Down by the waterside, next to Liverpool’s ‘parish church’ and a breeze for the Pier Head and soon-to-open Museum of Liverpool. A busy road lies between guests and the Mersey.
Quality and décor varies wildly depending on whether your room has been refurbished or not: there’s even a smoking floor (the eighth) though it’s self-contained and doesn’t smell too bad. Floors three, four and five have the most contemporary rooms, with some stylish touches, and better bathrooms. The river views can be wonderful and if you can stretch to a suite, Kensington and Birkdale have the best aspects. There’s not much in the way of bells and whistles: toiletries, for example, are standard-issue.
A Sean Rice sculpture, Cormorants Diving, hangs over the staircase in the lobby, echoing the birds which top the nearby Liver Building. The ground floor lounge is brightly coloured, with more art, but has an undeniably corporate feel.
Eating and drinking
The Vu bar and terrace is a pleasant triangle of outdoor space, though the road below is clearly audible. The Vista restaurant looks over the river and serves a hot and cold buffet breakfast. There is a dinner menu, but there are more exciting options to be found off the premises.
Courteous and professional but without pretension.
Who stays there
The Atlantic Tower is popular with Irish visitors and there’s a tradition of racehorse owners staying here. It’s a big hotel but retains a friendly feel. During the week, it attracts corporate groups.
The internet costs £10 for 24 hours.
- High-Speed Internet
- Business travellers
- Great views / scenery
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Sealed smoking floor
- Great views
- Public areas lack pizazz
- Refurbishment not complete