If you're looking for a four star luxury experience in Liverpool, staying next to the waterfront and within close proximity of the Liverpool One shopping district, then look no further than Pullman Hotel. The four star Pullman Livepool Hotel is located at Kings Dock on Liverpool's world famous waterfront just a five minute walk from the iconic Albert Dock. The hotel features 216 state of the art bedrooms - many of which boasting a panoramic view of the river Mersey and Liverpool wheel, a contemporary brasserie and bar and a fitness centre. The Pullman boasts many five star Trip Advisor reviews and is becoming one of the hottest places to stay in Liverpool, so last week my husband and I paid the Pullman a visit to see what all the fuss is about.
When we arrived at the hotel, we noticed that there wasn't a conventional check-in desk, instead a member of staff pointed us to a comfy waiting area and then they came and sat with us and checked us in using an iPad. I really liked this modern approach to checking into the hotel as it felt more personal, like the hotel staff were getting to know me and what our needs were during our stay.
Our room was a Superior King Bedroom on the seventh floor - it was one of the corner bedrooms which meant we had a panoramic view of Liverpool where we could lay back and watch the boats ferry across the Mersey and the wheel lit up on an evening. The room was very spacious, elegantly decorated with the most beautiful feature lighting and it had so many little extras that really made you feel at home such as The Pullman magazine which you could sit back and read in bed, an iPad loaded with some of the latest films to watch free of charge, a coffee maker as well as the usual tea and hot chocolate and a well stocked, complimentary mini bar with two mini bottles of wine, beer and soft drinks.
The bathroom also oozed style with its chic black tiles, pristine white surfaces, rainfall shower and it's luxurious C.O Bigelow complimentary toiletries. C.O Bigelow is America's oldest surviving apothecary's and amongst their stocklists is Liberty in London. Their Lavender and Peppermint Conditioner is a product until recently only exclusive to the hotel industry and it has an invigorating and refreshing fragrance - perfect for giving you that holiday or business trip pick me up.
Once we had settled in our room and donned our best clothing, we decided to sample the bar before heading out for our anniversary meal. The bar is to the right of the hotel lobby and features an array of plush seating with a warming dark wood bar and colour scheme. I ordered the Duke of Liverpool cocktail, whilst my husband opted for a classic Manhattan. The cocktails both arrived rather promptly and we served on top of a serviette and brought to our table. My Duke of Liverpool was a Pullman take on a Kir Royal and I really enjoyed it - it was nice and sweet, while the Prosecco added a bit of depth to the drink. The Manhattan was enjoyable, but made slightly on the strong side for my husband.
After a long lie in and a comfortable nights sleep, we ventured down for breakfast in the brasserie the next morning. The breakfast was a continental breakfast with the usual trimmings - croissants, waffles, fruit cheese, breads, cereals and yogurts and a variation of a cooked breakfast. The breakfast was the only part of the hotel that I found lacking during my stay. When staying at a premium hotel I would expect to have items that can be ordered such eggs benedict and slightly more indulgent food, however the food I did have was cooked rather well and I couldn't complain. I do wish there was more vegetarian options on the cooked breakfast side of things though - I don't usually have a cooked breakfast but admittedly I had a hangover and my body was craving carbs.
Overall I had a wonderful stay at the Pullman Liverpool and would happily visit this hotel again with no hesitation. The room was luxurious, the staff were delightful and the location was spot on - close enough to all the Liverpool attractions, but far enough out that you could relax and not hear any noise.
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*My stay at this hotel was complimentary, but views are my own