise routine and famous figure. Marilyn shared:

“I spend at least 10 minutes each morning working out with small weights. I have evolved my own exercises, for the muscles I wish to keep firm, and I know they are right for me because I can feel them putting the proper muscles into play as I exercise.”

22) Candle in the Wind is about Marilyn

Elton John’s 1973 hit Candle in the Wind was inspired by Marilyn, and even references her birth name, Norma Jeane. The song empathises with Marilyn’s struggles, particularly the way in which the press harrassed her.

23) Marilyn’s house had been bugged

Following Marilyn’s death, actress Veronica Hamel bought Monroe’s former home. Supposedly, when Hamel was renovating the house she found a system of wire-taps. It was later confirmed by PI Fred Otash that Marilyn’s house had been bugged by the FBI and CIA…scary stuff indeed!

24) Britney Spears has Marilyn’s jeans

The original pop princess was given Marilyn Monroe’s jeans from River of No Return by Tommy Hilfiger, who purchased them for $37,000!

25) Lastly, the ‘Marilyn Monroe Moment’….

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Arguably the most famous ‘Marilyn Monroe Moment’ is this scene from The Seven Year Inch. The famous fluttering dress saw the phrase ‘Marilyn Monroe Moment’ become an iconic phrase through the decades!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our collection of the best Marilyn Monroe facts and moments from over the years. We’d love to have you come and stay in our Marilyn Monroe room at Arthouse Hotel.

Our Marilyn Monroe Room


We always have a wide range of special offers available to make your stay truly unforgettable! To enquire further or to book your stay in the heart of Liverpool, simply give our team a call on 0151 236 0166.

Female Movie Stars: Our Favourite Leading Ladies of Hollywood

At Arthouse Hotel, some of our favourite rooms are those dedicated to films featuring iconic female movie stars and leading ladies of Hollywood.

From Audrey Hepburn to Marilyn Monroe, our hotel is an accolade to some of the best movies from the silver screen and the famous females that starred in these classics.

Whether you love a good sing-a-long with Julie Andrews or revel in the magical mystery of the land of Oz, Arthouse Hotel is sure to have a room you’ll love.

Here are some of the most celebrated leading ladies from our film themed rooms, which are your favourites?

Our Favourite Female Movie Stars

Julie Andrews

One of the most iconic and loved women of our time, Julie Andrews is an English singer, actor and author.

Famed for her perfect pitch and impressive vocal range, she is most known for her roles in Mary Poppins and Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music.

Born Julia Elizabeth Wells in October 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, her mother Barbara was a professional pianist who was married to a woodwork teacher.

Andrews hit fame after starring in Broadway musicals My Fair Lady in 1956, playing Eliza Doolittle, and Camelot in 1960, playing Queen Guinevere.

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Source: By Eva Rinaldi – Julie Andrews, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27615720

But it was in 1964 that she made her first film debut as Mary Poppins and shot to stardom. Andrews won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her amazing performance as the beloved governess, making her one of our favourite female movie stars.

Following this she was snapped up by 20th Century Fox for the film that would crystallise both the fame and the image she had gained with Poppins.

Her performance as Maria Von Trapp in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music ensured Andrews’ status as one of the few British actors truly to conquer America.

Julie Andrews became both a gay icon, a family favourite and has remained an international treasure.

She was also made a Dame in 1999 and we love her so much, there are two rooms dedicated to her fabulous work!

The Sound of Music Room

Our beautiful Sound of Music room is a stunning tribute to arguably the greatest musical of all time.

Based on The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta von Trapp, The Sound of Music changed musicals and movies forever.

This heart-warming story of Maria, who accepts a job to become a governess to a large family and falls in love with the children and their widowed father, captured the nation’s imagination.

The Sound of Music was the highest-grossing film of 1965 and by 1966 the film became the highest grossing film of all time, surpassing Gone with the Wind and breaking box office records in 29 countries.

