I don't know where to start, but what an amazing second stay at The Avenue!
After such a wonderful stay in July, we decided instantly that we wanted to go back and stay with Chris and Gordon again next year. Shortly after returning home, we knew we couldn't wait that long and booked two rooms for September (extra room was for my Mother-In-Law). We decided to stay for three nights so we could see the Fireworks competition and the Illuminations, but we added a fourth night, as we booked tickets to see Marc Almond at The Lowry Theatre in Salford.
On arrival we were greeted by Chris, who was as cheeky as ever! He showed us through to the lovely Lounge/Bar, where he made us fresh coffee and tea to enjoy whilst completing check-in. He asked what we would all like for breakfast, remembering that I had the Full English but no tomatoes, and that my vegetarian husband likes a cheese omelette. We continued to catch up for ages, during which time we were joined by Gordon. After a good chinwag and lots of laughter we went up to our rooms to make ourselves at home.
The rooms are spotless, nicely decorated and feel very homely. We stayed in room 4 which has the seating area in front of a nice big tv, which also has a dvd player and freeview. There is an en-suite with a lovely large walk-in shower, fresh towels available which are sooo soft!. Room 4 also has a trouser press and ironing board with iron and a storage room with safe and fridge plus wardrobe space. The room is light, airy and welcoming, making you feel like you are the first guests to stay there. My Mother-In-Law was in room 6, which we stayed in on our first visit. The room again was spotless and felt like it hadn't been used before.
Chris and Gordon really are the perfect hosts! They have become like family to us and that is with only two stays. They went out of their way to help us when my Mother-In-Law was feeling a bit poorly. She has not spent a night away from home for nearly 30 years and was very apprehensive about the trip, but after just a few minutes of talking with Chris and Gordon, she said she felt relaxed and comfortable and enjoyed every further minute of the stay.
Breakfast is served from 8:30 - 9:15am and in addition to whatever you have pre-selected there is also fresh juice, grapefruit segments, cereal, filter coffee and tea plus as much toast as you can eat!. The food is delicious and once everyone has been served, Chris and Gordon will join their guests whilst they eat their breakfast as well. During this time, they enjoy conversing with all the guests, which leads to some very funny times at the breakfast table!.
If you are stuck on what to do or where to go then Chris and Gordon have lots of ideas and recommendations on where is good and where to avoid like the plague!
We crammed a lot into our stay, but what really made the stay special was returning to the bar each evening and being joined by Chris and Gordon for a lot of laughs over a few drinks. We have so many fond memories to keep with us until we return. Speaking of which, during our stay, we booked up for July and September next year and because she enjoyed herself so much, my Mother-In-Law will be joining us on both trips. The only thing is, we already know that we are not going to be able to wait until July, so hopefully we will be booking another stay for early next year as well.
To summarise, fantastic hotel, amazing hosts and the most fun we have had in a long time and this is all thanks to Chris and Gordon, ooooo not forgetting Ruby and Roxy who are the most adorable little darlings and so friendly.
If you are ever going to go to Blackpool, The Avenue is the place to stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Avenue is a small Guesthouse owned by Chris and Gordon in Central Blackpool, licensed, only a short stroll from the Tower, Winter Gardens etc. We can accommodate couples and families, single occupancy of any room will incur a surcharge, we are Gay friendly and Family friendly. You can be assured of a warm welcome with the guarantee of no Stag or Hen parties. Free Wifi and residents parking and a choice of rooms from standard to a premier room with its own sofa, walk - in wardrobe with a silent fridge. All rooms en-suite with TVs with DVD players and Tea/Coffee facilities, hairdryers. ... more less