Last weekend we packed our bags and headed across the Pennines to spend a couple of nights in Liverpool.
Before Christmas, the kind people at Travelodge got in touch and asked if I’d like a two night stay at any of their hotels. Liverpool was the obvious choice, as I’ve only visited once before – just for the afternoon – and I’ve been dying to go back ever since.
We arrived on Friday night and after making our way from the station, were pleasantly surprised to find ourselves just across the street from Albert Dock, at the Liverpool Central – The Strand Travelodge. It’s also just along the street from Liverpool One, the main shopping area, where you can also find plenty of restaurants.
The Travelodge is a budget hotel chain, which makes it the ideal location for a post-Christmas getaway. Sure, you’re not going to get a luxury room or a hotel with a lot of amenities, but if you’re planning a city break where you’re going to be out and about most of the time, it’s a good option.
The hotel we stayed in is fairly new, so the room was clean and tidy. I’m a bit picky and hate grimy bathrooms and sheets that have obviously been washed too many times, but I was happy with our room. It was small and it was basic, but it was comfortable.
As the room is fairly minimalist, there were a couple of extra things that I would have liked to see, including a set of drawers, as there was only a small rail to hang clothes, which meant we had to leave a few things in our bags.
I also didn’t realise until I’d already washed my hair on the Saturday morning that there wasn’t a hairdryer in the room – not something I’ve encountered before. Instead I had to go down to reception and ask to borrow one.
The Travelodge has its own restaurant and bar area, where we had breakfast on Sunday. The food is fairly standard: a selection of cereals, yoghurt, toast or fried food. I don’t eat much in the morning (unless you’re going to offer me pancakes) but hubby enjoyed his fry-up.
Next time I spend a couple of nights in Liverpool, I’ll definitely consider staying at this hotel again.
This post was made possible by Travelodge, who offered me a complimentary two night stay at their hotel. All opinions are my own.