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This luxurious room, which offers a large screen TV and a kitchenette, will make you feel like a Hollywood star as you indulge in a relaxing double Jacuzzi bath, providing a truly enjoyable stay at our themed hotel.

You can guarantee the Sound of Music inspired rooms will capture your heart as much as the 1965 musical. Sleeping up to 6 people, it’s the perfect room for anyone who loves Julie Andrews.

Mary Poppins Room

Or, if you’re more of a fan of Julie Andrews when she was ‘practically perfect in every way’, book a stay in the magical Mary Poppins suite.

The fantastical tale of Mary Poppins tells the story of one amazing nanny, who transforms family life for George Banks and his children through song, dance and sheer magic.

Marry Poppins Room

Tumble into your very own chalk painted dream and fall in love with this whimsical and wonderful Poppins themed accommodation.

The room sleeps up to 6 people and features unique Poppins murals, a large screen TV, kitchenette and a double Jacuzzi bath, you will never want to leave our movie-themed hotel in Liverpool.

Marilyn Monroe

An actress, model and sex symbol of the 1950s, Marilyn Monroe was an icon of her time.

Best remembered for her glamour, charm and perhaps the most sensual rendition of ‘happy birthday’ of all time, Monroe was the lead star in numerous blockbuster films.

But behind the camera lens, Marilyn Monroe wasn’t just the effervescent actress who played the comic ‘dumb blonde’ characters, she was shy, clever and modest.

A hopeless romantic, Monroe was perpetually in search of love and desperate to start a family of her own, a far cry from the ditsy blonde that lit up the silver screen.

Born and raised in Los Angeles as Norma Jeane, Monroe spent most of her childhood in foster homes and an orphanage.

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She married at the age of just sixteen and began working in a radio plane factory in 1944, as part of the war effort. Whilst there she was introduced to a photographer from the First Motion Picture Unit and began a successful pin-up modelling career.

She signed a contract with Fox in 1951 and over the next two years, she became a popular actress with roles in several comedies, including As Young as You Feel and Monkey Business.

By 1953, Monroe was one of the most marketable Hollywood female movie stars, with leading roles in the noir Niagara and the comedies Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire.

In 1955, she starred in one of the biggest box office successes of her career, The Seven Year Itch. Following this she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in Some Like It Hot. Her last completed film was the drama The Misfits in 1961.

During her short life, Monroe struggled with anxiety, depression and the fact she was always type cast as a ‘sex symbol’.

Sadly on August 5, 1962, she died at age 36 from an overdose of barbiturates at her home in Los Angeles.

To this day, Monroe has been celebrated for her beauty and talent as an actress and icon.

Marilyn Diptych Room

Instead of celebrating the blonde bombshell’s films, we decided to showcase one of the most iconic and famous portraits of the actress, Andy Warhol’s ‘Marilyn Diptych’.

Echoing the beauty and sparkle of Marilyn Monroe, this room captures Warhol’s artistic vision, transporting you into the colourful world of pop art.

Completed in 1962, Warhol’s silkscreen painting the Marilyn Diptych is one of his most infamous and influential works.

Following Marilyn’s death in 1962, Warhol began a four month artistic journey, creating over twenty silkscreen paintings of the engaging American star.

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Warhol’s creation was based on one publicity photograph of Marilyn, taken for the film Niagara in 1953.

Warhol’s vision for the piece was inspired by the themes of death and the cult of celebrity, both of which Marilyn had become renowned for. Alluding to the media whirlwind and her mortality, Warhol created a fusion of these elements using a vivid contrast of colour combined with a fading effect.

The repetitive image of Marilyn’s face is thought to reflect her incomparable media presence, while the contrast of colours reminds viewers that while Marilyn’s bright and vibrant status may have felt perpetual, her mortality meant that she would always fade away.

Sleeping up to 4 guests without compromising on quality and style, this stylish suite is ideal for those interested in the life of Monroe and the glamour of the 50s and 60s.

