In my last post I spoke about my (slightly odd for a kid) childhood dream to live in the Albert Dock buildings in Liverpool, and how I recently lived out a mini, much smaller budget version of it when I visited family for Christmas. I mentioned how, for me at least, this building and the Mersey river front is the heart of Liverpool.
The buildings hold a rich maritime history that has been well preserved since their completion in 1841. Their history is evident throughout the building, most notably the characteristic red and black iron pillars in the rooms and cast iron doors in the hallways.
|Image – Elliot Brown|
The Premier Inn is slap-bang in the middle of the action at the Albert Dock in Liverpool. Next door to the Beatles Story museum, this hotel is part of the same complex that houses the Tate gallery and the Merseyside Maritime Museum. You will be located just a 2 minute walk from there Liverpool One shopping center and the rest of the city is easy to access from that point. The ferry across the Mersey is a 2 minute walk in the opposite direction.
There are lots of places to eat in the Albert Dock complex (check out the pirate-y Smuggler’s Cove) and a Tesco just a 2 minute walk across the main road outside the docks if you really want to budget.
What made this stay special was the warmth of the staff. Every member of staff I encountered during my time at the Albert Dock Premier Inn was polite, warm and welcoming. Especially at the breakfast area.
Breakfast is an all you can eat buffet with two options. A continental only, or a full English plus Continental. If like me it takes you a while to wake up in the morning you will appreciate the atmosphere of the breakfast room. Relaxed, warm lighting with a lovely view of the dock and brick arches.
If you have stayed at a Premier Inn previously you will know what to expect from the bed. Fairly firm mattresses, each room with extra pillows provided in the storage/clothes hanger area. Premier Inn has a money back guarantee which is apparently “no questions asked”, so if you have a bad night sleep you can claim a refund.
The rooms are a nice size, with all of the usual Premier Inn amenities included. There is space to store toiletries and make up around the sink in the bathroom. I suggest you bring your own shampoo and conditioner as the soap provided is very basic. The bathroom has a bath and shower combo, perfect for a soak after a long day of sight seeing.
The rooms are very dark, but with a cozy vibe rather than gloomy. Our room had a tall window at an angle, just tucked away out of shot in the above image. The windows could do with a clean on the outside, but we did have a nice view of the Anglican Cathedral.
My only complaint is the free WiFi which is only 30 minutes a day. Any more and you have to pay a fee. Most hotels offer free WiFi now so this feels a little mean.
The Premier Inn is an excellent budget choice for people who are new to the city, people who appreciate architecture and history and returning Scousers who want a warm welcome home.
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