New hotels being built in Blackpool

New Hotels being Built in Blackpool

There’s a number of new hotels being built in Blackpool, you’ll find them all over the resort. A LOT of investment is going into the next generation of accommodation.

Numerous unfit buildings have gone, demolished to make way for new builds. All in all, the stock of holiday accommodation in the resort is undergoing a transformation!

New Hotels being Built in Central Blackpool

Central, North and South, there are new builds and serious renovations going on all over town. Take a look –

Sands Resort Hotel

The old Sands Venue has been rebuilt. It’s going to be the luxurious new Sands Resort Hotel and entertainment venue at Central Promenade.

Sands Resort Hotel Blackpool, photo taken in October 2020
Sands Resort Hotel Blackpool, photo taken in October 2020

Premier Inn at the site of Yates Wine Lodge

The new 150-bedroom Premier Inn Blackpool North Pier, was due to open in November 2020. Whitbread, which owns Premier Inn, has now put opening back to the end of January 2021.

It includes a Cookhouse family restaurant and pub on the ground floor. Accommodating more than 200 people, the restaurant will open to hotel residents and the public, from 6.30am.

During construction
Premier Inn Blackpool North Pier – at the site of Yates Winelodge

We took a look around the site in October 2020 once the scaffolding was taken down –

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What happened to Yates’s Wine Lodge?

At 3.15am on the morning of 15 February 2009, the alarm went up as the historic Yates’s wine bar at Clifton Street became engulfed in flames.

Believed to have begun in the neighbouring pet shop, the fire spread through the upper floors into Yate’s. A 21-year-old man confessed to burning down the building. But the case against him collapsed, after scientific evidence proved he couldn’t have been responsible.

The wine bar had only recently reopened after £500,000 of refurbishment work.

Yates Wine Lodge at Clifton Street, Blackpool
Yates Wine Lodge at Clifton Street, Blackpool

The seaward facing rotunda on the building was more than 100 years old but sadly the burnt out building had to be demolished.

Various plans followed, including a plan in 2013 to create an art deco style, mixed use retail and leisure complex. Sadly, the economic climate of the country stalled its redevelopment, until 2019.

Renovation of the Ibis Hotel

The former Clifton Hotel, now called the Ibis opposite North Pier, is currently undergoing a £400,000 facelift.

The 90 bedroom hotel is undergoing repairs to the damaged facade and structure and significant areas of re-rendering. Along with roof repairs and replacement, new drainage is being installed.

Timber, brickwork and pointing is being repaired and renewed. The project will be finished with full external redecoration.

Regeneration of the Ibis/Clifton Hotel at North Shore
Regeneration of the Ibis/Clifton Hotel at North Shore

Although it was granted listed status in 1974, concern had been growing about the neglected state of the historic property in such a prominent site.

Built in 1865, the Clifton Hotel is part of the towns heritage. Hopefully the renovation work will attract new operators to the long-closed Che Bar and Coco Club.

Still to begin…

Holiday Inn at Talbot Road

At Talbot Gateway, the new tram terminus development includes a new Holiday Inn hotel.

New Holiday Inn at Talbot Gateway
New Holiday Inn at Talbot Gateway

In October 2020 hotel management company RBH and Marco Pierre White’s restaurant signed to the Talbot Gateway development, due to open in 2022.

Holiday Inn Blackpool will boast 144 bedrooms as well as Marco’s New York Italian restaurant. It will create up to 50 new full time equivalent jobs.

Conference Centre Hotel

Meanwhile, at Leopold Grove in the town centre, another new hotel is also planned. It’s opposite the new Conference Centre, being built at Winter Gardens.

Artist's Impression of the new Winter Gardens Hotel
Artist’s Impression of the new Winter Gardens Hotel

Blackpool Council planning committee has approved plans for the Winter Gardens Hotel on Leopold Grove, opposite the new Conference Centre.

