Where to Stay in Liverpool – The Best Areas and Hotels Guide

Liverpool symbolizes all the things which make England so great. With a rich musical history, a maritime heritage, a love affair with football and a creative culture, Liverpool is a great place for a vacation.

Every day, tourists from all over the world visit Liverpool.

But along with thousands of tourists comes a huge number of accommodation options. If you’ve never before visited Liverpool, it’s hard to know which area (or which accommodation!) it’s best to stay in.

So in this guide, we’ve helped you out by breaking down Liverpool’s best accommodation options.

We’ve covered a huge variety of choices. Whether you’re honeymooning, traveling with family or surviving on a bare-bones budget and looking for cheap hotels, we’ve included something you’ll love. We’ve also included accommodation options with many different atmospheres, so you can find somewhere that matches your vibe.

We’ve also listed all the exciting events and attractions that Liverpool has to offer – along with a guide on where you can find them all.

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If You’re In A Hurry, Here’s Our Advice In Short

Stay on the Waterfront!

The Waterfront is the most beautiful area of Liverpool, making it a great place to fall in love with the city’s aesthetic. It also houses many of Liverpool’s main attractions, including fun and frolics related to maritime history, The Beatles and artists from around the globe. And no trip to Liverpool is complete without a view over the Mersey River.

The Waterfront is also very well connected to the rest of the city, making it a convenient place to base yourself.


Top attractions on the Waterfront:

  • Tate Liverpool
  • Dazzle Ferry
  • National Slavery Museum
  • Merseyside Maritime Museum
  • Echo Arena
  • Museum of Liverpool
  • … and lots more!

About Liverpool

Before we give you all the best hotels, hostels and areas that Liverpool has to offer, here are some facts about the city:

  • Currency: Pound Sterling – £
  • Language: Everyone speaks English and everything is written in English, making Liverpool a very easy city to visit and navigate
  • Population: Around 498,000 in 2019 (source)
  • Tourists per year: In 2018, 38 million people visited the city (source)

With lots of tourists comes lots of accommodation options. But they’re not all made equal! Some accommodation options are unpleasant places to stay. But we’ve only included Liverpool’s best hotels, hostels and apartments. Choose any of the places we’ve listed for the perfect place to spend your break.

To begin, here’s our guide to the different areas in Liverpool:

Best Areas and Neighborhoods to Stay in Liverpool

Like most northern England cities, Liverpool is actually pretty small compared to many other popular tourist destinations. Because of this, it’s easy to enjoy the whole city in one visit.

Though Liverpool can be split into a number of smaller areas, they all overlap and complement one another – and no district is far removed from any other.

Here are the six areas you need to know about:

  • Baltic Triangle
  • Cavern Quarter
  • Georgian Quarter
  • Waterfront
  • Ropewalks
  • St George’s Quarter

Because all of these areas are small, Liverpool is an extremely walkable city. All of these areas can be reached from one another on foot.

Best areas to stay in Liverpool

If you’d prefer not to walk, Liverpool has an excellent network of trains and buses, along with ferries.

Another option is cycling. Liverpool has a fantastic CityBike hire scheme, where you can simply and easily drop off and pick up bikes at various points around the city. Cycling around Liverpool is fun and easy, so it’s a great choice if you like to be active while you travel.

No matter how you get around, here are the 6 areas you need to visit:

1. Baltic Triangle

Rough, rugged and raw, this is Liverpool at its most innovative and exciting.

Liverpool is famous for its huge creative and cultural history. For the last 20 years or so, the city has been shaking off its industrial heritage to become a colorful city full of creativity and quirks.

The Baltic Triangle is the epicenter of much of this culture and creativity. Once the industrial heart of the city, this area is now a place to party in an abandoned warehouse, eat trendy food and meet the artists who make the city their home. If you like unique and independent attractions, eateries and bars, you’ll love it here.

