Radisson Blu Liverpool

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Address: 107 Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L3 9BD, United Kingdom

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.5

Style on a grand scale.

The Radisson Blu atrium is perhaps the best-known in the city, and one of my favourite spaces. It soars nine floors above the guest below, and its curving white inner walls look like the Guggenheim without the art. The rest of the hotel is equally design-conscious, although it’s a business hotel at heart.

Location
3.8
90%
Eating/drinking
4.5
90%
Leisure facilities
4.9
90%
Service
4.6
90%
Value for money
4.7
90%
Bedrooms
4.4
90%
Public areas
4.9
90%

Location

Slightly out on a limb, unless you’re in Liverpool to see the passport office or the council. But Old Hall Street leads slowly and surely through the commercial and business district to livelier parts of the city.

Bedrooms

Guest rooms come in two themes: ocean, all blues and yellows and suggestions of salty wind, and urban, which employs moodier red tones. If you upgrade to a business class room there’s complimentary breakfast, papers and movies, along with a bathrobe and espresso machines, but entry-level rooms are a good standard. In the otherwise decent bathrooms, I spotted a bit of mouldy grouting. They’re being refurbished floor by floor, and the ninth and sixth have already been done.

Public areas

The atrium will always be a winner, despite someone having thought “this needs something else” and plonking both a rust-coloured sculpture and a white piano in the middle of what should be a pleasing chasm. It’s good for people watching.

Eating and drinking

The hotel bar is built into an adjoining listed building which looks like a cottage from the street and a swish drinking den from the inside. Filini, the restaurant, overlooks the water and has elaborately carved wooden window screens. The Italian menu makes it one of the few hotel restaurants in the city to attract non-residents.

Leisure facilities

The ARK health club has a modest pool with oversized water massage taps, Jacuzzi, steam room and an exercise studio with great views. The gym offers up-to-date machines including Power Plates and there’s a treatment room where Elemis products are used, making this probably the best hotel health club in the city.

Service

The staff are cool and professional, with a can-do attitude.

Who stays there

The River Suite, the largest in Liverpool, is where footballers stay when they’re between houses. Otherwise it’s visiting professionals who need to be near the business district, and weekenders drawn by the leisure side. Hens and stags are not completely unknown.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Sporty types
  • Celebrity spotting
  • People watching
  • No fuss
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Pool and gym
  • Impressive public areas
  • Out on a limb
  • A little impersonal
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