We stayed here in February 2012, and were very disappointed. We stay in Blackpool quite frequently, and thought we would try the imperial for a change. The imperial looks very grand and impressive from the outside, but looks can be deceiving.
Our room was so cold I had to wear a fleece. One good thing was the shower was very powerful, and the bathroom itself was nice, but the bath was short, too short for anyone really.
Dinner was the major issue. We were quite looking forward to dinner. We went to the restaurant and found a very large room, with approximately 20-30 tables. Only two or three tables had people at them, so the room was 80-90percent empty. Yet when we asked for a table for two we were told the restaurant was full? ? To which we were amazed, and questioned the fact that the room was empty. We were still turned away and it was suggested that we eat at the bar. We thought - ok - it will still be the same kitchen - so we made our way to the bar. My girlfriend had pie and chips, which was ok. I had fish and chips - and was amazed with what arrived. It looked like they had been to Iceland and got a fish and chip dinner out of the freezer section. Truly awful. For dessert - ice cream. When we ordered the ice cream we were asked what flavour ice cream we would like. We asked what flavours they had - and they didn't know? In the end we got two bowls of ice cream that you would expect to get at a children's birthday party - not what you would expect at a 'grand looking' hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The four-star Imperial Hotel Blackpool dominates the North Promenade and was one of the first hotels the Victorians built in the new seaside resort of Blackpool.Everything Blackpool has to offer is right on your doorstep and it’s a great base for exploring the surrounding region. Venture out to discover unspoilt beaches on the Fylde Coast and Cumbria’s picturesque lakes and mountains.This stunning Victorian Blackpool hotel boasts 180 modern bedrooms, 9 of which are stunning suites with sea views, it also has an indoor pool and the No.10 bar, which has served drinks to many British Prime Ministers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Imperial Hotel Blackpool
- Barcelo Blackpool