Liverpool – Our mission to see more of the UK, since having our baby, led us to the city of the Liver Birds, home of the Beatles and to a growing sense of an embracing of modern arts, culture and creativity. Spending 48 hours in Liverpool, it has become our favourite UK city, so far. Read my roundup of 15 of the best things to do with little ones in Liverpool – although, most of them would be my recommendations whether you have a child with you or not, bar the odd play centre. There is just so much vibrancy and creative talent seeping out of this city, it is exciting. But where to stay? Read on…
We stayed at guests of Jurys Inn at the Jurys Inn Liverpool, conveniently located adjacently to the Royal Albert Dock. We wandered down from the station through the shopping area, and it took us around 20 minutes. Unbeknownst to us beforehand, this turned out to be our favourite are of the city, since there are so many brilliant independent and family-run restaurants around the Dock, as well as being home to the Tate Liverpool, and not far from the Ferry port and lots of the museums. So, the Jurys Inn gets a big tick for being walkable to many of the hot spots, and those that it isn’t close to are easily accessible using the hop-on hop-off bus. Catch the bus from the stop a couple of minutes walk from the hotel.
A warm welcome at Jurys Inn, Liverpool
The hotel is bright and breezy and BIG. One of my hotel bug bears is when things feel ‘cramped’, but there is plenty of open space for free-wheeling buggies and baggage around, here. The staff are friendly and love little ones – our daughter was quite mesmerised by the Scouser lilt. Post its £3.7 million refurbishment, you can choose from 310 newly-designed bedrooms each featuring the renowned DREAM bed, which, no, I hadn’t heard of either, but it was the best nights sleep I had had in a long time. Our little one was tired out from all the sightseeing and flaked out all night in the travel cot provided – therefore, so did we, in our big DREAM bed. Totally dreamy.
We stayed in a room that overlooked the Wheel of Liverpool and towards the Dock, which entertained our daughter no end; she loved pointed at the Wheel and saying ‘woo!’ The room was a lot bigger than expected, for a mid-range priced hotel, with plenty of room around the cot. Having spent time in hotel rooms squishing past the travel cot on the way to the bathroom, space is a wonderful thing. The only thing missing was a bath, so, if we stayed again I would definitely request a bathroom – much easier for washing a squirmy toddler. Nothing else was amiss, and the complementary coffee vouchers for the on site Costa Coffee bar were an excellent added bonus.
Keen explorer in training…
Food and drink
As well as the Costa, there is an on site bar that also serves snacks and a restaurant, at the hotel. This serves a big buffet and a la carte breakfast (loved the sweet waffles), and dinner at a weekend. Family provisions are excellent and our daughter’s request of a ‘cheese sandwich’ for teatime was fulfilled. Simple food, nicely done.
Following a nationwide survey of ‘what makes us happy’, Jurys Inn now offers a ‘happiness menu’ to guests. You can call reception and request one of the items, which include bath products and a face mask for some chill out time, a light therapy lamp for a boost of vitamin D and activity packs for children.
Jurys Inn Liverpool quick fact pack
- Liverpool John Lennon Airport is 8 miles away
- Liverpool Lime Street Station is 2 miles away
- Complimentary high-speed WiFi throughout the hotel
- All Day Costa Coffee Bar on site
- Book your stay online at Jurys Inn
We stayed for one night as guests of the Jurys Inn Liverpool. See @fashtravels Instagram stories ‘Liverpool’ highlight reel for lots more images and info about our stay and activities during our Liverpool weekender.