Twin with sea view. We booked this hotel because of the good/rave reviews and are disappointed to say the least. If this is the best Blackpool can offer goodness knows what bottom of the pile is.
Good parts are competent friendly receptionist and modern lounge/bar area, newish carpets and nice communal toilets. Excellent cooked breakfast with top quality ingredients for the cooked element sadly let know by diluted "juice" and cheap jams but lovely friendly staff.
Room - we expected small but this was so tiny it was really a single size at best. You had to sidle sideways between beds and furniture and also between twin beds. If both of you were standing at same time one had to go into the bathroom to let the other get to the wardrobe scenario. Very little carpet because so little floor but it was badly stained and months of accummulated dirt where it butted up to the wall or furniture. Beds very short - at 5.8 my foot hung over the edge and my husband at 6.5 was distinctly cramped. Despite being opposite the lift no noise from adjoining rooms or the lift which was good. Small duvet but clean and fortunately the ceiling very high otherwise it would be soo claustophobic. Good lighting and excellent hospitality tray.
Bathroom - Cheap suite and needs total refurb. Again small but lots of places to place bags, toiletries etc. Short but deep bath, no shower mat so quite slippery and bath difficult to get out of as a deep step out - certainly not suitable for anyone with any type of leg ailment. Only bath towels - no hand towels which I did not like. Again the cleaner must just go in a circle because all the corners and edges really dirty.
We paid £75 per night and think it was worth half this at best.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Winners of Blackpool Hotel of the Year 2009. Situated in a prime location on Blackpool’s exclusive North Promenade, a leisurely stroll from the Golden Mile, you will find one of Blackpool’s finest hotels - as featured on Coronation Street! You’re guaranteed impeccable service with a warm and friendly welcome from an award-winning family team. Offering a home-from-home experience for guests seeking the best in comfort and quality. We promise nothing less than a memorable stay. The Strand Hotel is the place to stay ... more less