“ Address: Seasiders Way / Blackpool / FY1 6JJ / England „
One of my closest friends lives in Brighton so unfortunately it is rare that we get to meet up so when she told me she was coming up for a short break in Blackpool I knew I would have to book somewhere too so that we could spend a few days together. Initially I wanted to book a bed and breakfast but as it was the bank holiday weekend everywhere was coming up quite expensive so when my friend suggested a Travelodge at a reasonable price I decided to book there.
I called Travelodge and a very helpful advisor was on hand to assist me in choosing the right hotel for what we wanted. As I was booking quite some time in advance the room was available on a flexible rate which meant it was just £19 per night. The downside of this however is that should you cancel you will not be refunded!
I chose the South Shore Travelodge which is right next to Blackpool Football Club on Seasiders Way so it is very easy to find if you are unfamiliar with Blackpool. There is a decent sized car park on site which you do have to pay for, however if you are staying at the hotel you can buy a pass for £5 which covers parking for 24 hours. Non residents of the hotel can still park on the car park but it is somewhat more expensive. There are several disabled parking spaces near to the entrance to the hotel alongside some outdoor seating area's.
When we arrived at the hotel we needed to check in before we could pay to park, this wasn't ideal as the traffic warden was around and issuing a couple of tickets!! I had to ask him to give me a few minutes to get checked in and he was rather impatient to say the least! Walking into reception I noticed how clean and fresh it was. The large reception desk is facing the doors and there is a small area with a couple of computers should you wish to go on the internet. To the left as you enter reception you will see a reasonable sized bar and cafe. The gentleman on reception was very friendly and quickly issued us with our card key and parking permit. Going out to the parking meter to pay was a bit of a nightmare, now maybe I am a bit thick but I found it impossible to make it work at first but after around ten minutes and a few expletives later it was done!
Our room was room 312 which is situated on the third floor so we went to the lifts as we had way too much to carry up the stairs. Unfortunately only one of the lifts was working so we were left waiting for a good few minutes - cue a stress from my daughter who was unhappy that she was lumbered with her suitcase! The lift was very small and dark and my daughter was a little frightened about going in so I do think this is something that could have been changed with some slightly brighter lights.
Entering our room my daughter was so excited, it was her first ever stay in a hotel and she didn't really know what to expect but I have stayed in Travelodge's before so knew they were pretty basic. We had a family room which meant we had a king size bed along with a sofa bed (which obviously needed making up). In the corner of the room there was a large desk with tea/coffee making facilities and menu's for the cafe. There was just one double plug socket which was just at the side of the desk so I had to charge my phone up there rather than next to the bed overnight which I would have preferred. A large mirror is on the wall just above the desk which has a light attached - something my daughter found quite fantastic! Just behind the door is a small cabinet with a rail complete with five hangers. I was a little disappointed in how little space there was for our clothes so I ended up leaving mine in the case and hanging my daughters up. The bathroom was very small and compact, just enough room for the toilet, bath (with a shower head) and sink. The large mirror above the sink also had a light on which again my daughter couldn't resist turning on all the time. On the whole it was very clean and modern but basic.
We were supplied with three pillows, two for the king size bed and one for the sofa bed and there was one extra in the cabinet which I put on my bed. I did think about asking for extra pillows as they were very thin so two weren't enough even though at home I often just use one! Just two towels were provided, a small bath sheet and a bath towel but I had to ask for extra as there were two of us.
The television is attached to the wall in front of the main bed and some Freeview channels are provided but not many. We didn't really use the television much as we spent most time out of the hotel.
When it came time for bed I was convinced my daughter would end up in bed with me as she has never slept in a high bed before, her bed at home is quite a low one so this looked really high in comparison. Also, the sofa bed was absolutely rock hard and I couldn't even sit on it let alone lie on it. Eventually she did fall asleep and didn't move all night which shows she must have been well out of it as usually she is very fidgety! My bed was a little softer but it was the single most uncomfortable bed I have ever had to sleep in. There was a mattress protector on the bed which I knew there would be but it was a poor one and just crinkled all night which drove me batty! I didn't expect to sleep well being away from my own bed but not for a minute did I think it would be so bad! I also found it to be quite a cold room but I am used to my bedroom at home being really warm.
