December has been such a good month for me. I’ve been out and about here, there and everywhere! I’ll be honest with you, I can’t wait to chill out over the Christmas period.
Two weeks ago, I headed down to Liverpool for my Mam’s birthday weekend away to the Novotel. After being invited to the Novotel Liverpool, I decided to make a weekend of it. I invited all the ladies in my family along with me to celebrate my Mam’s birthday in style.
It was my first time in Liverpool and I was so excited. I’d previously heard fantastic things about the bright lights of the city so I thought it was about time I visited for myself.
The weekend started at Newcastle Train Station at 4:00 pm, Friday evening with a glass of fizz. Fortunately, we managed to get first class train tickets on a direct route to Liverpool Lime Street for an absolute bargain price. My Mam is literally the queen of cheap train tickets.
We arrived in Liverpool around 7ish, we stupidly tried to get a taxi to our hotel but were told the Novotel was literally five minutes walk away from the train station. The venue is sat just a stone’s throw away from the River Mersey as well as a number of the other attractions of the city, such as Albert Dock, The Beatles Story and the Echo Arena. Thank god for Google Maps!
We were welcomed into the hotel warmly by staff and checked in stress-free, no long ques. I always analyse the foyer of any hotel I go to, so I was scanning around the room to see what I could spy. I noticed that the hotel restaurant and bar, Ropewalks Lounge was buzzing and lit up so cosily and Christmassy, very instagrammable. I remember thinking to myself I can’t wait for a cocktail in there! All in all, the foyer looked very modern.
I was sharing with my Mam so we headed up to our room which was on the tenth floor. I know this is the smallest detail, but it’s little things, isn’t it? When you enter the lift, you have to swipe your card before you select what floor you’d like. If you don’t have a card, the lift simply won’t move. I immediately felt so safe!
Our room was really lovely, very big and spacious for the two of us. There were two single beds, however, they looked and certainly felt bigger than a single bed, a dressing table and chair, flat screen TV, wardrobe, shower room and separate bathroom. The facilities were fantastic, in each room is complimentary tea and coffee (green tea too), shower essentials, hairdryer, an extra pillow available and even a fridge! Everything was super clean, and up to my Mams OCD standard. The interior was futuristic and modern, plus bright and warm.
First impressions of the room were exceptional, the sheets and pillows felt a good quality, room temperature was spot on and most importantly, plenty of mirrors. Do you ever feel like some hotels must have a shortage of mirrors? I can’t think of anything worse than fighting with my Mam over a mirror!
What was really lovely was the fact, the staff at Novotel had also left a few ballows and card on my Mams bed wishing her a fabulous birthday and nice stay! How thoughtful?
After a quick freshen up, we headed down to the hotel restaurant and bar, Ropewalks Lounge for our evening meal. Since it was getting quite late, we thought it would be a good idea to get booked into the hotel kitchen, after all, it was our first time in Liverpool and we’d had a three-hour journey from Newcastle. The last thing on our mind was to running around Liverpool to try and find somewhere to eat.
Ropewalks Food and Drink Lounge is a vibrant eatery that is awash with bright oranges, soothing greys and bubbly pinks, the perfect mix of relaxation. The name comes from its location, situated in the ‘Ropewalks’ quarter of Liverpool; an area named after its presence of large 19th-century warehouse buildings. These buildings were once used for making rope during Liverpool’s era of the Maritime boom.
At night it turns into a cosy shabby chic chill-out lounge. We had a drink at the bar before heading to our table. The drinks are all really reasonably priced, I had a ‘Scouse Bird’ cocktail which was around £8 and a few of the other girls had a couple of gins that ranged from £5-10. Great value for being in the city centre. We were then shown to our table and given some menus.
The menu has a range of dishes, something to suit everyone whether you’re after a light bite or three-course meal. After much deliberation, I went for the Tempura Prawns (£6.00) with chipotle mayo and my Mam went for the Scotch Egg with pork & Chorizo and Red Pepper Relish (£6.00). The prawns were so juicy and big, the batter was delicious! As was the Scotch Egg, according to my Mam, I can’t comment too much as I’m not a fan of scotch egg.
For mains, I choose the 12oz Sirloin Steak with grilled vine tomato, buttered snap peas and fries (£24.00) and my Mam went for the Lamb Gigot Steak marinated in balsamic rosemary and garlic, saute potatoes, butter snap peas (£16.00). My steak was huge and cooked to total perfection. With me it’s medium or nothing, this was spot on. The lamb was oozed with tangy garlic and melted in the mouth.
Of course, I had room for dessert, of which I had the Italian Chocolate Fondant served with honeycomb ice cream (£5.00) and my Mam went for the cheese board (£8.00). The fondant was light fluffy and saturated with chocolate, my favourite!
The fantastic food was matched by the fabulous team of service staff who done their utmost to ensure that we had a wonderful dining experience, a special thank you to Sei Ha our waiter.
At this point, we were all stuffed and literally fell into bed. I slept so soundly on that first night in the worlds most comfortable bed and warm surroundings. We were all ready for a day exploring Liverpool after a refreshing nights sleep.
But first, breakfast. Part of our deal was bed and breakfast so we headed back to the Ropewalks for a breakfast buffet. And what a breakfast it was. There was so much selection, from a full English to pastries. I went for a full English which was mouthwateringly good. It wasn’t greasy and my pouched eggs were done to a T, runny!
After stuffing our faces yet again, it was time to head out in Liverpool properly. Everything is very central to the city, almost everything is walking distance and the best way to explore is definately to walk and see it for yourself.
Being away with a group of ladies meant we headed to the nearest shop and spent a good hour or maybe three in Harvey Nics. My Mam had kindly arranged for us to get our make up done so that was nice too. After wondering along Albert Dock and Liverpool One for a couple of hours we headed to the Hilton for afternoon tea which was gorgeous. The best sort of pitstop. The rest of the day was spent discovering further into the city, the Christmas Markets and then a night on the town was on the cards.
The next morning we were a little worse for wear, which was the sign of a good night out right?! And then it was sadly time for home.
We had an amazing weekend in Liverpool and experiencing Novotel was the best part of our trip. The staff could not have been any more helpful and caring plus the facilities were fantastic. There is also a pool and gym within the hotel but unfortunately, I was too busy to check those out gutted!
I’d recommend anyone heading to Liverpool to stay at Novotel, make sure you check out their latest deals here.