As the hotel is being built on the site of the former Adelaide Street car park, you might be wondering where all those cars are going to park. The 160 bedroom hotel includes a double level car park with 94 spaces for hotel guests.

But there’s good news for parking motorists displaced by the development. The site of the former Syndicate nightclub is now earmarked for a new multi-storey car park.

Regeneration of the Post Office Site

The main Post Office on Abingdon Street in Blackpool town centre has been closed a long time. The building will be transformed with plans to develop it into a 102 bedroom hotel.

Blackpool Post Office on Abingdon Street, December 2019
Blackpool Post Office on Abingdon Street, December 2019

The plan for the Grade II listed building also includes shops, a bar and restaurant, plus a roof terrace. The rear service yard is to be converted into a 46-space car park. The front of the Post Office building has eight cast iron telephone boxes which are also Grade II listed.

This is the third proposal for the site. Previous schemes included a smaller hotel and a shopping outlet called the Red Box Quarter.

Easy Hotel, at South Promenade

Another brand new hotel is being built at South Shore, on a previously vacant plot of land, opposite Waterloo Headland.

It’s an ‘EasyHotel’ – built and operated by the ‘EasyJet’ group. It’s billed as ‘no frills’ accommodation, operated in a similar way to the no-frills flights.

Easy Hotel being built at Blackpool south shore, opposite Waterloo Headland
Easy Hotel being built at Blackpool south shore, opposite Waterloo Headland

The company acquired a 999-year lease on the plot close to South Pier in late 2018, with a view to developing the budget hotel. Even though it’s a budget hotel, the cost of the project will be more than £7m.

By early 2019, construction of the 104-bedroom hotel was underway, which will also include restaurants or cafes on the ground floor. It was due to open in the latter half of 2020 but work stalled with the coronavirus crisis.

New Hotels being Built at Blackpool South Shore

Boulevard Hotel

This luxurious new hotel occupies the site of the former Star Pub at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The stylish new Boulevard Hotel at Blackpool Pleasure Beach opened for business on 18 December 2019.

Boulevard Hotel Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Boulevard Hotel Blackpool Pleasure Beach

The 120 bedroom hotel occupies the south westerly facing corner of the promenade, not far from the Big Blue Hotel. The £12m development includes eight junior suites, two park view suites and eight coastal suites. All have either coastal vistas or direct views of the attractions and rollercoasters.

Boulevard Hotel at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Boulevard Hotel at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

The Changing Face of South Shore

Improvement works were badly needed at Blackpool New South Promenade. By 2015 the once prosperous, desirable area was looking almost derelict. It didn’t make a good impression on people arriving in the town.

But in late 2016 work began to deliver the transformation of Blackpool South Shore. Derelict hotels were demolished. The regeneration of neglected care-home property into private homes began. The area began to improve – although there’s always more work to do.

Demolition and Rebuilding

The first crescent beyond the Pleasure Beach is lined with holiday accommodation. It’s separated from New South Promenade by gardens. This image from Google maps is from December 2016 –

New South Promenade Blackpool, holiday accommodation. Photo: Google maps
New South Promenade Blackpool, holiday accommodation. See the Solaris Centre at the right.

By the end of 2016, the Palm Beach and it’s neighbour the Bourne Hotel really were derelict, and even burnt-out. Eventually demolished, they made way for a brand new development.

Palm Beach and Bourne Hotels at Wimbourne Place, Blackpool South Shore
Palm Beach and Bourne Hotels at Wimbourne Place, Blackpool South Shore

We caught a little bit of the demolition of the two buildings in December 2016.

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Demolition of Warwick Hotel at Blackpool South Shore
Demolition of Warwick Hotel at Blackpool South Shore

The neighbouring Warwick Hotel (above) was also demolished.

We went back in November 2020 to take a walk along New South Promenade. The difference is quite marked. The private apartments are progressing really well too – take a look at them in this video –

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Hampton by Hilton Hotel

The cleared site was for the new, £8.5m, 130-bedroomed ‘Hampton by Hilton’ hotel. It opened in summer 2018.