Audrey Hepburn

One of Hollywood’s greatest style icons known for her beauty, elegance and grace, Audrey Hepburn was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third-greatest female movie star of Golden Age Hollywood.

A philanthropist, humanitarian and talented performer, she was born on 4th May 1929, in Brussels, Belgium and spent most of her childhood moving between Belgium, England and the Netherlands.

She studied ballet from a young age which led to her performing as a chorus girl in West End musical theatre productions.

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When she was 22 years old, Hepburn starred in the 1951 Broadway play Gigi after being spotted by French novelist Colette, on whose work the play was based.

Following this, she shot to stardom for playing the lead role in Roman Holiday in 1953, for which she was the first actress to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for a single performance.

She went on to star in a number of successful films, such as Sabrina (1954), The Nun’s Story (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964) and Wait Until Dark (1967), for which she received Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. Hepburn won a record three BAFTA Awards for Best British Actress in a Leading Role.

As her life went on Hepburn appeared in fewer films, devoting much of her later life to UNICEF.

She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in December 1992. A month later, Hepburn died of appendiceal cancer at her home in Switzerland at the age of 63.

My Fair Lady Room

An enchanting blend of comedy, romance and singalong hits, My Fair Lady is a timeless masterpiece that fans continue to adore today.

Visually striking with an infamous score, the revival of the stage production brought the dazzling costumes and colourful sets to the big screen.

It tells the story of a young girl’s transformation from a working-class Cockney to a high society Victorian lady. Eliza Doolittle, played by Hepburn agrees to lessons from phonetics Professor Henry Higgins, who works with Eliza on her speech to improve her job prospects.

However, it doesn’t take long for their budding relationship to escalate into a complicated love triangle. Higgins finds himself besotted with Eliza, but only after she’s been swept off her feet by an aristocratic suitor.

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Capturing the spirit of one of the best loved musicals of all time, our My Fair Lady room is truly something special.

Sleeping up to six guests, the My Fair Lady room radiates character and charm reflective of the classic musical and celebrates one of the greatest female movie stars. Featuring a luxurious kitchenette, opulent fittings and a flat screen TV, the film’s qualities are certainly reflected in this magical hotel room.

Judy Garland

Renowned for her contralto vocals and youthful glow, Judy Garland was an American singer, actress and vaudevillian.

She attained international stardom that continued throughout a career spanning more than 40 years as an actress in musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist, and on concert stages.

Born as Frances Ethel Gumm in June 1922, Garland began performing in vaudeville with her two older sisters and was signed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a teenager. Signed by MGM, she made more than two dozen films with them, including nine with Mickey Rooney.

However, in 1939, Judy shot immediately to stardom with The Wizard of Oz, in which she portrayed Dorothy, an orphaned girl living on a farm in the dry plains of Kansas who is whisked off to the magical world of Oz on the other side of the rainbow.

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Her poignant performance and sweet delivery of her signature song, ‘Over The Rainbow’, earned Judy a special juvenile Oscar statuette on 29 February 1940 for Best Performance by a Juvenile Actor.

Following this, she continued to star in successful films including Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), The Harvey Girls (1946) and Easter Parade (1948) until she was released from the studio.

Judy went on to make record-breaking concert appearances, a successful recording career, and her own Emmy-nominated television series.

In later years, her film appearances became fewer only starring in A Star Is Born (1954) and Judgement at Nuremberg (1961). At 39, she became the youngest and first female recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in the film industry.

From an early age, Garland struggled with the pressures of adolescent stardom and her self-image, which was constantly under the spotlight. Throughout her life, she married five times, with her first four marriages ending in divorce.

Sadly Judy had a long addiction with drugs and alcohol, which ultimately led to her death from a barbiturate overdose at the age of 47.

Still celebrated today, Judy Garland was one of the greatest female movie stars with one of the most unique voices of our time.

Wizard of Oz Room

The Wizard of Oz is undoubtedly a timeless classic, notable for its innovative use of technicolor, this amazing film captured imaginations all over the world.