Baltic Triangle buildings in Liverpool
Historic building in the Baltic Triangle, Liverpool – by Inge Knoff (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Here are the top things to do in the Baltic Triangle:

  • Red Brick Market: the best independent shopping experience in the whole city. Small independent traders and local businesses have transformed this site into an exciting mix of miscellaneous mayhem. If you like vintage clothes, unusual art, unique businesses or even just weird stuff, this is great.
  • Arcains: one of the biggest arcades in Europe, this is an absolute dream for anyone who loves retro arcade games. It’s got all the usual suspects, like Pac-Man, Mario Kart, and Donkey Kong. But for real retro arcade fans, there are hundreds of forgotten hidden gems and niche oddities.
  • Street Art: the Baltic Triangle is home to some of the best street art in the UK. Much of it is related to Liverpool’s identity, so it’s a great leftfield way to get acquainted with the city and its people.

Where to Stay in the Baltic Triangle

Luxury pick: Hilton City Centre

Just on the outskirts of the Baltic Triangle, and overlooking the docks, this hotel is set in an incredible location. The building is sleek and modern, while rooms are elegant, spacious and comfortable. The hotel’s large windows offer lots of natural light.

Mid-range pick: Ibis Liverpool Centre Albert Dock

Ibis hotels are always an excellent pick for centrally-located mid-range accommodations. And this one shows why. Fantastic buffet breakfasts, comfortable bedrooms and within touching distance of all Liverpool’s top attractions, this is as good as mid-range hotels get.

Budget pick: YHA Liverpool Albert Dock

Recently refurbished, this is way more homely, comfortable and aesthetic than your average hostel. But in spite of that, it’s still very affordable. This hostel is great for families and couples – it’s a little more relaxed than other city centre hostels. The kitchen is great.

2. Cavern Quarter

The incomparable Cavern Quarter is – as you might have guessed – home to the Cavern Club, the birthplace of the Beatles. If you’re interested in Liverpool’s Fab Four, you should stay here.

And even if you aren’t The Beatles’ biggest fan, you might still love this area. It’s the epicenter of Liverpool’s musical heritage, history and happenings.

The only officially-designated UNESCO City of Music in all of England, music is at the heart of Liverpool’s identity.

In the Cavern Quarter, bars and pubs on every corner are full of live music, with exciting up and comers entertaining the crowds every single night. Sidewalks are always busy with street performers sharing their talents with shoppers and commuters.

Where to stay in the Cavern Quarter in Liverpool
The Cavern Club in Liverpool – by spaztacular (CC BY 2.0)

If you like live music, you’ll love it here.

Here are the top things to do in the Cavern Quarter:

  • The Cavern Club: the most famous Club in the world, this is where it all started for The Beatles. The Cavern Club hosts Beatles tours, tribute acts, memorabilia and lots of other music nights.
  • Eric’s: another hugely famous music venue. This place has played roles in the development of other huge bands such as Joy Division, New Order, Sex Pistols, The Clash and so many more.
  • Liverpool Beatles Museum: a 4-storey collection of over 500 unique and unusual Beatles artifacts, this is a fantastic way to explore the band’s entire history. It’s the best Beatles collection in the world.

Where to Stay in the Cavern Quarter

Luxury pick: Aloft Liverpool Marriott

With stylish lighting, comfortable beds and touches of stained glass, the ambience here is perfect. The food is great and the evening entertainment is even better.

Mid-range pick: Easy Hotel Liverpool

This offers nothing special, but considering the very low prices, it’s a brilliant hotel. The staff are friendly, the location is excellent and the rooms are clean and comfortable. There’s no bar or restaurant on site, but there are many nearby.

Budget pick: Sleep Eat Love

Chic, stylish and hipster, the people who own this hostel claim that it’s an experiment in ‘co-living’. Ir places a huge focus on bringing people together. If you like making friends, you’ll love it here, with exciting communal spaces and endless places to chill and chat.

3. Georgian Quarter

If you like interesting architecture, this might well be your favorite part of Liverpool. Full of Georgian townhouses and urban innovation, this part of the city places the Liverpool of yesteryear right alongside modern edifices and architecture.

The Georgian Quarter is also home to beautiful bistros and some of Liverpool’s finest restaurants.

With Georgian pubs, countless homes and lots of cool local spots, this is the most residential area of Liverpool’s city centre.

