This weekend saw a very rare occurrence. Mr C & I had a night away together, child-free and synchro free in a posh hotel! Last December I went along to the WI Central Liverpool Christmas Party and won the raffle. Seriously, this is super rare – I’m normally the sort to not win a prize even when there’s more prizes than people. My prize was a night’s B&B at Jury’s Inn Liverpool.
I will admit I thought we would never actually get to use the voucher, synchro & other sporting commitments plus not wanting to ask babysitters for non-essential outings make nights out never mind going away as rare as hens teeth. The voucher expiry date loomed ever closer though and it seemed like all the stars aligned to actually make this night happen. (What I actually mean is Violet flew to Austria with school on Saturday morning, and a hell of a lot of other people helped out with the other 2!)
I don’t think Jury’s Inn Liverpool were too chuffed that we chose a Saturday night at the start of half term for our night but beggars can’t be choosers. Jury’s Inn Head Office were super helpful though and assured us that an executive room would be waiting for us on arrival.
And oh wow, it was fab! I knew that we were right by the Albert Docks but hadn’t given a second thought to how spectacular our view would be. A corner room at the top of the building gave us views of the Echo Arena, the docks themselves, The Liver Buildings and so close to the Liverpool Big Wheel. I’ve lived 30 minutes away from Liverpool all my life and have visited the Albert Dock hundreds of times but that view was still so special. I can really appreciate why people go to Liverpool for their holidays.
The hotel itself was busy but not uncomfortably so. The Timbersports World Championships had finished just that afternoon in the arena next door and many competitors were also staying at Jury’s Inn. I have never seen as many enormous men in my life! Lovely to see so many competitors and supporters from different countries socialising.
So back to our room. We were tempted never to leave – We’d brought a posh bottle of champers left over from Mr C’s 40th birthday earlier this year and relaxed watching the world go by below with a glass each and a packet of Revels. We know how to live life on the edge!
But we did eventually manage to drag ourselves away and head into Liverpool City Centre. A short walk (17 minutes in heels) by the Docks and we were in the Water Street/Brunswick Street area where we experimented with cocktails in The Alchemist (We weren’t the oldest by a long way, Yay!) and then onwards to Mowgli that we had booked during the week. No pictures taken there other than this one of me with a Battenburg Cocktail.
Breakfast in the morning was as you would expect from a hotel like this. Served until 11.30am made for a fabulous child-free lie in. A decent selection of fresh fruit (Watermelon, oranges, fruit salad), cereals and the compulsory Full English to soak up those cocktails. Happy to report that the hash browns were crispy, the bacon was divine but black pudding was sadly notable by its absence.
A 12pm checkout seemed a popular choice as many people were leaving at the same time but reception handled everyone swiftly. Our car park was less than 5 minutes walk away (even with achey feet from those heels the previous night) at a price of £15 for 24 hours. This is a great price for anyone wishing to walk to the City Centre shops – Its a bit of a walk but better than paying a minimum of £9 extra to use the Liverpool One car park.
We headed home to our little one slightly weary due to our inability to hold our drink anymore but oh so glad that we made the most of our lucky raffle ticket! Thanks to WI Liverpool for arranging the Christmas party last year and to Jury’s Inn for providing our prize.