Liverpool is the third city in our two-week family trip to England. We had previously stayed in London and Manchester, and you can find those reviews in the links above. For our stay in Liverpool, I booked the only Starwood hotel in the city, which was the Aloft Liverpool.
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Aloft Liverpool is conveniently situated next to the Merseyrail Moorsfield train station. This provided easy one-stop connection to Liverpool South Parkway station where transfers to most mainline train services are. It also saves the need to go to the Liverpool Lime Street or James Street station for train travel. We took a train from Manchester to Liverpool and only needed a simple street crossing to get from Moorfields to the hotel.
The hotel is also quite close to the Royal Albert Docks. Which is a few blocks away and only took us a little while to get to the banks of River Mersey. There are also a lot of food options around the hotel, so I do not recommend you getting breakfast at the hotel itself.
The building looks gorgeous from the outside. As you walk inside the hotel, there is a wall explaining the history of the building once used by the Royal Insurance Company. The building was built over 115 years ago in 1903, it was kept in wonderful shape even after being transformed into a hotel.
You will see the check-in desk on the right of the entrance. There are some seating areas scattered around the check-in counter and all look comfortable. I did mobile check-in the night before, so there was no wait for us at the counter as the hotel was expecting our arrival.
The associate is bubbly and enthusiastic, but apparently, the hotel missed my additional request for two beds per room. If you want to make sure your bed type request is received its always better to call the hotel or email them beforehand, as they sometimes overlook what you wrote in the “additional request” section of your booking.
My room was at 432, located on the top floor. The room was overall not very spacious and quite compact. It was understandable considering how old the building is but I was still quite disappointed. The two beds seem tightly squeezed into whatever space there is and there is also a pillar in the middle of the room. There was also the usual mini snack bar and safe in the cabinet.
There is a working desk by the window. The room does not have much natural lighting but the working desk is well lit with natural light. The bathroom is quite spacious and simplistic in its design. There is not so much special to say about the sink or the shower.
Overall, the room is satisfactory. There is nothing that is particularly outstanding but it does the trick. I do hope for a lot more from an Aloft property as they had previously been great in my past stays. However, I do feel the ancient building may be restrictive towards the layout and design of the rooms.
As the norm for Aloft hotels worldwide, there is a Wxyz Bar at the hotel. They serve reasonably priced drinks and have a good selection of gin. There are also many food and bars nearby, so you have a lot of options around. There is a pool table, a table football desk and a snack bar in the lobby by the bar. A business centre is oddly placed by the pool table, which I find it weird considering the noise at the bar at night sometimes. But I guess they don’t really have much place anywhere else to put the business centre.
The gym is located in the basement of the hotel. I would recommend going down by the lift simply because the stairs to the basement is very narrow due to the initial building design 115 years ago. The space is quite big but was equipped with limited equipment. The gym is fine, but nothing worth a special mention.
I feel quite ambivalent towards this hotel. On one hand, the hotel is conveniently located and easily accessible by rail. On the other hand, it simply does not have the charm to win my business as nothing is extraordinarily good. Also, I find this particular hotel simply does not have the identity of the Aloft brand.
I would definitely recommend it if you are seeking to travel by Mersey Rail but for the room and hard product, I believe Liverpool has more to offer elsewhere. There is another Marriott hotel right next to Liverpool Lime Street Station in the city centre, which on a loyalty standpoint I would give that a try next time.
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