Stayed at this hotel on a Saturday night in mid September, paying £117.50 for a triple sea view room (B&B) – 2 adults, 1 child.
In the context of Blackpool/Fylde Coast hotels in the illuminations season, this was one of the cheaper available properties in the area, the majority being booked, or requiring a 2 night stay.
Check in/out was friendly, quick and straightforward. Our room consisted of 1 double and 1 single bed, both comfortable, with clean bedding and quite a modern look to it. The bathroom was OK with a good powerful shower. The toiletries consisted of 2 small squares of soap. We had our own stuff, but for £117.50/night I would have expected a shower gel dispenser on the wall and/or a few mini bottles.
Our room was situated above the ballroom, where the “Hi-de-Hi” style entertainment is put on. There is a disclaimer regarding noise in the rooms above the ballroom and for the avoidance of doubt, there is a lot of noise until just after midnight! This didn’t really concern us as were up quite late, but not being able to settle in a hotel bedroom until after midnight might be an issue for some people. To be fair, the hotel made the effort to contact me beforehand to confirm that there would be noise and I appreciated this.
Breakfast was a huge disappointment and an exercise in catering for volume over quality in my view. The hot food selection looked really unappetising - hard fried eggs, piles of luke warm bacon and sausages, cheap juice, weak coffee, sachets of ketchup etc all served up works canteen style by an industrial looking kitchen. The croissants and yoghurt pots were delicious though and the restaurant décor was OK (as was the look of most of the public areas in the building).
I wanted to like this hotel and in a lot of respects, it’s a pleasant place, staffed by friendly people – its size gives the look and feel of a hotel, but what was offered came across more like a cheap B&B. OK for one night, but I expected better quality all round for the money we spent – 2 stars or not!
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- Also Known As:
- St. Ives Hotel Lytham St Anne's, Lancashire
- St Ives Lytham Annes