Housekeeping came round quite early in the morning, it was around 10am just as I was trying to convince my daughter to get dressed! One thing I was less than impressed with is that when the housekeeping lady had been round, she had opened the window and the safety wire had snapped. Knowing that I have a young child in the room I think this should have been sorted immediately and I had to go and complain at reception. The man on reception wasn't very pleasant and just said he would note it down and that I should supervise my child being near the window. Obviously I would do that anyway but I feel more should have been done especially as we were on the third floor!
Breakfast is available in the cafe and this is charged at £7.65 (or £1 discount if you order at the time of booking) and children eat free with every paying adult. The range of foods available at breakfast was excellent though we didn't eat there as I rarely have breakfast and I didn't want to pay that price just so my daughter could eat free so we took our own.
There are also snacks and evening meals available and there were some good offers such as two courses for £9.95. The range of foods was good and had we decided to eat there we had a good choice on hand.
There is Wi-Fi available at the Travelodge and at various charges:
£5 1 hour
£10 24 hours
£20 1 week
£30 1 month
There are also vending machines in the reception area which we didn't use but there was a good selection of snacks available.
Having stayed in a Travelodge before I knew what to expect, nothing fancy just a basic room really. It was very very clean but it was not a comfortable room. Our room faced out onto the football ground and it was very noisy with the road next to the hotel which I didn't think would be a busy road during the night but I was very wrong there! There were no curtains in the room, just a blackout blind which didn't really fit correctly and let in a lot of light.
For the price I paid for the room I can't really complain, the bed wasn't to my liking but that is just me as I prefer a softer bed and I should have taken my own pillow in hindsight! I don't think I would ever stay there again and if I was to go back to Blackpool for a few days I would book a Premier Inn as I find the quality of the rooms there a much higher standard. Most of the staff were very pleasant and tended to anything they were asked, I just felt let down by the attitude of the man on reception when complaining about the window which was a real safety issue.
I was suprised at how far away from the Tower and other attractions the hotel was, as when driving past it seems so much nearer but it was too far for my daughter to walk really so I ended up driving and parking near the Tower so paid much more for parking than I wanted to.
Thank you for reading my review.
Well, it's a Travelodge. That means no frills but clean, and certainly this fulfilled the criteria. We paid £19 for a family room during one of the online special offer releases of rooms, and 4 of us slept reasonably comfortably.
Facilities: Be warned, what you save on the room you can end up paying for in extras. I paid £3.20 for a small bottle of lager in the bar. The parking is £5 per stay: that seems expensive but when you compare it to what is on offer commercially from other sites near the seafront, it is not outrageous. However I do wonder whether I could have simply driven 15 minutes' walk away from the coast and parked for nothing. We didn't have the breakfast: that was £7.50 for adults and free for children, which seemed just about fair. There are also evening meals on offer. We were very impressed with the friendliness of the staff. There was tea, coffee and a kettle in the room and the TV worked fine.
Location: it's right across the road from Blackpool's football stadium. We saw a MacDonald's and a Frankie and Benny's just a stone's throw away, and it is only about 15 minutes' walk from the central and south piers. The immediate area is somewhat tatty, with rows of sad looking hotels in need of tlc. The seafront of course has all the burger bars, donut stalls, ice cream shops etc. that are found in resorts of this kind.
Disadvantages: thin doors to the rooms mean that you can be disturbed by people talking in the corridor as they walk past - and this is a very large hotel with very long corridors, so the potential for a lot of noise. Having said that, the hotel was fully booked (an April weekday in the school holidays) and we weren't bothered that much. There is no extractor fan in the bathroom.
We had a positive experience and would stay there again.
I travel with my work sometimes and I had to stay in this hotel chain in July last year overnight, it was very good, it was a comfortable stay, the room I stayed in was a double room, with a comfy double generous sized bed for 2 people,and it the room had a large bathroom and wardrobe space and a trouser press, it had an electric heater, although it was not needed, there were 2 clean towels and extra blankets and pillows if needed, it had everything I wanted, even a kettle and tea, coffee sachets and sugar and little pots of milk.
It had a good sized window that opened up with safety catches so if opened, it was safe to do so.
The staff were welcoming and the room was available for 3pm and departure time the next day was 12pm which was good for anyone leaving at a later time.
There was a breakfast priced at £7.99 which was continental as it was eat as much as you like and when I stayed there it was free for kids to eat, although I do not know if it was an offer at the time but well worth checking out to make a saving with anyone who has children.
