The home of the Big One rollercoaster, Tower Ballrooms and not one but three piers, Blackpool is so much more than just fish and chips on the promenade. As the most iconic of seaside resorts, Blackpool has something to entice all kinds of travellers. From fun-loving families to couples, and beach lovers to design fans, the dazzling jewel in Lancashire’s crown caters to everyone.
If you’re the kind of family who can’t quite decide if you’re adrenaline junkies or prefer a tranquil retreat, look no further than Hampton by Hilton Blackpool. Located on the quieter South Shore, the hotel looks out over the blue-flagged sandy beach and is still just a 10-minute walk to the Pleasure Beach. Family rooms are modern, comfortable and feature those all-important sea views. After devouring freshly made waffles for breakfast, jump on Blackpool’s famous tram for a trip along the coast to visit Madame Tussauds and Blackpool Tower.
This hotel is so close to the Pleasure Beach, you can practically touch the Big Dipper. Big Blue Hotel is made for thrill-seeking families. Choose their specially designed Family Rooms with a separate kids area, complete with bunk beds, individual TVs and PS3 consoles. If you can tear them away from their room long enough, it’s time to hit the rides at the Pleasure Beach. Anyone brave enough for the Big One? After so much excitement, refuel at the in-house Blues Bar and Brasserie restaurant where kids can create their own pizzas and adults can savour a pan-European menu.
The clue is in the name at Number One South Beach. This unique hotel’s beachside location on the quieter South Promenade takes all the prizes for infinite sea views. A stone’s throw from the shore, choose from 14 individually, brightly designed rooms. Go for the top floor suites with balconies for the full seafront experience; take a front row seat to see the dazzling Mirrorball’s nightly illuminations.
This brand new seafront property is a lesson in sleek sophistication. One for design lovers, this fashionable hotel has expansive rooms, decked out with luxurious Designer’s Guild fabrics and sumptuous linens. Choose a Coastal Suite for the ultimate luxe feel, complete with separate living area, complimentary wine on arrival and panoramic coastal views. Chic dining awaits at the Beachside Restaurant, offering a menu focused on locally sourced, seasonal produce – try the Boulevard fish pie with haddock, smoked salmon, mussels and bubbling Lancashire cheese.
If you prefer your romantic weekends to be more leisurely, look no further than Mode St Annes. Located three miles (5km) south of Blackpool in charming St Annes, Mode offers contemporary design in a boutique setting. Small but stylish, this 19-bedroom B&B is an understated hideaway from those looking to escape the bright lights of Blackpool. Ask for a seaview room with a balcony to soak up those coastal panoramas. Make the most of the beachside location by renting an authentic beach hut, strolling along the restored Victorian pier and admiring the views.
Upmarket Lytham, to the south of Blackpool, is the setting for this design-forward boutique hotel. Quirky chic abounds at Mode Hotel Lytham, blending original features with sleek, modern details, such as the wall-mounted swan heads and vintage trunks. Taking pride of place in Lytham’s buzzy Clifton Square, Mode is the ideal base for antiquing at Lytham Hall or taking in the restored Victorian seafront at St Annes.
Sashay into the grand, stately Imperial Hotel, the ultimate place to stay for all the old-school romantics out there. This iconic hotel was opened in 1867 and has played host to the good and the great; from Charles Dickens to the Beatles, Fred Astaire to Churchill. Request the Balmoral Suite for a bedroom fit for royalty – following in the footsteps of Princess Margaret and Princess Anne – or a Master Suite, complete with four-poster bed and panoramic sea views. Soothe the stresses of daily life in the hotel spa and discover uncovered treasures of the Imperial by visiting the restored Turkish baths.
If you really do love to be right at the seaside, then Seafront 419 is your kind of hotel. Practically located on the beach, this contemporary budget hotel not only offers an unbeatable location, but also has all the mod-cons any traveller could desire. Wireless chargers and bluetooth room keys keep your stay hassle-free and give you more time to enjoy the beach. The Seaview bar and terrace mean you can start and end your day losing yourself in those endless coastal vistas.