After much searching, enquiries, pricing and general head-butting the keyboard frustration I found us a room at The Liner. The hotel itself is situated next door to Liverpool Lime Street Station as is the perfect city centre location, within walking distance to the main attractions and tourist spots.
The Liner is less like a hotel and more like a cruise ship, stepping in is more like stepping on board a luxury liner from the golden age of ocean travel. Rooms are called cabins, check in is the Pursers desk, floors are decks and an always friendly and welcoming crew who are there to ensure everything goes smoothly.
|The View from our room - cabin 503|
We checked in without a problem and where given the WiFi details - free for hotel guests, along with our room keys. Our room was up on the 5th floor (hotel has 6 floors), room 503. As soon as we stepped out of the lift our room door was right in front of us.
|Little seating area in the room|
The room it self was a double room, very bright and spacious. We had a great view across the city, including the Liverpool Eye and Radio City tower. Below us was the train station - we could hear every announcement made and train coming in and out if we had the window open. We had a large desk/dresser equipped with a flat screen tv and tv/coffee making facilities. There was also a partially stocked mini bar - as we declined to have charges made to the room, we couldn't open the mini bar.
|Best in room tea/coffee selection ever! They even had green tea and hot chocolate!|
The bathroom was really bright and well decorated, the shower was a bit small, even for someone of my 5ft - not much else - height. I love the big mirror and the movable shaving mirror - came in very hand when I was getting ready later on! Toiletries consisted of bath/shower gel and a shampoo/conditioner combi. There was also 2 bars of hand soap and a shower cap. No hair-dryer in the bathroom - it was in one of the dresser drawers, not the most practical for drying really long hair but I managed.
|Everybody loves teeny tiny toiletries!|
The bed was really comfortable, no complaints there, we had tons of space!
|Super comfy bed!|
We decided to treat ourselves to room service before heading out - so we phoned down and ordered two bacon cheeseburgers. Prices where the same as if we'd gone an ate in the hotel restaurant with just a £2 charge for bringing the food to the room. Food came up pretty quick - just in time for us to watch the Grand National. Burgers where delicious - I was so hungry I forgot to take a picture! Oops! Lots of chips, onion rings and coleslaw, as well as plenty of condiments. It really hit the spot!
The only downside to our stay at The Liner was the noise. A combination of drunken hotel guests and the train station next door meant for a pretty sleepless night for myself. Mr.Man slept right through, but I'm too much of a light sleeper when I'm in a new environment! Having our room right opposite the lift was annoying too, the walls are pretty thin so we could hear it every time it arrived and the doors opened. Hotels during peak times of the year are pretty hectic though so all the additional noise can be expected, I just wish the walls had been a little thicker!
We had breakfast included in the booking so we headed down around 9am-ish to the 1st floor where breakfast would be served. Now, everybody who I had told about staying at The Liner told me to make sure I had breakfast there as it is all kinds of awesome. So it already had a lot to live up to. We timed it pretty perfect, the place was somewhat deserted and a lot of fresh food had come out. They had a cold, continental style selection; fruits, yoghurts, cold meats, pastries etc, then a full hot English breakfast on offer. Plenty of tea and coffee, as well as apple and orange juice, water, cereals and milk. Help yourself to as much as you want - I know I filled my boots! It was delicious! And the fact that they had a huge selection of herbal teas on offer made it an even bigger winner for me!
Also have to give a shout out to the hotel bar; Castaway Bar. Cosy. comfy, decent prices and friendly staff. The hotels cruise ship feeling carries on into the bar - it was almost like being back in a Disney hotel, not a lot of local hotels have this kind of theaming!
If you're looking for spacious rooms, comfy beds, good food and a great location in the city centre I'd highly recommend you check out The Liner hotel. Noise issues aside, I would happily stay here again. I booked my room through Travel Republic.
Have you stayed here before? For more information on The Liner, or to book your stay, check out their official site here!
Until next time,