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Best hotels in Blackpool 2020: From beach getaways to seaside grandeur

Matt Breen
6 Jan 2020
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We all like to be beside the seaside – but you need a decent place to stay. Here’s our roundup of the best hotels in Blackpool

England is famed for its seaside resorts, and none more so than the Northern jewel in the crown: Blackpool. While the Lancashire town might have already had its touristic heyday, it remains an enduring part of the country’s heritage. And with its sandy beach and three – yes, three – piers still up and running, there’s plenty to see and do in the seaside town.

In true seaside resort fashion, there are lots of hotels to choose from in Blackpool. So where to start? We’ve put together this list of the best hotels in Blackpool, from budget to high-end, and for families and couples. 

Things to do in Blackpool

If there's one word that can sum up the Blackpool experience, it’s entertainment. While other seaside towns’ piers have faded into disrepair or been lost in fires, Blackpool’s three piers are all still buzzing with amusements and arcades, as is the huge Coral Island entertainment complex. If you’re in the town between late August and early November, you can enjoy the 66-day Blackpool Illuminations festival. Kids will love Blackpool Zoo, Madame Tussauds Blackpool and Blackpool Sealife Centre. And if the sun’s out? Head to the beach.

How to get to Blackpool

Blackpool North station is served by direct trains from Preston, York, Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester Piccadilly and even London Euston. Londoners who wish to save money will find National Express coach journeys from Victoria for as little as £17.10, while routes from Birmingham can be had for just £8 and from Manchester for a mere £5. If you’re travelling from overseas, the nearest major airports to Blackpool are Manchester Airport and Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport. 

The best hotels in Blackpool

1. Best hotel for grandeur: Imperial Hotel

If you want to transport yourself back to the glory days of yesteryear, book yourself a room in this Victorian seafront hotel. With its ornate facade overlooking the North Shore area, the Imperial Hotel enjoys a prime position in the town, with the North Pier only a ten-minute walk away. Inside, the amenities are anything but aged – there’s an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, sauna steam room and gym, with the resident Health & Leisure club offering lots of pampering treatments. A sound choice if you want to stay in style in Blackpool.

Key specs: Parking? Yes; Wi-Fi? Yes; Family-friendly? Yes; Disabled facilities? Yes

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2. Best contemporary-style hotel: Blackpool FC Hotel

Trust us when we say you don’t need to be a Blackpool supporter to enjoy this slick, modernly furnished establishment. Decorated throughout in muted, tasteful colours, each room has an en-suite bathroom, and breakfast comes in the form of a full English each morning, which should set you up nicely for a stroll along the promenade; it’s less than ten minutes’ walk away. There’s also an on-site sports bar, where we think it’s fair to say they’ll be screening Tangerines matches.

Key specs: Parking? Yes; Wi-Fi? Yes; Family-friendly? Yes; Disabled facilities? Yes

Book now on Booking.com


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3. Best hotel for adults: McHalls Bed & Breakfast

While Blackpool is a family-friendly town through and through, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to escape the ankle-biters for a while. Couples seeking out a bit of relaxation and privacy should take a look at this homely B&B, which is run by Steve and Michelle McHall. It’s in the town centre, so at what you might call a safe distance from all the seafront shenanigans. You can choose from a range of cooked breakfasts in the mornings, and there’s a bistro restaurant on the premises too. 

Key specs – Parking? Yes; Wi-Fi? Yes; Family-friendly? No; Disabled facilities? No

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4. Best hotel for the beach: Beeches Hotel

If the beach is your top priority during your stay in Blackpool, you can’t do much better than the somewhat ironically-named Beeches Hotel: it’s a two-minute walk away. That means you’ll also have Blackpool Tower, Coral Island and the Winter Gardens a stone’s throw away. Inside, you’ll find a bright, homespun hotel with rooms that each have a flat-screen TV with DVD player, plus tea and coffee-making facilities. There’s also an on-site bar if you don’t fancy venturing out for an evening drink.

Key specs – Parking? No; Wi-Fi? Yes; Family-friendly? Yes; Disabled facilities? No

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5. Best budget hotel: Avenue Guest House

If you’re trying to keep your cash focused on the arcade machines and you’re in search of a budget hotel, Avenue Guest House is a great choice. The rooms here may be small and plainly furnished, but they still have en-suite bathrooms, plus a TV, hairdryer and tea and coffee-making facilities. It’s also in an excellent location, with the Winter Gardens and the North Pier just over ten minutes’ walk away. Full English and Irish breakfasts are served in the morning.

Key specs – Parking? Yes; Wi-Fi? Yes; Family-friendly? Yes; Disabled facilities? No

Book now on Booking.com


6. Best hotel for peace and quiet: The Old Coach House

Tucked away in its gardens along the quieter stretch of Blackpool’s South Shore, this nineteenth-century, mock-Tudor building will offer you a bit more seclusion than other hotels on this list. All rooms are en-suite – if you book, see if you can reserve one with a four-poster bed and a separate bath. Full English breakfasts are served in the mornings. When you do return to the fray, you’ll find that the town centre is only a short tram ride away.

Key specs – Parking? Yes; Wi-Fi? Yes; Family-friendly? Yes; Disabled facilities? No

Book now on Booking.com

 

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