Heywood House Hotel, Liverpool
We all love a voucher but do we always get the quality we expect when we use that? We’ve found with hotels that we’re quite often left disappointed.
That cannot be said about the Heywood House Hotel in Liverpool. The only downside is no onsite parking but a lot of people travel to Liverpool by train and we were lucky and managed to park opposite the hotel in a reasonably priced on street ticket.
Our sat nav was really good but I missed the turning onto Fenwick Street. If this happens just take the next left turning which will take you on the back of James Street Station and come back round the one way system.
The entrance to the hotel is understated and simple from the road leading onto a nice bright reception area. The lady on reception was lovely, very helpful and always there! She was there again the next day though she did stress she had been home during the night. She was a credit to the hotel.
Our room was upgraded on arrival to a plush room. Not sure about the velvet style chair and bedthrow but presuming this helped to designate it as a plush room. There were also extras such as bathrobes and facecloths in the room.
A clean and well designed room and bathroom. There was a Bose docking system in the room, kettle and hospitality tray including biscuits and hot chocolate. Always good to see a hairdryer and Mr C was pleased there was an iron and ironing board to iron his shirt. Unfortunately the iron didn’t work very well.
A good sized tv though a bit annoying that they had BBC Midlands local news? Would have been more helpful to have North West/Liverpool information and weather forecasts.
A nice selection of toiletries in the bathroom, good quality and well sized towels and thick and quilted toilet roll… it’s little things like this that matter! We loved the rubber duck in the corner of the bathroom… was very tempted to take home but we didn’t!
We also loved all the Liverpool photos on the walls around the hotel. We had the Liver Building in our room.
Our offer included a two course meal each. A nice selection of food to choose from. For our starters Mr C had creamed mushrooms on sour dough and I had salmon fishcakes. Both meals were presented well and tasted good. Not much salmon in the fishcakes but still very tasty.
Our main courses were a Thai Curry and the Burger. Again both were presented nicely and tasted very good. The chips were divine, skins on and the burger in ciabatta was good, just missing some cheese but that’s a personal preference. We ordered a side order of onion rings and these were good, not too big, well cooked batter and very tasty and crispy.
The waiting staff were attentive without being annoying and very polite. We also found this with breakfast the next morning. Breakfast was included and was a Smorgasbord and full cooked breakfast with juice and hot drink. The Smorgasbord just had cooked meats and cheese but always nice to have choice. Cereals and yogurts were also available.
All in all this hotel comes highly recommended from us!
The hotel’s website http://www.heywoodhousehotel.co.uk/
Heywood House Hotel
No. 11 Fenwick Street
Tel. 0151 224 1444
Fax. 0151 224 1449
The history of the hotel:
The history behind this Liverpool hotel is very interesting.Founded by two brothers Benjamin and Arthur Heywood, the Heywood’s building was built in 1799 and is Liverpool’s oldest bank building.
Arthur Heywood, born in Ireland in 1716, arrived in Liverpool in 1731 at just 15 years of age. New to the city he took up an apprenticeship with local merchant and M.P. for Liverpool John Hardman where we worked to earn a living.
Ten years later in 1741, Arthur was joined by his brother Benjamin Heywood. Benjamin followed in his brothers footsteps by embarking on an apprenticeship as a merchant for James Crosby, a local merchant and Mayor of Liverpool.
The brothers worked hard as merchants and with various business interests, managed to acquire substantial earnings. Trusted pillars of the community, people in the city began to trust the Heywood brothers to take care of their surplus cash, bear in mind this is before the concept of public banking had even been established.
The banking business took off in 1773 and by 1799 the brothers had purpose built a premises on Castle Street known as The Heywood’s Building or The Heywood’s Bank. In 1774 they built two houses next to each other on Hanover Street which included a tennis court to the rear.
The business was passed down through the generations until finally in 1883, the business was sold to the Bank of Liverpool where it became known as the Heywood’s branch of Bank of Liverpool, retaining its founders name. In 1918 the Bank of Liverpool was dissolved into Martins Bank and the building became known as Heywood’s branch of Martins Bank. In 1969 the same happened again when Martins Bank merged with Barclays PLC.
I have not been asked to write this review or paid to recommend this hotel.