OK, let’s start with the Doric itself. It’s not a nice as the Hilton inside, and some bits look a bit tired but generally it is all OK. The bar is just a bit expensive but not outrageous.
The whole place gets VERY warm and does not have the best air-con or ventilation; there is no air con that I could see in the rooms. This would mean it is a bit of a sun trap in the winter…so well worth a trip then as it will be like a lovely warm greenhouse!!
The staff were all quite charming and yet good fun and George the Bingo caller was a bit of a character. The evening “turns” were really what one would expect for this kind of establishment…..you would not rush out to see them again but all were inoffensive.
Most customers are in the “senior set” but there were some there with young children, about 75% seniors I would say.
We had half board and the breakfast was fine, usual stuff, not loads of it but enough…oh and the sausages were pretty basic, but order without them and sometimes you get two bits of bacon.
The evening meals ranged from the…oh dear to the wow, not at all bad. Given the spread of ages there is nothing exotic on the menu and some of the starters clearly come out of a tin, but in general the meals were fine. The Ivy in London it is not!
The hotel is right by the [Uncle Tom’s] Cabin bus and tram stops.
HOW TO SAVE MONEY
DO NOT BOOK ONLINE, phone the hotel, if you book online you only get a B & B option but phone up and you can ask about half board, and it is not a lot more. We paid £50 extra for a sea view and although I did not see rooms without it it was a nice view, even if the salt in the air made the windows a bit dirty, we had room 110 and it was right on one end on the right in the “tower” look, this room was quite small and with all the windows and the sun it got hot and stuffy. Side “sea views” rooms could be bigger….but some sleep 4 (e.g. 112 where the kids were). Our room only had space for only one bedside table, and the TV was a side view from the bed, so all in negative!
GET FREE WI FI
The hotel charge £7.50 per day for Wi Fi, here is how you get it for free. Go to the bar nearest the pub, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, next door. Look for a wireless network called “The Cloud”. Go through the registration process, which is free, and sponsored by Carling, and hey presto free Internet, and I have had no junk mail off it (as I said no to it when I signed up) I could also get it in room 110…one advantage of the smaller room I guess!
SAVE ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Getting to town by tram is expensive, £4 as I recall, so £8 return, and with two or three of you it soon mounts up. If you are not worried about getting anywhere in too much of a rush use the Number 12 bus service between St Annes and Cleveleys which stops just beyond the pub next door. They claim to run every 15 mins, which is not always the case, but are very reasonably priced, especially if you do as we did and get the “weekly saver” ticket. For two adults and two kids it was only £12 ride all you like for a week!! The buses are NEVER packed (unlike the trams) and some are even open topped or old routemasters. Go to the classicbus .org web site and look for details. Be warned this might not be a service that runs every year but did in 2013.
Would I stay at the Doric again? ......Yes, I think I would.
- 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