If you're looking for cookie-cutter chain-type hotels this ain't it. But if you're looking for a good, homey, comfortable stay that's 100% British without making you drown in Laura Ashley, the Throstle's Nest is the perfect place. We originally booked for five nights but we liked the place so much we extended our stay for another three.
There's no parking lot, but there is plenty of streetside parking along Chapel Gardens which is the street adjacent to the hotel (and it's free!).
This is a classic, no-nonsense, early 20th century type of inn atop a very good pub; the building itself has plenty of that much bandied-about phrase, "character". It's a good thing I promise you.
The bedroom: we had Room 103, which is about 8' x 15' and has a comfortable king-size bed, a large desk, two nightstands, a small round table and a nice easychair. The large window opens out and provides nice ventilation. Since we stayed in August I can't vouch for how warm it will be in the cooler months (September through July!) but there are controllable radiators and an electric space heater, along with extra blankets. The room also has an electric kettle with oodles of teabags and Nescafé packets along with milk and sugar, and there's a hair dryer, an iron and ironing board, plus a reaosnably-sized flat-screen TV that's got all the Freeview channels. There's also a very good wi-fi signal, and it's free like all the other stuff.
The bathroom: It's pretty good by British standards. By that I mean the shower, sink, and toilet all work. In fact the water pressure is quite possibly the best I've ever experienced in any UK lodging. But I'm American, so I'm going to nitpick a bit:
The shower enclosure is amongst the smallest I've ever been in, so woebetide you if you drop the soap. Having spent lots and lots of time in Britain I'm used to it and it's ok, but if you need more elbow room you might be let down a bit. The water control is quite simple to use, much like a lever-controlled sink faucet, but as you move around the shower the lever is easily bumped into, which could mean you'll have to adjust it pretty fast to avoid it getting too cold or hot. There are plenty of tubes of shower gel, shampoo and conditioner provided and they replenish them every day. The toilet flushes well, and the sink faucet is just as good, so I was quite pleased. The one thing that might throw you off-kilter a bit is the noise from the plumbing; there's a sump and ejector pump just behind the toilet where the shower, sink, and toilet water all drain to. The pump then flushes the waste out to the drainpipe. It's pretty noisy but it only lasts about 5-6 seconds. I don't say this because it was an annoyance; I say it because it may startle you at first.
The staff: couldn't be nicer, more accommodating, or eager to please. On the few mornings when we didn't go down to breakfast, they offerred to bring us up something from the kitchen. We always got back from breakfast with the bed made and fresh towels, and whenever we got greedy and wanted more of anything they were there straightaway. Kevin, the Lord of the Manor, is an exemplary host, super-friendly and great with top tips about making your Liverpool stay even better.
The breakfast (included with our booking): it's in the back room of the pub downstairs. There's a great selection of instant hot beverages including coffees and cocoas, and a great assortment of teas, along with milk, orange, and apple juice. There's also cereal, fruit, and yogurt available, along with peanut butter, jams, marmalades and Marmite for your toast. The cooked "Full English" breakfast is great; you can order your eggs how you like them and choose any or all the normal items such as back bacon, beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, and sausage. It would have been nice to see black pudding and that Merseyside classic flat mystery meat called Ulster Fry but that's just me being overly fussy; it's a great breakfast that'll stick with you all day. A bonus: there's always a copy of the day's Mirror and Daily Mail there (though I'd appreciate the Guardian a lot more!)
Overall: We're done with the city centre hotels. The Throstle's Nest is a few minutes up Scotland Road from the main attrractions, with the city centre down one way and the football stadia up the other way. They understand good value and personal service and they've thoroughly earned our repeat business.
Top tip: Even if you reserve with a card, they really love it when you can pay the bill in cash (there's an ATM next door at the Shell station).
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- Also Known As:
- Throstles Nest Liverpool
- Hotel Throstles Nest