Liverpool ONE - opposite the Apple Store, to be precise. It's where I'd want to be based for a shopping weekend, but there are plenty of leisure options here too, and the waterfront and Chavasse park are close at hand.
Apartments have one or two bedrooms and are kitted out with comfortable double beds and blackout curtains, reasonable storage, flatscreen TVs with Freeview channels and a DVD player with a collection of films to borrow. Décor is tasteful, if relentlessly neutral. You’re assigned your own landline phone number for the duration of your stay, and there’s WiFi throughout (£9.95 for 24 hours and £28 for a week) as well as wired connections in-room. Guests who are staying a long time get priority over the quieter apartments on higher floors.
These are serviced apartments, so your lounge is next to your bedroom. But there is a large elevated terrace, which there are plans to furnish in the summer. At the moment, it’s somewhere for smoking guests to get a breath of ‘fresh’ air.
Eating and drinking
The kitchens are equipped with decent kitchen kit and enough cutlery, plates and glassware to throw a dinner party for six, and there’s a dishwasher to help with the aftermath. For ingredients staff will direct you to the nearby Tesco, and there are, of course, bars, restaurants and takeaways on the doorstep.
The staff are professional and friendly. Office services aren’t included in the rate, but they might print your boarding pass out if you ask nicely.
Who stays there
Lots of long-stay international corporate clients. At the weekends, couples, small groups and football fans arrive.
- High-Speed Internet
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Mature travellers
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Private and flexible
- Great shopping spot
- Quietest rooms reserved for long-stay guests