The Royal Suite at The Imperial Hotel, Blackpool, Review – we recently had a fabulous family weekend staying at The Imperial Hotel. When we pulled into the car park, a collective ‘wow’ went up from the back seat of the car. It’s a huge, majestic Victorian building right on the front with incredible, uninterrupted views of the sea.
There is lots of comfortable and classic seating in the reception area of the hotel with elegant chandeliers and mirrors that set the tone for rest of the hotel.
As we checked in I noticed a couple of playful touches on the reception desk – a big bowl full of individually wrapped Blackpool rock sweets, and a ‘ha-ha jar’, full of brightly coloured pieces of paper, each with a jolly joke on. I loved that!
The Royal Suite at The Imperial Hotel, Blackpool
Once checked in we headed to our room. I say room, but actually it was rooms as it turns out we were staying in the Royal Suite! This absolutely thrilled us as the rooms are huge with incredible views over the sea from both the main bedroom and the floor to ceiling windows of the living room. So many famous people had stayed in our room from The Beatles and Bob Dylan through to many Prime Ministers including Winston Churchill! Another hero of mine – Charles Dickens also stayed in the hotel in 1869!
The living room itself was about twice the size of mine at home and had a three piece suite as well as a table and four chairs. In the cupboard you can see to the right of the TV there is a mini fridge.
The children had their own room with two single beds that push together to make a super king bed.
Our bedroom again was huge, with a beautiful super king sleigh bed and large windows with more amazing full on views of the sea. There’s a wardrobe, dressing table complete with hairdryer of course. Lovely white fluffy towelling robes and slippers.
All three main rooms have their own flat screen TVs with free view. The bathroom came with a large bath, double shower and two sinks. Original looking stained glass windows were preserved within double glazing and made a very pretty addition.
Facing almost due West we saw two fantastic sunsets from our rooms:
The hotel has a large car park that is charged at £7 per day. It means that you can forget your car for the duration of your stay as there is a tram stop opposite to take you quickly into the centre of Blackpool. Trams run pretty much every ten minutes and a 24 hour family pass (two adults and three kids) is just £12. The vast majority of Blackpool attractions seem to be along the front or just behind it so everything is accessible. Talking of accessibility – all the tram platforms are raised for easy buggy or wheelchair access. On a similar note, The Imperial Hotel has a wheelchair ramp and lifts too.
Breakfast at The Imperial Hotel Blackpool
In the morning we headed down to breakfast. We arrived around 9am and were seated immediately on both days we were there, though it did get busier later on.
Breakfast is served buffet style with all the components of a full English included from bacon and eggs, to sausages, hash browns, fried bread and beans.
As well as the hot items, there was fruit, cereal and fruit juices as well as an excellent selection of croissants, pastries and muffins. Master T ate his body weight in muffins,because, you know, cake for breakfast!
Tea and coffee was ordered and brought to the table, and you could also help yourself to toast. It really was a fabulous breakfast. The room that breakfast is served in is large, light and airy with crisp white tablecloths and shiny silver cutlery. The staff were lovely too. We were sat fairly near the door and could hear cheery greetings and happy chat going on with the guests, which I think is exactly what you want from a seaside hotel (or any hotel – but seaside hotels in particular need to be homely I think!).
We had a brilliant stay at The Imperial Hotel, it has so much going for it. It’s a stunning hotel with incredible views, an illustrious history, lovely staff and a breakfast fit for kings. It has parking and is perfect for making the most of the tram. It even has a swimming pool – though on this occasion we were kept too busy to use it! Blackpool has so much to offer families, we really only scratched the surface during our stay, we visited Coral Island, The Sandcastle and had a fabulous meal at The Wok Inn, but want to return to hit the Pleasure Beach and the Tower and so much more – we are planning to return soon!
The Imperial Hotel invited us to stay and review, but as always all views expressed are my own.