An iconic film in popular culture, it won Oscars for Best Original Song with Over the Rainbow and Best Original Score by Herbert Stothart.

Our stunning Wizard of Oz room makes the most of the characters that delighted it’s audiences, with an amazing picture of Dorothy and her friends on the ceiling.

Featuring plush champagne interiors, a stylish kitchenette and a double Jacuzzi bath, the Wizard of Oz suite has everything you’d expect from a room inspired by the magical musical.

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Sleeping up to six people in two luxury doubles and two single beds, this room has been designed with a fabulous adventure in mind and guarantee you’ll never want your Arthouse adventure to end.

If you love singing along to classic musicals, check out Mulholland Singing Diner. A unique American style diner with waiters who sing all your favourite tunes, come along and belt out some of your favourite hits from the movies. 

If you enjoyed our marvellous round up of the best female movie stars of Hollywood, why not book a stay in our magical movie-themed hotel and be transported back to the golden era of film.

Get in touch with one of our friendly team today to book a stay worthy of Hollywood. 

Celebrate Singles Awareness Day at Arthouse Hotel

Who needs Valentine’s Day when you can celebrate the perks of single life with Singles Awareness Day?

The fun-filled tradition is celebrated on the 14th or 15th February. But at Arthouse Hotel, we’re ready to celebrate all week long!

Singles Awareness Day in Liverpool

Arthouse Hotel is a leading party hotel in Liverpool. Our movie themed rooms offer a unique twist on luxury group accommodation.

Situated in the heart of the city centre, you can enjoy the best of Liverpool nightlife right on your doorstep. What better way to start the night?

Rooms at Arthouse mean you can enjoy a pre-night out pamper and get ready with your best girls. Each of our fabulous rooms is impressively spacious, so there’s no need to worry about feeling cramped.

Capturing the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, our themed rooms each offer something special. You can choose from an array of your favourite films and icons, from the Marilyn Monroe room to Chicago room.

Stay in Our Marilyn Monroe Room

Our Marilyn Monroe hotel room is truly one of a kind. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s silkscreen painting ‘Marilyn Diptych’, you’ll soon fall head over heels for this stunning space.

The photogenic venue is ideal for celebrating with your nearest and dearest as you toast to the night ahead. Fitted with bright and airy windows, our Marilyn room allows plenty of natural light to shine across your stay.

A fusion of red carpet red and iconic Marilyn prints ignites the most dazzling movie themed finish. Enhanced by fantastic facilities, guests will find everything they could need, including a double whirlpool bath and stylish kitchenette.

Hotel Offers in Liverpool

At Arthouse, we always have a range of special offers to pick from. ‘Here Come the Girls’ is particularly popular amongst our guests at the moment.

So, whether you’re celebrating Singles Awareness Day, a special birthday or even a hen party in Liverpool, you’ll find just what you’re after.

Ready to Hit the Town?

After some tasty cocktails from our ground floor bar, it’ll be time to hit the town and enjoy the best of Liverpool nightlife. From atmospheric cocktail bars to dynamic nightclubs, Liverpool boasts a wide range of bars and clubs to explore.

During your visit, you won’t want to miss out on a visit to Alma de Cuba, one of Liverpool’s best loved bars and restaurants. Famous for its eclectic blend of Cuban, Hispanic and Latin American influences, you can be certain of a mesmerising night out.

Formerly St. Peter’s Catholic Church, the historic venue is adorned by opulent decorations and retains many of its original features. You could enjoy a heavenly night dancing beneath the original altar and exquisite stained glass windows.

Whether you sit back and relax in your very own booth or dance beneath the glistening chandeliers, a night in Alma is always one to remember. The colourful cocktail menu includes everything from classic cocktails to Alma specials. You could embrace the best of being single as you dance the night away with a Victoria’s Secret cocktail in hand. All you’ll be missing is some wings!

To enquire further to book your stay at Arthouse Hotel, you can get in touch today on 0151 601 8801.