Having spent more than half my adult life in the north-west of England, it is rather unfortunate that I had never visited Blackpool. All that changed this weekend when Travelodge Blackpool very kindly invited us for a stay.
There are two Travelodge hotels in Blackpool. We booked in to stay at the Travelodge South Shore.
Travelodge South Shore is ideally located if you are looking to take in the sights and scenes of Blackpool. It is across the road from Blackpool FC, perfect if you are a fan. A brisk 10 minute walk takes you to the promenade and tram station. It is easy enough to find if you are driving into Blackpool for the first time, like we were. I loved that we were able to drive to the hotel straight off the motorway, skirting the town and avoiding the traffic.
South Shore offers on-site parking for its guests. The only drawback is that the parking lot is not exclusive to the hotel. It is a paid-for facility and can get busy, particularly on match days. That said, at £6 for 24 hours, it is a good deal if you, like us, do not fancy driving around town when you are on a weekend break. We prefer to use public transport on holiday, especially when you can access it easily from your hotel.
We arrived at mid-day. Check-in wasn’t till 3pm. There was the option of paying a tenner for early check-in, but we were in no rush to get to our room. It was a lovely autumn afternoon. So we parked the car, purchased a parking ticket, donned all-weather gear, and headed to the beach for a spot of kite-flying.
Our room was ready by the time we returned late afternoon. Check-in was smooth and armed with our electronic key fobs, we took the lift up to our third floor room. We were in a family room provided with a king-sized bed for us and a small single for J. A writing desk and chair on one end housed the tea and coffee making facilities. A wardrobe was lacking, but there was a rack with clothes hangers and a couple of shelves that we used to stash our things.
I liked that the room, although basic, was neat, tidy and clean. And warm and cosy. Although there was an additional heater available, at no point did we feel the need to switch it on. The beds were comfortable and well-equipped to ensure a good night’s sleep.
Despite overlooking the football stadium and a busy main road, the road-noise was minimum. The only sounds we heard were families in the corridor as they walked to and from their rooms. M is a very light sleeper, and he would have made it known if any noise had kept him awake! It didn’t.
As with the room, the bathroom was basic, but bright and clean. There was no shower gel when we arrived and though we reported it to reception, a replacement never arrived. I could have pursued the matter, but it was easier to get my emergency stash from the bag and use that instead.
Travelodge South Shore has a café and bar that serves a buffet breakfast and hot meals. We chose to have breakfast in the hotel on two mornings. The spread included all the options for a full English, a variety of cereal, juice, hot drinks, fruit, yogurt, toast. At £7.95 per person per day, it really is good value for money. And kids eat free.
Having never stayed at a Travelodge before, I must say I was impressed with the overall quality and service that South Shore offered. The location was great, the staff was all pleasant and helpful and the room was nice and comfy. If you are looking for a good budget hotel from whence to explore Blackpool, Travelodge South Shore is your place.
Disclosure: We were guest of Travelodge for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.