A couple of nights ago I was up in Liverpool with work. Being a big SPG fan (don’t talk to me about the Marriott takeover), I normally stay at the aLoft there, which is actually quite a nice property. I’m a big fan of the brand in general and this property whilst an old building is pretty good.
However this time, I booked the Hilton Doubletree which is just a few hundred metres down the road. I’m a Hilton Diamond and used the Hilton app to check-in for my stay online. It has the cool feature which allows you to look at the floor plan and pick the room you want. That’s always a bit of a lottery, but this time seemed to get a decent one with a room on the 7th floor (the top of the building).
Given it was also a pretty old building the layout of the room wasn’t like most cookie cutter modern hotels and thus had a bit of character, whilst still being relatively modern.
There was a wardrobe immediately to the right when entering the room which had the safe, tea and coffee making facilities and a mini-fridge with a couple of complimentary bottles of water.
There was also a desk and an armchair in the room too.
On both sides of the bed were a pair of plug sockets (but no USB chargers), plus light switches. Oh and a phone too (for those people that use those things).
The bathroom was a decent size and a had a huge shower room.
Included in my welcome letter there were two vouchers for drinks in the bar, as well as a voucher for breakfast.
Given I had some time to wait for my friend who I was meeting for dinner I decided to try out the drinks vouchers. It didn’t say what they did and did not cover in the bar, so I asked if they would make me one of the Negroni’s they had listed on their cocktail menu. “Of course, sir”.
It was rather good so I used the second voucher for another! After a great catchup with my friend it was time to retire to bed. I pretty much crashed and woke up the next morning after a great rest. If I was being picky, I’d say my personal preference is the bed was a bit firm for my tastes, but that seems to be the Hilton standard globally.
Breakfast next morning was a pretty standard hotel buffet. I was asked if I wanted tea or coffee with it, and requested a double espresso. After a couple of minutes the lady came back and said it would be chargeable, and I said no problem. The coffee was brought and a bill for £2.75 deposited with it.
After I’d finished, I wandered up to the bar to pay. There was another gentleman who looked at me in disbelief. He explained he had no idea why I’d been charged as it should be included with breakfast.
Overall, I thought it was a pretty decent hotel – I had a nice room, the staff were friendly, the bed was comfy, the bar made a good cocktail and breakfast was fine. Not sure there’s much more you need for a short overnight stay for work.