We traveled all around the UK with our two sons, ages 8 and 11 in the summer of 2011. I picked the Hilton because I thought it would be nice to have a little splurge in Blackpool and stay at a place with a pool, on the water. It was a fine hotel but really NOT a splurge. There was nothing about it that felt upscale except that it had a lot of rooms and the lobby was fancy. The rooms were pretty much the same as or slightly worse than rooms in a Premier Inn. It did have a pool, which we did make use of. Oh, and it cost a lot more, too. Overall, I think we would have been much happier at a Premier Inn (or, if we wanted a pool, a Novotel).
We got a family room which had a king bed, and a bunk bed. The bunk bed was around a corner, offering some privacy for the King, but it wasn't a separate room at all. The bed was as hard as a rock, but that was typical all around the UK, so I didn't mark off for that.
The hotel is on the north edge of Blackpool and you really have to take the trolly to get down to see the sights. The trolly doesn't run all that often and the stops are hard to find at times, so it was a bit of a pain but we managed it.
The hotel had no A/C and luckily for us our room did NOT face the ocean. You see, an ocean view is also an all-afternoon-sun view and that would mean our room would have been an oven.
The pool is fine - typical small hotel pool. They didn't allow splashing or jumping, though, which meant that it wasn't much fun for the kids. The seating for observing the pool is a bit odd - they have the pool walled off with a half height wall and parents have to sit at tables on the other side of the half wall. The effect is that if you're an American who likes to be by your kid's side and being physically available to them if they need you, you can't. You can't really get to them quickly if you need to, and they can't come to you when they need a quick towel to the face. So if you want the kids in your care, plan to swim.
The breakfast area was large and the food was all good. English breakfast options, plus fruit, cereal, muffins, and croissants (pretty much standard for England).
You had to pay to park, which was ridiculous, since at that end of Blackpool there was plenty of street parking available. The lot was also well posted with signs that said that valuables may not be safe - but that's probably Blackpool for you (a bit on the seedy side, folks).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy all the fun of the seaside at the Hilton Blackpool hotel. Located on Blackpool’s famous Promenade, take in delightful sea views and enjoy easy access to many popular attractions. This central Blackpool hotel near Blackpool Tower offers excellent transport links and ample onsite parking for private cars. Choose from a range of spacious guest rooms, family rooms and suites at the Hilton Blackpool hotel. Surf the web with high-speed internet access, watch an on-demand movie on the LCD TV or simply relax. Upgrade to a suite for extra space and guaranteed sea views. With 11 flexible meeting rooms, business is easy at the Hilton Blackpool. Host an important meeting or lavish reception for up to 800 guests in this adaptable venue and stay in touch with wireless internet access, which is complimentary in all public areas.Enjoy complimentary access to the LivingWell Health Club during your stay at the Hilton Blackpool. Swim in the heated pool, work out in the 24-hour fitness center or de-stress in the relaxing sauna. The hotel’s beauty suite offers a range of luxurious treatments including facials and massages for a spot of pampering. Indulge in a delicious meal from the carvery in the Promenade Restaurant then enjoy evening entertainment most weekends and a relaxing drink in the Lounge Bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blackpool Hilton Hotel
- Hilton Blackpool