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“Great weekend for the young and young at heart!”

The Holme Lea Hotel
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The Holme Lea Hotel
Ranked #473 of 853 Blackpool B&B and Inns
West Midlands
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5 reviews
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“Great weekend for the young and young at heart!”
Reviewed 28 July 2011

We have been going to 'Mick's' for over eight years. We are a group of professional women who like to let our hair down at weekends. I first chose Mick's for my fortieth birthday as I was attracted by the fact that he caters for same sex groups. After all, you do not want a hotel full of screaming kids when you are away with the girls! We were not disappointed! Each time we have been we have met groups of like minded people who are all enjoying themselves. I have not heard one complaint whilst I have been there, unfortunately, these people to do not appear to have put reviews on here!
Mick has always made us feel more than welcome. Yes, we have 'the speech' when we get there, but every hotel has rules and it is best to make them clear at the start of the weekend. This is the time that Mick also hands out passes to Snuk and Syndicate. Unfortunately us 'oldies' rarely make it these days!
The accommodation is basic. We always request (and get) room 1 which accommodates six people, two bunks and a double. This just adds to the fun! There are no TV's in the room but there is one in the bar and the idea is that everyone meets here before (and after) going out to socialise.
I have always enjoyed the breakfasts. We had a laugh the first year when we were offered beans OR tomatoes, but now we get both! Although busy, Mick will always respond to requests for extra tea etc.
I would not go to Mick's for a romantic weekend with my husband, there are plenty of hotels in Blackpool with matching scatter cushions and beaded duvets to choose from if this is your preference! However, for a girls weekend in Blackpool, I would not go anywhere else.
See you next year Mick!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 March 2011

Myself and a group of freinds have been having a weekend away since 1999. The group in usually about 6 lads mostly now in our 40's who work hard and go away for the weekend to let our hair down and have a good drink.
Now Mick's gaff is not 5 star and does not profess to be. If you are looking for luxery with entertainment then look elswhere (for no doubt considerably more money)
Now if what you really want is good, value for money, no frills, well located accomodation with a good atmosphere - than Micks your man.
We have tried different places for a change, Prague and Edingurgh but both of these were nowhwre near as much fun as Blackpool, which for a lads / girls weekend has got the lot.
Mick lines up free passes for the nightclubs and cheap food at local Restaurants.
Last year he probably saved us more than the cost of the rooms.
Go there with an open mind, determined to make the most of it, and you will love it.
People who complain and moan about guest houses like Holme Lea are never going to enjoy themselves anyway!!
Roll on September 2011
Looking forward to having a beer (or several)with you Mick - line em up
Ron and the boys!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Eccleshall, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 August 2010

I came here on a Stag do from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning. I shall try to list all the positives first:
The hotel welcomes these stag, hens, away footy fans etc parties where many hotels don't. Other rules such as no food or drink in the rooms were not in force, so walking back at 4am and eating your kebab in the room was deemed acceptable. Great at the time but then it does show what the landlord thinks of his rooms...
Although the hotel is quite some way from the pleasure beach and other activities down on the front, it was only about a 5/10 minute walk to the night club Syndicate.
There is a bar downstairs to have a drink before you start the night off.

When you first arrive at the hotel, you are greeted by Mick the braces. He piles you into the bar, which is about as large as my porch, and explains the rules. He also explains why he is called Mick 'the braces' - this is due to him wearing very strange braces, and yes he does show you by lifting his shirt up and exposing his gut. You can tell he always does this as an intro to new crowds and expects a rowdy raw from the lads/girls ... but our party just looked at each other thinking 'what a tit'. I knew from that moment that I did not like this man.
Mick then put down the keys for each room on the pool table. He made this task more complicated than biological science. He spent about 5 minutes telling us that the locks are new and that these keys are amazing, they open the front door AND your own room - amazing, a key that opens a door, what's next, the wheel? Then he never said which keys were for which room number. How much does it cost to buy a key ring for each key with the number on it? In fact I won a couple of key rings on the 2p slots, I guess I should have donated them. So 14 blokes walking up and down stairs trying keys in every door was a fun start.

The rooms are very small, now it is a one star and you're not paying £2K a night - so what do you expect. Well I expect cleanliness; and each morning my nose was full of dust. The paint work on the skirting and doors are orange - need I say anymore, the bathroom door has no lock on it. Annoying little things like a white toilet and a green seat, grey basin stands with a pink basin ... you just get the feeling that Mick went to the nearest skip to kit these rooms out - cheers. The shower was terrible but at least it was warm. I stayed in the 4 room, which was made up with 2 bunk beds. Grown men sleeping in bunk beds, I thought that only happened in HMPS nowadays. There were only 3 large towels and one hand towel ... for 4 men. The mattress was not comfy and the duvet was old and didn't smell clean, the pillows were soft though.

Around the hotel some small maintenance had been done, a bit of re-plastering here and there, the skimming hadn't even been painted white to match the existing wall colour.

Some rooms are not en-suite, so be careful when booking.

