My husband treated me to a night away for our wedding anniversary to escape it all last Saturday .
As we approached the hotel I was very surprised with the scenic grounds - as I have stayed at various other village hotels - and this was so pretty and out of the way, not the normal village style :-)
We arrived earlier than the advertised check in so was pleasantly surprised when we were given our room at 12.45 and could drop off our luggage straight away and head for the leisure facilities . Even though the reception was exceptionally busy with wedding guests this didn't prevent us from getting a speedy and warm check in service.
The swimming pool facilities are brill with the added bonus of an outdoor pool even in spring months .
We then headed into the victory pub around 3.30 which was busy again with wedding guests and various other groups ( golfers/ birthday parties) presumably staying in the hotel . The groups were intermittently rowdy but it's a Saturday evening in a pub this is to be expected. This didn't stop hasty service. The staff were accommodating of my vegetarian requests and the food was great ( none of it healthy but when watching football what else do you want :-). )
We then headed back to the room around 8pm to make the most of our upgraded room/sky package and this is where things went down hill. Arriving back to the room after dark there was very little light even when all main lights AND lamps were turned on. Thank goodness I wasn't getting ready for a night in the town as I would not have been able to see any make up applications or outfit choices . I kid you not the rooms were dark . I even the following morning had to ask my husband to move away from the window to stop blocking light and this was during daylight hours.
As we settled down to watch a film we could hear as clear as day meatloaf songs being blasted out and sung too by a group of females who I assumed were In the next room. As it was only 8pm we tried to ignore it and finally it stopped at about 9.15 when the girls had clearly left the room to go out for the evening . Phew .
We finally turned the lights off to go to sleep at 9.30 ( you may think this is early but I am in early stages of pregnancy and all I am capable of is sleeping alot ) and enjoyed resting in the comfy upgraded bed.
This was very short lived however as at 23.45 we are awoken by more meatloaf songs and girls singing at the top of their voices so we can hear every out of tune catawailing syllable . After a few minutes I phone reception who answer promptly and advise they will send someone up ASAP. They were true to their word and a guy knocked on our door to advise the room next to us was empty. ( the room I assumed noise was coming from ) I invited him into our room so he could hear the ruckus and after persuading him it wasn't from the bar it was deffo hotel guests in a room he left to investigate further. He came back shortly to advise it was the room below us and he had told them to quieten down. Brilliant !
After he left I got back in bed and the next thing a Basier tune came on even louder - a dance version of I'm having the time of my life - with even more screechy singing. I phoned reception again to advise they had turned the music up and can only assume the guy went back as after that song the music stopped but the chatter and hysterical laughter went on until 00.45 . So much for an early relaxing upgraded night.
Once awake you can also hear alot of door slamming as people arrive back to their rooms but again is this really preventative anywhere in a busy hotel - I guess I am probably normally too drunk to hear it or probably one of them lol
So in a nut shell the hotel itself is beautiful with great facilities- As long as your good at dressing in the dark.
Service great from all quarters but BEWARE if choosing it as a relaxation jaunt that the other guests may not be!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Village Hotel Blackpool is set in 236 acres of Fylde coast countryside, the hotel is the perfect base for a relaxing leisure break with the splendour of the Trough of Bowland and the Lake District only an hours drive. There's all the fun of the Pleasure Beach, piers and Golden Mile just minutes away offering something for everyone. Village Hotel Blackpool has 174 bright and modern bedrooms, a choice of stylish dining or a traditional pub, Starbucks Coffee Shop, a relaxing Spa, state-of-the-art Health and Fitness Club, 3 Squash Courts, 3 Tennis Courts, Indoor and Outdoor Swimming Pools, Championship Golf Course, Meeting and Conference Centre, Live Party Nights, Wedding Licence, free wi-fi throughout the hotel and free parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Village Herons Reach Hotel Blackpool
- Herons Reach Blackpool
- Herons Reach Hotel Blackpool
- Blackpool De Hotel Vere