“ Address: 27 Wapping / Liverpool L18LY „
The Ibis Hotel I chose to stay in during my visit to Liverpool in June of this year, was the one situated close to Albert Dock. I have stayed in a few Ibis hotels throughout the years and generally find them reasonably priced and in good locations. I particularly wanted to visit Albert Dock for many reasons so was pleased when I found this hotel on their website.
I made the booking about a month before I left for Liverpool, the price was £50 for a double room which I paid by credit card at the time of booking.
We arrived by National Coach in Liverpool which is located on Norton Street. The walk to the hotel seemed long probably because we took the wrong route and ended up going around the houses or in this case around the landmarks. It was an excellent walk as we passed by the Cavern Club, Liverpool Playhouse, Port of Liverpool Building, Royal Liver Building and the Cunard Building.
At one stage after passing all these buildings, we thought we were lost although we could see the dock in the distance. My husband called in at a Tesco Express Supermarket and asked an assistant if we were on the right track. He said we were and the Ibis Hotel was about 10 minutes away. The wind on this evening was pretty ferocious, blowing me and my bags all over the pavement. As we were outside Tesco we thought we might as well buy a few provisions for the evening so we could spend the evening in the hotel without going out to a restaurant as it wasn't really an ideal night for dressing up and going out on the town.
When we arrived in the foyer of the hotel we were both surprised to see how busy this area was. There was a queue of people waiting to be checked in and over to the right where the restaurant was situated, the seating area was full of football supporters watching TV. I can tell you, the noise was horrendous. I had my worries then about getting a quiet night's sleep.
Three staff were on duty on the front desk and they were all stressed with the amount of people waiting to be checked in but they dealt with it in a civil manner. I wouldn't say they were the happiest hotel staff I have encountered but they were okay. While we were waiting, I had a good look at all the information leaflets on the stand and on the counter top. There was a very good choice of attractions to choose from including trips outside Liverpool. Eventually we checked in without any problems and went to our room, using the lift.
The layout of the room was like all the other Ibis hotels I have stayed in; a double bed with white duvet and pillow, extra blanket in the wardrobe, one painting attached to the off white painted walls, flat screen TV, Wi-Fi connection, free standing unit which acts as a desk, chair and a window that has three blinds attached together, in shades of orange, amber and a rusty colour. Ah, there was an extra seating arrangement near to the window which I hadn't come across before. This was good for leaning back and watching TV.
The bathroom was the usual green colour, a cross between jade and pea soup. Some visitors might think it was a tad too small but it was okay for both of us. It was functional; the white towels were clean if a bit too rough on the skin. We had a plastic glass each, a tablet of soap bearing the Ibis emblem and a spare loo roll. Luxury!
Having taken our food goodies out of the rucksack, we realised that we hadn't bought enough food or beer to sit down and watch a football match with so we looked at the Room Service Menu to see if we fancied anything on offer but neither of us could make up our minds. In the end my husband decided to brave the elements and go to Tesco once again for more provisions. This store is in a handy location especially if you are on a budget and don't want to splash out on eating in restaurants. The following morning I walked to the store to buy fresh croissants, orange juice and a fruit salad. The food was fresh and delicious and much cheaper than paying for the buffet breakfast at the hotel.
If you do wish to choose to eat in the restaurant it is very light, spacious and well organised from what I could see. There is an area outside with wooden chairs and tables surrounded by lots of leafy plants. I saw a few people sat outside early morning with a coffee in their hands.
I enjoyed staying at this Ibis Hotel and would go back when I visit Liverpool again. There isn't a lot you can say about the décor as it is pretty unimaginative but for an overnight's stay there is everything you need and the room was clean. We had plenty of tea bags, coffee, sugar and milk. The bed was comfortable, we were warm enough and we never heard a sound all night. The view from our window was of the car park and the department store, John Lewis. It wasn't the best view in the world but you can't have everything and it was certainly better than sleeping in an airport all night which we had done a few nights previously. The location is brilliant, across the road from Albert Dock, within easy walking distance to some of the greatest city landmarks in the world and not too far to walk to Lime Street Station.
Address: 27 WAPPING, Liverpool L1 8LY
Tel: +44 1516032800