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Big Blue Hotel
Ranked #7 of 73 Hotels in Blackpool
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 August 2014

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.

Room Tip: Ground floor was very handy but we don't have any other rooms to compare with!
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

I was a bit concerned, The Big Blue Hotel next door to an amusement park hinted of tacky! But pleasantly surprised walked in to be greeted by charming reception staff, who for three days never failed to be happy friendly and courteous.
The room was well appointed spacious and very comfortable. There was a slight problem with the bath, but on notifying reception it was fixed promptly, with no fuss at all.
Breakfast buffet provided a wide variety and was quite good, the dinners were likewise very good, waiting staff not quite as good as reception but still very good.
Interior of hotel was definitely more classy than the exterior or the name would have suggested, pleasantly surprised!

Room Tip: we had a room that looked out over the car park to the road but it was not noisy or unpleasant in an...
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Karen S
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

One night break in Blackpool for half term and illuminations, nice hotel with good sized clean rooms, clever use of space for bunk beds for children. Good restaurant, had a very pleasant evening meal with friends. Breakfast was very busy compared to the evening. You get one wrist band for every night you stay, but also will sell extra at a discounted rate. Good safe car park. Overall very happy and a great location for the pleasure beach.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
1  Thank Rob S
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

Stayed here 1 night Sunday 10th and was very impressed! Room brilliant staff lovely and welcoming. We went for breakfast at 9am and had a little wait for a table but no problem as wasn't in a rush as pleasure beach not open till 10.30 although hotel has own entry via passes from reception 10-11.30. Plenty of choice for breakfast also but cannot comment on evening meals as never dined in we had chippy tea from Chinese place a few streets away! If I could get another cheap deal to come again I would but I'm not entirely sure I'd pay the 198(with wrist bands) full price only as it's out of our usual price bracket. If you have the money then I do recommend it x

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Thank tracymunch
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

I stayed here with my boyfriend on the 1st Aug till 4th Aug. Breakfast was amazing, a wee wait on the first day but then went down early the next 2 mornings. being able to get the wristbands from reception and straight into the pleasure beach was amazing. Thrilly enjoyed my long weekend, would definetly recommend this hotel to others.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Emma H
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

Very clean. Staff brilliant, ver friendly. Breakfast very well organised. Excellent food. Brilliantly situated for tram stop to get to all attractions. Next door to pleasure beach. Rooms are great with separate kids room with tvs.

Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
Thank kelly150474
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

Excellent hotel right next to the theme park. The outside looks a little old considering it was built in 2003 but it really just adds to the charm. The interior is great and being able to pick up your pleasure beach wristbands from reception was handy. It was all a little pricy for my liking but you did get good quality. The beds were not ideal for three adults but am used to that. The restaurant had good fun. The set menu was delicious both times.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Vladvonbounce
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Additional Information about Big Blue Hotel

Address: Ocean Boulevard | Pleasure Beach, Blackpool FY4 1ND, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Lancashire > Blackpool
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Blackpool
#3 Business Hotel in Blackpool
#4 Romantic Hotel in Blackpool
#5 Family Hotel in Blackpool
Price Range: £77 - £170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Big Blue Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 157
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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