Impressive facade and the reception and public areas with high ceilings, chandeliers, beautifully decorated are impressive now so I can imagine stepping back in time and you get the feel this hotel was 'special'.
Despite its impressive public areas once you get beyond the elevators you realise that every creak and groan of the floor boards is the building begging to have some TLC refurbishment and investment.
We were allocated a room on the fourth floor with an impressive view of the Tower, North Pier and the sea from a modestly sized window.The room (401) was large with a Kingsize and single bed in the room, usual tea and coffee making facilities and a decent size flat screen TV.
Our Bathroom was just off the bedroom down a very short corridor (all within the room) it was good/ok, the bath was relatively shallow with a shower over it, this was all fine for us in our mid 5ft's but as the slope of the roof was incorporated into the bathroom over the bath I suspect some of my taller friends would have struggled to enjoy a shower in it. The room was well equipped with plent of good quality bath towels.
Plenty of wardrobe/shelf space but all looked 'tired' included an open hole into the ceiling void?
I needed an Iron, although the room was equipped with an ironing board our iron was missing, I tried to call reception but the telephone was 'dead' i tried everything inc checking it was pluggd into the wall and then used my initiative to ring the switchboard from my mobile which, took an age to answer. When it finally was, I explained I was an in house guest and the phone was not working to which I was informed 'they knew'... It would have been a good idea to mention it on checking in...... Anyway, our Iron was with us instantly.
All staff we came in contact with were extremely polite, happy and most helpful.
Breakfast is served in an extremely grand setting, buffet style and plenty of food and drink, difficult/impossible to find fault in here, if you leave hungry after breakfast you really only have yourself to blame.
A slight 'niggle', guests are charged a nominal £3.50 (i think) parking charge yet with no barrier exit controls had you not been honest and declared you had a car you could avoid the fee, I kind of understand the charge but £3.50 is no deterent to casual parkers especially when no one is checking your exit! 'Newish owners' Puma would benefit more from goodwill by either abolishing the charge, installing a proper entry and exit barriers or issue tickets to be displayed issued at reception and fine, fine or clamp non-residents who abuse the facility. Rant over.
Would we stay again? Well i'd put it this way, it's not our most favourite or preferred hotel in Blackpool but it is extremely good value for money, comfortable and the staff are excellent all of which would encourage me to stay again, I just hope as and when I do that Puma have 'listened to this charming hotel's creaking floors begging for building investment/upgrade'
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The four-star Imperial Hotel Blackpool dominates the North Promenade and was one of the first hotels the Victorians built in the new seaside resort of Blackpool.Everything Blackpool has to offer is right on your doorstep and it’s a great base for exploring the surrounding region. Venture out to discover unspoilt beaches on the Fylde Coast and Cumbria’s picturesque lakes and mountains.This stunning Victorian Blackpool hotel boasts 180 modern bedrooms, 9 of which are stunning suites with sea views, it also has an indoor pool and the No.10 bar, which has served drinks to many British Prime Ministers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Imperial Hotel Blackpool
- Barcelo Blackpool