Having stayed in a few Britannia hotels before, I pretty much knew what I'd write in this review before checking in .... "grand old building, could be magnificent in the hands of a decent hotel chain... which Britannia isn't!" And lo and behold, so it is. Much of what other people have said was true for me: the room, whilst adequate, was not too clean and was in serious need of a coat of paint; the bathroom reminded me of my student days, but worse; there was a distinct smell of boiled cabbage in the public rooms and the carvery restaurant was even laid out like a nursing home canteen. Most of my fellow guests were seemingly on coach tours or hen do's, quite a funny combination. Having said that, though, I guess it comes down to what you want. For me, the building, whilst definitely in need of a spruce up, is a stunning piece of history that's worth coming to see in itself. And the point is that, were it to be in the hands of a large international hotel chain who gutted it and brought it "up to the standard" of any generic modern hotel, it certainly wouldn't cost £38 per night to stay there!! Personally I don't find the decor outdated or depressing, I just find it reminiscent of the bygone days of Liverpool's maritime glory. And for that I'd happily sacrifice a few mod cons. I ought to add that the staff I dealt with were cheery, welcoming and polite, the bed was very comfy, and the shower - whilst old - was hot and very powerful. Breakfast was fine, in the Butlins style. All in all, would definitely stay again but would also suggest that if all of the above is not your type of thing, there are plenty of Travelodges within walking distance at the same price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Adelphi Hotel & Spa is a stunning Edwardian style Hotel in Central Liverpool. The grand building is rich in history and is just 3 minutes walk from Liverpool Lime Street and is close to many Liverpool attractions. The hotel offers a Spindles Health & Leisure Club which includes an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and gym. They also have two restaurants, residents bar and Wave Bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Britannia Adelphi Liverpool
- Adelphi Hotel Liverpool
- Hotel Britannia Adelphi