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A outdated castle screamng out for a revamp
Norbreck Castle Hotel (Blackpool)
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Norbreck Castle Hotel (Blackpool)
Advantages: good for families
Disadvantages: far from town centre, quite expensive for what you get, out dated
I never actually stayed in this hotel however did visit it (no more details are required!!!), and although I can not fully comment on the full scale of the hotel, I am able to provide a basic review on my few hours in the hotel!
Norbeck Castle is located on the Queens promenade Blackpool, and is located quite a distance from the town. The Hotel overlooks the seafront on the North Shore, and is close to Blackpools' major attractions and entertainment.
The hotel has 480 bedrooms, many with sea views. All rooms are described on the website as being "tastefully decorated", rooms are en-suite and offer TV, Telephone, Hairdryer and Tea & Coffee making facilities. I found that the decor of the rooms is a little outdated, and not very modern.
The Boston restaurant is spacious and open to the public while the Castles restaurant is perfect for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and serves set menu meals. Norbreck Castle also has a Conservatory bar. Copper Face Jack's Bar is the busy bar with large sports screens. This hotel even has a 36 seater Cinema and Arcade room.
Spindles Health and Leisure Club has a great range of facilities including swimming pool, state of the art gym, sauna and spa. Children's facilities include a Splash Pool. The Norbreck Castle Hotel features live entertainment every evening. The Cabaret shows offer fully costumed, professional shows that provide great entertainment for both Adults and Children. The Hotel has 22 Conference, Meeting and Banqueting rooms. This includes Blackpool's famous Noralympia Conference Centre, the largest conference venue in Blackpool, capable of holding more than 3000 people. WIFI is available throughout all public areas of the hotel.
I found the rooms to be very old fashioned and out dated, and in desperate need of modernisation. The bathroom was awful, with no window or extraction. The walls in the room are really thin and you can hear everything, so just think what your neighbours can hear from your room! The bed was very uncomfortable and the linen looked like it had been used a million and one times.
The reception staff were quite friendly considering it was around 5am, and very happy to ring a taxi and be of assistance...maybe they were just trying to get rid of me!
The hotel itself is huge, and you could quite easily get lost here. From Blackpool you dont really expect a lot from a hotel, however as this is not a budget hotel you do have some expecations which this did not meet. I would not recommend staying this hotel if you are planning on going out clubbing as it is quite a distance and a good 10minutes in a taxi ride away, not good when you are drunk, and definatly not good queuing for a taxi. This hotel may be more suitable for families, as it is out of the hustle and bustle of the town centre. However for the price, you probably can find better elsewhere.
Summary: Good for families, but if you are young keep away
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