It has a bar for a drink and a cafe for snacks etc, which can be handy if you want a quick bite to eat.
There is a carpark which is charged when I stayed there and the price was £5 per 24 hours.
It is local to the Blackpool attractions and the the famous Trams.There is alot to do in Blackpool although it has deteriated over the years in some parts but not all from when I used to go there many years ago.
I think that if you are looking for a couple of nights away to the seaside this is a perfect hotel and the prices start from around £44.50, even cheaper if you can get one of their cheap rate deals when on offer.
Good priced hotel for comfortable stay.
I rate it a 5 star.
***Blackpool South Shore Travelodge***
I know that Travelodge's can get a bad press, but we have stopped in a few and have generally had good experiences. We stopped there for one night, whilst we visiting Blackpool to go to The Sandcastle and The Pleasure Beach.
I am sure it is common knowledge but booking ahead is going to save you money. I booked this hotel back in January when they had one of their promotions going. I paid the grand sum of £9 for this family room, which could have slept four. They often have promotions of this kind; more commonly it is rooms that can be booked for £19. The website is easy to navigate, with only the most basic information on there.
However during these special promotions the website may be slow and occasionally shows availability, only to find there is none when you click through the process. I saw that to book on the day would have cost me £61 so I did feel that I got a bargain. I also went through a cashback website and received cashback on my £9! However, I am sure there are people who back out and don't turn up so I suppose occasionally they make money for nothing. Looking ahead generally there are rooms available from around £32, which I still don't think is a bad price. You can check in from 3pm and must check out by midday the next day. There is the option to extend this for an extra £10 payment.
NB The exception to this is when the illuminations are on, when it can go up to £100 a night!
There are three Blackpool locations that you could choose from: this one, South Promenade and Blackpool central. I have no experience of the other two, but can say that the one on South Promendade is located right next to the Pleasure Beach. Even though this hotel is classed as South Shore is is a good 15 minute walk from the attractions that we wanted to visit. It is located off Seasider's Way which is a main thoroughfare running adjacent to the front.
It is situated right next to the football ground which they look to be in the process of extending. This is a newly built hotel, with really nice gardens and shrubs and a quite big secure car park. The hotel staff let me park my car for free whilst we explored, I then checked in and it cost me £5 to park there overnight, which I didn't think was too bad - but still, it is often these extra's that annoy people. On the website it says that there are 120 spaces available.
The rooms are the standard type that you expect in all the Travelodges, they are usually decorated in blue and white and seem a bit clinical. Nevertheless, this room was quite new and very clean. We had a double bed and a sofa bed. Whilst the double bed was comfortable, I have to say that sleeping on the sofa bed was like sleeping on a brick. This I have found is the same in all the Travelodges that I have stayed in. I am a bit embarrassed to say, but we came prepared and brought a blow up camp bed in the car! I was prepared to do this as I only paid £9 for the room.
There is a type of bar/cafe and this was clean with new (as the hotel is new) and although I didn't sample any evening meal etc, we did have breakfast. It was £7.99 for a cooked breakfast and the children then ate for nothing. It was a self service affair, where you help yourself from the buffet and stand in line to make your toast on the machine. It was all very nice, but generally the quality of the food was worth £7.99. I think this is a good option if you have children, because it keep them going, so you can get on with exploring.
The cafe had floor to ceiling windows, which made it nice and airy, although the main view as the backs of houses in the distance! The shrubs and plants surrounding the hotel are in good condition and nice to look at though.
I found this to be good, the staff where helpful where directions were concerned and you could ring a taxi, which we did to take us to the Pleasure Beach, which cost us £5. We would have walked but it was absolutely pelting it down with rain, so it seemed like the best option at the time. Check out is easy, you just hand your card in. A word of warning, you need your card to get through an inner door as well as your room. When I went to get something from the car and left my key in the room with my family, I couldn't get back in through the ground floor entrance door; the staff let me through, but keep your key card with you at all times.
I know that Travlodges get a bad press, but for £9 this was a great deal. I am not so sure I would pay £100, there are better alternatives. If you get chance to take advantage of one of the £19 deals on at the moment (I would be amazed if you found any for this location, then take advantage of it and take a trip to the north, as Travelodges go, this is a good one!