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The best cheap hotels in Liverpool

Keen to save those pennies for that pint at the Cavern Club? Here are the best cheap hotels in Liverpool

By Time Out editors
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Manchester has the party rep. York has all the history. But when it comes to Northern city breaks, you should definitely, definitely give Liverpool’s and its cheap hotels serious consideration. The Merseyside city has vibrant nightlife, a surprisingly eclectic food scene, sport prowess, and a heritage that centres largely around its maritime past and (of course) The Beatles. And whatever the reason, you’ll be happy to know that accomodation in Liverpool is excellent value compared to what you’d pay down in London's best cheap hotels (and let’s not even start making comparisons with its luxury hotels). Here’s our pick of the best cheap hotels in Liverpool.

Liverpool's best cheap hotels

Cheap Hotels - Liverpool - The Nadler

The Nadler

The Nadler concept is all about affordability, well-placed locations and a total absence of frills – which means you’ll have more leftover dosh spend in the nearby Liverpool ONE shopping centre and the bars of RopeWalks. The rooms in this former printworks near the Albert Dock come with kitchenettes (useful, as there’s no restaurant or breakfast) as well as triple-glazing. Which you’ll certainly be grateful for: this is in the epicentre of Liverpool’s nightlife.

Cheap Hotels - Liverpool - Z Hotel

Z Hotel

Another chain establishment that offers well-located, cheap-as-chips, no-frills rooms is the Z. Its 92 small rooms all have en-suite showers and Sky TV, while downstairs the lobby hosts free wine and cheese evenings each night (ooh la la!). If you fancy a break from these soirees, the Albert Dock, with its Maritime Museum, Tate and Echo Arena, is within walking distance.

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Cheap Hotels - Liverpool - Podworks Hotel

Podworks Hotel

If you don’t mind about not having a nice view, then head to Podworks. This bolthole is close to Liverpool ONE shopping centre, and a good choice for those not want to spend much on accomodation. The pod rooms here are underground, but in a weird sort of reverse ‘Big Brother’ move, TV screens live-stream the goings-on of the outside world. Towels are provided in en suite shower rooms, plus free wi-fi and DVD players. There’s an on-site café, plus 24/7 room service. Mathew Street – home to the world-famous Cavern Club – and the Albert Dock are both a short walk away.

Cheap Hotels - Liverpool - YHA Liverpool

YHA Liverpool

There are a variety of accomodation options at this branch of the YHA, which is located in the city centre. There are beds to book in dorms, all the way to six-person family rooms. Elsewhere, you’ll find facilities including a self-catering kitchen and cycle story, as well as a TV room, bar and even a garden, something of a rarity. There’s free parking, though we’d say ditch the wheels: you’re about a five-minute walk from the Albert Dock and the waterfront.

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Cheap Hotels - Liverpool - Pullman Liverpool

Pullman Liverpool

The Pullman might be aimed at a business crowd – it even has a private bridge connecting the second floor to the Exhibition Centre Liverpool – but dont let that deter you. It boasts free 5G wi-fi, 216 well-appointed rooms and a handy location in Albert Dock. Duke’s, its restaurant, is also ideal for a bite to eat before a gig at the Echo Arena, which is all but next door.

Cheap Hotels - Liverpool - Parr Street Hotel

Parr Street Hotel

Okay, some of the rooms here aren’t so much small as downright miniscule – but this recordio studio-cum-12-room hotel is still a great budget spot. (Hey, maybe you’re in town to record that difficult second album.) Parr Street Hotel is colourful and buzzes with a fun energy (it has two bars), but the real draw is the price – the six capsule ‘Pod’ rooms in particular.

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Cheap Hotels - Liverpool - Tune Hotel

Tune

Tune’s concept is a little leftfield: at this budget chain hotel, you pay for what you use, whether that’s the wi-fi, the towels or even the air-conditioning. Rooms are small, but not uncomfortable, and they all have en-suite shower rooms. The lack of breakfast is a shame, but prices here are super low-end – and since you’re slap-bang in the middle of Liverpool, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to searching for places to eat.

Cheap Hotels - Liverpool - Cocoon Pod Hotel

Cocoon Pod Hotel

What is it with Liverpool and subterranean, pod-based, budget accomodation? In any case, there 32 of these windowless spaces at Cocoon. They each come with tea and coffee-making facilities, TVs, iPod docking stations, towels and en suite showers. There’s free wi-fi in public areas and although breakfast isn’t included, there’s an on-site café and plenty to please nearby. Also, it’s just a ten-minute walk to the centre of town.

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Cheap Hotels - Liverpool - The Liner

The Liner

Those looking to embrace Liverpool’s maritime heritage should definitely get involved with The Liner: a fun, ship-themed hotel that’s just ten minutes’ sail – sorry, stroll – away from town. It’s pretty nondescript on the outside, but head through its doors and you’ll find a rather fantastically silly barrage of stripes and portholes. There’s free wi-fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, free parking for your land-based transport as well as 24-hour room service. Families should definitely bag one of the bright, colourful family rooms.

Cheap Hotels - Liverpool - Ibis Styles Liverpool

Ibis Styles Liverpool

If you’re looking for somewhere central but quiet and cheap you could do a lot worse than this Ibis. As the name might suggest, decor leans towards the bold, albeit in a functional, chain hotel fashion. There are tea and coffee-making facilities and free wi-fi in its 123 rooms, as well as TVs and en-suite bathrooms. Breakfast is a buffet, but its main draw is its city centre location – ideal for night owls.

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