Went to the Doric Hotel this year for 8 nights with my wife and two children, 6 & 7, on the 15th September and what a lovely hotel this is.
We had stayed at St. Chads the previous year and after having a wonderful time there thought that no hotel would surpass that, but this did! I have to say that the food was lovely and my waist line after I arrived home proved that.
I would like to recommend the hotel if you have any special dietary requirements. My daughter has a mast cell problem and has to be extremely careful with certain ingredients in food. Nothing and I mean nothing was too much trouble when it came to meal times for my daughter. James, (the restaurant manager), went through all of the food with the chef on their menu and made every effort to make my daughters meals as special as possible.
The hotel itself is always clean and fresh and the rooms are turned over daily. We had a sea-view room and our kids loved the view of the lights. (The room was slighty small though. If you plan on staying for more than a couple of nights I would recommend upgrading to a family suite if you like plenty of room). The hotel facilities are brilliant. The indoor swimming pool, (3ft deep approx.), was lovely and warm. There was also a jacuzzi hot tub and a steam room too. These only opened until 6pm and my small criticism is that its a shame they did not stay open slightly later, (say 8pm), as the facilities are always heated. If you are visiting with children there is a kids entertainer on during the busy periods and also on Saturday nights, (I would ask though if there is one at the time you book). There is also a games room for the kids, (keep your wallets open, lol).
The bar area was also nice and the staff were pleasant. We met some lovely people from all over the country. I have to be truthful though. I like a decent pint of bitter and even though it was only keg beer it was a bit hit and miss, which was a shame. If you are a wine drinker it was also quite expensive. I also personally think £15 for the lowest price bottle of wine was very expensive, especially when the wife drinks a couple of bottles a night ;). (What I'm saying is come on you can do a lot better than that price wise. We stayed at the St. Chads last year, (see my review), and we only payed £7.50 for their house wine, and they was still making a healthy profit)). This is why I am marking you down on the VALUE below. The rest is great.
Would I visit again, YES.
Would I like them to drop the wine prices from £15 for their cheapest bottle, YES.
- 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