When I researched Liverpool hotels, I knew I wanted to be close to the Cruise Terminal.
But the three-figure fees levied by the hotels in the area forced me to look elsewhere until I stumbled across this Travelodge hotel tucked to one side of Liverpool’s Strand Street.
I wanted a hotel that was affordable and was near the Liverpool Cruise Terminal, making my visit to tour Caribbean Princess that bit easier.
Liverpool Central The Strand sits on the busy A5036 and is across the road from the start of Liverpool’s Waterfront development. It is an easy 10-minute walk from the Cruise Terminal, making it ideal for a pre- or post-cruise hotel for sailings originating or terminating in the city.
It is also a two-minute walk from James Street train station. My journey from Cardiff took me to Liverpool Lime Street station, and my ticket afforded me a quick two-minute sprint on an underground train to James Street station.
Liverpool One, the city’s shopping area, is a five-minute walk from the hotel. The area boasts shops and restaurants from well-known national high street brands. A short walk beyond leads to St John’s Shopping Centre with yet more chains.
Head in the opposite direction to find many bars and restaurants lining the streets around the hotel.
All of this was particularly handy given the torrential downpours that greeted me to the city of Liverpool.
Travelodge Liverpool Central The Strand occupies a modern-looking grey building that stands out against a backdrop of red brick properties.
A Tesco Express occupies most of the ground floor, with a small entrance to one side for Travelodge patrons. Head through the door into a stairwell with a bank of lifts available too.
The reception desk is on the first floor and shares space with the hotel’s bar and restaurant.
There is no on-site parking although the hotel has an agreement with Q-Park at Liverpool One.
I was allocated a side room, with a single window overlooking an office building and car park. Over the rooftop, I could see Liverpool Albert Dock, which is a 10-minute walk away.
The room was basic but comfortable by Travelodge standards. A small desk sat beside a double bed, and a small wall-mounted television was at the foot.On the desk was a mini kettle alongside tea and coffee making facilities, and a portable fan to beat the heat. There was no wardrobe space per se, but but there was a rail for hanging up drenched clothing.
The simple en-suite shower room had modern fixtures, along with wall-mounted toiletries.
- Book early and you can get a great rate for this hotel. I had change from £50 for a night, considerably cheaper than other hotels that fringe Liverpool Cruise Terminal.
- The hotel has an on-site bar and café. I chose not to dine here for dinner or breakfast, but it looked identical to other Travelodge restaurants, as did the menu.
- A Tesco Express sits directly beneath the hotel, which is ideal for a quick bite on the go.
- The location of the hotel is ideal for visiting the Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool Cruise Terminal, or the Liverpool One shopping area. If you fancy a walk (or get lost like I did), Central Library and the manicured St John’s Gardens are easy to reach.
- James Street railway station is just around the corner, with regular trains into Liverpool Central and Liverpool Lime Street. Factor in time to wait for the lifts between the platform and street level.
The not so good
- That enviable location inevitably comes with road noise. Strand Street (the A5036) is busy most times of the day, peaking at rush hour. The room windows are noise-insulated but cannot hold out all the commotion below.
- The low cost means the experience is like any other Travelodge property – basic without the bells and whistles.
Overall, this was a good hotel, and I would happily stay here for a night or two before or after a cruise from Liverpool. It may lack the creature comforts of other hotels in the vicinity, but it costs significantly less to stay here. The prime location means the hotel is within a ten-minute walk to most key tourist areas in the city. Public transport and sightseeing buses operate from nearby, so it is effortless to travel around Liverpool from this hotel.
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My one-night stay cost less than £50 when I pre-booked a month before my stay. The property was one of the cheapest hotels I could find during my visit to the city. Hotel details can be found here.
Which Liverpool hotels have you stayed in, and which would you recommend before or after a cruise? Leave your suggestions in the comments section below.
Disclosure: I paid in full for overnight accommodation at Travelodge Liverpool Central The Strand. All opinions are my own.