View on Hope Street on Georgian Quarter in Liverpool
Hope Street in Liverpool – by Terry Kearney (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Here are the top things to do in the Georgian Quarter:

  • Cathedrals: this part of the city has two of them! The Metropolitan Cathedral is an architectural outlier, with a curious and imposing shape similar to Soviet-style monuments. The Anglican Cathedral is the second largest of its type in the whole world – and it has the largest bell carillon on Earth.
  • Liverpool Ghost Walk: Liverpool has a spooky history replete with ghosts and ghouls. The Ghost Walk is an ode to this horrifying heritage of spirits and spectres. If you like the grisly side of life, you’ll love this. It’s one of Liverpool’s best ways to explore the city from a unique perspective.
  • Philharmonic Hall: in a city which has music venues on every corner, this is one of the best. For a big concert with awesome acoustics, this is our pick. Every month, there are plenty of big names here along with opera , orchestras and talks. For a classier musical night than your average, this is fantastic.

Where to Stay in the Georgian Quarter

Luxury pick: The Captain’s House

Dating back to the 1800s, this home originally belonged to – you guessed it – a captain. It’s now a luxurious and decadent holiday home, with leather decor, comfortable beds and marble fixtures and fittings.

Mid-range pick: Hope Street Hotel

Minimalist, with exposed facades, this hotel is very stylish. With much more character than your average overnighter, this proves you can have personality without excessive expense.

Budget pick: Embassie Backpackers

Embassie Backpackers was the first hostel in Liverpool, this accommodation is set in a 200-year-old Georgian mansion! It’s not the most sociable hostel in the city, but it’s quaint, cozy and welcoming, and the breakfast is good.

Hope Street Hotel in Cavern Quarter, Liverpool
Hope Street Hotel in Cavern Quarter, Liverpool – by Glenn Wood (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

4. The Waterfront

For many, the Waterfront is Liverpool’s beating heart. With beautiful views, shimmering water and the hustle and bustle of endless action, the Waterfront is a brilliant place to experience Liverpool at its best.

things to do on the Waterfront in Liverpool
Liverpool three graces from the docks – by Kevin Jump (CC BY 2.0)

Much of Liverpool’s history is tied to the Waterfront’s immigration and emigration, so the area has huge historical significance.

The Waterfront is home to many of Liverpool’s top attractions, including museums, boats, galleries, and even more Beatles excitement including an iconic statue of the Fab Four in their hometown! But more than that, it’s also a great place to eat and drink.

The Beatles statue in Waterfront, Liverpool

The Waterfront is somehow both elegant and humble. And it typifies everything that Liverpool is, and once was.

Here are the top things to do on the Waterfront:

  • Tate Liverpool: one of the best art galleries in the UK, the Tate has permanent pieces from artists such as Matisse, Picasso and Cezanne, while temporary exhibitions offer lots of unique and unusual delights. No visit to Liverpool is complete without stepping into The Tate.
  • Dazzle Ferry: perhaps the most colorful ferry in the world, the Dazzle Ferry is a Liverpool icon. Designed by Sir Peter Blake (who also designed the unparalleled cover of the Sgt Peppers Beatles album!) it’s a perfectly unusual ode to Liverpool and the creativity of its people.
  • National Slavery Museum: focused on the history and significance of the transatlantic slave trade, this museum is a shocking and often disturbing exploration into slavery – and Liverpool’s role in the trade.

Where to Stay on the Waterfront

Luxury pick: Crowne Plaza Liverpool City Centre

The in-hotel leisure club offers a sauna, steam room, beauty therapy suite and whirlpool, while some rooms offer stunning river views. The decor is sleek, shiny and elegant.

Mid-range pick: Titanic Boat

A little more pricey than your average mid-range pick, but we’d be remiss not to include this Liverpool icon somewhere on our list. Designed to resemble the infamous Titanic, this offers an experience you can’t get elsewhere. If you like quirky and kooky, this is perfect, with garish interiors and unique houseboat vibes.

Budget pick: YHA Liverpool Albert Dock

Recently refurbished, this is way more homely, comfortable and aesthetic than your average hostel. But in spite of that, it’s still very affordable. This hostel is a little more relaxed than other city centre hostels, and it’s perfectly situated between the Waterfront and the Baltic Triangle for easy exploration of both areas.