Hotel regeneration at Blackpool South Shore - the new Hampton by Hilton
Hotel regeneration at Blackpool South Shore – the new Hampton by Hilton. Photo: Feb 2020

The Hampton by Hilton was the first of Blackpool’s next generation hotels to open in May 2018.

It’s to add an extension with another 74 bedrooms to meet growing demand. The extension will be built on the adjoining plot of land, which has been used as a temporary car park for the past two years. Work is expected to begin in early 2021 and take around a year to complete.

During lockdown in the early part of 2020, the hotel provided accommodation for key workers.

And Old Hotels Falling Down…!

Ambassador Hotel, Promenade/Derby Road

Demolition began at the Ambassador Hotel at Blackpool North Shore under an emergency order on 23 November 2020.

We went to take a look a couple of days into the demolition –

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After closing in 2013, the property had been the victim of arson, vandals, squatters and all manner of anti-social behaviour.

Ambassador Hotel, prior to demolition. Photo taken in August 2020
Ambassador Hotel, prior to demolition. Photo taken in August 2020

After spending two years slogging through the planning system, the current owner finally got permission in May 2020 to convert it into 17 Luxury flats.

However, the amount of damage was too much for the structure and it was demolished before it fell down. The owner is hoping to build new flats at the site.

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New Hacketts Hotel, Promenade/King Edward Avenue

The New Hacketts Hotel closed a couple of years ago, and went up for sale in 2018 with a price tag of £1.5m. In July 2020, Blackpool Council’s Environmental Protection Team were called to secure the building after complaints of antisocial behaviour.

New Hacketts Hotel, the day after the fire
New Hacketts Hotel, the day after the fire

On 1 December 2020, fire crews were called out at 2.22pm to a fire on the second floor. Under control by 4.30pm, the fire caused a fair amount of damage to the left hand side of the building.

We went to take a look at the damage the next day –

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Residential Redevelopment

Some of the surplus holiday accommodation in Blackpool is being turned into private residential living. You might have noticed a number of very attractive blocks of private apartments being developed as you’ve travelled around.

The southernmost crescent on Blackpool New South Promenade beyond the Solaris Centre is undergoing much needed redevelopment.

The former care home on the corner of Harrow Place is undergoing regeneration into residential apartments.

New South Promenade Blackpool, residential flats. Photo: Google maps
New South Promenade Blackpool, residential flats at the right of the Solaris. Photo: Google maps

Residents were moved out of the Abbeydale Care Home on 5 June 2013, after which it closed. After a number of false starts, it’s redevelopment is well underway.

New South Promenade at Harrow Place, summer 2015
New South Promenade at Harrow Place, summer 2015
Redevelopment of Abbeydale Care Home on Harrow Place, Blackpool New South Promenade
Redevelopment of Abbeydale Care Home on Harrow Place, Blackpool New South Promenade
Building at Harrow Place being converted to residential apartments. Feb 2020
Building at Harrow Place being converted to residential apartments. Feb 2020

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A Really Nice Place

It’s really good news that all of this redevelopment work is taking shape, all over the town.

New South Promenade is a major gateway into Blackpool. It’s one of the first things that motorists see when they approach town. To coin an American expression – it’s also a valuable area of real estate.

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Fronted by stunning public realm it’s surely got to be one of the most desirable seaside locations in the UK. A wide highway, relatively new promenade and sea defences, a beautiful beach with miles of golden sand, and of course the most stunning sunsets.

West coast sunset, setting over Blackpool
West coast sunset, setting over Blackpool

Blackpool South was also the first beach in Blackpool to secure the prestigious Blue Flag for high quality beach and bathing waters.

Back to the Golden Days of the UK Seaside Holiday

Back in the golden days of the British seaside holiday, before foreign holidays became popular, many people took a traditional full week break. Blackpool was incredibly popular, with many millions of visitors holidaying here each year.

