we stayed for 2 nights at the imperial this week, in room 122, which is next to the 'famous' presidential suite on the first floor. We had paid the bit extra to upgrade to a premium sea view and found the room to be spacious, very comfortable and opulent looking. Apparently the upgraded premium rooms have been refurbished recently, the other premium rooms haven't - does make you wonder why they are still classed as premiums then???
the bed was very comfy and soft and all the furnishings were in good nick. however the fleece bath robes were clearly old and in need of replacing, i could not wear one as it shed so much of its 'fur'! the bathroom was reasonable & spacious but 2 things: 1) i cut myself twice trying to turn the shower on as it was very difficult to turn the dial, scraped flesh along the side of the tiles and 2) the bathroom window did not seem to be double glazed and as it was a very windy few days, the wind howled in the bathroom and made it very cold and noisy. the bedroom window let in gusts of winds & appeared nailed shut, but not enough to keep the wind and noise out! hence was difficult to sleep on both nights.
we enjoyed breakfast but have to agree with other posts, sometimes the staff don't pay attention to details. both mornings we asked for tea and coffee. both mornings we only got one part of the order, had to to wait and attract staff again to again request the other part of our order. might sound nit picking but both mornings it was a bit trying! we took afternoon tea in the derby lounge & my partner found it hard to get someone to serve him, given some excuse from a staff member about it not being his area, then making him wait till someone else could be found, who then served tea on a tray with no milk sugar or spoon. maybe they get too complacent with having a lot of conference trade, not used to serving guests who are actually paying for their own stay and therefore expect more bang for their buck from a hotel of this calibre (so to speak).
i can see why they charge for car parking. a lot of hotels in blackpool do, perhaps to try and avoid daytrippers parking up for free and yes, i should imagine it's a good money spinner too. although we had some gripes, i've given this hotel a 4/5 - the standard of decor in the parts we experienced was very high, reception were helpful, the cleanliness of the room was high, plentiful supply of breakfast. and i dont particularly feel there are that many good hotels in the resort, you could do a lot wose.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The four-star Imperial Hotel Blackpool dominates the North Promenade and was one of the first hotels the Victorians built in the new seaside resort of Blackpool.Everything Blackpool has to offer is right on your doorstep and it’s a great base for exploring the surrounding region. Venture out to discover unspoilt beaches on the Fylde Coast and Cumbria’s picturesque lakes and mountains.This stunning Victorian Blackpool hotel boasts 180 modern bedrooms, 9 of which are stunning suites with sea views, it also has an indoor pool and the No.10 bar, which has served drinks to many British Prime Ministers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Imperial Hotel Blackpool
- Barcelo Blackpool