The Embassie Hostel in Liverpool is exactly what I think of when I think of a classic backpackers hostel. This property is family run by a father and son team who are very friendly and incredibly helpful. The hostel itself, doesn’t exactly show any signs of flash feels, but is very comfortable; it is defintely a home away from home type of accommodation. That being said, it lacks a bit of the pop that the chain hostels have. However, I’ll take family run joint over a chain hostel any day of the week.
I don’t really have anything to complain about when it comes to the rooms, other than the fact that they don’t have lockers. I’m beginning, however, to score this as a bonus for a hostel that has lockers rather than as a knock against ones that don’t. The only true annoyance with the rooms is the fact that the nearest bathroom and showers for the men are in the basement, which means that if you have to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and you’re on the top floor you have to climb down 3 flights of stairs to the basement for a wee. I would like to see another small toilet installed somewhere else.
The bathroom issue comes up again, but really other than a lack of too many showers everything is great. There is a huge kitchen, an area with free toast, snacks, and drinks all day. There is a bit of a man cave in the basement with a pool table and a big screen TV to watch the football each night. On top of it all, the building has a whole lot of character. There is also free wifi and a computer to use if you don’t have your own with you.
The owner, Kevin, is one of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. On top of that, he is also one of the most knowledgeable and is packed with information about Liverpool and the area. In fact, he’ll even take you on a free “Beatles” walking tour of the city if you’re around on Thursday, which is a great way to kick off a Thursday night. The rest of the staff too follows his lead and are as friendly and personable as you’ll ever meet. A quick stay here and you’ll start to feel like a member of their family almost immediately.
As I suppose is always the case with location, whether the placement of embassies is good or bad thing could easily be argued. The hostel is a little bit out of the town center and will mean a 20-minute walk to get downtown or to the docks. However, the quite neighbourhood full of old Victorian houses is also very charming and makes for a nice place to stay. In my opinion, I don’t mind the location at all. However, I understand that some people might prefer something closer.
When it comes down to it, I think in Liverpool you have to decide whether you want the hostel chain experience or a personal one. Myself, I’d stay at a place like Embassies over the chains at every given opportunity.
Final Score: 86.25
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