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Lively, fun-loving Liverpool is home to some of the UK's most legendary pubs and bars, which spread out between the Cavern Quarter and the Ropewalks, along streets laden with Neo-Gothic architecture and old industrial buildings. If you're looking for somewhere vibrant to stay in the buzzing heart of the city, a hostel in Liverpool could be the way to go. The real bonus of these sorts of establishments is the atmosphere they offer, touting on-site pubs, happy hour deals and plenty of likeminded globetrotters to make friends with. On top of that, rates will usually be well below par, thanks to cheap and cheerful amenities and sleeping arrangements – think multi-bed dorm rooms and shared bathrooms.
Before booking your hostel in Liverpool, it's worth having a think about precisely what sort of accommodation you're after. There's not just one of these wallet-friendly stays – there are several. Liverpool packs in design hostels – places steeped in quirky art and interesting architectural features – and YHA-accredited establishments, boutique hostels with swish rooms and bargain hostels that focus on the basics to get rates even lower. The upshot is that some are perfect for fly-in visitors looking for a bargain bed, while others might be suited to groups or solo travellers eager for a place with a little of that Liverpudlian edge and character to it.
The top-rated options on the line up of hostels in Liverpool tend to offer just that – something a little unusual and out of the ordinary. You could find them housed in Neo-Gothic buildings in the heart of the city. Or, you might catch them huddled with the bohemian pubs of the Ropewalks, packed with thought-provoking installations and touches – a vintage phone box here, an exposed-brick wall there, stencilled murals scrawled across the bedroom walls. And there's lots more that makes hostels in Liverpool stand out. Take the nightlife – many have their own bars or communal sitting areas for sipping English ales and sharing travel tales. Then there's the 24/7 receptions, allowing late check in, early check out, and a whole host of extras, like bike rentals, organised walking tours and excursion booking.
One of the great things about opting to pick a hostel in Liverpool is the central location that's all but guaranteed by these stays. You shouldn't have to fork out loads to settle somewhere like the Hatters Hostel, for example. On top of its uber-cool interiors of brick-clad walls, blackboards and vintage road signs, it's got a fine spot just streets away from the buzzing Ropewalks area. That's arguably the hottest nightlife district, with plenty of English pubs, quirky dance bars and live music venues waiting for the budding partier, not to mention the soy-sizzling cookhouses of Chinatown for any foodies. For meeting and mingling with other travellers, the vibrant lounges of the Euro Hostel Liverpool could be perfect. That's also right in the midst of the foot-stomping Cavern Quarter, where you'll be able to trace the legacy of Fab Four in the immersive Beatles Museum and the legendary Cavern Club itself.