“ Address: Queens Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY2 9SJ „
We got married at the Savoy Hotel in July 2010 and stayed for our wedding night.
The wedding was very easy to arrange. They had a special offer on for £999, which included the ceremony (although not the registrar's fee), room hire, wedding breakfast for 50 and evening buffet for 100, a master of ceremonies, a glass of Buck's Fizz for all wedding breakfast guests, table linen to match our colour scheme, a glass of champagne for my husband and me after the ceremony and a souvenir engraved cake knife.
We simply went in and said "What dates have you got left for summer 2010?" They had no Saturdays and only one Friday - so the decision was made. They even checked that the registrar was available on the date we chose, but the onus was on us to actually book the registrar.
Then the only thing we had to do was choose our menus, and deliver them a table plan about two weeks before the date.
We ran into a little snag during the ceremony. I had chosen specific music which I had out onto a CD with instructions for every track. This was played by a member of staff on a small CD player which was OK, until it came to playing the backing tracks for the songs my little choir was singing during the signing of the register. They couldn't hear the music while they were singing and the timing was all out - they caught up in the instrumental bits between verses, but it wasn't good enough. The introduction for one of them was totally mangled and they missed their cue entirely. I thought the CD must have got damaged, but when I played it back after the ceremony on my CD player, it played perfectly, so it must have been their machine. Had I known it was only a shoddy machine, I would have brought my own equipment, which was much better.
The champagne afterwards was a nice surprise - I didn't know we were getting that - and it was very nice champagne also! My husband was able to set up a tab for the two of us for the day so we didn't have to carry money, which was convenient.
The wedding breakfast was very nice. The only downside was that we had to choose the meal for everyone! The choices that we had made applied to the entire party - except for the vegetarian option naturally - so everyone had to have the same thing. I guess when you offer such a budget package, you can't really afford to faff about with different options for everyone. But it meant we had to choose fairly innocuous dishes that we felt most people would be likely to enjoy.
We had a tropical fruit platter for starter, which was mostly OK except for the passionfruit, which I hate. We were able to order plain melon for two guests with specific dietary requirements. Main course was pan fried supreme of chicken, with sautéed button onions, bacon lardoons and mushrooms, finished with a café de Paris cream sauce, served with seasonal vegetable and potatoes. This was nice, although I found the potatoes a little hard and left most of them. For dessert we chose chocolate roulade with forest berry compote. This was divine - you can't go wrong with chocolate!!
Whilst the package we ordered only included one glass of Buck's Fizz per guest, we were able to order drinks on top of that, and we paid £111.30 for a bottle of house red and a bottle of house white per table, and two bottles of sparkling white for the top table. We had eight tables altogether so that was a pretty good deal. Orange for the kids' table was free.
The evening reception began at 7pm and the buffet was served at 8.30pm. I didn't actually eat a lot of the food as I was still stuffed from the wedding breakfast. Trying to fit three courses inside an already pulled-in-to-the-limit corseted wedding dress is no easy matter! But what I did have was delicious. We were able to choose any seven dishes from their very extensive range of buffet items. We went with: sandwiches with fillings of cheese, beef, turkey, tuna and ham; salmon goujons; spicy spiral fries; sausage rolls; cheese and onion lattice pastry fingers; BBQ chicken drumsticks and pasta salad.
We were put in a suite with a sea-view and a four-poster bed. The cost for the night was £75. I wouldn't say it was luxurious, but it was certainly spacious. The second room of the suite was almost wasted - it had a table and four chairs, which ended up being the repository for our bags, and a single sofa facing a blank wall. It seemed like someone thought, "Oh we have an extra room here, we'd better find some furniture to put in it," rather that actually setting it out as a sitting room with some thought. In the bedroom, there was a small coffee table by the window with two armchairs so you could sit and chat and look at the sea - which was nice. As is common with many large hotels that concentrate on keeping prices down for the customers, and don't get a makeover perhaps as often as they should, the decor was all just a little bit tired. But it was sufficient and the bed was large and comfortable.
Breakfast was available the next day but, owing to a slight overindulgence of white wine on my part the night before (which I think is understandable), I didn't have much of it, so I can't vouch as to its quality. All I can tell you is that there were cornflakes, and the orange juice was very sour.
(This review has previously been posted on ciao.co.uk)
My family and I have stayed in the Savoy Hotel, Blackpool four times in the last 10 or so years.
* Location *
The Savoy is conveniently located on Queens Promenade. It is in walking distance from Blackpool Tower and the main shopping area, or you could catch a tram. There is a tram stop just across the road from the hotel, so it really is in an ideal tourist location. The illuminations are on either side of the hotel, so night time makes for a pleasant walk if you are visiting in autumn (when the illuminations are switched on). The Pleasure Beach is not really in walking distance, especially if you have young children, but it is only a short tram ride away.
* The Hotel *
The Savoy is three stars, and is very grand looking, both inside and from the outside. The check in process was very smooth and without problems, like the booking process had been. All four times we have stayed in the same type of room, a master bedroom and a twin room connected by a door. However, on our latest visit, the twin room had changed slightly: instead of two twins, there was a single bed and a bunk bed. There is one television and one bathroom, along with coffee making facilities. The views from both bedrooms were lovely - you could see the lights, the beach and the promenade.
Breakfast was very nice. There was a choice of cooked or continental, ranging from bacon and sausages to toast and tea.
There was a car park outside the hotel, but it was full on our last visit. However, there was a cheap one close to the hotel, so it wasn't a problem.
In some of our past visits we have found the hotel to be a little bit dirty, but nothing major, just clumps of dust on the skirting boards and a few dodging looking marks on the carpet.
* Prices *
We have always paid for our holidays at the Savoy with Tesco Clubcard vouchers. I have just checked online, and the prices are apparently from £30 per night per person. The cost of the adjoining room we always have is normally over £100 per night.
* Conclusion *
A great hotel, a perfect base for exploring Blackpool's many tourist attractions.