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“Great Hidden Gem” 5 of 5 stars
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The Strand Lodge
5 - 6 Wilton Parade, Blackpool FY1 2HE, England   |  
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Ranked #25 of 74 Hotels in Blackpool
Telford, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

On arrival at the hotel, we were greeted by a lovely lady, who gave us all the info we needed about breakfast & if we wanted an evening meal.
We were very pleased with our room, which was very clean,and as i am an avid watcher of four in a bed programme i checked everything including the mattress & pillows,all were spotless.
our friends room was the same.
We were staying for 1 night to see the illuminations so we only had 1 drink in the bar before going on our way,this was a little pricey. Had a lovely sleep ,the bed was very comfy.
Breakfast was good with extra tea coffee if required.
All in all a great little hotel that we will deffinately return to .Some may say it is a little out of the way, but this suited us .
Many thanks everyone at Strand lodge for a great night.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Strand M, Manager at The Strand Lodge, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Thanks for your review and praise from avid 'Four in a Bed' fans is great praise indeed.... haha...

Its great to hear you found everything to be spotlessly clean as our housekeeping team work really hard and the praise is much appreciated.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

My friend and I stayed at the NEW Strand just round the corner from their other hotel..... After we had booked Brownes International through KGB Deals and it turned out to be a scam and the owner of Brownes done a bunk with thousands of pounds of money..... Including ours. BUT the lovely owners of the Strand gave us a room and were extremely helpful. After speaking with KGB Deals they completed a bacs transfer the very same day. Our room was spotless and the beds were very comfy and cosy bedding. It had all the necessities we needed, tea, coffee etc. bathroom was clean and the whole room was lovely and warm. Not the best views but that's not their fault. What I will RAVE about is the quality of food!!! The food was of the highest standards and was all freshly prepared daily. All homemade too. Different options both nights and great value for the quality you receive. Breakfast was great as well although no continental option, the waitress in the morning wasn't very engaging, didn't tell us about the cereal and juice over in the corner we could have. But that's the only gripe, and she was also the chambermaid and instead of knocking on our door later that day she just walked in. Apologised then left. Keep doors locked ;-). There is nothing that is too much trouble for the owners and provide friendly excellent service. By far the best hotel in Blackpool and we will definitely be returning.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Strand M, Manager at The Strand Lodge, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Thank you for your review and we were pleased that we were able to sort out the issues with KGB to enable you to enjoy your stay in Blackpool.
Its is always great to hear that guests enjoy the food and hospitality as we pride ourselves in only using fresh local produce and of course we believe we have the best chef in town!!
Were glad you found the beds comfy as all the bedding is brand new and quality linen, duvets and pillows defiantly helps towards a comfortable nights sleep.
We look forward to meeting you in the future.
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

We had a Groupon Voucher this hotel's previous existence as "Browns International" but on arrival we found they had gone bankrupt and the voucher, although paid for, was no longer valid. The new owners are the proprietors of the Strand Hotel around the corner and were most understanding and apologetic even though the situation was not their fault; they had no records given to them and no way of contacting people with reservations. Fortunately they had a room available and so we booked it even though it meant paying again. They gave us a voucher for complimentary drinks at their other hotel which we thought was a nice touch.

We had an executive room that had a diagonal sea view and en suite bathroom with Jacuzzi. The room was pleasant and airy but the bed was very small. The reception area and some of the public rooms appeared a bit worn; but to be fair the new owners had only been there 3 weeks and so there was not time to do everything but there were encouraging signs of refurbishment going on.

As we were staying only one night, bed & breakfast, we ate out in Blackpool so we cannot comment on the restaurant. However breakfast the following morning was excellent, self serve cereals or fruits, etc. followed by a wide choice of cooked dishes, served to table.

The hotel is well placed, just 2 minutes walk from the sea front and adjacent to the Wilton Parade tram stop. It is about a 15 minute walk from the North Pier or 20 minutes from the Tower, 5 minutes by Tram. Overall we were very glad that we stayed and we would like to stay again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Strand M, Manager at The Strand Lodge, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write your review, also for pointing out the issues we have faced with the previous owners selling voucher deals. It has been hard work but I can honestly say that all guest that chose to stay have given positive feedback on their stay and have now received full refunds from the voucher companies involved. We have also devised our own voucher deals that you can now book direct offering superb value for money with all the savings passed to the guest rather than lining the pockets of voucher companies.

We are please to announce that all public areas have now been refurbished and are looking much smarter. Plus we are in the process of planning for a passenger lift to add to guest comfort and accessibility, a new car park with an extra 10 spaces is being created and the gardens have all be landscaped and planted out with bulbs for the spring.

The room you stayed in has a brand new super king sized bed so comfy its difficult to get out of bed in the morning!

