If there was ever a hotel concept designed for travellers who love city breaks, this is it.
I was invited to stay at Z Hotel Liverpool as part of a press trip, but no accommodation on Need Another Holiday gets a full review post unless I think it’s worthy of one. This excellent city hotel is one worth raving about, and with rooms that actually start from £36 a night, you know you’re intrigued, so read on…
Z is all about streamlining. There’s a luxury finish, but the things that you don’t really need have been taken away. Think no large reception area (you check in at the Z Cafe as you enter the hotel), or faffy paperwork to deal with and sign. You also have the opportunity to streamline a window in your room out of the equation if you’d sooner save your pennies for a slap up dinner somewhere special. I was rather impressed with the swish cozy feel of the room sans windows. Lots of thought has been given to the lighting and airflow systems, too.
But just to be clear, Z Hotels has everything city breakers do need. And that includes a cheese (oh, yes) and wine reception in the Z Cafe each evening. It’s a proper posh spread with a laid-back, social vibe, perfect for pre-dinner drinks before a night on the town. It’s just one of several reasons to choose this hotel over any other.
The Z Cafe is also where you’ll eat breakfast and have your nightcap, whatever time you choose to rock up for bed.
I stayed in one of Z Hotel’s larger rooms, with an amazing view over the city’s rooftops. But the prices are still cheap enough to leave you feeling slightly confused. Don’t be. There’s no catch. In all the rooms you’ll find an uber swanky bespoke bed that is super comfortable. Given that I once suffered two slipped discs, I often break into a mild sweat when I first check out a hotel bed. I’m sometimes surprised that it doesn’t feel like the most important aspect of any hotel room. Thankfully in this hotel, the beds are paramount. And you can tell.
The bathroom is a cool, frosted glass pod affair (and all Z bedrooms have the same set up). It’s a wet room with a high end finish, a great shower, Thierry Mugler toiletries and MASSIVE fluffy towels.
There are no safes in rooms (but staff will store valuables in the hotel safe), and there are rails for your clothes rather than a wardrobe, but do you really need one on a short break? The only thing missing for me was an extra plug socket next to the vanity unit and mirror, though this really didn’t cause me a problem. And there was a European socket, which was a nice touch.
This spot is completely High Heel Approved. You’re at the centre of everything. Museums, restaurants and bars, and more shops than even I could probably do justice to over a weekend are all within stone-lobbing distance.
I know Liverpool’s geography pretty well, and I was shocked at how good this location was for the prices they charge. You can walk everywhere, including to the main train station. And it’s a hop, skip and a jump away from both Beatlemania’s Mathew Street and the spectacular buildings of the UNESCO World Heritage waterfront.
I love this hotel. I think Z are breaking new ground and I will be keeping my eyes well and truly peeled for their next opening. And how can you be sure I mean what I say? Well, Mr Holiday Addict wasn’t with me on this trip and we’re already planning on returning together in the Autumn.
It’s exactly our style and this particular Liver Bird is more than happy to put her money where her mouth is.
I was a guest of Z Hotels in Liverpool on this trip, but like I said, this won’t be the last they see of me. And as for Z Hotels London? I’m pretty sure both Soho and Victoria will be seeing me too. I’m already looking forward to the cheese!