If you are wondering where to stay in Liverpool, this article will help you find the best hotel for your upcoming trip.
Liverpool is a diverse, cosmopolitan city with major attractions to suit all ages, interests and budgets. A Liverpool city break is for everyone, not just for Beatles fans but choosing the best area to stay in Liverpool can be confusing.
This article covers different parts of Liverpool city centre and includes information on things to see and do in each location, tips for where to eat and drink and recommendations for Liverpool hotels in that area.
At the end of the article, you will find a detailed map showing the locations of the areas, things to do, places to eat and recommended Liverpool accommodations.
Where to stay in Liverpool
Liverpool Accommodation – Quick Picks
Liverpool City Centre
A stay in the heart of the city guarantees the full Liverpool experience as attractions, shops, lively pubs, clubs and restaurants are on your doorstep. Liverpool city centre is walkable and you will have excellent transport links close by.
Things to see and do in Liverpool city centre
- Liverpool Beatles Museum – the largest Beatles memorabilia collection in the world consisting of 1000 artefacts spread over three floors.
- World Museum – an eclectic, free to enter museum which is perfect for families. There is an aquarium, planetarium and sections on ancient Egypt and dinosaurs.
- Walker Art Gallery – a free to enter art museum housing paintings and sculptures from the 13th century through to present day. The gallery is worth visiting for the building alone!
Where to eat in Liverpool city centre
- The Cavern Club – you cannot visit Liverpool without a trip to the Cavern Club, synonymous with the early years of The Beatles. The Cavern Restaurant serves British and European dishes including Scouse, a Liverpudlian dish of stewed beef, vegetables and potatoes.
- GPO food hall – Liverpool’s largest food hall with 11 kitchens serving over 400 different dishes.
Where to stay in Liverpool city centre
Liverpool’s historic waterfront has an iconic skyline that is known all over the world. It is also home to some of Liverpool’s best attractions.
Things to see and do on Liverpool Waterfront
- Museum of Liverpool – an enormous and varied museum celebrating the history and culture of Liverpool. Families should visit the hands-on Little Liverpool gallery.
- Royal Liver Building – home of the Liver Birds statues, visitors can take a lift to the 15th floor for a fantastic 360-degree view of Liverpool.
- The Beatles Statue – have your photo taken with life-size statues of the Fab Four at Pier Head
Where to eat on Liverpool Waterfront
- Panoramic 34 – enjoy fine dining 300 feet above Liverpool at one of the U.K’s highest restaurants. Floor-to-ceiling windows give diners 360-degree views of Liverpool’s city centre.
Where to stay in Liverpool Waterfront
- Crowne Plaza – a luxurious 4-star hotel with river view rooms, a gym and an indoor pool. Restaurant and bar on site. The hotel is a five-minute walk from James Street rail station.
- Hotel Indigo – a colourful, contemporary hotel with spacious rooms, a gym and restaurant. Convenient ten minute walk to Liverpool One shopping centre.
- Heeton Concept Hotel – excellent value-for-money hotel in Liverpool’s business district. Large ensuite rooms, gym, restaurant and bar. Family rooms are also available.
Royal Albert Docks
Liverpool’s Albert Docks has the largest collection of Grade I buildings in the U.K. Today, the historic dock buildings and warehouses are a vibrant collection of museums, cafes and independent shops. If you are looking for free things to do in Liverpool there are several worthy attractions here.
Things to see and do in Royal Albert Docks
- The Tate Art Gallery – sister gallery of the London Tate, this free gallery has an extensive collection of modern and contemporary art.
- International Slavery Museum – a free, often moving, museum consisting of three galleries charting the history and legacy of the slave trade.
- Mersey Maritime Museum – another free museum exploring Liverpool’s maritime past. The interactive exhibits are ideal for children.
- The Beatles Story – This fee-paying museum packed with artefacts is a must for Beatles fans. It includes recreations of Abbey Road Studios and The Cavern Club.
Where to eat in Royal Albert Docks
- Lerpwl – a sustainable seafood fine dining restaurant founded by two Liverpool brothers.
- Floating Grace – Combine dinner, Sunday lunch or afternoon tea with a cruise on the River Mersey on Liverpool’s only floating restaurant.
Where to stay in Royal Albert Docks
- Holiday Inn Express – spacious comfortable rooms set in a historic warehouse a two minute walk from The Beatles Story. Room prices included a highly rated breakfast.
- Hilton Liverpool – a 4-star hotel with a gym, restaurant and bar. The Hilton also offers mobility-accessible rooms.
- Staybridge Suites – ideal for families looking for space and self-catering facilities. Centrally located, air-conditioned studios with a well-equipped kitchen and living area.
The Baltic Triangle (also known as ‘The Baltic’) is the creative and entrepreneurial hub of Liverpool. The disused warehouses have been converted into craft breweries, live music venues, art galleries and start up businesses.
The Baltic is a fifteen minute walk from Liverpool City Centre and is a must-visit for anyone who likes murals, street food or vintage markets.
Things to see and do in Baltic Triangle
- Street art murals – wander around The Baltic to view its wall murals and have your photo taken ‘with’ Jurgen Klopp or the Liver Bird Wings.
- Browse the food stalls at the Baltic Market.
- Watch a local band, play Ghetto Golf (a challenging and quirky mini golf course inside a warehouse) or have a fun and memorable night out at Bongo’s Bingo.
Where to eat in Baltic Triangle
- Baltic Market food court – Liverpool’s first street food market rotates vendors so you never will never get the same menu twice. The popular market is open from Thursdays to Sundays with live bands on weekends.
- Lu Ban – a local favourite, this stylish Chinese restaurant has an extensive menu including a wide choice of vegan and vegetarian options.
