We thought we would take a bit of a roadtrip from home on the South coast, around the Midlands and finish up In Blackpool for a few days beforeheading South again. It was a bit tricky picking the right place for us to stay as neither of us has ever been to Blackpool and we certainly wanted to avoid hen & stag nights out on the town whilst being in a convenient spot.
I happened upon the Big Blue and it ticked all our boxes so we booked 3 nights with breakfast for ourselves and our 7 year old son.
Unlike other reviewers, I wouldn't say the place looked tatty on the outside at all, far from it. Being indeed big and blue it was very easy to find too! The carpark did seem rather full but we found a space without much trouble and there the car stayed as you really don't need one to get about in Blackpool.
Check-in was easy and friendly, although we did have to wait until after 3pm to do so but that's quite usual. The room was clean, a good size and above all very comfortable. Our son was delighted with his little room with his own TV and space. Only things to point out here is that the bath/shower water never really seemed to get hotter than just hot and the bath towels were rather on the small side - even the likes of Travelodge have larger towels these days!
The hotel is of course very well located for the Pleasure Beach - infact The Big One whizzes by within what seems like a few feet of the back so you do know when the park is up and running of a morning (and we were on the other side of the building). I don't necessarily see this as a bad thing though - it rather adds to the excitement!
Eating out seemed a bit hit and miss and not many restaurants seem to stay open later than 8 or 9pm so we did eat in the restaurant once. The meal was of a very high standard and the prices about right for what was on offer. The drinks are a little on the pricey side compared to elsewhere locally but the bar is well tended and comfortable. The breakfast was buffet style and of good quality, if a little bit of a bun fight of a morning but the staff managed and organised guests waiting to be seated as best they could. My guess is that when the restaurant was setup, breakfast was not included in the hotel rate so not quite big enough to cater for the number of guests now wanting breakfast.
Location wise, the hotel is pretty much on the seafront with buses, trams and beach access very close to hand. The tram pass which includes buses was £9.50 a day for all 3 of us to travel as much as we liked. We loved the trams - well run and clean with efficient and mostly friendly conductors. You can get to any of the main sightseeing spots on public transport and a walk along the prom is a pleasure in good weather.
We would love to come up to Blackpool again to see the illuminations - overall it was a great few days at a good price and we would recommend to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Big Blue Hotel at Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, where chic, cutting-edge design blends seamlessly with an attention to detail and a level of service that is second to none. This modern, 4-star hotel is perfectly located for a luxury break, business trip or family holiday, with modern accommodation at affordable prices. All 157 bedrooms are designed with wonderful fabrics from Designers Guild and offer luxurious en-suite bedrooms with complimentary WiFi internet access, flat screen televisions with inbuilt freeview, iron/ironing board, tea/coffee making facilities, telephone, hairdryer, heating control, electric shaver point, 24-hour room service, smoke alarms, duvets, power shower, key card access, an integrated air cooling system and DVD players that can also be used as a CD player. The Big Blue offers contemporary family accommodation right next to Pleasure Beach, Blackpool's biggest tourist attraction featuring the UK's only Nickelodeon Land - a new 6 acre area of Pleasure Beach loaded with 12 rides, a Nickelodeon shop, fun game stalls, a new restaurant and home to a whole host of famous Nickelodeon characters. The location is within easy reach of all of Blackpool's main attractions so families are guaranteed to get the most out of their trip. A range of hotel conference facilities are available making the Big Blue an ideal venue for Blackpool conferences and business meetings. The hotel also has complimentary WiFi internet access in all bedrooms, public areas and meeting rooms. Dining at the Big Blue hotel is an unforgettable experience whether it's a lazy cappuccino in the cafe bar or a delicious gourmet meal in Blues Bar and Brasserie. Children can create their own fresh pizzas while parents can choose from an extensive menu designed with a European feel using only fresh, local produce. Sink into a soft leather armchair and enjoy a long cool drink after a day on the rides or sip a Big Blue cocktail at the bar and just simply people watch. It's up to you. Stay over in a Deluxe Suite and enjoy pure luxury with fresh flowers, champagne on ice and chocolates in your room....just some of the special touches we offer (additional charges apply). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Big Blue Blackpool
- Big Blue Hotel Blackpool
- Hotel Big Blue
- Big Blackpool Blue Hotel