This is a Ramada, you don't expect it to be chic, boutique, charming or characterful. And it's not.
But it's bright, fresh and modern, none of the chintz found at other four stars. It's light, quiet (generally - see later) and well located for everything in town. The rooms are bigger and cheaper than it's main rival, the Vincent, and - to my mind - nicer too.
It is a little bland and empty, pleasant, but souless. It's not for a romantic break but for business, or - as in our case - visiting relatives nearby, it's fine.
Breakfast is the usual mediocre standard of corporate four stars - cheap ingredients (bulk buy juice, yoghurts etc) and overcooked hot dishes sitting for ages on the side. Virgin trains made me excellent, fresh scrambled eggs, from the kitchen on the move, on my outward journey, so it seems extraordinary that the ramada can't do the samel
Problems: a few things are getting a bit tired, the TV didn't work in first room we were allocated, so moved to another. As mentioned elsewhere, the picture does break up from time to time, but nothing to worry about.
My main complaint is that, when we were moved due to broken telly, we were transferred to a room directly above the function room. We asked carefully about what functions were booked there during our stay as we particularly wanted a quiet room. We were assured that there was nothing in there over Christmas weekend, only to be woken by loud throbbing music on Boxing day night, from a party organised by the hotel itself. It went on until about 11.30pm, when we had an early start and a long journey the next day.
Generally the room, which was side facing, was very quiet but I'd check what floor you're on. The hotel was only half full, so it was especially annoying to have been located in such an unsuitable place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ramada Plaza Hotel Southport is a four star hotel, perfectly situated alongside the beautiful Marine Lake, central to all Southport has to offer. All rooms offer fantastic views, whether this is across the sandy beaches to Blackpool or over the Marine Lake Bridge to Southport's ocean plaza, all equally stunning. The hotel is within easy reach to some popular world class golf courses including Royal Birkdale and Royal Lytham. Just a short walk from Lord Street, lined with shops, boutiques and wine bars. Underground parking is available and our helpful concierge will be waiting to greet you with a smile. All rooms have high speed internet, king size beds and 24 hour room service, everything you need for a comfortable stay for business or relaxing whilst enjoying a night away from the kids! Enjoy a bite in our award winning on-site restaurant, Marine Brasserie, or order room service while you watch blockbuster movies on your flat-screen TV. Our Marine Lake suites feature floor-to-ceiling curved windows and balconies, offering panoramic views of the coast. Looking for something more corporate?....we do that too!..... Meeting and banquet facilities, capable of hosting up to 250. ... more less
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