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Big Blue Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Clifton Drive/Ocean Boulevard | Pleasure Beach, Blackpool FY4 1ND, England   |  
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Ranked #12 of 74 Hotels in Blackpool
Durham, United Kingdom
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“Pricey But Good.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

This was my 1st visit to this hotel. I paid over £300 for 2nights B&B for a family of four. We stayed there fom Nov 2nd until Nov 4th. The hotel is very handy for The Pleasure Beach. I was able to pick my park tickets I had booked online from reception. The hotel has its own park entrance which saves time. Check in was smooth. The hotel has a large car park for guests. We had a superior family room. It was nice, nothing flash though. It was clean, and the bed was comfy. The kids had their own sleeping area with bunk beds and each bed had its own TV. The bathroom was nice, and the shower was good. Tea and coffee making facilities were on hand, as well as a hair drier and iron. The food in the resteraunt was nice but very over priced in my opinion. Also had a long wait between each course. It is not a five star hotel mind you. I would honestly rate it a 3.5. Breakfast was good, but slightly lacking in items on the cooked menu. I heard someone say you had to pay exta for mushrooms! Sleep quality was very good. I would go back to this hotel, but would be looking for a better price deal in the future. It describes itself as a boutique hotel. But if you know what this means, you will see it clearly isn't.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

7 of us arrived in the Brasserie here on Saturday lunchtime perished after a long walk on the front in the freezing wind. Most of the tables in the bar area were occupied and the restaurant tables were set for dinner but they unset 3 tables and put them together so we could enjoy a spot of lunch no trouble at all. We had four bowls of piping hot cream of vegetable soup, 2 sandwiches and a panini.

The bowls of soup were large and superb. the sandwiches and panini were all made from the best ingredients and the service from waitress was faultless and given with a smile and a good sense of humour. She even fetched a jug of hot water to pep up the coffee which had gone a bit cold by the time we had finished eating.

The Brasserie itself was beautifully decorated and it was a very pleasant environment to eat.

The next time I go to Blackpool I will stop here.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

I stayed here for 2 nights as part of a group. I stayed on the 4th floor with a small view of the sea. Cannot fault the cleanliness of the room or information staff gave out. Breakfast had a good choice, only downside was if you wanted mushrooms, poached or boiled eggs you had to pay extra for. Room service was an extra £5. Ideal for the Pleasure Beach as they have their own private access to it.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

We have just returned from a 2 night stay in blackpool. We struggled to find a nice hotel but thank fully we did and booked this one. overall the hotel is clean today and the staff are very friendly. We received a free upgrade which was a bonus. The food in the restaurant was also very nice. Only niggle was that the room temp was very very warm all the time and couldn't get it to go down! we would definitely return and recommend to others.

And Blackpool wasn't to bad either better in the winter!

Room Tip: We stopped in the Deluxe and it was quite comfortable.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Stopped for 3 nights during half term week. Superior Family Room on 4th Floor with view of Pleasure Beach through small(ish) high(ish) window.

Room layout great for a family. Boys loved the set up with the bunk beds and TVs. Also loved the Playstation - although it didn't get much use because of the attraction of the Pleasure Beach. If you have a PS3 at home woth taking games with you, as while PS3 hire is included in the room rate, games are £4 per day.

Room we stopped in could do with a bit of a spruce up. While room was immaculately clean, there were a couple of niggles. Bathroom extractor didn't work and some of the veneers had fallen off the desk/vanity unit. But the family friendly setup and cleanliness more than compensated

Hotel very conveniently located for Pleasure Beach and Blackpool Pleasure Beach train station. However, while hotel has its own entrance to Pleasure Beach, this is only open as an entrance and then for only an hour or so each day. It's a bit of a schlep to the main entrance/exit to the Pleasure Beach.

Good buffet breakfast. However, not perfect. Mushrooms are charged as an extra; selection of bread not great - toast bread and mini croissants only (crusty rolls or a bloomer would be good). Also breakfast a bit chaotic - wait for a table and only one (slow) toaster for up to 200 guests to use.

Evening meal we had in blues bar and brasserie was good. Good menu and wine list, food excellently cooked - made for a much better meal than the fast food on offer elsewhere in Blackpool.

The one thing that makes the hotel is the staff. So friendly and helpful, even when the hotel was obviously very busy and they were under pressure.

