Myself, wife and 2 young daughters stayed at the Doric for 2 nights during the October half term this year. The deal was £90 per night for the four of us Dinner bed and breakfast which was reasonable. especially as the Imperial (our normal choice) were wanting to charge us £97 room only and make us fend for ourselves if we wanted a breakfast.
Having read the reviews on tripadvisor we opted for the Doric, which admittedly was a bit of a gamble for us as my wife is a bit of a snob and only usually accompanies me to Blackpool if I book us in the Hilton or the Imperial. Well I told her that her snobbery can take a back seat from now on as our eldest daughter has started school now and we have to find a good deal in the school holidays which isn't always easy.
Thankfully for us the gamble paid off and the Doric was an excellent choice.
Our room was not one of the more modern refurbished room, however it was spotlessly clean and consisted of a double bed and a bunk bed (with ample room for all of us to move around and not feel to squashed). During our stay decorators were changing the dated wallpaper in our corridor so perhaps these room will soon be undergoing refurbishment also.
The hotel is around a 20 minute walk from the north pier but for us this is fine, as it means the wife can get away from some of the riff raff yet there is a tram stop directly outside the hotel. (A tip is to get a day traveller pass from the newsagents just behind the hotel. For only £3.50 per adult you get unlimited travel on the trams for that day.
The food at the hotel is decent British Food, whch is cooked well but is nothing too fancy. The service on an evening is fantastic and the restaurant staff do a cracking job. As soon as you'd finish one course they were clearing the plates away and bringing out the next one, which was perfect for us having young children. None of us had any complaints about the food whatsoever and found it very practical to get back to the hotel and get settled in for the evening without having to plod around Blackpool like drowned rats trying to find somewhere decent to fill a family of four.
Breakfast were also very good quality with the cooked breakfasts not being at all greasy. Whilst the staff on the evening were excellent, unfortunately one morning we got a waitress who must have got out of the wrong side of bed. As I was telling her my order for cooked breakfast she snapped and asked me to just tell her "what I didn't want" as opposed to "what I did want". Maybe she was hungover from the night before. However this shouldn't tarnish the rest of the restaurant staff who were superb.
My daughters loved using the swimming pool which was small but perfect to kill half an hour or so.
The food and drink in the bar areas of the hotel are very reasonably priced with 2 happy hours from around 3-4:30pm and 7:30-9pm.During happy hour a pint of beer is only around £2.40 and a glass of wine £3. Even when it isn't happy hour the drinks aren't much more, so as a result instead of finding somewhere outside of the hotel to drink we opted for the hotel bar.
The hotel only has a handful of car parking spaces, however we always managed to find a space on the side street next to the hotel so this wasn't an issue.
I asked the other half if she would return to the Doric next time we come to Blackpool and she said she would, which says a lot about this hotel. OK she'll probably want me to price up the Hilton and the Imperial, but if they're attempting to charge me nearly £100 and not even give me a breakfast for that price the Doric will win hands down.
It needs a bit of a tidy up in parts of the hotel and a bit of modernisation, but it offers good value, is clean, very child friendly and in a good location. There's even entertainment on an evening but we never experienced this.
Next time we return to Blackpool the Doric will definately be on our short list and I would recommend it to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the prestigious Queens Promenade with breath taking views over the Irish sea, The Doric Hotel is fast becoming one of the more popular promenade hotels offering a wide range of facilities and affordable holidays. Renowned for our quality and service in comfortable surroundings making The Doric a fine hospitality experience for all the family.In the last 3 years The Doric has been highly commended by The Blackpool Tourism Awards which picks out the best of Blackpool’s hotel's and its many aspects. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Doric Hotel Blackpool