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Travelodge (Blackpool South Promenade)
Member Name: angelboouk
Travelodge (Blackpool South Promenade)
Date: 13/05/13, updated on 13/05/13 (61 review reads)
Advantages: price we paid, friendly, clean, location, food available, views
Disadvantages: broken light in room, dodgy television
When we decided that we fancied returning to Blackpool this year, we decided to go by train rather than as part of a package tour. We decided to book a Travelodge for our stay. There are two Travelodge hotels in Blackpool but we chose the one that best fitted our needs. We stayed here for 5 nights (Wednesday to Monday) and this review discusses our experience of this hotel.
~Travelodge South Promenade~
0871 984 6191
This hotel is located right next to the Pleasure Beach and is a few minutes from both the South and Pleasure Beach rail stations. It takes only a minute or two to walk to the hotel from the promenade and it is in close proximity to both the Sandcastle and the South Pier. Trams and buses stop here too. There is an on-site car park which can accommodate 16 cars at a cost of £8.00 per 24hour period.
We arrived into the Pleasure Beach rail station and hopped in a taxi with our suitcases. This hotel was in a perfect location for us and looks very clean and modern from the outside. It is perfectly suitable for those in wheelchairs and with pushchairs. The hotel is fully non smoking. Check in is from 3pm and check out is by 12pm but you can extend this for a charge.
We booked this hotel through the Travelodge website. My friend allowed us to make use of a family and friends discount and it was very easy to book. We booked five seperate nights to take advantage of a special discount and printed off the emailed documents. Payment was taken there and then as we were booking a saver price rather than a flexible price. We paid £14.99 per midweek night and just short of £50 for the Saturday night which I felt was good value for money. During our stay, a couple arrived and paid around £67.00 to check-in for that night. I would advise to book in advance as rooms start from £19.99. They offer double/twin and family rooms.
We arrived at the hotel just after 3pm and were checked in quickly. We were given a key card which is needed to access the hotel after a certain time and to gain access to the different areas of the hotel and of course, our room. Check-out was a simple task of handing in our key card. Because we had booked seperate nights, our key card needed re-activated each day but this was a quick process.
We met a few staff during our stay at this hotel and found them to be helpful and friendly. At busy times, they did seem to be short staffed and we often found the receptionist doing multiple jobs including serving food/drinks. One particular lady was very friendly and chatty towards our son which I appreciated. Our rooms were cleaned daily and beds made but we didn't actually see the maids as we were out early.
~The Hotel and Our Room~
The hotel in general was very clean and tidy throughout. On entering, the reception, bar area, toilets and a vending machine were there. Rooms are located over three floors and in two different sections of the hotel. Access is via stairs and lifts. We were on the third floor so made good use of the lift. I was pleased to see that our room was at the front of the hotel and overlooked the Pleasure Beach! We had room 306 and it was easy to find as the hotel is well sign posted.
We booked a family room which included a double bed and a sofa bed with a pull out section underneath. Our room was very spacious and very typically 'Travelodge'. If you are looking for something special and fancy then you won't get it here. The room had white walls, a white blind (and no curtains!) and the only decor was a red printed picture on one wall. I would describe our room as being comfortable for my little family. Travelodge don't really offer space for you to store your clothes but we did have a ledge with some coat hangers, a long mirror and a desk/chair with a kettle and coffee sachets.
Our room was clean. We slept well and found the sheets and pillows to be plentiful. Our bed had built in lights which looked really cheap and silly. The lighting in the room wasn't great as one light was too bright and the other didn't work and had no cover on it. My sons bed wasn't made on arrived and whilst he never complained about being uncomfortable, I lay on his bed and found it to be too 'springy' feeling - I couldn't have slept there!
The bathroom was clean and stocked with a small bar of soap, plastic cups and toilet rolls. We were also provided with a good supply of towels which were replenished daily as and when required. The bathroom had a smaller than average bath and a shower head over it. I really wish Travelodge would allow the shower head to be adjusted but it is stuck to the wall and is quite high up. We found the shower to be easy to control and there was a plentiful supply of hot, powerful water.