Titanic hotel in Liverpool
Titanic Boat Hotel in the dock opposite Albert Dock in Liverpool – by Elliott Brown (CC BY-SA 2.0)

5. Ropewalks

Ropewalks is another of Liverpool’s trendy areas, with lots of independent eateries, stores, bars and cafes. Ropewalks also houses lots of interesting and innovative music and arts venues, with a great program of events.

If you like eating and drinking in interesting places, this is one of the best areas in the city. It’s creative, quirky and free-spirited.

Though this part of Liverpool doesn’t have many attractions in the form of museums and galleries, it’s a bustling area with lots of interesting places to wander and walk.

Ropewalks in Liverpool
Ropewalks is a name given to a Area of Liverpool city centre that runs from Lydia Ann Street to Renshaw Street widthways, and from Roscoe Street to Hanover Street lengthwise – by Terry Kearney (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Here are the top things to do in Ropewalks:

  • Chinatown: though Chinatowns are commonplace in lots of cities, Liverpool’s really is something special. The oldest Chinese settlement in Europe, Liverpool is home to more than 10,000 Chinese residents. If you’re interested in cultural diversity, you’ll love Liverpool’s Chinatown – it’s full of color, stores, restaurants, cafes and bakeries. And you might well get to taste some of the most authentic Chinese food you’ve ever eaten!
  • FACT: this is way more than just a cinema. FACT is home to some of the world’s most interesting and unique interactive media exhibitions. Previous exhibitions have included video games, Shia LaBeouf and some of the industry’s most exciting artists. If you like experimental film and video, this is one of the most exciting venues in the UK.
  • Bombed Out Church: though it’s official name is St Luke’s Church, locals affectionately know this as the ‘Bombed Out Church’. It lost its roof in World War II. The church hosts events including markets, weddings and gigs.

Where to Stay in Ropewalks

Luxury pick: The Resident Liverpool

Set in an historical industrial building, the exterior of this hotel is beautiful, with exposed bricks and black facades. The interiors are equally stunning, with dark leather furnishings and beautiful bathrooms.

Mid-range pick: Aparthotel Adagio

These apartments are halfway between an apartment and a hotel, so they provide excellent facilities with a little added privacy. Each room has a fully-fitted kitchen, which can be useful if you’re looking to save a little money.

Budget Pick: Hatters Hostel

With wood paneling and chic pastel colors, this hostel is very modern and beautifully furnished. It’s also excellent for making friends on the road, with a BBQ area, activity nights, tours, pub crawls, food deals and much more.

6. St George’s Quarter

With some of Britain’s greatest Victorian architecture and a number of theaters, St George’s Quarter might be small – but it packs a serious architectural punch.

William Brown Street exclusively houses free city attractions. On this street, there are no houses and no stores – the street is made up completely of tourist sites, including museums and galleries.

Walker Art Gallery on William Brown Street in Liverpool
Liverpool’s top art gallery, on William Brown Street – by diamond geezer (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Though it’s small, St George’s Quarter is one of Liverpool’s best areas for culture and architecture.

Here are the top things to do in St George’s Quarter:

  • Liverpool Empire: with the largest two-tier auditorium in Britain and a heritage dating back to the 1860s, this theater is a Liverpool institution. It hosts musicals, motown and other crowd pleasers, so it’s a great place to visit if you want to watch a melodramatic spectacle.
  • Liverpool World Museum: exploring millions of years of the Earth’s history, the Liverpool World Museum offers exhibitions on natural history, ancient Egypt and distant stars. Other attractions include a planetarium, a bug house and an aquarium.
  • Liverpool Central Library: one of the largest public libraries in the whole of the UK, this place is way more than just a book-loaning venue. It houses many unique examples of fine printing and book illustration along with rare books and an excellent reading room.

Where to Stay in St George’s Quarter

Luxury pick: The Shankly Hotel

Named in honor of Bill Shankly, one of football’s finest ever managers, this hotel has lots of Bill Shankly memorabilia along with classy decor, spacious rooms and great food.

Mid-range pick: CityStop Apartments – Trueman Street

Simple, basic and affordable, this is a typical mid-range hotel. It’s nothing outstanding, but it’s comfortable at a great price.

Budget pick: Sleep Eat Love

Chic, stylish and hipster, the people who own this hostel claim that it’s an experiment in ‘co-living’. If you like making friends, you’ll love it here, with exciting communal spaces and endless places to chill and chat. It provides a great location right between St George’s Quarter and The Cavern Quarter.

