Crowne Plaza Liverpool - John Lennon Airport, Liverpool

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Crowne Plaza Liverpool - John Lennon Airport, Liverpool

Originally an airport building, this Art Deco-style hotel has been completely refurbished to provide modern accommodation in a prime location for Live...

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Review of "Crowne Plaza Liverpool - John Lennon Airport, Liverpool"

published 30/12/2015 | cr01
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"Liverpool Airport Crowne Plaza Hotel. Beatletastic...."

Crowne Plaza Liverpool - John Lennon Airport, Liverpool

Crowne Plaza Liverpool - John Lennon Airport, Liverpool

Remember those iconic black and white images of the triumphant mop tops from Liverpool arriving back home after various tours abroad? Liverpool certainly hasn’t. While there is much to admire about the 1960’s and the Beatles, I can’t help but think it is high time the city looked forward rather than back.

Anyway, Liverpool John Lennon International Airport (see what I mean?) these days has relocated to a shiny glass and metal edifice, but the original bastion to the spirit of aviation, the art deco styled old terminal building remains alive and well and functioning as the Liverpool Airport Crowne Plaza Hotel. Our chirpy and well meaning taxi driver was keen to ensure we were fully aware of the hotel’s tenuous connection to the area’s royal family.

Liverpool Airport has become something of a victim of its own success. 20 years ago, it was lovely to roll up to the small building, park the car outside and stroll in. These days the strap line might exhort that “above us only sky” (what do you mean there’s no “Ringo Starr Back Off Boogaloo” coffee lounge?) and car parking prices are a lot higher, but fortunately most of the long stay car parks are still just about within sensible walking distance.

Liverpool Crowne Plaza: Subsidiaries

As our flight to Lisbon was at silly o’clock, we snagged a reasonable deal which incorporated both hotel £50 and long stay car parking for a week for £35. The only slight snag was that the car had to be moved the couple of miles from the hotel car park to the airport car park at 4 am, but again that at least meant we didn’t have that interminable cold and depressing wait for the airport bus to do the rounds of the local hotels.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel is on the edge of a retail park and next to a restaurant called Damon’s which proudly boasted that it offered the best ribs in Liverpool. I really don’t know what the attraction might be towards low grade scrappy meat cuts liberally slarted with a calorific sticky cloying sweet sauce, so we hopped on the bus into Liverpool city centre which is 4 miles or so up the road. We had in any case arranged to see a band in town (The Sherlocks since you asked). The bus cost £2.20 one way and our return home taxi using a metered cab was £13. We could have hopped on the train back to the South Parkway Train station to save a few squids where the hotel is a short walk away. However the 30 minute wait for the train when you have an early set off made us eager for our beds as quickly as possible.

Liverpool Crowne Plaza: Interactions

Check in was uneventful although the background music when we entered the lobby was some horrible wallpaper-come-jazzy number (wot, no My Sweet Lord?) and the voice of the receptionist was drowned out by some kind of annoying brass instrument. However, we got there. Breakfast was served too late for us to partake, and as we had an early start we also did not avail ourselves of the bar. I felt very old given the lobby featured a little pay phone booth which I recall was a feature of every hotel back in the day, but which these days has been consigned to a notice telling us it was there for “display purposes only”. Fancy – a listed pay phone….

Our room was pleasant in a very corporate kind of way, but the bed was big and comfortable and the shower heavenly. A nod to the art deco history of the building came with the styling of the furniture which kind of had that chunky but rounded styling with a bit of wood marketery towards the edging. Our room was quite large with a view of some stranger’s cars in the car park directly outside. I was pleased to find two bottles of gratis spring water, a couple of mint chocolates and two packets of chocolate chip biscuits. Likewise the tea and coffee was nicely packed, and I snaffled the Galaxy hot chocolate drink. My beloved was also impressed by the brand of shampoo and shower gel on offer – it was certainly nice to use.

The only downside came with the air-con which I detest with a passion even in hot climates. That whirring noise manages to wind me up. We were pleased the windows opened for some proper air. When we returned to our room at 10 pm, we discovered it had heated up to 26 degrees and try as we might to cool it down, the heating soon blasted hot air out after about 10 seconds of cold. A call to room service received confirmation that someone would come and look at it for us. Another 10 minutes of fiddling and we managed to turn the horrible system off completely. Good job, as the promised visit never materialised.

One other noteworthy thing is that each time we went along the corridor we spotted people’s room service meal food abandoned, with half eaten food on plates and trays on the floor in the corridors. Call me a snob but it wasn’t particularly pleasant and without exception there was some food left. This either indicated that the food wasn’t particularly good or that the portions were massive.

Summing up

While the price and quality of the hotel meant we got something of a bargain, the service we received was patchy – it’s not often we call for service and given it was an airport hotel it was disappointing that they didn’t quickly attend to our call for help after telling us they would.

I would return to the Crowne Plaza for this kind of price but I wasn’t in the end overly impressed with the experience and it’s not a hotel I would particularly look out for.


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Comments on this review

  • cornishchic published 02/04/2016
    great review x
  • RICHADA published 24/01/2016
    No problem basing a booking decision on this one although can't imagine flying anywhere from Liverpool and prefer a city centre hotel there in spite of the parking cost there. R
  • jb0077 published 15/01/2016
    E review, great info.
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Product Information : Crowne Plaza Liverpool - John Lennon Airport, Liverpool

Manufacturer's product description

Originally an airport building, this Art Deco-style hotel has been completely refurbished to provide modern accommodation in a prime location for Liverpools business district, motorways and John Lennon Airport.With stylish furnishings inspired by 1930s interiors, the Crowne Plaza Liverpool John Lennon Airport provides an ideal base for business and leisure stays in Liverpool, European Capital of Culture 2008.A 4-star hotel, the Crowne Plaza offers 164 deluxe guestrooms, free private parking on-site and complimentary use of the extensive David Lloyd Leisure Centre, right next door.

Product Details

Long Name: Crowne Plaza Liverpool - John Lennon Airport

Type: Airport Hotel

Street: Speke Aerodrome

Address: Speke Aerodrome, Liverpool, Merseyside, L24 8QD, United Kingdom

City: Liverpool

Country: United Kingdom

Post Code: L24 8QD

County: Merseyside

Region: North West England

Postal Prefix: L

Postal Town: Liverpool

Continent: Europe

Avg Price: 58.56

Hotel Chain: Crowne Plaza

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