Just back from a Mon-Fri stay at the Bedford hotel in Blackpool. 6 of us travelled with Blackpool Promotions. When we arrived I was a bit dissappointed in the look of the hotel as it looked more oppulant in the brochure and this was the most expensive of all their listed hotels. 2 of us were "lucky" as we got a sea view, our friends overlooked the back kitchen area. It was advertised as having a swimming pool (the size of a garden pond, 2 strokes and you were at the end) a sauna which was permenantly cold as it had an extra charge to use it, and a "Spa" which we are still looking for!! Entrance to the hotel is by flights of 10 or so steps, no disabled access. Then you have to battle with the "lift" that is a story unto itself, it holds 2-3 people and has a wooden single door then a metal gate which was lethal and would almost decapitate you as you tried to hold it open. If you were unlucky enough to find that one of the wooden doors had not been shut properly then the lift didn't work!! Meals were something else, breakfast was passable but evening meals were a joke, so much so that we could almost guess what was the next evenings meal by the leftovers from the night before, i.e. stewed liver & onion next night french onion soup that tasted exactly like the gravy from night before. Minestrone which looked like it contained the diced veg from night before. We were all around 50 - 55yrs and we were by far the youngest in this hotel. It was a bit like a Saga holiday. We only paid £200 each and luckily we are the type of girls who could laugh at the state of things but some may not have found this funny. It actually became a joke as to who would have the roughest made bed by the end of week as sheets were never straightened and my friends bottom sheet was at the bottom of her bed by day 3 and was never fixed!! We did get clean towels every day though!! The hotel had a very friendly young man on reception, who used to work on cruiselines but other than that staff were a joke, especially the barman who would stand out the back either on his mobile or smoking and just ignore you, we had to ask for clean glasses so many times as they were always marked. Diningroom staff tried and spent a lot of time appologising for meals and asking if you would like something else. Blackpool promotions did provide us with Travel tickets which were a godsend as you got free travel on buses & trams. You had to go out of hotel in evenings as entertainment was dire! The hotel is old and very tired and a lick of paint would go a long way. What it does have going for it is that it is at the North end so away from all the husstle & noise but the buses and trams stop outside. Would we go there again yes probably as most of the write ups for Blackpool hotels say much the same and we did enjoy ourselves but I would NOT recommend this hotel to anybody else , just don't believe everything in the brochures as pictures do seem to lie! 9Perhaps the Spa was away on holiday!!) :-))))))
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in one of the finest positions on Blackpool's exclusive North Promenade, the 42 bedroomed Bedford is the ideal base for your holiday, just a short walk from the Town Center, North Pier, Blackpool Tower, and within easy reach of Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The Bedford hotel has been awarded a Quality Plus status, Blackpool's highest quality standard, an has been family run for over 50 years, establishing itself as one of the areas best. We have a enviable reputation for first class food and service. Sea view rooms, luxury sea view lounge and a well stocked bar with live entertainment throughout the main season. Whether your visit is for pleasure or business, take a well deserved swim in our indoor heated pool, or sit back and relax in the turbo spa or sauna. ... more less
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