Blackpool south shore, 1970s.
Blackpool south shore, 1970s.

Huge hotels lined the crescents of south shore and the Cliffs at the North. Each one offered a good quality of accommodation for which you had to book long in advance. They all ran at high occupancy rates, all through the year. It really was the age of the UK seaside holiday.

Blackpool South Shore - c 1976
Blackpool South Shore – c 1976

Then the world started to change. People started to go abroad on holiday and visitor numbers started to fall in all UK resorts. Then people began to take more short breaks, spread throughout the year. All these changes in how we holiday as a nation have taken their toll on seaside hotels. Not just in Blackpool, but all over the UK.

Now, things are changing again. People are generally more aware of their carbon footprint and whether they are flying too much. We don’t want the stress of airports and delays. General concerns about terrorism and contracting viruses make people less inclined to fly to foreign climes.

The 2020 coronavirus pandemic is the icing on the cake. With the threat of self isolation hanging over the return from every foreign holiday, more people are enjoying the staycation. And rediscovering the joy of exploring places on the doorstep. All in all, people are turning back to UK destinations, and Blackpool is welcoming travellers with open arms!

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8 thoughts on “New Hotels being Built in Blackpool”

  1. Christina Bainbridge

    It is wonderful to see the regeneration of the seaside towns. I am not a Blackpool fan, more a Morecambe fan . Agree the hens and stags have done nothing for the seaside towns, but those with accommodation needed to earn a living somehow. I hope when we have control of the pandemic and due to Brexit and green thinking our seaside towns will come alive again.

  2. I do not have a problem with the building of new hotels, but it was not that long ago Blackpool Council announced that for every new bed it will dispose an old one. Well that has not happened, Covid 19 will have a bigger impact on that. Plus it would appear the Council wish to have only brand names in the town for accommodation forgetting the many privately owned hotels and B&B’s that have worked hard over the years to accommodate the visitors, now to be tossed aside and forgotten about. I think it was the Sands venue that wanted the frontage to be black, no said Blackpool Council it’s not in keeping, yet the Council owned Art B&B their frontage yes you guessed it, black.

  3. I am sorry to say I do not like the changes that have been and still being done to ALL of the BLACKPOOL coast line. They are building hotels at every corner and space that they can find and are forgetting that people have cars to get them to places they would like and want to visit and stay. But the delvelepers as well as the council are forgetting that these hotels NEED car parks to park their cars and not worry about traffic wardens coming and booking them.

    Plus I also think that all the hotels are spoiling the coast line as people use to enjoy just walking and even sitting the coast line and not worry about other people going passed them. In a while all these delvelopers will try and charge people for walking down the coast line and even go on the beach. But this is what all councils are trying to do they are forgetting that here in the North West is not in any way shape or form the South of England . We are the Northern Part of England and should be proud of it.

  4. Is there a reason a lot of hotels on New South Promenade are currently up for sale? I would have thought with all the regeneration, this would be good for business?

  5. The last time we stayed in Blackpool stag parties and hen parties did not help i am told you are trying to minimise this is this true its something you need to do to attract families back

    1. Hi Mel, we’d be interested to know when you last stayed? Stag and hens do visit Blackpool, like every other town in the UK. There’s easily enough to attract families though – stags and hens certainly don’t dominate the town any longer.

  6. I would like hotels to have full board as well as free car parking as my family have disabled people as well as elderly people. And to have a hotel with both of those things which i have mentioned above would be a great help. I also think that you should also include hotels with all of those features above in the North part of Blackpool as some people prefer to stay up in the Northern part of Blackpool. We use to stay there many years ago and enjoyed it very much.

    1. Most hotels, certainly the larger ones, have a restaurant which is open during the day to guests and non residents alike. As for free car parking, well that’s a pot-luck thing depending on where you stay I’m afraid.

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