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Premier Inn (Blackpool Central)
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Premier Inn (Blackpool Central)
Advantages: Easy to reach by car, free parking, quiet
Disadvantages: Not so good if you want to head to the Central Pier or North Shore, little else nearby
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.
Summary: Nice Premier Inn that is only central to the South Shore in Blackpool
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