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Dec 09 2013

My Stay at a Hostel in Liverpool: Review of @hoaxliverpool

I was heading up to Manchester at the end of November to see one of my cousins.  While I was up that way, I really wanted to visit Liverpool this time because I had never been.  While in Liverpool, I stayed in a hostel that opened this year.

Bedroom

When I stay in a hostel, I tend to go for a dorm that has the fewest number of beds, generally 4-bed dorms, unless there’s the option of a female dorm.  At HOAX Liverpool, the 4-bed dorms are mixed so I opted for the 6-bed female dorm.

Hoax bunkbed

The bunk beds seem very solid and, believe me, that isn’t always the case in hostels.  The mattress was thick and very comfortable.  I was initially allocated a top bunk but asked if I could have a bottom bunk.  The staff are very accommodating so my bunk was changed without any fuss, which I appreciated.

There is a light by each bed and two power points so useful for charging all your electronic devices.  The distance between the bottom and top bunk was great.  I didn’t have to crouch down while sitting on the edge of the bed or worry about hitting my head on the top bunk when I sat up.  I have had that on occasions in other hostels.

I would have liked a mirror in the main dormitory and not just in the toilet.  It just makes it easier when there are a few ladies applying make-up and doing their hair.

Bathroom/toilets

The dorms come complete with a shower room and a separate toilet.  You will either like it or not, depending on your viewpoint.  Having a shower and toilet in the room is great because it means you don’t have to leave the room and walk down the corridor for a pee, for example, only to find that you’ve locked yourself out of the dorm by leaving the key card on the bed.  Have you done that, or is that just me?  Well, with the facilities in the dorm, there’s no need to worry about that.  The only thing is, it is likely to cause some extra noise while others are trying to sleep and possibly an odour (I know, you know what I mean).

Hoax shower and toilet

Both the shower room and toilet have a soap dispenser, which is really handy.  Often, hostels don’t have soap in the toilets, which means you have to take your soap in with you, which can be a pain.  The electric shower is powerful and hot and there are plenty of hooks on the door to hang your towels and clothes.  There’s also a dry area outside of the shower cubicle so you can get dressed in private without getting your clothes wet.

I was given two clean, white bath towels on arrival, which was great.  That was an unexpected nice surprise.

Lockers

Lockers are really important when you are sharing a room with others.  There is one locker per person in the room.  You just need to bring a padlock with you to lock it.  If you don’t have one, you can buy one at reception for a small fee.  The lockers are a good size.  My backpack fitted in comfortably with plenty of room to spare.

Hoax lockers

Lifts

There are 2 lifts, so you don’t have to worry about lugging your bags up and down flights of stairs.  That was a relief!

Breakfast

A continental breakfast is included in the price of your stay.  You can help yourself to sliced bread, which you can toast, hot drinks, juice, cereal, and yogurt.  It’s great to have breakfast included.  The only thing is, there weren’t enough cups.  The first morning, I went upstairs to inform a member of staff.  The following morning, I just did what the others were doing, I used a glass instead.

Breakfast at Hoax

Internet/WiFi

There is an area near the reception desk that has a couple of PCs but there is WiFi throughout HOAX and HOPSKOTCH, so you can access the internet from anywhere in the vicinity, which is fantastic.  The WiFi access was good.  I didn’t have any problems connecting while I was there.

Hoax geek's corner

Communal area

The main communal area I found was on level -1, where breakfast is served and there’s a small area by reception at ‘Geek’s Corner’.

There is also a bar/restaurant that is part of HOAX, called HOPSKOTCH.  That is another place where you can relax, make use of the free WiFi, and have some food and drinks without having to go outside, if you don’t want to.

According to the website, there is a self-catering kitchen.  I didn’t realise that so I didn’t see it and can’t comment on it.

Location

It’s very central and in a fantastic location.  It’s just down the road from the Cavern Club and close to all the shops, bars, restaurants, train station, and the waterfront.  It’s only about a 5 minute walk from the Liverpool Lime Street train station.  I have marked the hostel, train station, car park, and Mathew Street (where the Cavern Club is situated) on the map.

Reception

There is a 24-hour reception, which I really like.  That means someone from the hostel is available at all times, if needed.   The staff are very helpful but it would have been good to have a bit more information on check-in.  For example, I wasn’t told where breakfast would be or that there was a communal kitchen.

Hoax front

Verdict

It’s a great place to stay for a number of reasons: The location, it’s extremely clean, breakfast is included, it’s great value for money, and the beds are really comfy.  It has everything you need plus some extras.  One nice surprise on arrival was a voucher for a free tea or coffee.  I used it for a herbal tea on my last night there.  There are free ear plugs if you need them and don’t have your own and… they’re pink!

There are various events on different nights of the week at HOPSKOTCH Street Kitchen and Bar or the HATCH, which is downstairs.  I attended the first pudding night, which was on the first Monday of December.  The puddings were fab but it takes some doing to eat 5 puddings in one night.  Believe me, I tried!

Hoax extras

The only other thing to mention is, if you bring your car, you have to factor in the cost of parking.  I parked in Queen’s Square car park.  It cost £12.50 to park my car there for 24 hours.  As I was in Liverpool for two nights, it cost me a total of £25.00 to park.  You might be able to find cheaper parking but it might not be as close or secure.  This particular car park is safe and secure as it is staffed 24 hours a day and has CCTV.

Disclaimer

I was a guest of HOAX Liverpool for two nights.  I have done my utmost to be honest and open in my review of the hostel.  If you would like more information about this hostel in Liverpool or would like to book, you can do so on their website.  If you would like to see other reviews about the hostel, you can have a look at what others have said on one of the booking sites, like HostelBookers.

Have your say

What do you think about the hostel?  If you’ve stayed there, what did you think?

About the author

Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.

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