England’s largest seaside resort offers an affordable holiday getaway for thousands of families, couples, tour groups and convention parties every year. Its miles of beaches and dozens of Disneyesque rides and attractions make it the unabashed king of razzle-dazzle in England.
Of course, Blackpool has it share of negatives as well. A dull, flat landscape, frequently unpleasant weather and an often times dowdy atmosphere means there’s always the risk of disappointment when planning a trip to the sea here. But the invigorating salt sea air, the unpretentious locals and the unapologetic sense of old-style fun makes Blackpool worth a roll of the dice.
Our Favourite Blackpool Hotels:
The Imperial Hotel: built by the Victorians, this red-brick behemoth remains one of Blackpool’s most iconic structures. It’s popular with conventions, but that shouldn’t stop you from giving it a look, especially considering its convenient location right on the seafront promenade. Rooms are well-apportioned and some offer scenic views of the water. Facilities include an indoor heated pool, a sauna, a Jacuzzi and a fitness centre.
Cherry Tree House Hotel: a real charmer right in the heart of town, yet just a couple of minutes’ walk from the sea. Rooms are bright and cheery, and excellent value for the price. Best of all, the hosts here really go out of their way to make you feel welcome and comfortable.
Big Blue Hotel: a location right on Pleasure Beach and a sophisticated interior design makes the Big Blue a hot spot for travellers in search of a rare touch of style while in Blackpool. With Nickleodeon Land just next door, the location is a key selling point for this hotel which is popular with families.
Hilton Blackpool: overlooking the promenade and the beach, the Hilton provides the reliably comfortable rooms and snappy service that many people have come to expect from this global hotel chain. The LivingWell Health Club is open to guests for spa treatments, while the 24-hour fitness centre is ideal for staying fit. The Hilton is a favourite with conventions and special events due to its extensive function facilities.
De Vere Heron’s Reach: this spacious property is something of a one-stop holiday spot for visitors who enjoy on-site recreation and loads of activities. With an 18-hole golf course, three squash courts, three outdoor tennis courts and a heated indoor pool, there is a lot to do right here. The rooms are nice too, boasting comfy beds and attractive décor. Large family suites are another useful aspect of this hotel.
The Savoy Hotel: another of Blackpool’s original Victorian monuments to pleasure, The Savoy is still wooing guests with its recently remodeled rooms and the same superb seaside location by the North Pier. The rooms are all a bit different, though most are quite spacious and many offer wonderful sea views. There aren’t any recreation facilities on site but the family suites make it a good option for large groups.
Burlees Hotel: there are literally dozens of similar-looking guesthouses dotting the landscape of Blackpool, and Burlees is one of the better ones. It is obviously loved by its owners and well-maintained, boasting a simple but comfortable atmosphere. Rooms are modest but comfortable and the back garden adds a solid dose of charm to this reasonably-priced hotel.
Berwyn Hotel: one of the best hotels in Blackpool for budget-seeking visitors is the Berwyn. The historic house is flooded with sunshine thanks to huge windows on the lower floor and just next door is the Gynn Gardens public park, providing convenient access to strolling terrain. Rooms are simple but comfortable and the price is right.
The Strand: this cosy little place manages to maintain a bed and breakfast atmosphere while offering the quality and amenities of a hotel. Its beachfront location can’t be beat, making up for the rather unremarkable rooms.