The Shard provided ideal accommodation for my husband and me when we accompanied my son to his first day as a cadet officer at Fleetwood.
The good bits: excellent and friendly service, fabulous and imaginative food using local produce.
The oops: check-in on a Sunday early afternoon was through a very busy bar/restaurant, so we had to wait for about 10 minutes before the wonderful Angela could check us in. The upside: we could see and smell the delicious plates being carried through to diners, so we booked for a late lunch and dinner and we were not disappointed.
Rooms: Basic, but clean and light and airy. We were initially in room 17, a signature room on the second floor, but the noise of the kitchen fans below us was like Chinese Water torture, so we were moved to 21, along the corridor. This room was bigger and like 17 has a fabulous view across the river. Angela, who seems to be a manager, was eager to assist and we were lucky that the hotel was not full, so it was easy to move us.
The tea and coffee set is well equipped to include herbal teas and wrapped biscuits, but there is only one bottle of mineral water available and no glasses. A couple of flimsy plastic cups which are hygiene wrapped are in the ensuite, but are not adequate.
The ensuites in both rooms are basic but functional - roomy showers, no baths. The only toiletries available are a bottle of shower gel/hair wash and hand soap. No shower caps which would have been helpful. 2 bath towels and 2 hand towels which were fine for one night's stay.
Beds - seem to be built into the frames and mattresses are hard,perhaps overly firm. Beds are double - room 21 could have done with a kingsize as there was the space to accommodate it. Also in the room: sofa and flat screen TV. (room 17 had one armchair) No pictures in either room, although one wall is papered with decorative wallpaper, the design of which differs from room to room. Floors are wood, so I would be concerned about noise if I was on the first floor.
Dinner was in the restaurant overlooking the river. My husband had steak which was perfectly cooked to order, while I had slow cooked lamb, again very tasty. Breakfast was a bit of a let down - tinned grapefruit, 'plastic' juice and boxed cereals. However, the cooked section was good - the full English was well presented and according to my husband was very tasty. I had poached eggs which were perfect - and did not taste of vinegar, so often the problem in hotels.
The Shard does not claim to offer anything other than 'modern and comfortable' rooms, and for the price we felt we got extremely good value for money. Every member of staff was courteous and friendly. We will definitely be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With stunning river views, comfortable sleeping and free wifi throughout, the Shard Riverside is the perfect choice for the modern traveller or discerning business guest. Just a stone's throw away from the M55 Motorway yet nestled in Lancashire's finest rolling countryside, the Shard offers a relaxing get-a-way from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Enjoy our riverside restaurant with fabulous views, serving local Bowland Ales and a wide choice of Lancashire dishes all prepared using the best in local produce. Just 10 min drive from the M55 Motorway and 2 miles from Poulton-le-Fylde train station, the Shard Riverside is well connected for the modern day traveler. So if you're staying for one night or more, come and see why guests regard the Shard Riverside as a jewel in the crown on the Fylde Coast. Our 23 bedrooms are clean, comfortable and tastefully decorated with most enjoying stunning, panoramic river views. All rooms have free wifi, plus internet connected TVs for your modern convenience. Rooms range from standard double en suite to luxury signature rooms with guaranteed river views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Shard Riverside
- Shard Riverside Hotel Poulton Le Fylde, Lancashire