Myself and 3 other family members stayed at Crosby Lakeside Lodge last Friday, the significance of this being that it was the night before the Grand National. We chose this hotel because despite the majority of other hotels in the city hiking their room rates for the weekend, the Lodge had stayed relatively well priced.
The property itself is modern having been built in 2010 and boasts a location right on a boating lake on Crosby coast. We were surprised to learn that this is the location for Anthony Gormley's art installation "Another Place" which is well worth a visit.
Inside, the lodge is part of a multi-function venue which combines a hotel with a bar and bistro along with a gym and various other facilities which cater for people who wish to try out water based activities on the lake. This means that the Lodge does not have your typical hotel feel, in fact the lobby area has more of a leisure centre vibe going on. Suffice to say you will not feel you are entering a comforting or luxurious environment but for the sake of 1 night I didn't find this a problem
The room we chose was a family room. Even though we stipulated that there was 4 of us, we found the room to contain 3 bunk beds, sleeping 6. The room was a good size but again it had decor not akin to what you would expect to find in a typical hotel, at times you felt like you were sleeping in a hospital cubicle. For example the flooring material was that kind of lino you'd see in a hospital corridor rather than being carpeted. We did notice that standard double rooms were carpeted though. That's not to say anything was wrong with the room, but those after more plush interiors would be disappointed by the standard of these rooms. The room we had a large wet room so it had been designed to cater for the disabled.
The room rate included a breakfast and this was good value, all of the expected english style fayre was on offer; fruit juices, tea & coffee, cereals, toasts and hot cooked foods. There was also pastries to take away too so no complaints here. On our arrival we were informed that the bar and lodge were closed for the evening for a private function so we weren't able to the experience that. You might want to check ahead with the hotel before arriving if you want to use these facilities for your stay.
Getting into Liverpool City centre is not a problem from the hotel, by car it is a straight 5 mile trip down one street to the centre and you will get there in about 10 minutes, there are also buses and a train station within 5-10 minutes walking distance. Liverpool also has a pretty good taxi network so ask at reception for a cab and you'll get one pretty quickly and they are also pretty cheap.
All the staff we met were helpful and informative, so there were no issues on that front. They were not able to provide a late check-out for us, but that was understandable given the lodge was booked up for the weekend with Grand National visitors like us.
Overall I would stay here again, the rooms and decor aren't anything to shout about but they contain everything you need and you will be well served by the staff and the convenient location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre is a stunning Water Sports and Visitor Centre located in the heart of Crosby Coastal Park, Waterloo. Forming part of the gateway to the Mersey Estuary, sitting alongside the internationally renowned Antony Gormley's 'Another Place', Iron Men statues, this really is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The facilities are first class! From water sports to fitness suite, conference and banqueting to 14 high quality fully accessible bedrooms, Crosby Lakeside has something for everyone. ... more less
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