New Hotels being built in Blackpool. The now completed Premier Inn at North Pier

New Hotels being Built in Blackpool

Have you spotted all the 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!

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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 at the seafront is now completely brand new and redeveloped. It’s going to be the luxurious new Sands Resort Hotel and entertainment venue at Central Promenade.

Sands Resort Hotel Blackpool, just one of the new hotels being built in Blackpool. Photo taken in October 2020
Sands Resort Hotel Blackpool, just one of the new hotels being built in Blackpool. Photo taken in October 2020

Premier Inn at the site of Yates Wine Lodge

Owners Whitbread opened the new 150-bedroom Premier Inn Blackpool North Pier in early 2021. It includes a Cookhouse family restaurant and pub on the ground floor. Accommodating more than 200 people, the restaurant is open to hotel residents and the public, from 6.30am.

Premier Inn North Pier, during construction
Premier Inn Blackpool North Pier - at the site of Yates Winelodge. Another of the new hotels being built in Blackpool.
Premier Inn Blackpool North Pier – at the site of Yates Winelodge. Another of the new hotels being built in Blackpool.

Visit Fylde Coast recorded the building work for our YouTube channel. Here’s one of many videos of the site, made in October 2020 when the scaffolding had come 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. The wine bar had only recently reopened after £500,000 of refurbishment work.

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.

Although the seaward facing rotunda on the building was more than 100 years old, it had to come down, along with the burnt out building.

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

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 when work began on the Premier Inn.

Renovation of the Clifton Hotel

The former Clifton Hotel, once the Ibis (among others) and now called Forshaws opposite North Pier, has undergone a £400,000 facelift. Although listed status had been granted to the historic property in 1974, concern had been growing about the neglected state of it. It’s also such a prominent site, next to Blackpool Town Hall at Talbot Square, in the Heritage Quarter of Blackpool.

The 90 bedroom hotel saw repairs to the damaged facade and structure and significant areas of re-rendering. Along with roof repairs and replacement, and new drainage now installed. Timber, brickwork and pointing was all repaired and renewed and the project finished with full external redecoration.

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

Built in 1865, the Clifton Hotel is part of the towns heritage and we’re sure you’ll agree it looks splendid now.

Clifton Hotel, now Forshaws, at Talbot Road
Formerly the Clifton Hotel, now Forshaws, at Talbot Road

Holiday Inn at Talbot Road

At Talbot Gateway, the new tram terminus development is well underway, scheduled to complete in 2023. It also includes a new Holiday Inn hotel.

Progress at the new Holiday Inn in September 2022
Progress at the new Holiday Inn in September 2022
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. The Holiday Inn will have 144 bedrooms as well as Marco’s New York Italian restaurant. It will create up to 50 new full time equivalent jobs.

Still to Begin – other Hotels Being Built in Blackpool

Conference Centre Hotel

Meanwhile, at Leopold Grove in the town centre, another new hotel is also on the cards. The new Winter Gardens Hotel, opposite the entrance to the new Conference Centre, is still to begin. Blackpool Council has approved the plans, but a start date hasn’t been announced just yet.

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

As the hotel will be built on the site of 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.

Regeneration of the Post Office Site

The old Post Office on Abingdon Street has been closed a long time. This attractive building, next door to Abingdon Street Market, is going be preserved and transformed. Plans are underway 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. Also Grade II listed, they’ll be restored and kept in place.

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

Ambassador Hotel, Promenade/Derby Road

After closing in 2013, the Ambassador Hotel at North Shore had been the victim of arson, vandals, squatters and all manner of anti-social behaviour. After spending two years slogging through the planning system, the current site owner finally got permission in May 2020 to convert it into 17 Luxury flats.

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

However, the amount of damage was too much for the structure. Now unsafe, it had to be demolished before it fell down. Demolition began 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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In 2022, planners gave their approval to owner Ged O’Mahoney of Go Developments to go ahead with his plans to create a new luxury £4m development on the site. Work will begin in early 2023 with the aim of launching in Spring 2024.

The seven story block will include 26 luxury, five star serviced holiday apartments. All the flats will have a main outlook onto the promenade or Derby Road and three of them will also enjoy private roof terraces.

Design for new holiday apartments at the site of the old Ambassador Hotel
Design for new holiday apartments at the site of the old Ambassador Hotel

Easy Hotel, at South Promenade

Another of the new hotels being built in Blackpool was started at South Shore. On a previously vacant plot of land, opposite Waterloo Headland an ‘EasyHotel’ was going to be built. Built and operated by the ‘EasyJet’ group and billed as ‘no frills’ accommodation, run in a similar way to the no-frills flights.

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, to 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. All the building equipment disappeared, leaving the site empty and abandoned ever since.

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

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 opened for business on 18 December 2019.

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 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 were really derelict, 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. The neighbouring Warwick Hotel (below) was also demolished at the same time.

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

In November 2020 we took another walk along New South Promenade, and the difference was quite marked. The private apartments were progressing really well too – see 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. It was the first of Blackpool’s next generation hotels.

The new Hampton by Hilton - one of the new hotels being built in Blackpool - at South Shore
The new Hampton by Hilton – one of the new hotels being built in Blackpool. Photo: Feb 2020

It’s adding an extension with another 74 bedrooms to meet growing demand. The extension is on the adjoining plot of land, used as a temporary car park for the past couple of years. During lockdown in the early part of 2020, the hotel provided accommodation for key workers.

And Old Hotels Falling Down…!

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 at the corner of King Edward Avenue, after complaints of antisocial behaviour.

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

Fire crews were called at 2.22pm on 1 December 2020, 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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As of September 2022 it’s still in a derelict condition. Reportedly the owners of the building went into administration so there’s very little that the Council can do at the moment in the way of enforcement.

Residential Redevelopment

Some of the surplus holiday accommodation in Blackpool is being turned into private residential living. You might have noticed some very attractive blocks of new private apartments as you’ve travelled around. They’re most noticeable at the promenade at North Shore, where redundant hotels are now desirable sea-front apartments.

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

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

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

Although now lapsed, 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 golden age of the UK seaside holiday.

Blackpool South Shore - c 1976
Blackpool South Shore – c 1976. Spot any familiar faces?

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 was the icing on the cake. With the threat of self isolation hanging over the return from every foreign holiday, more people enjoyed their staycation. And rediscovering the joy of exploring places on the doorstep. Now, in 2022, the cost of living crisis is biting hard. 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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