Liverpool Hotels: Tips and FAQ

Areas to Avoid in Liverpool

Liverpool is generally a very safe destination. Though the city has a reputation for being a little dangerous, that’s largely an old-fashioned notion with little basis in current reality.

That said, there are some areas which you should stay away from. Toxteth, Dingle, and Wavertree can be dangerous, especially at night.

You should also stay away from train stations in the early hours of the morning and you should be cautious about walking alone at night, especially in unlit areas. Parks should be avoided at night if possible.

If you’re not interested in nightlife, you should try to avoid busy nightlife areas after 11pm. British people like to drink a lot. A very small minority can become aggressive when drunk, especially in some bigger cities.

Be careful when walking late at night in Liverpool's small streets
Be careful when walking late at night in Liverpool’s small streets

You should also try to avoid getting into any altercations around football. People in this part of the world are very passionate about the sport, and rivalries can often descend into violence.

If you follow these rules, you’re very unlikely to encounter any trouble while you’re in Liverpool.

A note on other places to avoid: many of Liverpool’s outskirts have nothing of interest for tourists. To be close to the action, ensure you stay in one of the places we’ve recommended. If you don’t stay in one of the places we’ve recommended, you’ll have to spend lots of time traveling – and you won’t enjoy all the fun and excitement that the city has to offer.

Where to Stay for the First Time in Liverpool

If it’s your first time in Liverpool, you should stay on the Waterfront. It’s the most iconic part of the city, and it’s close to all of the city’s other main areas.

The Waterfront also has more famous attractions than any other part of Liverpool, so staying there means you can enjoy many of Liverpool’s attractions without having to travel at all!

But more importantly than all of that, it’s just a beautiful place to be.

Where to stay for luxury vacation in Liverpool Albert Dock
The 3 Graces are 3 beautiful old buildings on the waterfront, the Albert Dock Liverpool, UK – by Neil Howard (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Above, we’ve already listed the best three accommodation options on the Waterfront. But in case you missed them…

Luxury pick: Crowne Plaza Liverpool City Centre

The in-hotel leisure club offers a sauna, steam room, beauty therapy suite and whirlpool, while some rooms have stunning river views.

Mid-range pick: Titanic Boat

Designed to resemble the infamous Titanic, this offers an experience you can’t get elsewhere. If you like quirky and kooky, this is perfect, with garish interiors and unique houseboat vibes.

Budget pick: YHA Liverpool Albert Dock

Recently refurbished, this is way more homely, comfortable and aesthetic than your average hostel. It’s a little more relaxed than other city centre hostels.

Where to Stay in Liverpool on a Budget

In Liverpool, a cheap hostel is always the best place to stay on a budget. Affordable and accessible, most UK hostels are of great quality, so you can get lots of slumber without having to spend too much money. Some even offer free breakfasts!

Some of cheap Liverpool’s hostels have great private dorms, so you don’t necessarily have to give up your privacy in order to vacation on a budget.

For great money-saving stays in Liverpool here are your four best options:

1. YHA Liverpool Albert Dock

This hostel is great for families and couples – it’s a little more relaxed than other city centre hostels. This is perfectly placed between the Waterfront and the Baltic Triangle for easy exploration of both areas.

2. Sleep Eat Love

Chic, stylish and hipster, this hostel is an experiment in ‘co-living’. If you like making friends, you’ll love it here, with fun communal areas and several places to chill and chat. It’s also very attractive and aesthetic, so if you like somewhere that looks a little better than your average hostel, it’s a great pick.

3. Hatters Hostel

With wood paneling and chic pastel colors, this hostel is very modern and beautifully furnished. It’s also excellent for making friends on the road, with a BBQ area, activity nights, tours, pub crawls, food deals and much more. For the most sociable hostel in Liverpool, this is your best option.

4. YHA Liverpool Central

Great location, excellent decor and great food and drink on-site. This is a great place to stay if you want to make friends, especially for exploring the Cavern Quarter.

Where to Stay As a Solo Traveler

For solo travelers, the best part of Liverpool is the Baltic Triangle. Quirky and kooky, it’s full of interesting characters to chat with, so it’s the best place to meet friendly locals. That said, in Liverpool, you’ll meet friendly locals everywhere!

