It's a modern building on a large waterfront plot, not far from the business district and near the Three Graces. Town proper is a little walk away, but what you lose in proximity to shops and nightlife you gain in peace.
Exactly what you’d expect from a hotel with a lot of business customers: modern, spacious and pleasantly bland. Pleasing touches include mineral water, chocolate mints and a copy of The Economist. Crowne Plaza are mad keen on helping everyone get a good night’s sleep, so they’ve installed new, good-quality bed linen, an aromatherapy pillow spray and curtain clips in all the rooms. Bathrooms are uninspiring no matter what the grade, but there are some attractive water views: ask for room 401.
Public rooms are linked by a large glass atrium, home to a dramatic stone sculpture by Duncan Elliot. The lounge and bar is popular for small meetings and has plenty of space. Patio doors open to a terrace with picnic tables, where there are barbecues in the summer. There’s complimentary WiFi in public areas.
Eating and drinking
There’s a hot and cold buffet breakfast served in the restaurant, 24-hour room service and a bar menu available in the lounge, but unless convenience is a factor you’re likely to eat elsewhere.
Proper hotel leisure facilities are a rarity in Liverpool, even among the newer places, so the Crowne Plaza’s Harbour Club is a draw. There’s an 18m pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room and a beauty room offering Dermalogica treatments, plus a large gym.
The concierge service is so eager to please that there’s a note in each room from head concierge Brian Martin and his team, reminding guests of what’s going on where. Staff are polite, though the gym team seem to make their own rules.
Who stays there
Guests are mainly here on business during the week, with families and tourists at weekends. All guests are guaranteed a parking space, so it’s great if you have mobility problems or are a raging petrolhead.
Wired internet access is £7.50 for 24 hours.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Great views / scenery
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Pool and gym
- Peaceful situation
- A little bland
- A walk into town