Stayed for one night as a female solo traveller.
This is more a large bed and breakfast than a hotel. Security is very good, with the door always on the latch and only accessible by ringing the bell or with a key. Non-residents are not allowed to go beyond reception, whether accompanied by a paying guest or not (as one of my friends found).
Therefore it's quiet - no drunken stag- or hen-do's or groups wandering round the place looking for each other. Ideal place to stay for solo travellers, business people, families, couples on a romantic break, or people there for shopping, theatre, concert etc. Do not stay here if looking to have a wild, drunk, raunchy weekend.
The staff are lovely, and I find some of the reviews very harsh that they seem rude. They are just down-to-earth no-nonsense Scousers, which may come across as abrupt and rude to people not used to them. However, I'm pretty sure they'd stand on their heads whistling a tune if they thought it would make your stay better.
My room was a twin room with small bathroom, but everything you need in a room is there - iron and ironing board, desk with mirror and plugs for laptop, hair straighteners etc handy, plenty of drawers and hangers on the rail, hospitality tray, television and wifi (which worked very well). The bathroom had a shower, toilet and washbasin.
Everything was spotlessly clean. Some of the decor is dated, but not suffering from obvious wear and tear.
The breakfast was absolutely great! Nicely cooked, and from what I could gather also plenty of continental options available.
Of course there is going to be noise - the hotel is in the heart of a vibrant city surrounded by main roads, and in the university-district to boot. It's also a listed old building, therefore there are creaking floors and stairs and the walls not thick. If you are a light sleeper, bring earplugs, but I had a sound night's sleep.
This is not your built-for-purpose hotel like Travelodges but a former residence and listed, restricted to alteration laws. Therefore your rooms are not going to be a perfect size or shape, with straight floors and walls. But I felt this added character to the place.
Location is great - near the centre, easy to walk (with small trolley-case) from Lime Street. I just walked everywhere as it was easy.
As I have friends in/around Liverpool, I like to bring friends back for a brew and that, or just watching some movies etc, but hadn't realised this wasn't possible at the Aachen when booking. I just arranged to meet them elsewhere, but it would be my reason for not staying again.
But this is personal choice and I cannot fault this hotel on anything!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Housed within a Grade 2 Georgian building, each room at the Aachen has every conceivable facility for the traveler: Flat Screen TV's with DVD player, direct dial telephone, tea & coffee making facilities, trouser press. Bar facilities are also available on the premises. We also offer free internet service. Your room rate will always include our Famous 'Eat As Much As You Like' Breakfast. Situated in the heart of the city centre, we are located within the university complex (Central Campus), and convenient for all major tourist attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aachen Hotel Liverpool