Last weekend we headed off to Blackpool for our first adventure of the summer holidays. Blackpool is only an hour from where we live in Cheshire, and ever since Katie went to the Pleasure Beach in February, she has been desperate to return. We decided we would make a night of it, and there was only one place we all wanted to stay….. The Big Blue Hotel.
We have never stayed in the Big Blue Hotel before, and to be honest I didn’t really know what to expect. Blackpool is notorious for hen and stag parties, and I wondered whether the hotel would be full of people dressed in various fancy dress themes. Thankfully I needn’t have worried as the hotel is tranquil, chic and very family friendly. We were booked into an executive family suite which promised views of the theme park, and those views certainly did not disappoint.
Where else can you stay where the UK’s tallest and fastest roller coaster passes by your window. At first I found it slightly surreal that you really are that close to the theme park. However you soon get used to The Big One flying past, and the slight rattle of the window as the old wooden coaster trundles past.
One of the things I loved about our suite was the separate kids section, where they had a TV each, snakes and ladders on the wall, and a PS3. There was a selection of PlayStation games to hire from reception at a cost of £5 each. I only wish all family hotel rooms could be designed like this, as it makes travelling with the kids so much easier.
We were due to visit the Pleasure Beach the following day, so we relaxed in the room before heading out for a stroll along the promenade. The hotel is located on the south side of Blackpool and we walked along to the south pier. If you want to head further into the town, you can catch one of Blackpool’s famous trams.
After a stroll along the front and a visit to the arcades, we went back to the hotel and had a nightcap in the bar. Even though it was a Friday evening the bar was nice and quiet, and it was a haven amongst the hustle and bustle of Blackpool.
Our room was located in the quiet section of the hotel, and this did not disappoint. After a peaceful nights sleep we went down for breakfast at 7.45am to beat the rush. The best thing about hotel breakfasts….. letting the kids eat as many muffins as they want.
After breakfast it was time to check out and head to the VIP entrance to enter the Pleasure Beach, for a day full of rides, thrills and screams. We loved our stay at The Big Blue Hotel, and if you want 4 star luxury, family friendly accommodation with professional and attentive staff, this is the place to stay. Thank you Big Blue Hotel for our first summer holiday adventure.
We stayed in The Big Blue Hotel at a discounted rate. All words and opinions are my own.