The Nadler Hotel: Liverpool
A few weeks ago we went to Liverpool for a two night stay for Alex's birthday. As I'm sure you already know we are huge advocates of the vibrant city.
For our first day / night in Liverpool we were booked in to stay at The Nadler Hotel, a hotel chain which boasts envious locations in both London and Liverpool. The Liverpool branch is affordable luxury, boutique hotel located in central Liverpool's popular Seal Street. So, more importantly, thats where you can take advantage of the hotel's exclusive offers and discounts at some of the best bars, restaurants and clubs on offer.
The location of the hotel is ideal for those seeking out the city sites, as its about five minutes walking distance from all of Liverpool's finest attractions including the Liverpool One shopping centre, the Echo arena and the Albert Dock.
One of the most impressive elements of this hotel is by far the building design, with exposed brickwork throughout, restored wooden beams and large steel-clad windows, you can feel the history of this former 17th century Brewery.
Rooms are quite simple in decor, yet comfortable with a corporate feel - I'd say it feels like an apartment over a hotel. I think it is apparent the hotel is looking to attract guests who seek practicality and comfort in a room rather than a quirky, boutique design which offers a more unique room to room experience. However, facilities are ample and include free in-room wifi and a mini-kitchen complete with microwave, fridge and sink area.
I think the hotel is perfect if your looking for a budget, modern hotel close to the city centre. If your design conscious like us, when we go away on staycations' we don't want to have to compromise on style or comfort, but don't want to spend a fortune either, so this place is ideal value for a long weekend away.
The Nadler hotel is a unique hotel experience as there is no physical bar or restaurant available to guests on site, however, they emphasise a "value" concept, as they are able to edit out many of the traditional hotel facilities this means they are able to keep rooms rate low, while still offering high-spec rooms and suites.
One way is by encouraging guests to make use of the in-room mini kitchen facilities (to be honest ours was rather small so I wouldn't fancy dishing up a meal, but fine for something quick and small), however, if you're visiting Liverpool, you're likely here to take advantage of one of the many foodie or cocktail establishments in the area.
Mine and Alex's Liverpool trips wouldn't be complete without a lot of self-indulgence along the way, so I wanted to share with you some of our favourite foodie finds in Liverpool; some old and some new. LEAF, is a popular foodie hot-spot with visitors and is located in the midst of Bold Street. As the name suggests, this unique restaurant is also an independent teashop, selling a variety of loose-leaf tea flavours from spiced green tea, to baked apple to a butter truffle tea.
A friend of Alex's suggested we stop by here for breakfast, which was really handy as the Nadler Hotel is a mere 5 minutes walk away located just behind Bold Street and Fleet Street. Of course all of their loose-leaf teas are on offer in the restaurant to order alongside your hangover breakfast, or your Sunday morning bacon sarnie. I was feeling a little overwhelmed by all the food and drink I had consumed across the weekend so decided to opt for the spiced green tea, as a detox option, alongside my rather hearty full english breakfast (I know my detox story doesn't quite add up here!).
We arrived around 11.30am upon check-out from the hotel and the place was buzzing full of people! There was quite a queue at the door, however staff were quick to seat all those hungry for what LEAF has to offer. It's clear from the moment you step in why this place is so loved! With interior design quirks ranging from vintage, old-fashioned lampshades hanging from the ceilings, exposed brickwork and industrial pipes and steel foundations on show, it's great visual display while you await your breakfast.
As I'm used to paying at least £10 for a full english breakfast in the expensive south of England, £7.50 for a full english breakfast consisting of the full works; smoked bacon, sausage, black pudding, roast vine tomato, field mushroom, potato croquet, baked beans, toast and two eggs was a very welcome offer!
If your a guest staying at The Nadler Hotel (like I mentioned above), you can also benefit from 10% off your food bill at the LEAF as they partner with local food establishments due to their own lack of restaurant or bar area. Although we had to wait around 45 minutes for our breakfast due to the popular demand of this place, it was well worth the wait, it was seriously yummy and one of the best breakfasts I've had in Liverpool.
Time For Cocktails?
If your looking for a cocktail treat, why not try taking a seat directly at the bar area in the Browns Brassiere near the Liverpool One?
It was fun to watch the bartender "shake and stir" our drinks, plus my Disaronno Sour was delicious! You can't miss this place as it's located right next door to Byron Burger (where we went for dinner) and opposite the huge Urban Outfitters. Of course, Liverpool is a huge city so if your after something a little more quirky, and different from the main-stream vibe, we also headed to Berry and Rye, often referred to as a 'secret bar' located somewhere along Berry Street.
With no signs, just a shabby black, weathered building on it's exterior, you wouldn't really have the foggiest whats behind it. Bearing it mind you may have to do some knock down ginger, however.. when we arrived the door was ever so slightly cocked which gave the secret away. Once in, you'll have to push back a black curtain and inside you'll find a blues cave, or speakeasy as some may call it. My menu was buried inside a bible amongst various other pages of blurb. Well worth a visit too - if you can find it!
(*) My stay at the Nadler Hotel in Liverpool was provided on a complimentary basis in exchange for an honest review on my blog. I can assure you all opinions expressed here are my own. (*)