After visiting Liverpool for pretty much every single year since birth for family, I thought it was finally time to head there and actually explore the centre, rather than my family’s’ houses. Alfie
and I love our weekends away and were very excited when we were treated to a weekend away at the Travelodge Liverpool Central on Exchange Street
. We had so many recommendations on where to visit and what to do, that I thought it would be fun to turn this into a ‘Weekend Guide’ as well as a ‘what we got up to’ kind of post. We absolutely loved Liverpool, the Travelodge
and all the places we visited, so I’m rather excited to share this with you all!
I cannot recommend the Travelodge enough for a perfectly affordable and comfortable place to stay. We were originally meant to be staying at the Travelodge closer to the docks, however, due to a little mix up we ended up walking 10 minutes away and paying £10 for a much needed early check in. Our Double Room was rather compact, but had everything you would need for sure. The entire building only has showers (we were told) and it did mean I had withdrawal symptoms from my bath. However, the shower was SO beautiful and had incredibly high pressure, which isn’t something you often find in Hotels. Our room was complete with a desk and mini wardrobe, as well as tea, coffee, plenty of plugs and very fancy lights above the bed, in case we didn’t want the main light on. We, of course, tried out the all you can eat breakfast and even had a pizza or two on one of our less sober nights. The food was, as I remember from previous Travelodge stays, absolutely delicious and good value for money.
The staff at the Travelodge Liverpool Central are incredibly attentive, they helped with our every need and enquiry and we were quite surprised at the Saturday morning clean up which saw our room looking untouched and polished despite how messy we left it in. I love seeing that others around you are also enjoying their stay, and at breakfast I noticed that many people were happy with the food and night’s stay they had. The bed was probably one of the most comfortable we had both ever slept in, in a hotel and I finally got a good night’s sleep for the first time in a while! We also decided to pay an extra £10 to get a later checkout, the normal times should have been to check in at 3pm and out at 12pm, however with an extra £20 it was 12pm check in and 2pm check out. This is just a sigh of relief if you’re often a person who is late, or like a little lay in. Travelodge Central also do not have a luggage holding facility, which means the early checkin and late checkout come in very handy if you’re eager to go off exploring! They did kindly keep our bags on the Sunday which was amazing, as we were mentally preparing ourselves for the struggle, but I did have to really bat my eyelashes!
Fazenda was the first stop on our Liverpool adventure and god was it absolutely amazing. If you follow me on Twitter
, you’ll have seen me raving about them with every single mouthful. After reading about them online, I still wasn’t prepared for just how stunning or unique the experience actually would be. It’s basically the most beautifully designed and well thought out restaurant ever with a Brazilian and Argentinian theme. For under £20 each, or under £30 for the evening session, you’re invited to eat as much of the Brazilian styled salad bar as you liked, whilst waiters bring around 15 different types of meat for you to try. You don’t have to eat everything, in fact you actually have a little card which you turn over to green for more food, or red for a little break. We were blown away by the attentiveness and friendliness of the waiters and the food was out of this World.
The salad bar is so varied you’re really spoilt for choice, from everything like traditional tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce to couscous, steamed vegetables, sushi and much, much more. Think of this as the classiest, yet extremely well priced, all you can eat. The meat was normally cooked medium rare, however, it was no problem if you preferred it well done, they simply took it back and stuck it back on the Rotisserie Grill until it was ready. We also got the chance to try out the cocktails where I had one of the best strawberry daiquiris ever, and I’ve tried a lot! I’ve never quite been so impressed with staff, the atmosphere and the delicious food as I have here. Fazenda
even have branches in Leeds and Manchester!
Wearing Newlook Duster Jacket, Boohoo Bodysuit, Yours Clothing Jacket, Newlook Maxi Skirt Dorothy Perkins Bag, and Shoe Zone Shoes.
