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The nightingale lodge is a budget hostel located on the outskirts of the centre of Liverpool.
The one massive draw of this place is going to be the price. Having scoured Liverpool for a cheap bed (and having been told to steer clear of the Formula 1 hotel), this seemed like the best option. The place is as you'd expect rather basic. There is a decent size kitchen for you to cook your own meals if required, and then an ok common room with a below par over priced pool table, and a big screen with the sports channels which was a bit of a bonus. The dorm rooms are ok although do seem to vary quite a bit. I got moved halfway through my stay from a huge room with only 3 bunk beds at the top of the hotel, to a tiny room sleeping 4 people. If you are going in the summer, be warned there is no air conditioning (or even really any air at all for that matter). We had to prop open the huge heavy windows with a bin whilst we slept to get some air circulating.
The type of people staying in the hostel are people who are looking to spend the weekend partying. Stag do's and Hen Do's were all over the place, so don't expect to get much sleep, however you will be able to find someone to party with you at 4 am when you come home, so it just depends on what you're looking for.
The actually service from staff was below average. They weren't particularly friendly for start, which is never a good sign. I had also called the hostel a week or so before to cancel part of a booking. Of course when I got there they denied all knowledge and tried to charge me for the cancelled beds but to be fair they did eventually back down. In fact they were so disorganised I had to tell them how much more money I owed them, I'm sure I could have just made up the figure!
The hostel didn't appear to bad in terms of cleanliness, however most of the floor was brown and so probably hiding a lot of dirt! I got the impression if I looked closer I would find a lot of dirt! There were a limited number of bathrooms, with about 4 on each floor so probably 1 between 10-15 if the hostel was full. Again these were not shining clean but they were ok.
There is a nice little garden area where you can enjoy a few drinks or cigarettes in the summer, and the hostel has space for parking which is free.
The hostel is located just outside of Toxteth, which does not have a great reputation as a safe environment, however it is literally right at the very edge (the sign is outside the hostel) and in the few days I spent there over the weekend I saw no sign of any danger or dodgy individuals (other than the ones paying to stay in the hostel) Walking to the city takes about 25 minutes, although if you want to get a taxi it'll only cost £4.
As usual, this is a great example of getting what you pay for. Its cheap, but you can tell that as soon as you walk in.