“ Yeadon Way, South Shore, Blackpool, FY1 6BF. „
We booked this hotel during the school summer holidays and we were not disappointed. We managed to get a real bargain as we paid £49 in the premier inn sale for two adult, two children and one baby in a cot.
Our bed was really conmfortable and I love the fact they now have a 'choose your pillow' choice. The girls did not think there bed was as comfortable as ours but it done the job and it was only a one night stay.
The staff had made the cot up for us on arrival with blankets and everything, and we did arrive a little earlier than the specified time but they let us check in which was a bonus.
We stayed on a Friday night and it just happened to be scorching hot which was great whilst we were out but when we tried getting asleep we found it really hard due to the heat in the bedroom. They did provide a rotating fan but my daughter kept sneaking over to press the button to keep it on her rather than rotating as it really was that hot.
There is an adjoining restaurant and they have an all you can eat buffet on a Friday night which is fish and chips themed but this does change depending on what night you stay. The good thing is they have a little play area which iis free of charge whilst you are dining so the kids can have a little play whilst you are waiting for your food.
The other great thing is the location and the free parking, you just walk through a little gate in the car park, over the bridge and up a road and you are on the promenade right next to the pleasure beach (10 mins) and you get to park for free which is brilliant.
I have already booked to go back to this hotel to see the illuminations as it really is a little hidden treasure.
Blackpool is meant to have more hotel rooms in the town than in the whole of Portugal, the problem with having this level of choice is that it is daunting to know where to start to look when you want to choose a place to stay and horror stories about seaside landladies were very much at the forefront of my mind when I was thinking about accommodation. I planned to have a short break in the second week of the school holidays in April for one adult and two teenagers and needed a decent room in a safe and quiet hotel with on site parking so decided to book two nights at the Premier Inn located on Yeadon way for the cost of £50 per night.
Premier Inn is the UK's largest hotel company with over 580 hotels and new ones seem to be springing up all the time. I had never stayed in one of their hotels before but had read positive reviews of both the chain and the individual hotel so I thought I knew what to expect. Premier Inn are unique in offering a good night's sleep or your money back, an offer which unfortunately we had to take advantage of.
The Blackpool Central Premier Inn is central in the same way that Luton airport is in London! It is easy to get to by car since it is right at the outskirts of the town but it is a good 15 minutes walk to the pleasure beach (and £5 taxi fare to get back when your legs are knackered!) and even further to other attractions. The first impressions of the hotel was that it was a bit bland, a simple L-shaped brick building next to a petrol station and the main road. They do have various plants dotted around the exterior brightening it up a bit but it is not somewhere you would visit for its unique character. There is a small car park which was almost full both nights we stayed, parking is free for hotel guests.
Check in was painless, I simply told the receptionist my name and he gave us two swipe card keys and directed us to our room, you give credit card details to secure the room and pay for your stay when you arrive.
The room itself was a decent size. It seems there are two different type of rooms, the standard room has a double bed and a double sofa that can be folded down and the family rooms have the double bed and a single sofa with an extra fold down bed being brought out if required. We had the family room and the two single beds were made up on arrival. The room is painted white with a purple carpet and curtains and picture on the wall. It looked a bit gloomy to be honest but a lot better once we filled it with junk and clutter!
As well as the beds there was an open fronted wardrobe with half a dozen coat hangers fixed in place and some shelf space, two bedside tables and a large dressing table with a mirror, hairdryer, tea making facilities and a small CRT TV with freeview channels available. The dressing table came in very handy with the teenage girls and luckily it had room for straighteners, three make up bags and all our hair styling products! We also had a phone which was handy for phoning reception but since most people have mobile phones I doubt is really much use. We took advantage of Wi-Fi buying a card for £5 giving an hours access and it was a fairly slow connection.
The en-suite bathroom was basic and functional with a bath and over bath shower. The bath was nice and long and wide and deep which was perfect for a long soak in the tub and the shower had really good water pressure and it was simple to adjust the temperature. There were dispensers giving hand wash and a combined shampoo and shower gel but we had taken our own toiletries. The bathroom was nice and clean too so we were happy with it and were glad to see we had plenty of large fluffy white towels to dry off with.
The fun and games started when it was time for bed. My double bed was mighty comfortable and I slept like a baby and the sofa bed was also fine but my daughter described the fold up bed as feeling like a pile of bricks with a sheet on them. We did contact reception who gave her an extra duvet to put underneath her body but this didn't make much difference, we contacted reception again who said there were no more duvets and she would have to put up with it. After much tossing and turning she ended up using this duvet as a mattress and sleeping on the floor under the dressing table.