Alfie had heard about this exclusive bar in Liverpool where you had to text to get in. Apparently, normally you’re sent a riddle and if you answer it correctly, you get a discount on drinks for all of that night. During our stay, it was just a simple text with how many you wanted, get a text back telling you the secret code for the secret door and you ‘might’ get in. The ‘might’ part was a little worrying as I put on my Scarlett & Jo dress and dragged myself out of a very comfortable nap after a busy week caught up with me. The bar itself was rather lovely, a great design and layout, and it definitely had the ‘exclusive’ vibe to it. However, with being a Friday, I did find it a little over cramped for the space and would have loved around 10 less people in there. It’s just the one room, with a big long bar and several occupied booths. Alfie had been drinking whilst I was napping, and obviously as he was tipsy, he was having the time of his life. Not being big on clubs or other drunk people, I wasn’t feeling it, but I am rather pleased we managed to get in, and I would recommend trying it the once, even if the drinks are £7 a piece.
Sight Seeing/Liverpool Wheel/Museums
If you go to Liverpool and you have a thing for architecture like Alfie and I do, you just need to simply walk around. Alfie’s going to be doing a photo diary of the weekend and had his ‘fancypants’ photographer camera on him, which did mean I was attempting to take better photos than him and show off. We did quite a few touristy things too, such as….
The Liverpool Wheel. What better way is there to sight see than to go on the Liverpool wheel? After little panic attack from Alfie over the sheer height and rocking of the pod we were in (which is completely normal and he was soon laughing at himself), we both really enjoyed the Wheel and it was well worth the £8ish each to go around, I think 5 times? (The Dress is Scarlett & Jo again, and a review can be found here
We also tried out the Museum of Liverpool, as it looked to be the biggest and funnest, as well as The War House Museum.
After hearing about how amazing Albert Docks was from my parent’s, I didn’t quite understand to the extent. We literally spent hours walking around and checking out all the shops, restaurants and bars. We even had fish and chips whilst looking out at the docks!
Another Restaurant that absolutely blew our expectations away and treated us like Royalty. Our Waiter, who’s name I didn’t quite catch due to being in awe of the atmosphere and decor, was unbelievably helpful with great taste. Upon arrival we were shown to a cute little booth in the quirky and stripped back establishment, before being suggested cocktails and starters by our waiter. The food was spot on, everything tasted amazing and was really well presented, I even had a little bowl to freshen up my hands in – fancy, I know! The story of Bill’s
is quite extraordinary as it started out as a little shop and turned into a huge establishment where the owner sold 95% of the company, but kept 5% and the right to decorate it as he wants. Which is why you’ll often see different things in different establishments and they’re all be quite quirky and different!
We went through the entire stage of the typical meal at Bill’s to get the full feel for it and we were impressed throughout it all, from the tasty starters, filling and delicious main courses, to the perfect desserts which I cleverly suggested to share! Bill’s is located at Liverpool One next to the Hilton in a fantastic location that you really can not miss and it’s within walking distance from the Travelodge Central. Bill’s were even kind enough to give us presents before we headed off! They included things that they first started selling and still do, such as Pink Lemonade, Cherry Jam and Mini Eggs, all of which are delicious. I loved everything about Bill’s
and I would definitely go back!
Ferry across the Mersey
I had already been on the Ferry many, many years ago but I couldn’t remember it at all, apart from being freezing if you sit at the front. Knowing we were going to Liverpool, my number one request of things that I wanted to do was to go on it again! After a long day on Saturday of strolling around and drinking coffees, we slowly headed over whilst Alfie took some fancy photos, and he just happened to take SO long that we missed the last Ferry! I was obviously distraught, sat down in a tantrum and drank my Arizona Green Tea whilst pretending to cry.
Thankfully, on Sunday we made it and it was amazing. We had so much fun seeing Liverpool and freezing to death at the front of the boat before retrieving inside. The Ferry lasted for around an hour on a round trip and cost just under £10 for each of us, a definite must when you’re heading to Liverpool!
As you can see, this post is pretty wordy and picture heavy, but we had an incredible weekend thanks to the Travelodge
and wonderful people at Talented Talkers
, so I didn’t want to shut up!
Have you been to Liverpool before? Or are you planning to?
*My stay at the Travelodge and meals at both Fazenda and Bill’s were completely complimentary for the purpose of this post. All views remain the same, Travelodge rocks and I wish I could eat at those two places for the rest of my days. Thanks to everyone who made this post happen, and to my wonderful, Alfie!