- The Dockleaf – serves hearty pub grub set in a craft brewery. It is famous locally for its amazing Sunday roast dinners.
Where to stay in Baltic Triangle
- Hampton by Hilton – spacious ensuite rooms with free WiFi, tea and coffee-making facilities, a 24-hour desk and a 24-hour fitness centre.
- The Dolby Hotel – This is a rare Liverpool hotel with free parking. It has a restaurant and bar, free WiFi and views of the River Mersey. Family and wheelchair-accessible rooms are also available.
- YHA Albert Dock – This branch of the Youth Hostel Association is a 4-star hostel offering a restaurant, bar, games room and free parking.
- Private ensuite rooms are available for solo travellers, couples and families.
- If you are looking for cheap places to stay in Liverpool without compromising on comfort or facilities, the YHA is a great option for you.
The Rope Walks is a name given to a vibrant and historic area of Liverpool that was once home to the city’s ropemakers. It is characterised by long straight streets which run parallel to each other.
The streets were designed this way so that the ropemakers could lay out their long ropes to work on them.
The area contains 102 listed buildings and warehouses dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.
Rope Walks today is a lively area packed with pubs, bars and independent shops. If you are wondering where to stay in Liverpool for nightlife, the Rope Walks district is for you.
Things to see and do in Rope Walks
- The largest Chinese Arch in Europe.
- Chinatown – Rope Walks Chinatown is Europe’s oldest established Chinatown.
- St Lukes Bombed Out Church. These are the ruins of a 19th-century church which was destroyed by an incendiary bomb during World War II. The church is now a Liverpool landmark and arts venue.
Where to eat in Rope Walks
- The Shipping Forecast – a lively pub and restaurant which is best for quick bites and British pub grub.
- Wreckfish Bistro – a highly rated dinner location serving British and European dishes. Pre-booking is advised.
Where to stay in Rope Walks
- Lock and Key Boutique Hotel – If you are looking for boutique hotels in Liverpool, this homely hotel is a perfect choice. It is ideal for couples and is just a few minutes’ walk from Liverpool Central Station. It has ensuite rooms, a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk, free WiFi and luggage storage.
- Staycity Aparthotels – a convenient central location within walking distance of shops, restaurants and major attractions. It offers free WiFi, 24-hour reception and fee-paying car parking on site.
- The one to three-bedroom apartments include well-equipped kitchens (with a washing machine), plus living and dining areas. For space and facilities, it is one of the best family hotels in Liverpool.
- The Resident Liverpool – a modern hotel offering ensuite rooms with kitchenettes and work spaces set in a historic building. There is free WiFi, A/C plus discounts at local restaurants. Ensuite rooms include family and wheelchair accessible rooms and it is a ten minute walk from Liverpool Lime Street rail station.
The Georgian Quarter
If you want to know where to stay in Liverpool that has character, the Georgian Quarter is a great option. Known for its beautiful architecture and fine dining, the Quarter is a short walk from the city centre.
This area is lined with grand 18th and 19th-century houses, gated gardens and independent cafes and restaurants. It is home to Liverpool’s two cathedrals, The Everyman Theatre and the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Things to see and do in the Georgian Quarter
- Liverpool Cathedral – the free-to-enter Anglican cathedral is Britain’s largest cathedral and the fifth largest cathedral in Europe.
- Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral – Liverpool’s rotund Roman Catholic cathedral is a modern masterpiece. Its rotund Lantern Tower holds the largest area of coloured glass in the world.
Where to eat in the Georgian Quarter
- The Quarter – a budget-friendly, highly rated independent Italian restaurant that is ideal for families.
- The London Carriage Works – This award-winning restaurant is housed in a 19th-century building and is Liverpool’s only 2AA Rosette restaurant. Serving British and European dishes, the restaurant also offers a fantastic afternoon tea.
- Philharmonic Pub – If you only visit one pub in Liverpool, make it ‘The Phil.’ This famous Victorian pub is England’s first Grade I listed pub and was said to be John Lennon’s favourite pub. Paul McCartney played a surprise concert here in 2018. The pub is best known for its award-winning meat pies.
Where to stay in the Georgian Quarter
- Liverpool Georgian Townhouse – live like a local in this gorgeous, self-contained four-bedroom property with a patio terrace area. It is ideal for larger families or groups.
- Georgian Townhouse Hotel – a budget-friendly hotel ideal for couples or solo travellers. Comfortable ensuite doubles have free WiFi, a TV, and a fridge plus there is free parking and a garden on site.
Where to stay in Liverpool for Beatles fans
You may know the Beatles locations Liverpool has to offer, but did you also know that you can stay in Beatles-themed accommodation? The following recommendations are very popular and will need booking in advance of your trip.
- Hard Days Night Hotel – a stylish, 4-star Beatles-themed hotel. It has luxury ensuite bedrooms, a restaurant and a bar set in a Grade II listed building in the Cavern Quarter. A must for die-hard Beatles fans.
- Daytripper Apartment – a self-contained apartment adorned with Beatles pictures and memorabilia. The one-bedroom apartment has a separate kitchen and living area and sleeps up to four people. It is a short walk from Pier Head.
- Arthouse Hotel – A movie-themed hotel with individually themed bedrooms. The John Lennon room sleeps up to 6 people whilst the colourful Yellow Submarine hotel room sleeps 4.
Map showing locations of places mentioned in this article
Click on the small white arrow on the top left of the map for each of the accommodations, eateries and places to visit in Liverpool. Save to your google maps and use during your visit to the city!
More to see and do in Liverpool & surrounds
I am sure you will have found the perfect accommodation in Liverpool for your stay from our selection. If you are planning to spend some time exploring Liverpool and England’s north west (and northern) regions take a look at these relevant articles and travel guides: