A £10M HOTEL commemorating Everton legend Dixie Dean will open its doors next month.

Hotel Operator Signature Living, the Liverpool-based firm behind the Shankly Hotel, revealed the new hotel will open on July 12.

Work began on turning the gothic Jerome and Carlisle buildings on Victoria Street in September 2017 into a 100-bedroom boutique designer hotel.

The Dixie Dean will be directly opposite the Shankly Hotel on Victoria Street, allowing football fans to choose a hotel devoted to either a Liverpool or Everton legend.

Like the Shankly, the Dixie Dean Hotel will showcase memorabilia from the centre forward’s career.

Born in 1907, Dixie scored 349 goals in 399 matches for Everton and it’s thought that in today’s transfer market, he’d be worth more than £100 million.

Dixie Dean’s granddaughter, co-owner and guest relations director Melanie Prentice told the World: "We are thrilled and excited to open the doors to the Dixie Dean hotel in July.

"My grandad would be extremely proud of what we have achieved with the hotel. I think he would really approve of the interior design and a hotel celebrating his life.

"If he were here now he would take a seat in the corner of the hotel with a trusty pint of Guinness and have a laugh and a chat with the customers and fans coming to the hotel named in his honour.

"This is a really exciting time for all of us, my mum Barbara, Dixie’s daughter, is absolutely thrilled as we all are to see what was the start of an idea blossom into a reality.

"Working with Lawrence and Katie Kenwright and Chris Carline - Bill Shankly’s grandson - has been a real pleasure and we are so excited for the future.

"Without their help and support we wouldn’t have been able to make this a reality.”

The hotel will boast a 160-cover restaurant, aptly named No.9 after the shirt that Dean wore while playing for Everton, which will have an extensive menu which includes unlimited breakfast buffet, afternoon tea plus a lunch menu and a la carte menu.

Phase one of the hotel's launch will include opening the No.9 restaurant and bar with all the big names from the worlds of sport and entertainment including current and former Everton players.

Signature Living chairman Lawrence Kenwright said: “I am thrilled and delighted that we will get to open the doors to the Dixie Dean on 12 July.

"As a true Evertonian it is a particularly proud moment for myself and Katie to celebrate the life of Everton’s greatest goalscorer of all time. Once again we have breathed new life into one of Liverpool’s listed buildings to create a hotel that celebrates the footballing life of an icon and a legend.

"Our goal was always to build two iconic hotels that would represent the two greatest football teams in English football and to leave a lasting legacy to Everton and Liverpool football clubs.

"There is no country in the world that has two iconic hotels, side by side celebrating the rich history of their football teams and city with two revered footballing icons

"What made this even more unique - was not only the locations of each hotel being across the road from each other - but that we had the full support and blessing of Dixie’s family, without that we would not have been able to do justice to the project.

"There is no better person than Melanie as our guest relations director.

"She adds real gravitas to the hotel, she is passionate about Everton and passionate about continuing the legacy of her grandad.”

The hotel still has many of the original features of the listed building and the restaurant/bar area has a rustic industrial feel with original beams, wooden panelling and brickwork retained in a nod to its Gothic architecture,

Not to mention the Everton royal and aqua blue colouring throughout alongside subtle design cues, images and memorabilia from Dean's career.

The new hotel forms part of a plan to create the world's first ‘Football Quarter’ in Liverpool’s centre, boosting the city’s tourism offer and creating hundreds more jobs locally.

Melanie added: “I feel so lucky coming to work in such an amazing place every day in a hotel that celebrates the life and legacy of my grandad and his beloved sport.

"Fans are going to love this hotel and the whole Dixie Dean experience.

"We can't wait to open the doors and welcome people into our hotel.”