I stayed at the Hampton by Hilton Liverpool John Lennon Airport for two nights in February 2010 on a complimentary basis. The hotel is located directly opposite John Lennon Liverpool Airport, so is ideal for stopovers the night before an early flight departure or the night of a late flight arrival. Despite the proximity to the airport I heard no external noise in my bedroom. Free parking is provided for guests resident at the hotel. If you wish to leave your car there during a trip the cost is Â£5 per night (cheaper than standard airport parking). There’s a half hourly express bus service from the airport to Liverpool city centre which costs Â£2.60 single or Â£3.30 for an all day ticket.
I really liked my room, it was very comfy with a small sofa style seating area in one corner. The chair by the work area was very good for working on the laptop on the desk. The walk in shower was great as it was spacious because you didn’t have to fiddle around with opening and closing the shower door. There was some noise from the heating/air conditioning system one morning around 7am which was loud enough to wake me up, although I’d switched the system off when I went to bed.
The public areas of the hotel are well done in a trendy style but you get the feeling of discrete cosy spaces too. There’s an airport information screen in the lounge area so you could sit in comfort in the hotel while keeping an eye on your flight check in and departure times.
The free wifi advertised as being available through the hotel was very unstable. I was able to connect sometimes in the lobby but the signal in my room was so bad that I had to purchase mobile internet time in order to get a decent connection.
The staff are very welcoming and bubbly, trying their best to be helpful but some seem to be a little inexperienced.
I had a meal from the bar on my first evening. Now I wasn’t expecting any culinary delights when I ordered my chicken and chips but I thought it was a poor show for Â£8.95 for a main course. It was a very small serving, the chips were soggy and lukewarm and the vegetables were cold and hard (not that I like over cooked mushy veg but this was the other extreme). The chicken was OK. The problem is that there’s not really much of an alternative for meals close by.
Chicken and chips from the bar at Hampton by Hilton Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Hampton by Hilton promote their hot free breakfast. I thought that the cooked part of the breakfast was not great. I only had scrambled egg and it was pretty watery. The continental part of the breakfast was good with a selection of cereals, one flavour of yoghurt, fruit juice, fresh fruit, fresh bread and sliced bread for toasting. There were croissants on the second morning, I didn’t like the coffee from the urn but there was hot water to make tea or instant coffee and sachets of drinking chocolate.
Breakfast bar at the Hampton by Hilton Liverpool/John Lennon Airport
Overall the Hampton by Hilton Liverpool/John Lennon Airport is ideal if you have an early flight departure or late flight arrival. The public area and the bedrooms are very good but the hotel is let down some poor constituents of the meals and the unreliable wifi.
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