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The best hotels in Liverpool

Find your perfect place to kip with our pick of the ten best hotels in Liverpool

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Time Out editors
Rhys Thomas

Planning a trip to Liverpool? Whether you’re here for the footie (blue or red) the Beatles (historically), the ferry ride across the Mersey or just for some Scouse bonhomie, Liverpool makes for a peach of a mini-break. The fact that it has more museums and galleries than any other UK city outside of London doesn’t hurt either. And when it comes to hotels, Liverpool caters to fans of all stripes – and budgets. From big and beautiful to small and practical. Here are the ten best hotels in Liverpool, giving the best in London a run for their money.

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Best hotels in Liverpool

30 James Street

Did you know that Liverpool's got a link to the infamous Titanic? Yeah, turns out that although the ill-fated liner never docked here, the company who owned it, White Star Lines, was headquartered on the same street as this very hotel: James Street. There's a (less tragic) nautical theme pervading at this 64-room luxury hotel as a result – and much like the blockbuster of the same name, it’s a tad cheesy but loads of fun. Down in the basement, you’ll find a spa, while the roof (call it a deck if you like) plays host Carpathia Champagne bar. On land, attractions nearby include the Museum of Liverpool, Tate Liverpool and The Beatles Story. You'll find you're right by Albert Dock, and a small walk from plenty of Liverpool's other landmarks. 

Aloft Liverpool

Aloft is nothing like that attic you've got where the spiders live. This is a modern and chic design-focussed hotel on North John Street, making it a great pick for those in the city for some shopping and nightlife (although light sleepers might want to ask for a room at the rear of the building, as the front is right among the party part of the city). Aloft’s 116 rooms are really nice for the price, bright and stylish with cosy features like big orange beanbags in lieu of sofas. Downstairs you'll find a cocktail bar, gym and a large (often pretty busy) restaurant.  Along with the nights out, you can take a small walk to attrctions such as the Titanic Memorial and Tate Liverpool. If you are coming back late though, make use of the 24-hour snack bar (make use of it even if you don't come back late). 

The Nadler

The Nadler's a well known place for high qualty low budget snoozing away from home. The Liverpool branch makes use of a converted printworks near the Albert Dock, so you can easily tick that one off your list of landmarks to see. There might be reasonable prices but they don't skimp on features. These rooms have kitchenettes (there’s no restaurant or breakfast area on-site but surely the point is you're on holiday? Try the local cafes!) crucially given its clubland location – there are triple-glazed windows. And best of all, you can spend all that cash you’ve saved in the nearby Liverpool ONE shopping centre and surrounding trendy RopeWalks bars. There's a 24-hour reception here too, so don't you worry about getting caught up in that ace nightlife. 

Z Hotel

The Z hotel chain is a godsend for wallet-friendly, easy going rooms that can be copped at absolute bargain prices, even if you’re booking last-minute. There are 92 small rooms in their Liverpool establishment. Each has an en-suite with walk-in showers and Sky TV on the tele by the bed. Downstairs there's free wine and cheese every evening (yup! Reason enough to stay we think!!!). The Albert Dock is a short trip away and happens to be a hub for all things you want to visit: the Maritime Museum, Tate Liverpool and the Echo Arena are right there. It's simply savvy spending, low frills hotel, loads of convenience, and extra money for enjoying the city. You'll sleep well knowing the hotel has all you need. Including a great continental breakfast and bacon rolls. This is how people will holiday in 3022, we'll tell you that for free. 

Hard Days Night Hotel

Loads of people go to Liverpool for Beatles heritage. If you're a fan of the Fab Four then you should definitely check out the world’s one and only museum dedicated to John, Paul and Co. Its 110 rooms have group portraits, pop art and swingin’, ‘Austin Powers’-esque decor throughout (as well as subtle but kind of wicked touches like a Lennon Room featuring a white baby grand piano just like the one in the ‘Imagine’ video). You’re well-positioned for the nearby tours of the Cavern (Beatles) Quarter, though if you want to stay put, the live lounge invites local musicians to play. Yes, they play Beatles covers. The hotel also has a cocktail bar, and restaurant so you're fixed for food.  Seriously, if you've been working like a dog, this might well be the perfect place to call temporary home. All your troubles will seem so far away here.

Hope Street Hotel

Liverpool’s first boutique hotel, offically speaking, is tasteful and discreet. Doing away with ostentatious bougie bling in favour of fresh white linen, exposed brickwork and warm wood – making for a right cosy gaff. The serene vibe has ensured it’s a hit with visiting celebs looking for refined comfort over all that fuss. There's 89 rooms in total, so you might find some celebs making use of the 24-hour gym and buzzy restaurant, London Carriage Works, while you're there.

Outside the hotel, you'll notice Liverpool Philharmonic – it’s on the same street. Go see a concert, get the suit out and everything. The Tate Liverpool, and Beatles Story are a small walk away too, so tourist mode can be activated without any issues at all here. If you happen to prefer the idea of couping up at the hotel, take advantage of the 150 wines and champagnes on menu. There'll be something you like, we're sure!  

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The boutique Malmaison chain’s first purpose-built property is an 11-storey block in the old docks of Liverpool. Like all Malmaison hotels, the place evokes a kind of flash, sexy cocktail bar-meets-boudoir thang in shades of black and purple. Elsewhere this could hover in the tacky territory, but here they've managed to make the vibe straight up fun. There's 130 rooms and suites, with topfloor pads having great views. Breakfast in the Brasserie is as catchy a phrase as it is delicious, and for the rest of the day, you're a short walk from great bars, loads of landmarks, designer shopping and railways. 

The Titanic

Another bolthole with a Titanic connection, this time in name and all sorts. The hotel is an impressive converted warehouse is located in Stanley Dock. It's a ten minute drive into the city center, but what you don't have in on-the-door-step perks, you do make up for in relaxed, chic, beauty. The 153 rooms here, true to the hotel’s name, are large, loft-style spaces with heaps of exposed brick and plenty of natural light courtesy of splendid windows. There’s also a basement-level spa and pool complex (at an extra charge of course), alongside a popular bar and grill so you can sink your teeth into some great food and sleep here in what would be the best way to unwind right on Liverpool's doorstep. Worth a swift cab into the city for some daytime exploring, don't you think? 

Double Tree By Hilton

This Hilton is in Liverpool's business district, but mercifully it avoids the usual pitfalls of drab, corporate and soullessness work not leisure hotels that typically feel like a office reception room with a bed in it. The 87 contemporary rooms sit in a refined, old-fashioned Victorian building with well-considered flourishes like a handsome library (containing real book sthat you can read!!), stained-glass windows, a cigar terrace (some business is alright after all) and an impressive staircase. When you’re done trekking around the nearby Beatles attractions and Liverpool ONE shopping centre, you can kick back in the pool or relax in the Eforea spa, both of which are onsite. Or use the fitness center, if you want, but we think we'll get our steps in around the dancefloors of Liverpool post-meetings. Go on, let your tie down. 

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