The next morning we went down to reception to tell them about my daughter sleeping on the floor and they guessed straight away that it was because of the fold down bed and told me they were designed for under 10's and that we should write to head office as many people had problems with them. I asked about the good night sleep guarantee and the woman went to fill in the forms and a refund was approved which will be sent by cheque in a fortnight. Of course this still left the problem about where daughter would sleep for the second night and we were told more duvets would be sent up to cushion the bed which was really not an acceptable solution.
I asked again at reception later in the day if anything could be done about my daughter's bed for the night and this time the receptionist could not be more helpful. In the end she looked on the computer to see if she could take one of the sofa beds from an empty room but none were available so she ended up taking the mattress from the sofa bed from her own room and came up and made a bed up on the floor. This proved to be far more comfortable and my daughter got a good nights sleep the second night.
Unfortunately I did not sleep well the second night due to the temperature of the room. You are meant to be able to regulate the temperature of your room yourself but despite turning the heat down to 15 degrees when I pressed the temperature check button it showed the room was 23 degrees when the optimum temperature for sleep is 18 degrees. After tossing and turning I ended up putting the fan on to cool down the room. When this did not work and I was still too hot I ended up splashing myself in cold water and standing in front of the fan so that I was freezing cold and would be happy to get into a hot bed! It worked and I eventually dropped off at around 2am, I thought I had slept all night but according to one of the girls I had got up to the toilet and the second I got back into bed started snoring again, it worried me that I did not remember this! I did not mention my second bad nights sleep to reception because I didn't want to make it look like I was trying to blag a free break. The room was nice and quiet, we never heard any noise from the road or the other rooms and only heard the occasional noise from the corridor.
There is no dining room in the hotel itself but guests eat breakfast in the Brewers Fayre restaurant which is right next door. Breakfast costs £7.75 per adult with a continental option costing £2 less and is served from 7 to 10am during school holidays. The good thing for families is that two kids under 16 eat free with each adult meal purchased so our breakfasts ended up costing around £2.50 each which is fantastic value. The breakfast is a self serve buffet and was surprisingly good. There is a massive choice of cereals, bread and croissants, marmite, jams, spreads, fruit juices, tea and coffee and cooked items and they will also freshly cook porridge, boiled eggs or veggie sausages. The cooked items included really good quality beef sausages, sunny side up fried eggs, scrambled eggs, grilled tomatoes, bacon, baked beans and mushrooms. The breakfast was really nice especially the sausages and mushrooms and we filled up with huge cooked meals meaning we only needed a small snack between breakfast and dinner. You can also eat at the restaurant for your other meals and it sells reasonably priced pub grub but there is hardly a lack of eating establishments in Blackpool and we enjoyed the freedom of choosing different places to eat in the evening.
My experience at Blackpool Central Premier Inn was mixed. It is a functional and clean hotel rather than a luxury hotel and I think it is best for short stays as you would get bored there if you stayed for too long. What disappointed us the most was the rock hard kids bed, they say that the bed is designed for under 10's but since they try to attract kids under 16 with their free breakfasts it makes sense to have a bed that will be comfy for adult sized teenagers. I was however very impressed with the member of staff who went out of her way to help us the following day and made sure my girl got a good nights sleep the next night. Based on my first experience staying with Premier Inn it is a chain of hotels I would consider using again for a short family break with only one child in tow but would not want to take two teenagers to a family room again.
Blackpool is a place that is famous for its illuminations, and as a child of the west coast of Scotland, every autumn there have been day trips and short breaks available from my hometown to Blackpool for this visual feast.
I have only ever been to Blackpool on day trips but really fancied seeing the illuminations for once in my life so on the spur of the moment, I decided to see if I could book a hotel with parking and go for a weekend.
Eventually I settled upon the Premier Inn Blackpool Central, lured in by the fact it has a large free car park and the "central" in the hotel's title.
The hotel is easy to reach by car, located as it is off the main road into the town from the M55 exit for Blackpool Airport and the South Shore. This road is called Yeadon Way and takes you straight to the hotel.
The hotel is also reasonably easy to reach from Blackpool South railway station, it just being a short walk through a car park from here.
