I have only stayed in one Double Tree by Hilton before and that was in London, so I was keen to find out how it would fair in the smaller city of Liverpool, especially when it claimed to offer so much- spacious rooms, a spa, a central location AND nearby parking.
On the confirmation, the text encourages you to put in the postcode of the nearest car park, however we got ourselves in a tangle doing things this way. I would suggest finding the hotel first, pull over safely and then look around- you can see the sign for the car park clearly from the hotel entrance. I say this to save you from doing multiple circuits of the one-way system like we did which can dampen the mood of a romantic weekend away!
The hotel do offer a £9 reduction on your parking so it’s worth finding the right car park, which is Moorfields Q Park- to save yourself some money if you’re planning on splashing out on other things.
We were lucky enough to have a suite for the night, which was only on the 1st floor, however it was too much of a novelty to avoid a ride in the antique elevator so we were lazy and took this every time. The elevator is just one of the telling signs of the building’s past. Inside, many of the original 18th century fixtures and fittings are still there is all their beauty, to remind guests of the hotel’s long history, successfully combining contemporary and old.
The suite itself was modern and decorated in muted, earthy tones, boasting a super king bed and a seating area. A separate cupboard housed the wardrobe and coffee and tea making facilities so you can hide your luggage away. Better this, than having to look at it as a constant reminder you have to go home at some point.
The generous bathroom housed twin sinks, a large bathtub (big enough for two), a separate shower and toilet, with fluffy white towels and complimentary toiletries.
The room was well lit and spacious and was perfect for couples who want to stay longer than just a night. There was plenty of room to spread out and take up the space if you’re a messy couple like we are.
One of the hotels greatest selling points is its location. It was a mere five minute walk down into Liverpool One so if you are a shopaholic, this is ideal, as you don’t have far to walk to return back to your room with all your bags. It’s also close to the cinema and the cluster of restaurants next door if you want to add some variety into your day. As check in is at 3, you still have enough time to hit the shops before they close or you could park up early and check in once you’re done.
In the evening, we decided to eat out at Casa Italia, which was only a few minutes’ walk from the hotel. I would highly recommend it. Don’t be put off by the queue; we had to wait about 20 minutes for a table but it was well worth it. You might need to take a few laps of the block afterwards, however, as you are bound to be full when you leave!
Back at the hotel, we watched some TV before heading off to bed which was very comfortable; had I not set my alarm for breakfast, I don’t think we would have woken up till check out time!
In the restaurant, we were allowed to pick our seats, as it was so quiet, before we were brought tea and toast. The breakfast was buffet style for everything else, including pastries, fruits, yoghurts, cereal and cooked breakfast items. My partner ordered some poached eggs to accompany his cooked breakfast, so you only have to ask if you want something different from what’s on offer at the breakfast bar.
We had a reason to get up- other than filling up on the lovely food- we wanted to sample the spa. It was an unexpected bonus- as I didn’t think a city centre hotel would have enough room for a spa too. We were told that we could come down in our robes and slippers rather than having to get changed in the spa itself. Sadly, the pool was out of order, but we still had a long soak in the vitality pool and a lounge in the steam room and sauna. We were lucky in that we had the spa to ourselves- but the hotel only allows 15 people at any one time in there so make sure you check with reception before going in. Either way you know it’s not going to be overcrowded whatever time you choose.
If you are an early bird at the weekend, I would recommend a spa visit on Sunday morning as it’s not often you can rent an entire spa to yourself for £15 per person! The spa also houses a reading and TV area, so after a dip, you can use the time to catch up on a good book or your favourite programme before retiring to your room.
Both my partner and I would agree- this hotel caters for everything a couple could want. The large suite is a must if you’re a couple who likes their own space too. One of you can watch TV or read, while the other has a bath or takes a nap on the bed.
All the staff we spoke to were professional and helpful and an excellent representatives of the hotel. A big thank you to Kirstie, Sheila, Helen and Katie for making us both two very happy bunnies!
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Liverpool
Telephone: 01515 561222
Price: Prices start from £79 per night when booking direct at www.doubletree.hilton.com as part of the Hilton Winter Sale
The Hilton Winter Sale is now on with savings of up to 20% at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Liverpool. This is bookable until 31 January for stays from now to the end of 2017, including weekends. For the best rates, book direct at www.wintersale.hilton.com.
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