I understand that a review is always based on the experience and standards of the reviewer but really cant understand the #6 ranking this hotel is currently at. Granted there are some excellent points but they are overshadowed by the bad ones.
We had not booked and were just walk in customers, the hotel has great kerb appeal which is why we went there. When we walked in it smelt clean and looked clean and well fitted in the public rooms. The staff we met were extremely friendly and very helpful, especially when it came to a room change which I will come to in a minute. Breakfast was good, unlimited toast and a quite nice cooked breakfast, although I agree with other reviewers about the deep fried bread. The lift was very welcome as stairs do pose a problem for me.
With hindsight I should have asked to see the room before we paid but I was lulled into a false sense of security by the cleanliness and state of the public areas. The first room was very tatty, the bathroom smelt and there was toothpaste smeared down the bathroom door. The deal breaker was the bed, it was a 2 part divan base with a mattress over the top, fairly standard but 2 of the wheels off the upper part of the base were missing, creating a 3" lip between the 2 parts.I really cant understand how the housekeeper didnt notice it when the bed was made up. No way could I sleep on that so back to reception we went.
The second bedroom was a double with 2 singles, I would not have wanted to sleep in either of the singles, they were so narrow. The double was adequate but not the most comfortable bed, it didnt help that it was below a single glazed window and it was cold outside. We had to tuck up the curtains and put our coats against them to stop the draft. The bathroom didnt look clean at all, black mould round the shower. The decor looked as though it was a throwback to the 70's and there was a broken light fitting over the bed. Had we been staying longer the lack of a wardrobe/hanging space would have been an issue..
The only other place I have stayed in Blackpool is The Imperial Hotel and that was many years ago so it may well be that The Beechfield is representative of whats generally on offer there. Overall I would say that this could be a great place to stay but would require a great deal of investment and remodeling of the bedrooms but if the majority of their revenue comes from Stag and Hen parties I dont think they will bother.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come to The Beechfield for a warm Northern welcome! Situated in the town centre of Blackpool, we are only a short stroll to The Winter Gardens, Grand Theatre, Hounds Hill Shopping Centre and The Iconic Blackpool Tower.Our extensive car park caters for cars, coaches, vans and mini buses for the duration of your stay and we even offer to leave your vehicle with us on day of departure to make the most of your final day in Blackpool. All our en-suite rooms have 22" flat screen TVs, tea and coffee making facilities, free Wi-Fi and lift access. We offer ground floor rooms, smoking and non smoking rooms and late-check-outs (£10 per room) ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beechfield Hotel Blackpool