The reception area at this Premier Inn is small, but welcoming. Entry to the reception area is via two automatic doors, which is a nice touch if you have a lot of luggage. For security purposes the automatic doors do not operate after midnight and you have to ring a buzzer for reception to open the door for you.
Check in was friendly and efficient, and I was given a permit to display inside my car as the car park is pay and display to non hotel guests. Keys are of the card variety and I was asked how many I needed at check in.
There are a couple of steps from the reception to one "wing" of the hotel, but there is a ramp for access if you are disabled. This is also helpful if you are pulling your luggage along on wheels. Once you reach the entrace to each hotel wing you need to use your key to access them.
There is no lift as the hotel building only has two floors.
It's also worth noting that Premier Inn hotels do not permit pets - only guide dogs are allowed in their establishments.
The room was exactly as I expected it to be as a seasoned Premier Inn customer. I had booked a family room and the sofa bed was made up on arrival. The room also had a double bed, desk area with kettle, fan and TV, wardrobe area which was open plan and included several shelves and a drawer, and the ensuite bathroom.
The room was spotlessly clean and we were pleased to see enough towels and pillows for all our party.
The TV was an old CRT 14" portable but it had all the available Freeview channels and the picture quality was fine. The TV swivels around and this was good as it meant my daughter could watch the charts on 4Music without me having to watch it.
The double bed was quite high up and wonderfully comfortable. I stay in Travelodges a lot and for me what really makes a Premier Inn room superior is the bed - forget the fact they give you a hairdryer and some toiletries in your room - the fact is the beds are very well constructed, of a high quality and will give you a great night's sleep.
WiFi internet is available in rooms for a surcharge but I didn't ask about how much it cost given I could use my mobile phone for the web.
The bathroom was a reasonable size and had a bath with shower. There was a nice waffle fabric shower curtain to keep the bathroom dry and this was in the signature purple and white. It was pleasant to have a shower curtain which felt pleasant and reasonably warm to stand beside as opposed to a plastic one.
The shower was quite powerful too - probably not as good as a Travelodge one (that's the one thing Travelodge does well in my opinion) but it did the trick with lots of hot water. Rooms have hand soap and body wash in dispensers attached to the wall.
The Yeadon Way pub is located next door to the Premier Inn and this is where you have breakfast.
The Yeadon Way is a Brewer's Fayre pub and is a well lit with a pleasant vibe although we found some of the tables were positioned impossibly close together. As the hotel was full both nights we stayed, it was also very busy at breakfast time.
Breakfast is a help yourself affair - you can opt for the Premier Breakfast which costs £7.50 or a Continental Breakfast at £5.25. Children under 16 eat free meaning it's good value for families. The Premier Breakfast includes hot food such as sausages, bacon, beans, mushrooms and eggs.
At this particular hotel everything was served buffet style in the restaurant - sometimes they will cook your food to order but here only vegetarian sausages, boiled eggs and porridge were cooked this way - everything else was help yourself.
A couple of things did run out while I was waiting - orange juice and bread for instance - but staff were very quick at ensuring you didn't have to wait long for stocks to be replenished. The staff were clearly very busy but worked as hard as they could to make sure breakfast was a pleasant experience for guests both days we were there and you couldn't criticise their work ethic.
We enjoyed breakfast despite the rush and my only complaint would be the fact the hotel only had one toaster - and a slow toaster at that. This led to long lines of people waiting for their morning toast.
We visited the pub in the evening but didn't dine here. Drinks service was swift and unusually for one of these pubs the place was quite busy and there was a pleasant atmosphere too. We did notice a group of people who were dining and had had a very bad experience with some of their party waiting over an hour for their food to arrive however - so I am quite glad we chose to dine elsewhere.
If you are looking for a hotel which is easy to reach by car and has plenty of parking, the Premier Inn Blackpool Central fits the bill - particularly if you want to head to the Pleasure Beach.
It's not so useful for the Tower and Central Pier areas, but you are only a short walk from the tram stop to get there.
If you want to be slap bang in the middle of the action it's probably not ideal, however I think it's particularly good for families given the location and the fact it's quiet - we stayed a Friday and Saturday night and had no disturbances whatsoever due to the fact the hotel is located a block or so from the seafront and other pubs and clubs.
I would definitely consider booking this hotel again however as I was really impressed with the staff, the location, the room and the service.
If, however, you are wanting a more traditional place to stay in Blackpool with in house entertainment and more to do on your doorstep, this won't be the place for you.