Radisson Blu Liverpool
107 Old Hall Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom, L3 9BD
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Mature travellers, Singles, Sporty types, Celebrity spotting, Design and architecture, No fuss, People watching
Expert review of Radisson Blu Liverpool
The Radisson Blu atrium is perhaps the best-known in the city, and one of my favourite spaces. It soars nine floors above the guest below, and its curving white inner walls look like the Guggenheim without the art. The rest of the hotel is equally design-conscious, although it’s a business hotel at heart.
Slightly out on a limb, unless you’re in Liverpool to see the passport office or the council. But Old Hall Street leads slowly and surely through the commercial and business district to livelier parts of the city.
Guest rooms come in two themes: ocean, all blues and yellows and suggestions of salty wind, and urban, which employs moodier red tones. If you upgrade to a business class room there’s complimentary breakfast, papers and movies, along with a bathrobe and espresso machines, but entry-level rooms are a good standard. In the otherwise decent bathrooms, I spotted a bit of mouldy grouting. They’re being refurbished floor by floor, and the ninth and sixth have already been done.
The atrium will always be a winner, despite someone having thought “this needs something else” and plonking both a rust-coloured sculpture and a white piano in the middle of what should be a pleasing chasm. It’s good for people watching.
The hotel bar is built into an adjoining listed building which looks like a cottage from the street and a swish drinking den from the inside. Filini, the restaurant, overlooks the water and has elaborately carved wooden window screens. The Italian menu makes it one of the few hotel restaurants in the city to attract non-residents.
The ARK health club has a modest pool with oversized water massage taps, Jacuzzi, steam room and an exercise studio with great views. The gym offers up-to-date machines including Power Plates and there’s a treatment room where Elemis products are used, making this probably the best hotel health club in the city.
The staff are cool and professional, with a can-do attitude.
The River Suite, the largest in Liverpool, is where footballers stay when they’re between houses. Otherwise it’s visiting professionals who need to be near the business district, and weekenders drawn by the leisure side. Hens and stags are not completely unknown.
More information on Radisson Blu Liverpool:
- 107 Old Hall Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom, L3 9BD
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool
- Business district