May 2019. I try to be as creative and interesting as possible when it comes to my accommodation reviews. But unfortunately life as a travel blogger can’t all be like my amazing stay at Park Hyatt Tokyo earlier this year. Sometimes you just have to muck in and go for the real budget stuff because a) I don’t want people to think I’m some smug, monied flashpacker and b) for the most part I’m not a smug, monied flashpacker! Having sampled both mid and top range accommodation during my stay in Liverpool, for my last night I decided to go back to basics and take a bunk bed in a dorm. Enter Hatters Hostel, where a bed in a mixed dormitory can go for as little as £12 a night.
May 2019. Situated right in the heart of Liverpool city centre on Mount Pleasant, Hatters Hostel sprung up in 2009 from the abandoned carcass of Liverpool YMCA Building, which dates back to 1846. In fact, this was the world’s first custom built YMCA and if you gaze up at its exterior from across the road you can clearly pick out the white tiles that spell out The Liverpool Young Mens Christian Association.
May 2019. In the lobby there’s even a grand, and if truth be told, sinister looking painting of YMCA founder George Williams. With lots of hanging bowler hats, because you know, Hatters Hostel. Prior to my trip I’d read that Mad Hatters have a reputation for cancelling reservations at the eleventh hour due to overbooking. And there are plenty of irate TripAdvisor reviewers to back this up! Luckily for me there were no such shenanigans and at reception I was swiftly checked in by a Spanish fella, who also offered me one of his mini donuts. Don’t mind if I do.
May 2019. Hatters Hostel has a huge common room with a study corner, lounge area and a bar at the back from which their famous £5 breakfasts are served. I didn’t get around to sampling their brekky, but I can confirm that it all looked and smelled top notch. And guess what, the complimentary WIFI actually works!
Having dumped my suitcase in the massive luggage room, I decided to bypass the rickety, turtle-speed elevator and take the stairs up to my dorm on the third floor. There’s a really relaxed vibe throughout Hatters Hostel and they miss no opportunity for a bit of traditional British humour.
I can’t fault my Hatters Hostel dorm. The place was clean, not too boxy, the provided locker was functional and they’d given me a lower bunk as I’d requested when I booked online. But of course, this being a hostel, some twat had chosen to ignore the fact that he’d been allocated a top bunk and simply stole my lower bed. The aforementioned twat was also in the bed at the time of my arrival, sweet wrappers and underwear peppering the duvet. In any case this turned out to be another opportunity for Mad Hatters to shine and when I returned to reception to fill them in on my bed intruder, Señor Receptionist transferred me to another room, no questions asked. You can’t ask for more than that.
Installed in my new dorm, I was keen to start peppering my own bed with unsightly items, in order to eliminate the possibility of another invasion. And then it was time for a shower and again, Mad Hatters gets a big thumbs up for facilities, cleanliness and humour.
My sleep that night at Hatters Hostel was good… until that is my dormmates returned drunk at 3:00 in the morning. Once again, this is no fault of Hatters Hostel, it’s simply what happens nine times out of ten when you stay in a dorm. On came the lights, half an hour of faffing around bashing this and whacking that. And then, the final insult, a carefree twenty minute chat about their tedious night out from across the bunks. What can I say, I really liked Hatters Hostel, but next time I’ll bite the bullet and pay for a private room! For more info on these guys, check out their website!
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