3 Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool, United Kingdom, L1 8LW
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Mature travellers, Singles, Travellers with pets, Celebrity spotting, Sightseeing
Expert review of Hilton Liverpool
Hilton added 215 rooms to Liverpool’s bed count when it opened its sleek, curvy new-build hotel opposite the Albert Dock in 2009.
A great spot in many respects: part of Liverpool ONE and just across the road from Albert Dock, with views onto Chavasse Park. Less glamorously, it also overlooks the bus station.
Upstairs is the land of very long, carpeted corridors. Standard rooms are on the lower floors, while the executive rooms enjoy superior views, and the use of the private executive lounge, higher up. Beds are king size and the finish is excellent throughout, with stylish neutrality the key. It's quite anonymous, which I like when I'm travelling for work and need peace. All the amenities you’d expect are here, but if you can avoid a bus station view, so much the better.
The ground floor, walled with glass, is zoned into lobby, lounge, bar and restaurant, with a curving glass staircase descending from the mezzanine. You’re never short of a comfortable and stylish seat. Plaques around the hotel explain how the hotel’s design pays tribute to the city – a silvery-grey representation of the Mersey snakes around reception, for example.
The bar, Pima, is named in tribute to Liverpool’s links with the cotton trade and features reel-like booths, perfect for glamorous cocktail-based escape, as well as a private mirrored booth to seat 16: very Scouse. Afternoon tea is served here, and there’s live music and a DJ at weekends. The Exchange restaurant offers a modern European menu as well as being home to a mighty 92-item breakfast buffet, complete with a conveyor-belt toaster and an egg station.
There is a windowless gym with Precor machines, water and towels. It’s unmanned, designed for a functional workout rather than a lingering session.
With so many staff you’re likely to encounter a mix, but smiling is very much in vogue here, and between them the teams should be able to help you out with whatever you need.
Not surprisingly, lots of American guests (as well as a fair quantity of businesspeople) appreciate the scale of the hotel and the reassuring quality - and slight anonymity - of the Hilton brand. For names, have a gander at the little gallery of celeb pictures tucked into a corner of reception.
There are lots of different booking permutations, so double-check whether you can cancel if your plans change. WiFi is free in public areas and £15 per 24 hours in-room.
More information on Hilton Liverpool:
- 3 Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool, United Kingdom, L1 8LW
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service