Double Tree by Hilton Hotel and Spa Liverpool is a restored city central 19th century building with grand staircases, mosaic flooring and Corinthian columns. Modern features include The Eforea Spa, designed to take guests on a journey through several spa 'spaces'. The spa facilities include relaxation and vitality pools, aroma steam room and salt rock sauna. Guests are welcomed into an Arrival Lounge and then taken to the Changing Lounge, a space for preparing for treatments and with access to changing rooms and 'grooming units'. A Transition Lounge makes for a tranquil rest prior to or inbetween treatments, and a Thermal Lounge contains the heat facilities. Treatments happen in the Therapy Lounge, with signature packages also defined by 'journeys' and inspired by local therapies.
- Spa relaxation pool with mini hydro jets
- Poolside loungers and spa Mezzanine
- Heated vitality pool
- Aroma steam room
- Salt rock sauna
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Eforea Spa is in the heart of the vibrant city of Liverpool, just on the edge of the business district. The spa is part of the Liverpool Doubletree Hilton Hotel which occupies a grand Victorian Portland stone building.
Inside, tall stone doorways and pillars, original Victorian stained glass and mosaic floors merge tastefully with clean modern lines, subdued tones of grey, and careful lighting. The grandeur of the building contrasts with the wonderfully friendly staff who lifted our spirits on a wet and grey day.
What's on offer?
The city-centre spa is small but, through some ingenuity and careful design, they've packed a lot in. You can get to the spa through the hotel or via a street entrance.
Spa reception is dimly lit with a dark wooden floor and giant aqua Eforea sign. Next door is a sitting room with a flickering feature fire surrounded by sofas and armchairs. This is the social hub of the spa with product testers, magazines, and tea, coffee and soft drinks to help yourself to. You can also eat lunch here. The treatment rooms, wet and thermal facilities, and relaxation room are downstairs.
The changing rooms are quite small but didn't get busy during our visit. They have plenty of seating, large lockers, three showers, three loos and lots of towels when you're ready to dry off. The changing rooms are well stocked with Elemis products to try.
At the centre of the wet area is a ten-metre pool with bubbling air-jets at one end and two powerful swan pipes. There are two experience showers poolside, and comfortable seating and loungers. The area is lit with very white lighting that feels almost like daylight, even though you're underground. Tucked in the corner is a spacious vitality pool; it's slightly separate from the rest of the wet area, making it feel private and relaxing.
When you're ready to chill out, head to the relaxation room or "transition" room. While hotel guests and health-club members can use the wet facilities, the transition room is exclusively for spa-goers, so it's very quiet. It's a calm, cocooning space, with subdued lighting and muted colours. Loungers and armchairs are thoughtfully placed and you can help yourself to magazines, blankets, fruit-infused water and an endless supply of home-made chocolate cookies.
Joyfully, the relaxation room is also a library! The large collection of books features Liverpool's cultural heritage from Cilla Black to the Beatles, Everton and Liverpool football clubs, and the maritime era when the city traded across the world.
Tell us about the treatments
We had the Liverpool Bliss Signature Treatment (75 minutes, £80) which was created by Elemis for Eforea Spa.
Emma, my therapist, met me in the relaxation room and took me to our treatment room. She asked me what I wanted to get out of the treatment, and I decided I wanted to feel revived. She then offered me three different oils to smell, explaining that my body would choose what I most needed. I went for the balancing rosewood oil.
Emma stepped out of the room as I took off my robe and got on to the wide heated treatment bed. She began the treatment with an exfoliating body brush, then massaged me with the warm rosewood oil using long, calming strokes, rather than deeper muscle work. With the heat of the bed and the soothing effect of the massage, I was slowly drifting off when Emma wrapped me up in a plastic sheet and a warm towel. She massaged my scalp while the oils worked their way into my skin.
I rinsed off the oil in the shower and settled back down on the warm treatment bed. Emma finished the body element applying a moisturiser to my skin.
Next was the facial. Emma cleansed my skin with a very fresh creamy cleanser, toned, and applied a finishing moisturiser. My skin was noticeably softer and I felt like I was glowing inside and out.
Eforea Spa offers Elemis facials, wraps and scrubs, massages, and Jessica manicures and pedicures. Try the Musclease AromaSpa Ocean Wrap for him or the delicious-sounding Exotic Frangipani Body Cocoon.
If you're visiting for a spa day, you can eat lunch in your robe in the fire-lit lounge or you can dress and head to the main hotel restaurant. Lunch is a simple menu with home-made soups, freshly-made sandwiches, house burgers or salads. Be tempted by one of the indulgent puddings! We tried the home-made hummus and pitta bread, followed by a chicken Caesar salad -- a perfectly light lunch for a spa day.
If you're staying overnight, you can try the Koukash Bar and Restaurant: a very elegant affair that reflects the hotel's origins as a conservative gentleman's club. Modern British cuisine is on the menu with steaks, Welsh lamb, and fish and chips.
We loved / we didn't love
The bubbly vitality pool and the scent of berries in the steam room: The thermal facilities are a lovely surprise for a city-centre spa.
The transition room's soporific ambience and its library of books about Liverpool.
The attentive and helpful staff: They were great at anticipating our needs, before we even realised we had them!
We didn't love
Having our rosy glow interrupted with the reality of fire doors and space restrictions. While the spa is well designed and uses the limited space well, the flow of movement is broken by the legal necessity of fire doors.
Who do you think would like it?
Eforea Spa is perfect for solo spa-goers. The spa is quiet and peaceful with plenty to do, especially catching up on your reading.
Business travellers who want some relaxation time. The city-centre hotel is well equipped with wifi and meeting rooms, but schedule in some spa time...
Liverpool tourists: The spa would pair beautifully with a morning of shopping or seeing the sights. When you're tired from walking, Eforea Spa will pick you back up again.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We gave Eforea Spa a Good Spa Guide Rating of Five Bubbles. The treatments were excellent, and we fell in love with the wonderful relaxation room. The warm, friendly and attentive staff made us feel welcome and cherished. The changing rooms are small; if you're staying at the hotel, you may want to shower and preen in your room.
Light lunches available in the Spa Lounge. The Jean Christophe Novelli at Michelle restaurant in the DoubleTree Hotel serves lunches, dinner and afternoon tea.
Guest rooms at the DoubleTree Liverpool hotel.
Resident times for the spa: Monday–Sunday access 8.00am–9.00pm, £15pp
Non-residents times for the spa: Monday–Sunday access 8.00am–9.00pm, £25pp