It's in the throbbing student heart of Liverpool, which also happens to be full of gracious Georgian terraces, plenty of culture and good eating.
Downstairs from the hostel itself, the 32 Cocoon rooms aren’t what you’d expect from the term “pod hotel”. Far from having space for only one Japanese businessman, they’re the size of an average hotel room - they just don’t have windows. They’re attractively kitted out and have king size beds, towels and a hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and an iPod docking station. The bathrooms have screwed-down toiletries, but the monsoon power showers attract compliments aplenty.
Cocoon has its own games room, with pool table and consoles, but it’s downstairs and a bit fusty. Best to head upstairs to the hostel’s lounge, with its bashed leather sofa, computer games and gig posters.
Eating and drinking
You can use the roomy hostel kitchen, and the on-site internet café, Sam and Joe’s, does a full English for £3.
Reception staff couldn’t be cheerier and they’re adept at drawing on maps in biro to help guests get where they’re going. There’s a very laid-back feel, although rules are firm and they will bite back if anyone misbehaves.
Who stays there
Travellers on a relatively meaty shoestring, students, students’ parents, and anyone who doesn’t mind sacrificing natural light for some space at a reasonable price.
Even here, rates rise for the Grand National, but you may not feel quite so royally robbed as elsewhere.
- High-Speed Internet
- Backpackers / Students
- Culture vultures
- Seasoned travellers
- No fuss
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Laid-back vibe
- Free WiFi
- More space than the term "pod" suggests
- Can be noisy
- No windows