So I have this thing about trawling through Groupon and Holiday Pirates to find budget, ace, last minute deals, and decided Liverpool could be a cool place to visit on the cheap.
It seemed a cool idea because it was the European Capital of Culture in 2008 (and the UK won’t be celebrating that accolade again, will it?!); that it’s not so far from Manchester; and they have super accents there.
Attempting to stick to the cheap theme we did the essentials in the least expensive way:
Cocoon Pod Liverpool – budget central accommodation
Cocoon said that they have developed a “conceptual, innovative, budget boutique pod hotel… intimate internal cabins,” and “beautifully fitted Ensuite bathrooms with huge rose head rain showers.”
It cost less than £30 for the night, it was clean and it was central. Like many budget hotels, there was no windows. This isn’t really a problem when you’re not going to spend much time at the hotel anyway.
Until you need a wee in the night.
The rooms aren’t large. But I did manage to get completely lost in it in the dark. There is zero light pollution once the lights are off. All I really remember from the situation was huffing “I’ve never been so lost in such a small room!”. I mean look how far it is from one end of the room to the other! My mum said this is why she and my dad always have a torch with them, and mother is always right!
We liked the Cocoon, but ‘beautifully fitted’ to bathroom is a bit of an oversell. It was clean and had a toilet, sink (that I was incapable of operating the plug of), and shower that I couldn’t seem to change from anything other than freezing.
As a proper Brit I was very pleasantly surprised that there was a kettle and cups with tea and instant coffee to use!
By the way, I booked through Expedia because it was the same price as direct but also offered a bit of cashback through Quidco (and it is always worth checking that your airline, hotels, tours and tickets are on Quidco as you can get some great incentives).
We travelled by National Express, which cost just £20.80 for the two of us. In fact, National Express also had a Quidco cashback offer too. Winning!