It's down on the docks, a few steps from the doors of the Arena. Unless crowds are flooding in for an event, it’s peaceful and handy for the Albert Dock. Liverpool ONE is the other side of the dock road.
All comfortable and contemporary. Studio suites have king-size beds, reclining sofas, a work/eating area, kitchenette and a gleaming bathroom - with a shower, no bath, but with generous full-size toiletries. I think the one-bed suites, which have a separate bedroom and a proper bath, are probably worth the extra if you’re staying more than a week. 307 is a great room, with views of the dock and Anglican cathedral.
The ground floor is given over to guests and their guests - it’s not “public” in the sense that a hotel lounge is. There’s lots of seating and plenty of space for informal meetings, as well as a small terrace outside and a “den” which is supposed to replicate the cosiness of a living room and becomes the province of families at the weekend, when CBeebies is shown on the television. The scent of vanilla and chocolate pervades the place, a classic American touch which got up my nose a bit.
Eating and drinking
Each suite has a kitchen with a dishwasher, hob, snazzy convection microwave and lots of kit, with more available to borrow - they even have a breadmaker and recipe books. You can also buy basic provisions and ready-meals from the “pantry” shop downstairs, or order takeaway and eat it in one of the lounges. There’s also the “hub kitchen”, where a hot and cold buffet breakfast is laid out every morning and there’s wine and snacks on weekday evenings. Coffee and beer is on tap.
There’s a small unmanned gym with cardio and basic weight machines, water, towels and a TV.
It's friendly. They deliberately choose staff who haven’t worked in hotels before, to try and keep things relaxed. It works nicely.
Who stays there
Guests take suites here for up to a year, so a lot of them are corporate clients in Liverpool for work. Their families sometimes join them at weekends, when there are also tourists and minibreakers, so there’s a livelier atmosphere. Hens and stags don’t stay here.
Parking’s the only extra, at £8 per 24 hours: breakfast, WiFi, drinks and snacks are all included.
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- First-time travellers
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Help yourself to beer
- They've thought of everything
- Near the Arena crowds
- A trek to the business district