I, along with my wife & 2 colleagues have just returned from the most enjoyable 2 night break at this hotel. Our trip was for the 2014 Grand National at Aintree as part of a David Urquhart travel break. We arrived at the hotel in the late afternoon to be greeted by Nigel & his team. Check in was extremely swift & efficient, (as I had phoned ahead) we were allocated rooms 116 & 117. There is a lift available but as we were on the 1st floor we carted our luggage up the narrow stair case & found my room, 116, with ease. The door locking system is a bit hit & miss but when I eventually mastered the art of key turning we were delighted to have expansive views over the beautiful bay of Morecambe in a well appointed room consisting of a double bed,an extra single bed, decent television with numerous free-to-view channels, tidy en-suite, ample storage, plenty of tea & coffee as well as 2 chairs in large bay window with those stunning views to boot! We hastily made our way out into Morecambe as time was not on our side to enjoy a few of the local watering holes. We returned too late for dinner which was our plan but were told that the evenings roast beef meal was superb. After a couple more refreshments in the hotels relatively large bar area (pretty pricey in my opinion) hence only 4 stars, it was time to retire. After a night-cap in the room in the bay window, it was time to get some sleep as we had a rather long day ahead at Aintree. Unfortunately, I was awoken in the early hours (01:30) to the sound of a police helicopter hoovering just above the hotel that seemed to be there for an eternity. Eventually after an hour or so, things quietened down & I finished of a decent nights sleep. Breakfast the following morning was hearty enough with a choice of juices & cereals to start, tea, coffee & a varied choice of plated breakfast from full english, poached eggs, scrambled eggs, toast, etc.etc. We returned at around 8pm from the race course with dinner being served at 8:30pm. After a lovely soup starter, my colleague & I plumped for the pork chops with potatoes & veg, this was absolutely amazing, cooked to perfection! My wife & my colleagues partner chose the roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings which was also rated very highly. Desserts were lovely too with, once again, a expansive & varied choice. Fatigue took over after a couple of refreshments in the bar & our beds became too much of a pull! Once again breakfast was of a high quality & the waiting staff were top notch, friendly & not overly attentive. Before we left for home, Nigel addressed us on our coach & thanked us for our custom & wished us all a safe journey home. A lovely little touch, thank you Nigel. Also a big thank you to ALL the team at the Auckalnd for making our stay as comfortable & pleasant as we could have possibly wished for. A wonderful experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a well-established, family run hotel in Morecambe consisting of 5 family partners. We have been specialising in providing bed and breakfast accommodation for both coach party & individuals for the last 25 years. ... more less