The Imperial presents an impressive facade on the quieter North Shore of Blackpool's seafront. Unfortunately when you go behind the facade the picture is very different. The hotel's website prefaces the description of each of its room types with the wording "Retaining the charm and character of the hotel" - well read on and make up your own mind. My room was on the fourth floor, which appears to be shared with staff accommodation. Creaky uneven floors, soap tray in the shower occupied by the previous guest's razor and part-used toiletries, filthy showerhead, mould on the tiles, ill-fitting draughty windows, cobwebs in the lampshade. That was just the inside. The view from my window was over the back of the hotel, revealing broken drainpipes, leaky kitchen extraction, rotting window frames and giving an overall appearance of a building that should be knocked down. It gets worse - I got in the lift with a member of staff who had already pressed the basement button. The doors opened to reveal a tangled mess of wiring coming through a ragged hole in the ceiling and screaming of an electrical fault waiting to happen. It beggars belief that members of the public should be allowed anywhere near the place, let alone being asked to pay for the privilege. The best thing that could happen to this place is a demolition contractor's wrecking ball.
- 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