After being invited along to review Wheelers of St James in Liverpool and to stay at the Pullman Hotel we decided it was the very best idea to check out a new city! Well almost new, the last time I visited Liverpool it rained non-stop and I’ve kind of purged the memory…
We stayed at the 4 star Pullman Hotel. The Hotel itself is located at Kings Dock, a hop skip and a jump away from Albert Dock. It is also connected to the ACC Liverpool and super close to the Echo Arena, making it the perfect base for a weekend in Liverpool! The Pullman is a little different in that it doesn’t have a traditional check in desk, instead it has the Pullman Welcomers – lovely members of staff armed with iPads ready to get you checked in. All checked in we popped up to our room, excited to see what it was like. Whilst we didn’t make use of it this time, there is also a fitness suite, and I’m told that the Pullman organises a running club for those aiming to keep fit whilst away from home.
We stayed in a Superior room on the 8th floor, room 834 to be precise. This is important to note if you fancy spending a night at the Pullman in Liverpool. We walked into our room and were greeted with the most spectacular views over Liverpool. From our window we could see “The Three Graces” – the Royal Liver building, Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building, the Liverpool Wheel and the Radio City Tower. Aside from the amazing view, the room itself was pretty amazing. To compliment that view there was a full length window seat, which we took full advantage of as we made ourselves a cup of coffee.
The bedroom was furnished with a huge kingsize bed, which I confirm was one of the comfiest I’ve ever slept in. Getting up on the Monday morning to drive back to Leeds for work was tough! Another massive plus point for me were the blackout curtains – I struggle to sleep when its light out and these seriously did the trick! The best part for me though was the bathroom, which yes, totally did come with fluffy robes and slippers. It was black, sleek and super modern with a mirror absolutely perfect for getting ready in. The shower though! It was the rainfall shower of dreams, honestly I could have stayed in there all day using the beautiful Co. Bigelow toiletries.
What We did in Liverpool
Before arriving at the hotel because it was such a nice day, we went for a walk around Sefton Park. I’d never been before and I’d love it if there was a park so pretty close to me at home. We walked round the lake and explored the Victorian Palm House. Highly recommend for a sunny day when you want to be outside.
The Baltic Market
Knowing that we were going to have dinner in Wheelers of St James’ later on that evening there were two orders of the day for us. To find something quick to eat and to track down some great gin! I asked around on Twitter and Instagram and the resounding place to go was The Baltic Market. This was perfect for us as it was only a 10 minute walk from the Pullman. To say that we were spoiled for choice was an understatement. We opted for the Halloumi fries from Hafla Hafla and the Chicken Wings and Tater Tots from Mad Bantam Fried Chicken. Both were absolutely delicious and completely set us up for a day of tracking down gin.
Botanical Gin Garden
Another hugely recommended spot was the Botanical Gin Garden, which was thankfully just round the corner from the Baltic Market. A gin in hand we sat in deck chairs in a hidden gin garden on a gloriously sunny day – doesn’t that sound perfect? I could’ve sat there all day if we didn’t already have other spots in mind.
Next up was a walk through St James Mount and Gardens on our way to Jenever. These gardens were beautiful, old, gothic and spooky – exactly my kind of place! Jenever though and that gin collection! I have to admit that there were a few here that I didn’t recognise and we definitely enjoyed just stopping for a mo and having a gin and playing a few of the board games.
The Cavern Club
Not for long though, there was one last place on my list of places to see before dinner, The Cavern Club. I know the Beatles aren’t for everyone and its so touristy but I’ve been wanting to come for years and I’m so glad I finally did. We caught some live music and had a whistle stop tour round the place before shimmying outside to get our pictures of Cilla and John. I know that we’ve probably missed everyone’s favourite things about Liverpool, but leave them in the comments for me – I’m desperate to go back! All that was left was to head back to Pullman and get ready for our evening dinner at Wheeler of St James’.
And Finally… Breakfast
No stay at a good hotel is complete without breakfast the next morning and the Pullman really delivered. We did toy with the idea of going full room service in our squishy robes and slippers, however I’m nosey/greedy and wanted to see what the full offering was like downstairs. The breakfast buffet really is quite a sight and will cater to everyone’s needs. We both opted for a pot of piping hot coffee and arranged ourselves a cooked breakfast. It was properly delicious and really set us both up for the day. Although maybe next time I’d opt for the smoked salmon and scrambled egg to keep it a bit lighter. We made one last sightseeing trip after breakfast to the Tate Modern. There is a really excellent Roy Lichtenstein retrospective on until the 17th of June – well worth a visit.
We had an absolutely brilliant time in Liverpool. It’s such a vibrant city, with so much going on – I can’t wait to go back and explore it a bit more. The Pullman made such a great base for exploring the city and we were made to feel so welcome whilst we were there. I’d fully recommend it for anyone looking for a little luxury when visiting Liverpool!
Have you been to Liverpool before? Would you stay at the Pullman Liverpool? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. Dr C was invited to the Pullman, Liverpool. As ever all photos, words and opinions are hers.
P.P.S. The Pullman is located at Kings Dock, Monarchs Quay, Liverpool L3 4FP.