Located right on the seafront with good views up and down the coast from the higher floors, this is a hotel that caters for conferences and sightseers. It is about ¾ mile from Blackpool town centre but there are bus and tram stops nearby which cost £2 per adult each way.
We took two of our grandchildren aged 3 and 5 and stayed overnight on a Saturday. The hotel is spacious and modern with plenty of car parking space outside. Parking is £5 per day but the hotel kindly validated our ticket for two days. On arrival in the car park you can press a button in the downstairs entrance to get help with your luggage from the concierge.
We had a pleasant check in experience with friendly and helpful staff. We were staying on a bed and breakfast basis and were advised to pre purchase dinner if we wanted to dine in the hotel. We paid £18.50 each for dinner against £21.50 if we just turned up, but more on the actual meal later. Children under ten eat free which is a real plus and I am surprised the hotel don’t make more of this. There are lifts to all floors and we were booked into a large room on the seventh floor with king size bed and two single beds for the children but there was still plenty of room. There are all the usual facilities you would expect in this standard of hotel; television, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, hairdryer, telephone with data point, alarm clock and radio. WiFi is available free in public areas but you have to pay for it in your room. There is plenty of wardrobe space and a clean and tidy bathroom with shower. The carpet looked a bit tired and the wardrobe doors could have done with replacing but otherwise the room was OK. The king size bed, whilst impressive was not very comfortable and ‘pinged’ if you rolled onto a particular part of it.
There is a large hotel bar although we didn’t try it because we had the children with us. Food at the hotel was a mixed experience. Dinner was a rather uninspired carvery of fairly dry turkey, pork and a beef curry plus some salmon. However, the hotel dining room staff were outstanding. They made a fuss of the children, were very helpful and nothing was too much trouble. Breakfast food on the other hand was outstanding by comparison. Warm croissants, chocolate muffins, fruit, cereals, fruit juices, a full English if you want it, and all of very good quality. Again the staff were exemplary.
We tried the leisure facilities on Sunday morning with a dip in the heated pool and it was heated too, not just the chill taken off. Maximum depth is 1.2m so ideal for a leisure swim. There is also a fitness centre with various equipment which looked good to me but I am no expert.
Overall, in spite of my comments about dinner, we were happy with our stay and would recommend the hotel but they do need to improve the choice and innovation in the dinner menu. There are some signs that the hotel could do with refurbishment in parts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy all the fun of the seaside at the Hilton Blackpool hotel. Located on Blackpool’s famous Promenade, take in delightful sea views and enjoy easy access to many popular attractions. This central Blackpool hotel near Blackpool Tower offers excellent transport links and ample onsite parking for private cars. Choose from a range of spacious guest rooms, family rooms and suites at the Hilton Blackpool hotel. Surf the web with high-speed internet access, watch an on-demand movie on the LCD TV or simply relax. Upgrade to a suite for extra space and guaranteed sea views. With 11 flexible meeting rooms, business is easy at the Hilton Blackpool. Host an important meeting or lavish reception for up to 800 guests in this adaptable venue and stay in touch with wireless internet access, which is complimentary in all public areas.Enjoy complimentary access to the LivingWell Health Club during your stay at the Hilton Blackpool. Swim in the heated pool, work out in the 24-hour fitness center or de-stress in the relaxing sauna. The hotel’s beauty suite offers a range of luxurious treatments including facials and massages for a spot of pampering. Indulge in a delicious meal from the carvery in the Promenade Restaurant then enjoy evening entertainment most weekends and a relaxing drink in the Lounge Bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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