Whilst there was no curtains in the room, the blind did a good job of blocking out all light. We experienced various weather whilst staying here and some nights we had to open the windows for some air. The windows only open a small way and could have been cleaner. When closed, all noise was blocked out but we did experience a small amount of noise from others in the lobby. The heater was easy to control and warmed the room up quickly. A small television was mounted to the wall but was very temperamental - not all Freeview channels were there and they seemed to jump about quite a bit.
Overall, we found our room to be fine for our needs. We aren't overly fussy people and as long as it is clean and spacious, we are happy. We didn't mind living out our suitcases for 5 nights and found it comfortable to relax in at night when it was cold and wet outside. Wi-Fi is free in the cafe bar area of the hotel but is supposed to be charged in the rest of the hotel (from £5.00 per hour). We took the laptop to watch films at night and managed to log in to the internet from the third floor for free - wahey!
~Food and Drink~
This is the first Travelodge that we have stayed at that have a cafe bar. This area isn't huge but is clean, tidy and comfortable to sit in for something to eat. They serve breakfast here from 7am-10am (I think) and other food from 5pm - 10pm. There is a 24hour service offering pizza and other snacks. We had our breakfast here on two mornings and our dinner one evening. We chose to eat out on the other days.
Breakfast is £7.65 and children eat for free. The breakfast here is usually served on the bar and on a hot plate but on our last day, they weren't bringing food out and were only offering a 'plated' service which was rather annoying as we were paying for a buffet breakfast! Anyway, the food was plentiful when served up properly and we enjoyed it. There was a nice selection of cooked items including scrambled eggs (no other types of eggs), sausages, bacon, beans and tomato. The sausages in particular were delicious and we all loved them.
Also included in the buffet is fresh mandarin and grapefruit, croissants, muffins. bread to toast, yoghurts and various boxes of cereal. Apple and orange juice were included as was coffee and tea. There was lots there and we enjoyed our breakfast and considered it good value for money. We did find that there was a much better selection at the nearby Brewers Fayre though even if it was a little bit more expensive but I do feel that they do well to offer a cooked breakfast. A breakfast bag is also available. Food is replenished and served piping hot.
As I said, we had dinner here once as we wanted to try out other restaurants for dinner. I highly recommend the Grill at the end of the road as it offers delicious meals. Anyway, the dinner menu was varied and there is something to suit all including soup, fish and chips, burgers, lasagne and pizza alongside delicious desserts. Children have the option of 5 meals including macaroni and cheeseburgers. Prices are fairly reasonable given the portion sizes.
We opted for a combo sharing platter for two which included chicken wings, gourjons, bacon skins and other nibbly treats which was lovely. We followed with a burger platter for two which my fiance found to be okay but nothing special. It included little burgers, chips, onion rings and sauces for dipping. We shared a sticky toffee pud which was divine! Our son had chicken teddies with chips and ice cream for dessert which he enjoyed. I believe we paid around £30.00 for our meal including drinks which was good as it filled us up well.
Drinks in the hotel are quite expensive. £1.65 for a Fruit Shoot and £1.40 for a bottle of water or a 200ml bottle of Pepsi. My fiance bought two bottles of Budweiser for £6.00 and there is a wide range of spirits and alcopops available. The bar area isn't somewhere I would choose to sit and relax with a drink though. The vending machine was also expensive - £1.20 for crisps and 80p for chocolate.
This hotel was fine for us and we were happy with the standard of room and service. It isn't perfect but for the price we paid, it was better than I expected. I have stayed at four Travelodge hotels and found this one to great and we would happily return. The Pleasure Beach is literally on your doorstep - so close that when you look out the window, you can see inside the Valhalla and can watch the Big One rollercoaster doing its rounds - just ideal for us!
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: we will return!
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