Excellent. Seel Street is a stagger away from Liverpool’s rowdiest nightlife, but it’s also minutes from Liverpool ONE and a manageable distance from Lime Street. Art gallery and cinema FACT is just round the corner, and there’s Chinatown too. Given the lively locality it could be noisy, but it isn't.
Flexible and smart, with luxury basics - well-designed furniture, appealing bathrooms, free WiFi - all in place. With seven different room types, it can get a bit mind-boggling, but staff will help you choose: you pay per room, so much depends on the amount of space you want. Rooms come with mini-kitchens, which include a microwave and kettle. But they are very, very grey - stylish, but a bit like a comfortable battleship. I like the fact that, for £10 an hour, guests who are arriving early or leaving late can have the use of a smaller room to freshen up.
Deliberately limited to a stylishly-appointed lounge with a Nespresso coffee machine, complimentary for guests, and two computer terminals with free internet access. There’s no bar, but a vending machine and ice dispensers provide the basics.
Eating and drinking
The mini-kitchens really are limited, with no hob or toaster, so unless you’re a fan of ready-meals the most realistic options are to eat out or order in. Guests can order breakfast from Spanish restaurant Lunya, our preferred option, or the café at FACT.
Competent and pleasant. Reception, complete with boiled sweets and bus timetables, is staffed around the clock and there’s a well-informed concierge service.
Who stays there
Groups travelling together for football or gigs, and it’s handy for families - travel cots are free and the rooms can be organised in lots of ways to suit different ages. Couples can revel in the space of the secret garden suite, which has its own private decked courtyard and huge bed.
If you arrange to have food delivered through reception, you'll be asked to pay in advance.
- High-Speed Internet
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- No fuss
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Good value
- Very secure
- Lacks colour
- Mini-kitchens are basic