Slap-bang in the middle of things: in fact, it overlooks Queen Square bus station. But it’s also great for the Royal Court Theatre, St George’s Hall and other cultural attractions.
There are 146 bedrooms here, and most of them are done in a classic, vaguely country house style. It’s not unpleasant, just incongruous in a building which opened in 1998. Rooms are all a decent size and well-equipped with desks, flat-screen TVs and wired internet connections, which are £15 per 24 hours. Bathrooms all have a bath, but aren’t desperately relaxing. Superior rooms have king size beds and a slightly more contemporary look. It’s best to be on the St John’s Lane side, where bedrooms overlook the gardens.
On the ground floor, the lounge is incorporated into the Vivacity coffee bar, with windows onto the square. It’s a pleasant enough spot to linger for half an hour.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is served in Oliver’s restaurant, where there’s a hot and cold buffet and a man who cooks omelettes to order. Dinner is served on Friday and Saturday nights, although with the city on the doorstep, it’s more tempting to go out.
Leisure facilities are a great advantage in Liverpool and some people book because of the health club here, which incorporates a small pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and gym and a shop selling essentials for swimming, which is really handy in winter when trunks and goggles disappear from other shops. There’s a treatment room, too, perfect if you have limited time.
It's polite and friendly but fairly formal, which feels right for the Marriott’s guests.
Who stays there
There are a lot of corporate bookings in the week and groups at weekends, and like most hotels in the city, it’s popular with football fans.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Pool and gym
- Central location
- Design is uninspiring
- Some noise from bus station