If you’re traveling solo, you probably want to make friends, for sightseeing, eating, drinking and chatting. For that reason, your best option is a hostel.

Where to stay as solo traveler in Liverpool

But not all hostels are made equal. Some are more sociable than others, and provide more opportunities for making friends on the road.

Here are Liverpool’s three most sociable hostels:

1. Sleep Eat Love

This place is designed specifically with socializing in mind, and is a self-styled experiment in ‘co-living’. If you like making friends, you’ll love it here. It’s a shared home rather than just a place to stay.

2. Hatters Hostel

Hatters Hostel is excellent for making friends on the road, with a BBQ area, activity nights, tours, pub crawls, food deals and much more. The staff are brilliant for recommending places for socializing.

3. YHA Liverpool Central

YHA own two hostels in Liverpool – and they claim that this is the friendliest of the pair. YHA hostels attract travelers of many different descriptions, making them a great place to meet a versatile bunch of buddies.

Where to Stay for Couples

It depends on the type of couple you are.

If you like the romance of riverside views and dockside eateries, stay on the Waterfront. If you like theater, stay in St George’s Quarter. If you’re both in love with The Beatles, stay in the Cavern Quarter.

Like with most cities, there’s no one particularly romantic part of Liverpool. But there are many romantic hotels, all perfect for couples who want to indulge in a heart-stopping vacation. And because all of Liverpool’s main districts are very close together, it makes little difference where you stay.

Couple on street in Liverpool
The Happy Couple seen in the Liverpool Street area – by Garry Knight (CC BY 2.0)

Throughout the whole city, Liverpool has a number of beautiful hotels for couples of all descriptions. Here are our three favorites:

1. Malmaison

Stylish cocktails, fantastic food and great entertainment, this has all the extras you need for a romantic stay. The atmosphere is chic and decadent and some rooms have fantastic river views – perfect for waking up beside the one you love. Some rooms even have a bathtub big enough for two.

2. DoubleTree Hilton

Plush white decor, ornate furniture, excellent afternoon teas, marble columns and stained glass windows all make for a romantic break. But the on-site spa is what really makes the difference.

3. The Shankly Hotel

With themed rooms and big bathtubs, this hotel is perfect for couples who want a romantic getaway. Some suites even have a jacuzzi! The staff are very attentive and will add romantic touches for those who request them.

Where to Stay in Liverpool with Family and Kids

If you’re visiting Liverpool with kids, you should stay on the Waterfront, which has lots of exciting attractions that your little ones will love. These include the 60 meter Wheel of Liverpool, Mattel Play, the Queensway Tunnel Tour and the docks themselves!

Wheel of Liverpool is the best attraction for kids in Liverpool
Wheel of Liverpool and Panoramic including Echo Arena and Liver birds in the background – by Catherine Singleton (CC BY-SA 2.0)

It’s also not too far from the World Museum, which has lots of exciting events and attractions for kids.

Because the Waterfront is pretty close to the rest of the city, you have easy access to lots of eateries and cafes which your kids will love.

If you’re more concerned with your hotel itself rather than the area you stay in, here are the three best hotels for kids in Liverpool:

1. The Liner

This ship-themed hotel is great for kids, with its nautical decor, themed rooms and kid-friendly atmosphere. The family cabins have cute kids’ beds with fun designs, activity packs and a mini-bar for kids. Your children will feel like the captain of their own mini ship while staying here.

2. Crowne Plaza Liverpool City Centre

For a little luxury which your kids can also enjoy, this is great. The staff are very friendly, the hotel is welcoming for kids of all ages, and your children will love the pool.

3. Aparthotel Adagio

If you have kids, an apartment can sometimes be better than a hotel, because it gives your children lots of space to run around and make noise without disturbing anyone else. Halfway between a hotel and a set of apartments, this is the best pick if you don’t want to stay in a standard hotel.

Where to Stay for a Luxury Vacation

For a luxury vacation, the Waterfront is the best choice. It offers wonderful views of the docks along with great proximity to lots of excellent eateries and bars. Waterfront breaks always feel decadent and indulgent – and Liverpool does it brilliantly.