I appreciate that half-term week is a busy period - but I felt that £233 per night for a family room was a bit much. NB: booked online 3 months in advance and paid in full on a "no cancellation/change permitted" basis. I dread to think what the rack rate is!

Room Tip: Higher the better. Avoid ground floor with views of fence/services on one side or car park on other...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

Stayed for 1 night in October half term. Arrived at 3pm and car park rammed! Abandoned car (not in a marked space tho) and checked in. 4th floor room overlooking pleasure beach - great view ( out of very small window) . Comfortable room with kids bunk beds. Immaculately clean and huge double bed very comfortable. Our children are age 8 and 10 and the bunks on small side- which we were prewarned about. Worst think about bunks was that they were metal framed and squeaked every time one of the children turned over in night! Didn't eat in hotel except for breakfast. Got there at 8 30 and waited 10 mins for table. Breakfast very good buffet ! Handy entry to pleasure beach so first in queue for the Big One!! We paid About £200 for b& b for family room for one night and to be honest wonder if worth paying premium compared to other local hotels.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

We have just returned form 2 nights at the Big Blue and found the hotel to be everything it claims on its website. I'm used to staying in high end brand hotels (Four Seasons, Ritz Carltons) around the world and whilst the Big Blue does not claim to be 5 star, it does provide clean and thoughtfully laid out rooms along with helpful and efficient staff. Example - a hotel that actually puts a full length mirror next to the hair dryer and not on the other side of the room!
Breakfasts wre quality and plentiful but be warned it gets very busy at 9.00 so when the staff advise an 8.30 breakfast take it or you may be later entering the Pleasure Beach than you think. Having said that most of the rides dont open until 10.15 - 10.30 and the private entrance next to the hotel means you can stroll in without queuing at the main entrance.

We've stayed in several Blackpool hotels - Hilton, De Vere etc. but wouldnt go anywhere now except back to the Big Blue!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Clifton Drive/Ocean Boulevard | Pleasure Beach, Blackpool FY4 1ND, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Lancashire > Blackpool
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Blackpool
#3 Business Hotel in Blackpool
#4 Romantic Hotel in Blackpool
#5 Family Hotel in Blackpool
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Big Blue Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 157
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Big Blue Hotel at Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, where chic, cutting-edge design blends seamlessly with an attention to detail and a level of service that is second to none. This modern, 4-star hotel is perfectly located for a luxury break, business trip or family holiday, with modern accommodation at affordable prices. All 157 bedrooms are designed with wonderful fabrics from Designers Guild and offer luxurious en-suite bedrooms with complimentary WiFi internet access, flat screen televisions with inbuilt freeview, iron/ironing board, tea/coffee making facilities, telephone, hairdryer, heating control, electric shaver point, 24-hour room service, smoke alarms, duvets, power shower, key card access, an integrated air cooling system and DVD players that can also be used as a CD player. The Big Blue offers contemporary family accommodation right next to Pleasure Beach, Blackpool's biggest tourist attraction featuring the UK’s only Nickelodeon Land - a new 6 acre area of Pleasure Beach loaded with 12 rides, a Nickelodeon shop, fun game stalls, a new restaurant and home to a whole host of famous Nickelodeon characters. The location is within easy reach of all of Blackpool's main attractions so families are guaranteed to get the most out of their trip. A range of hotel conference facilities are available making the Big Blue an ideal venue for Blackpool conferences and business meetings. The hotel also has complimentary WiFi internet access in all bedrooms, public areas and meeting rooms. Dining at the Big Blue hotel is an unforgettable experience whether it's a lazy cappuccino in the cafe bar or a delicious gourmet meal in Blues Bar and Brasserie. Children can create their own fresh pizzas while parents can choose from an extensive menu designed with a European feel using only fresh, local produce. Sink into a soft leather armchair and enjoy a long cool drink after a day on the rides or sip a Big Blue cocktail at the bar and just simply people watch. It's up to you. The hotel is also fully licensed for weddings, and the contemporary Blues Bar & Brasserie offers a stylish setting for intimate ceremonies with a sophisticated touch. The venue is perfect for intimate weddings or civil ceremonies of up to 30 guests. Stay over in a Deluxe Suite and enjoy pure luxury with fresh flowers, champagne on ice and chocolates in your room just some of the special touches we offer. ... more   less 
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