We were looking forward to a Sunday night break at the Savoy to see the illuminations. We've always enjoyed the hotel before, thanks to the lovely food and waiter service. It all started well, we had a lovely room with a full seaview even though we'd only paid the basic price. The only problem was the windows were so dirty we couldn't see the sea through them, or anything much else. The decor was a bit tired but then the hotel is a very old lady and the price for the Sunday night special is extremely cheap so we weren't complaining about that. Anyway the bathroom was an up to date wetroom as we'd booked an accessible room. Unfortunately the evening meal was a sad disappointment. The beautifully prepared and served meals of the past had disappeared and the hotel has obviously succumbed to the corporate Britannia policy of mass produced tasteless meat and vegetables, served in trays and accompanied by chemical gravy, followed by a selection of supermarket type gateaux (saving grace a fresh fruit salad). Being presented with a dish of coffee granules, cheap white sugar and lukewarm jugs of water to make your own, scraped the barrel of a pretty awful meal. This seems to be a procedure being adopted by most of the Britannia hotels, I had much the same experience recently at a lunch at the Scarisbrick hotel in Southport. I know the chain cuts prices to the bone, and it is certainly a very cheap offer for an overnight stop especially during the illuminations but it was so disappointing, I for one, would rather pay a little more and have the old service which was so much more in keeping with the ethos of the building or at least some decent coffee. Having said all that, there was entertainment in the evening, consisting of bingo and an organ player/singer who has been there now for many years, still singing the same old songs but he does work hard, and the breakfast was reasonable, self service and about the same as you would get in most similar hotels. the room was quiet, the beds very comfortable and I have to say it was good value for money and the 'free' bottle of wine was actually quite good. One more gripe, for some reason all three of the Britannia hotels have stopped taking pets. We used to book them regularly and take our dog but now we are unable to do this so we can rarely go. I expect the hotels have lost many more bookings because of this change of policy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Britannia Savoy Hotel Blackpool is a popular and intimate Blackpool hotel, located on the quieter North Shore. It is nearby many of Blackpool's famous attractions and sits proudly overlooking the beach so if you are looking for Blackpool hotels on the seafront then consider the Savoy - fantastic location and value for money. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Savoy Hotel Blackpool