It could almost be the script from a movie; the hotel that changes character after dark. . .
You always think you know what to expect from a Hilton, but that doesn't quite hold true here. Check-in was a breeze, with a quick, efficient and friendly service. Probably the warmest welcome I've received at check-in at any hotel I've ever stayed at. This was a mark across Liverpool for the whole weekend, we were welcomed in a similar vein everywhere, it was very refreshing.
The room was nice, a decent size, the bed was large and comfortable, the bathroom well appointed and all was spotlessly clean. I must say that the shower was excellent. There were one or two minor chips in the paintwork, but in a busy hotel you'll see that from time to time, if the areas needing a touch-up were more numerous it would be cause for concern. The TV as mentioned in other reviews, is slow to get going and isn't the most user friendly, but I don't go to a hotel to sit in and watch TV.
As a guest we got a discount for breakfast which wasn't included in the room rate (we got a 33% off rate for the weekend stay through their website) but still came in at £9.95 per head. We didn't sample that, electing for a cafe just across the street which did a full English for £5, which was OK, but no more.
Anyhow; having been out in the evening for some dinner, we came back on the Friday night to find the hotel bar was heaving, with loud music pumping out. The same was true on the Saturday night when we got back in from some friends' engagement party. We brought another couple from the party back with us, saying 'you've got to see this.'
The bar of the Hilton is one of Liverpool's hottest nightspots, and we decided to join the revellers for a period on the Saturday. It was crazy, loud, boisterous, brash and completely without inhibition. The Scousers take partying as seriously as their football, the atmosphere was great, the costumes and make up stunning, it was very very bizarre and superb fun. If you can, go with it, you'll have a great time. If you can't go with it, don't feel intimidated, it was excellent, and in our room on the 4th floor we couldn't hear a peep from ground level.
We'll be back to Liverpool to attend the wedding, and will probably visit again in between, we'll be heading straight for the Hilton. We loved it for the sheer craziness.
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