Inexorably linked with The Beatles and the iconic Royal Albert Dock, from where thousands emigrated across the Atlantic, Liverpool's history spans the highs and lows of England's northwest. Its neighborhoods reflect the city's fascinating past and ever-brighter future. Extensive regeneration projects have changed even the most run-down areas into thriving cultural hubs, where impressive modern buildings seamlessly blend with the city's carefully preserved architectural heritage. Some of the best hotels are stylish budget digs and small boutique properties, rather than glitzy five-stars. But no matter where visitors stay, for many the lasting impression is of a warm and genuine Liverpudlian welcome.