Now this hotel is specially designed for stag and hen nights, the website states that clearly. Most of these parties will be drinking all night and won't arise until late morning; so serving breakfast in a 45 minute slot starting at 9am doesn't quite seem right. And on the leaving day, most hotels I have stayed in request you leave the room by midday, Mick wanted us out by 10:30am, again, not very stag/hen thoughtful I feel.

On leaving day Mick would not shut up about the keys, who’s given the keys in, where are the keys, who still has a key … I then heard him say ‘well if they lost any keys they’ll have to pay for new ones’. The way it was said, pure arrogance. 1) We hadn’t lost any keys, 2) If we had, we would have offered money to replace, and 3) You just had nearly a grand out of us all for staying with you, stop moaning. I don’t think £3 cutting a new key will hurt.

I myself did not have a breakfast but my friend did, he said afterwards 'even someone from the Auschwitz camp would have said no to that' I think sums it up quite well.

Last of all, Mick the braces would latch onto any girl in his bar and keep her there talking and boring the life out of her trying to impress her. It was embarrassing and showed Mick’s true colours of being a seedy old man.

Overall, this hotel isn't the best, it is a place to crash out after a heavy night, but Mick spoils anything that is good about it.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
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redditch
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Reviewed 10 November 2009

Myself and a few friends travelled up tp blackpool 4 a get away.. We left quite late so we got into blackpool at abou half 10. Looking 4 places to stay there was all no vacencies. Then we came across this b and b our last resort. We took it. There was 5 of us. 2 girls and 3 lads. He gave us a triple and a quad room. Thinking 4 single beds, No!! 2 sets of bunk beds. He told us he would charge us £25 instead of £30 as its so late. Got into the room didnt look so bad.. started to look about. It stunk the bedcovers were grotty and had planks of wood underneath the mattreses. Stains all over the covers. No heating so was freezing cold. The bed i stayed in felt broke and lopsoded, Was very uncomfortable. No entertainment there. Not even a tele or radio in the room. All u had basically was a little manky tea and coffee maker and some grotty little glasses.. We didnt even dare to get up for breakfast. Its an ok b and b if your going ou on a mad weekend its somewhere just to get your head down for the night.. Would not recomend it to anyone else. He comes up in the morning to get you out at like half 10 and then we had someone else come up a few minutes later to get us out and we wasnt even ready dont really give you chance, We also had a group of lads staying in the same place. They all came back really late making so much noise.. Noise travels so fast through that place. They all was even smoking in the rooms and that.proves how much they though of it. There wasnt even free parking and you had to park the car about 10 minutes away from it. Was a complete state.!!! Never going back there again..

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with friends
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gateshead
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Reviewed 23 August 2009

we stayed in this hotel my friend and I for a couple of nights what a dump, for starters the bedrooms were like something out of the stone age no central heating, dirt stains on the toilets and used cup facilities left from previous residents. Beds and pillars were rock solid three more nights we would of died of starvation as the meals were crap one big plate of slop. Service was terrible would not go back even if you paid me advice to future guests run a mile to the promonade and get yourself decent accommodation well worth it as this place is a dump.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with friends
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Loughborough
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2009

We arrived on the Friday night to be greeted by "Mick The Braces". He is possibly the most annoying man in the entire world. He's loud, brash and just ruddy annoying, he has a story for everything.

The hotel is a long way out from the centre, but we knew that before it was booked, so can't really complain about that.

The rooms we small dank and awful. There were 4 guys in our room, 2 in bunk beds, two in a double, not the most comfortable accommodations, though everyone did get to know each other much better by the end of the weekend.

The bathroom, we were one of the lucky rooms that actually had on suite, was very small with no lock on the door, so make sure your not too bashful.

After eating a breakfast made in their kitchen which has the dog running around in it, most people didn't eat there again on the second morning, though the local cafe did a booming trade.

The bar is tiny, with a pool table in which means that with more than about 3 people standing there you get in each others way. Costs, well cans of carling (nearly £3.00), are extortionate.

I cannot really get across how much this place sucks, the only saving grace was the fact blackpool is a ruddy good night out.

AVOID.

  • Stayed May 2009
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Belfast
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2008

Stayed in the Holme Lea Hotel 3 - 6 October 2008 and found this
hotel a DUMP. There is no other word for it. There were stains on the carpets. stains on the seats and a dog run round the kitchen whilst the good ole "mick the braces" cooked the so called breakfast. I didn't even dare look at the state of the mattresses, but the thought of getting into the bed made me sick. The so called en-suite rooms well thats another laugh you had to sit on the toilet seat side ways because it was so cramped. We requested various rooms as there was 22 of us on a week-end away, one of the rooms we were given had a set of bunk beds and a single bed, we were three fellas and it was quite funny when one of us had to try and climb into the top bunk.
Needless to say the other rooms weren't quite up to standard either. I will never stay here again or recommend anyone else to go the the place. It was a total waste of money

  • Liked — there was nothing to like if he would have given our money back we would have went somewhere else
  • Stayed October 2008
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Property: The Holme Lea Hotel
Address: 93 Lord Street, Blackpool FY1 2DJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Lancashire > Blackpool
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Ranked #473 of 853 B&Bs / Inns in Blackpool
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