We stayed in the Big Blue Hotel on a Bed/Breakfast and Evening meal basis from 11 to 13 July 2013. This was our second visit to the Big Blue and not likely to be our last. While Blackpool has a tacky reputation, this is quickly forgotten when you step inside the Big Blue. The staff on reception were extremely helpful and allowed us access to our room even though we were a little early for check-in.
Our room overlooked the park, and from our fourth floor vantage point we could see the ‘Big One’ and ‘Big Dipper’ as well as the Pleasure Beach train. One slight disappointment was the grubby bedroom windows; however that aside the room was very comfortable with plenty of storage for clothes. You don’t have to fret about kids mucking about with hotel television and buying movies without your knowledge, as the sets are equipped with freeview. A DVD player is provided and you can borrow a film from reception (I don’t know if a charge applied though). While your room does not have a fridge, there is a free ice dispenser opposite the lifts on the ground floor, next to the drinks machine; handy in what was a very hot spell of weather.
The food in the Big Blue is excellent. On the first night we had dinner in the hotel restaurant. Our room rate entitled us to a three-course meal from the set menu, but if that does not appeal then you may choose from the a-la-carte menu instead and pay any difference. Breakfast was also very good, with plenty of choice for everyone.
The beach opposite the hotel was much quieter than the areas down on the front between the piers, however at the time of year we went, you have only until 12:30pm until the tide comes in which was a bit of a shame.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Big Blue Blackpool
- Big Blue Hotel Blackpool
- Hotel Big Blue
- Big Blackpool Blue Hotel