Where to stay for a luxury vacation in Liverpool
Luxury hotels on Waterfront in Liverpool – by Roberto Taddeo (CC BY 2.0)

No matter the area in which you decide to stay, Liverpool has many luxurious hotels for a perfectly opulent stay. Here are our three picks:

1. Crowne Plaza Liverpool City Centre

The in-hotel leisure club offers a sauna, steam room, beauty therapy suite and whirlpool, while some rooms offer stunning river views. The decor is also beautiful.

2. Hard Days Night Hotel

Though not quite as decadent as your average luxury hotel, this is heaven for any fan of The Beatles, with themed decor and specially-commissioned Beatles artwork in every room. It’s also housed in a Grade II listed building, making the exteriors just as beautiful as the interiors.

3. Titanic Hotel

This hotel is set in what was once a waterside warehouse. Now, it’s one of Liverpool’s swankiest hotels, with deluxe beds, Egyptian cotton sheets, a spa and beautiful white furnishings. When the incredible dock views get boring, you can watch TV on the huge in-room televisions.

Where to Stay for Local Vibes in Liverpool

The Baltic Triangle represents everything Liverpool once was – and everything it now is. Formerly the centre of Liverpool’s industry, it’s now a trendy enclave for independent cafes, stores and restaurants.

The Baltic Triangle is popular with all of Liverpool’s locals, whether students, young couples or lifelong residents. And because of that, it’s an excellent way to become acquainted with every demographic of Liverpool’s local life.

With markets, street art, local hangouts and shades of the past, the Baltic Triangle is Liverpool in brief.

Hilton Hotel in Liverpool
Hilton Hotel in Liverpool

As noted above, here are the three best places to stay in the Baltic Triangle:

Luxury pick: Hilton City Centre

Just on the outskirts of the Baltic Triangle, and overlooking the docks, this is set in an incredible location. The views from the rooms are excellent and the large windows offer lots of natural light.

Mid-range pick: Ibis Liverpool Centre Albert Dock

Fantastic buffet breakfasts, comfortable bedrooms and within short distance of most of Liverpool’s top attractions.

Budget pick: YHA Liverpool Albert Dock

This hostel is great for families and couples, as it’s a little more relaxed than other city centre hostels. The kitchen is great.

Where to Stay for Beaches in Liverpool

Though tourists rarely visit Liverpool solely to see the beach, the city isn’t too far from some shimmering shorelines, which can make for an excellent day out.

We don’t recommend staying near the beaches, since they’re pretty far from the city centre.

But if you do want to take a day trip to a Liverpool beach while you’re visiting the city, we recommend either Crosby Beach, with its bizarre and bold 100-figure permanent sculpture installation, or West Kirby, with its marine lake and sand dunes.

Other options include the seaside town of Hoylake and Wallasey Beach.

Crosby Beach in Liverpool
Crosby Beach in Liverpool with the iron man – by cattan2011 (CC BY 2.0)

The Best Places to Stay in Liverpool: Final Thoughts

Liverpool is incredible. With a huge musical heritage, fantastic arts scene and diverse population, there are so many reasons to love the city.

For all of these reasons and more, it’s a hugely popular city for tourists from across the globe.

And because of that, it offers many accommodation options. And while many of Liverpool’s hostels and hotels are poor, all of the ones we’ve listed are excellent places to stay while you’re visiting the city.

Our number one pick of Liverpool hotels is the Crowne Plaza Liverpool City Centre.

With a great waterfront location and an excellent sauna and suite, this offers luxury at a pretty reasonable price. Some rooms offer excellent river views, while the decor is sleek, shiny and elegant. You can’t go wrong with this one.

For budget travel, this is our number one pick: Sleep Eat Love.

Much more attractive and aesthetic than your average hostel, this experiment in ‘co-living’ isn’t just a hostel, it’s almost a shared home. It offers a sociable atmosphere along with beautiful rooms and a great location.

A note: remember, if and when you do travel to Liverpool or any other place, you should absolutely always take out travel insurance. It’ll keep you covered, it could save you money, and it’ll mean that you don’t have to spend your trip fretting about staying safe!

And you’ll get all of these comforts for a very small fee.

We recommend the excellent World Nomads. In a sea of untrustworthy providers, they’re perfectly reliable.

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