We look forward to meeting you again.
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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Stayed here for one night (sat) on the last weekend of the illuminations. Really pleasant stay and is in a good location close to north pier and walking distance of Central etc. tram stop just down the road too if your heading down to South and don't fancy the walk. Little confusing at first as we booked online at 'the strand hotel' which is on the front, when we arrived there they redirected us to the strange lodge formerly browns I think which their newly acquired sister hotel. (The management team is clearly doing something right expanding in the tough economic climate blackpool has to offer). This hotel is just around the corner off the front. We didn't know what to expect really but it was just fine everything up to standards we were expecting at the strand on the front. Breakfast was really good too, pleasant service throughout stay. Rooms are nice modern, we got the room above the kitchens (3 I think) and could hear the extractors and abit of noise but nothin major we were up and about early anyway. Nice bar spacious areas downstairs where we had a quick night cap before bed. Would return, keep up the good work

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Strand M, Manager at The Strand Lodge, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Thank you so much for your very informative review. It is inspiring to hear support from guests who recognise the fact that we have the faith in our product and Blackpool as leaders in the tourism market. As you pointed out this is our newly acquired 2nd venue which is ideally situated in close proximity to the main Strand Hotel and we look forward to receiving new guests to experience all we have to offer.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

Arriving in Blackpool on a KGB deal to find our hotel had closed down and in its place was the Strand Lodge, a satellite of a larger hotel on the front. The lady was very sympathetic and must be sick to death of cross people turning up on her doorstep. She was however able to offer us a very nice room at a slightly more expensive price than the KGB deal which I am now trying to get a refund on. The hotel is clean, and we had a nice room with seating in bay window and a huge bed.
Breakfast was good.
This hotel is a good value budget hotel, and the staff were very helpful.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Strand M, Manager at The Strand Lodge, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and for mentioning the problems we have had with voucher deals sold by the previous owner of the property. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us and your comments on the room and food.
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Belford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

We had booked this hotel when it was still Browns International Hotel using KGB voucher we were extremely confused when we arrived and could not find it, we contacted them by phone and they had changed the hotel name to the Strand Lodge. The new owners explained they could not honour the voucher but gave us a similar deal and also helped us to get a refund from KGB they were brilliant. Our room was one of the sea view ones which was very spacious and clean, bathroom had a jacuzzi bath. The breakfast was very tasty, well presented and well cooked, the staff were very friendly and we would like to thank them for all there help and for a lovely stay. We wish them all the best for the future and would definitely return.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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TheStrandManager, General Manager at The Strand Lodge, responded to this review, November 16, 2013
Thank you for your review, we certainly have our work cut out with explaining to guests who had bought vouchers that were on sale through numerous voucher agencies on behalf of the previous owner that we cannot honour them but that they will get a refund from the voucher company. Your validation of this is much appreciated.
We would encourage any future guests to get in touch with the hotel directly for fantastic value for money deals where all the savings are passed on to the guest and not lining the pockets of the voucher agencies.
Once again thank you for your best wishes and we look forward to your next visit.
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Belton, United Kingdom
1 review
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Slightly confusing start as the hotel was not advertised as The Strand Lodge, but for above the entrance which could easily be missed, BUT...I understand the signage was in the process of being updated as we were departing the B&B so this shouldn't cause future problems. Rooms were a little on the small side but didn't cause us an issue.

We were able to attend a 007 style murder mystery night at the lodge which was really enjoyable.

Food was to a very good standard, both the evening meals and the breakfast and catered to my request for Poached eggs on toast without quabble.

Room's were clean and it would seem the en-suites have been newly refurbished to a good standard.

Lovely settings for the bar and restaurant areas with a comfortable separate lounge area.

Not a bad location from the beach front, but still a nice healthy walking distance to and from the tower, etc.

Staff we're lovely and considerate.

Would stay again!

The Rea-Ritchie's

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TheStrandManager, General Manager at The Strand Lodge, responded to this review, November 16, 2013
Hi The Rea-Ritches and thank you for taking the time to write a review. The new signage is now up and it looks fab!!
Its great you enjoyed the Murder Mystery, the fantasitc cast do an amazing entertaining job and its a fun night to work as well as being a guest at. With exclusivity with the Murder Company in the Blackpool area and as our dinner events are so popular we have 1a month for 2014 with plenty of themes to choose from so we look forward to you all staying again.
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Address: 5 - 6 Wilton Parade, Blackpool FY1 2HE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Lancashire > Blackpool
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 74 Hotels in Blackpool
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Not far from The Golden Mile you'll find pure platinum!The Strand Lodge remains Blackpool's "Best Kept Secret". We are situated in the slightly calmer end of town, the picturesque "North Shore" but still only 5 minutes from the town centre, Tower, theatres and nightlife.All rooms are en-suite with telephone, flat screen digital televisions and hospitality tray. We also have two luxury spa bath mini suites both with stunning views of the Irish Sea.The Lodge boasts some of the most stylish and comfortable rooms in the town and has been refurbished throughout to the same standard as its sister hotel The Strand Hotel. ... more   less 

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