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The Chimes on the Sea
Ranked #396 of 858 Blackpool B&B and Inns
Croydon, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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“terrible place to stay”
Reviewed 11 August 2011

i turned up early sfter being shunted here when the hotel next door messed my booking up , they unfortunatley didn't book me in here like they said they would so i had to go through the process of booking in with a very disinterested manager. No breakfast next morning a cold shower a room that wasn't cleaned very shabby bar glad i didn't go in there. The only good thing about this hotel is that when it rained i didn't get wet!
This hotel just matches the rest of the town , shabby , overpriced and run down , don't stay here you'll only be dissapointed!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 August 2011

We arrived at the hotel a few hours earlier than the check-in time hoping we could park our car in the carpark (as advertised) for the hotel but when we pulled up there there were only 2 car parking spaces, and they were both taken. So we went in to speak to the proprietor, who looked dirty and very unwelcoming. He told us that the spaces were not going to be available and the nearest carpark was a 10 minute walk away at one of the councils public ones.

We checked into the room at about 6PM after going to the Pleasure Beach, we had booked and paid for two sea-view rooms, neither of which turned out to be what we had paid for! One of the rooms had a view of a brick wall (the side of the adjacent hotel) and the bins and the other had a view of another hotel too (not a hint or sniff of the sea). The hotel was very dated, awfully decorated and smelt like an old-peoples home.

The hotel is advertised as having a hotel bar with pool table ect., we went down to use the hotel bar in the evening before going for a meal, but when we went down the proprietor told us that due to losing his license for alcohol, that we would have to go to the shop around the corner and make sure we got a receipt (load of rubbish, more than likely this was some sort of elaborate tax scam!).

There were only two positive things about the hotel were that the beds were very comfortable and the full-english cooked breakfast! The negatives - everything else!

We paid £60 for each double room (totalling £120) which was far from representative of the standard of the hotel! We would have been slightly more accepting had the price been half the price, as we saw a number of hotels for around half the price that looked much nicer.

Stay away!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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St Helens, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 August 2011

Having arrived at this hotel we found it absoloutly apalling. The first morning we awoke the dining room was closed due staff neglegance and management was no where to be found. We had to pay for breakfast elsewere. Not only was the staff unwelcoming they are also not liscened to sell alchol in the so-called bar as stated.
The interior decour of the hotel is damp and dated, there was even water dripping through the cracks in bedroom window frame.
I honestly would not recomend this hotel to anyone who looking for a pleasant break.
Janet and John.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 July 2011

had a nice stay at this hotel great sea view room , room nice could do with a bit more attention, but very comfy, breakfast was nice would stay again dave and sheila.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 April 2011

I had the best time ever I felt very welcome easy to get to everything and most of all the staff where very polite and welcoming had such a funny time in the bar and I felt it nice the staff joined in with us they r so easy to get along with I'll be going back 2 more times this year and I will not be staying anywhere else but the chimes hotel :0)

  • Stayed April 2011
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Reviewed 18 April 2011

A lovely place and quality service, the place was ran by Dave & Debbie and although only took over this year you felt they had been doing it for years, There friendly personality made the difference between it being just another B&B and felt more like home and for fry up enthusiasts the breakfast is a must, hoping to be back there in the summer.

  • Stayed April 2011
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swindon
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Reviewed 11 April 2011

Great services, the staff were very helpful and friendly breakfast was amazing, the hotel was very clean we will be going again. thank you for a lovely break

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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Property: The Chimes on the Sea
Address: 265 Promenade, Blackpool FY1 6AH, England (Formerly The Chimes Hotel)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Lancashire > Blackpool
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Ranked #396 of 858 B&Bs / Inns in Blackpool
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Chimes on the Sea 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Chimes Hotel is newly refurbished & is ideally located on promenade which offers stunning sea views & comprises of 15 beautifully decorated en-suite bedrooms open all year round. Our Hotel sits in between the Blackpool tower & pleasure beach so offering you the perfect base to explore Promenade, Town center, Central pier, Winter Gardens theater, Coral Island & all famous local amenities & night life. Chimes Hotel is perfectly placed in central Blackpool to offer you the base from where to explore Blackpool's renowned attractions. Whether you are up for Ballroom dancing, excited about Blackpool tower's magnetism, fancy Circus or Magic shows, irresistible to shopping or eating, thrilled about rides, fanatic to movies, craving for night life or just plan as you go, our hotel suits your needs. We are happy to accommodate guests from all walks of life, so whether you're a couple, a family, a solo traveler or a group of friends, you'll be afforded the very best service in town. We offer all guests the same warm welcome and trademark hospitality whatever time of the year you visit may it be bank holidays, summer kids' holidays, Illuminations or Christmas and New Year Breaks. To make sure we provide the ideal break in Blackpool to our guests, we have a range of 15 fantastically appointed, spotlessly clean & a variety of Double, Twin, Family, Single en-suite & standard bedrooms which provide breath-taking glittering views of Blackpool tower & a very good night's sleep. In the morning you'll have the option of the cooked breakfast and our family lounge offers real comfort as well as a choice of meals on order. All our rooms are decorated on a Blanche white scheme with a golden touch. Guests are provided with fresh white crisp linens, towels & toiletries. A colored television with free view channels, tea coffee making facilities are equipped in each room. High Speed internet is available through out Hotel. Hair driers, iron and ironing boards are also available upon request. ... more   less 
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