Planning a city break in Liverpool? You'll need a hotel, hostel or apartment to stay in. Whether you're organising a short break on a budget, or fancy splashing out on a fabulous five-star spa hotel, you'll find the right weekend retreat here, in our guide to the best places to stay in Liverpool.

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1. Pullman Liverpool

Where: Liverpool Docks

Rooms: From £86* per room per night

There are only a handful of hotels on Liverpool's waterfront, and this is one of the finest. Albert Dock, the Echo Arena and the Convention Centre and Exhibition Centre are all just a short walk from the property. The hotel's brasserie, Duke's, is the ideal spot for a pre-show drink or dinner, but if you're in Liverpool on business, you'll find two spacious meeting rooms in this hotel, both of which look out onto the spectacular dockside area.

Pullman Liverpool

2. Hotel Indigo Liverpool

Where: Chapel Street

Rooms: From £76 per room per night

Upgrade your visit to Liverpool by checking into this glamorous hotel, which can be found on buzzing Chapel Street in the city centre. Its stylish decor - exposed brickwork and subtle lighting - will appeal if you're on the hunt for a chilled-out base for your city break in Liverpool. And you won't need to go far to enjoy the city's finest cuisine, because the hotel's Cotton Lounge serves up some of Liverpool's sexiest cocktails, and the in-house restaurant is the award-winning Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill. If you're coming to Liverpool for the shopping, you'll be pleased to know this is one of the closest hotels to the Liverpool One retail and leisure complex.

Hotel Indigo Liverpool

3. Malmaison Liverpool

Where: Docklands

Rooms: From £95 per room per night

If you're looking for a hotel in Liverpool with a fantastic view, put this one at the top of your list. While the Malmaison brand isn't necessarily synonymous with 'budget', Liverpool's Malmaison hotel offers great value for money. Located next to the historic Liver Building, it has 130 rooms, all of which offer beautiful views over either the Mersey or the city. And you'll be just a short walk from Liverpool's main attractions, whether you're keen to brush up on your knowledge of the Fab Four at the nearby Beatles Experience, or fancy hitting the shops at the sleek Liverpool One retail complex. Our tip? Book the hotel's Cocktail Afternoon Tea - highlights include the chocolate-dusted orange brûlée and a particularly delicious elderflower tea-infused gin and tonic.

Malmaison Liverpool

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4. 30 James Street

Where: Albert Dock

Rooms: From £137 per room per night

This beautiful grade II-listed building is known as the home of the Titanic, because it's housed in what was once the headquarters of the White Star Line. Its recent restoration saw it transformed into a luxurious, 64-room boutique hotel, complete with a spa and what's regarded as one of Liverpool's best rooftop bars. Rooms (or cabins as they're known at 30 James Street) have been designed with the grandeur of the famous ship in mind - you'll find elaborate chandeliers, antique globes and furniture bearing the shipping line's iconic logo.

30 James Street

5. Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa

Where: Formby

Rooms: From £145 per room per night

If staying in Liverpool's city centre isn't an essential, this luxurious resort might just be the solution - you'll get all the perks of a five-star hotel for a fraction of the price, but the city is still easily accessible. The enormous spa offers a wide range of Thai-themed treatments, and there's an award-winning golf course if you're inclined to channel your inner Rory McIlroy. There are three restaurants and bars, but our favourite is the Java Lounge - head here for a caffeine fix and a slice of one of the delicious cakes.

Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa

6. The Shankly Hotel

Where: Victoria Street

Rooms: From £160 per room per night

Themed hotels can often be pretty naff, but the Shankly Hotel is an exception. Inspired by former Liverpool football club boss Bill Shankly, the property, which opened in 2015, has some seriously impressive memorabilia (including a pair of the football legend's boots in reception and notable, framed quotes in the bedrooms), 57 spacious rooms and a gorgeous rooftop bar. Recent additions include a sprawling conference space, and the hotel's location - in the centre of the city - certainly makes it ideal if you're in town on business.

The Shankly Hotel

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7. Hope Street Hotel

Where: Hope Street

Rooms: From £150 per room per night

This stunning property was Liverpool's first boutique hotel, and it remains one of the city's most stylish places to stay. Check into Hope Street and you'll find huge bathtubs, REN toiletries, champagne chillers and Egyptian cotton. There are 80 rooms, including seven suites and two penthouses, and once you've explored Liverpool's best bits you can take advantage of the hotel's enormous DVD library. For ultimate cosiness, opt for suite 406, which has a sloping roof, exposed beams and a wooden bathtub. Sounds odd but it works, trust us.

Hope Street Hotel

8. Epic Apart Hotel

Where: Seel Street

Rooms: From £242 per apartment per night

Any accommodation with the word "epic" in the name is surely going to be pretty darn cool, and that's before you consider this property's brilliant location on Seel Street, otherwise known as Liverpool's hippest 'hood. Step into one of these fully-serviced apartments and you'll find living spaces which look like they belong in an interior design magazine. The majority of the apartments are open-plan, making them ideal if you're on a getaway with friends, and features such as wet rooms and White Company toiletries add to the air of luxury. But they're also great bases for couples and families - cots and fold-out beds are available on request.

Epic Apart Hotel, Liverpool

9. Signature Living Serviced Apartments

Where: Liverpool City Centre

Rooms: From £350 per apartment per night

Billed as Liverpool's ultimate party palace, these serviced apartments are stylish and sexy. This isn't the place for fans of minimalism - expect James Bond murals on the walls, vast expanses of crushed velvet and wet rooms bigger than the average London apartment. But if you're heading to Liverpool for a weekend with friends, it's the perfect base. In fact, there's little reason to leave, because several of the apartments come with their very own dance floor. And then there's the 10-person bathtub, secret vault, indoor pool....

Signature Living Serviced Apartments

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*Published March 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only, for stays in March, and are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.

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