With seven miles of coastline, you’re spoilt for seafront hotels in Blackpool! There’s a huge choice of places to stay by the sea in this seaside town. Those who like quiet accommodation are well catered for, along with everyone who loves the razzle-dazzle!
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Seafront Hotels in Blackpool
From North to South, the seven miles of seafront at Blackpool offer something for everyone. There’s a place to stay for you, whether you want a quiet getaway or to be near all the action.
The borough of Blackpool joins neighbouring Wyre at the Shipwreck Memorial at Cleveleys seafront. Although it feels like it’s in Cleveleys, Blackpool’s most northern seafront hotel is The Briardene. Against the tramway and close to the shops and amenities of Cleveleys, it’s actually in Blackpool!
Heading South, the next and most obvious hotel is the Norbreck. Part of the Britannia Group it includes the enormous Norcalympia exhibition and conference space which hosts many large events. The hotel itself gets mixed reviews!
Queen’s Promenade, North Shore
After the Norbreck, there are some smaller seafront hotels and guest houses scattered among the residential homes as you approach Red Bank Road at Bispham. This is where the Blackpool Illuminations tableaux begin – or end if you travel the other way! It’s a busy and popular spot throughout the year – exceptionally so during the Lights as it’s a great place to begin or end your evening. Especially as there are some great fish and chip takeaway places and fantastic dine-in restaurants here too!
There’s also a cluster of excellent accommodation around this junction. The unmissable Queen’s Mansions occupies the corner plot above the amusements – these are high quality self catering apartments for a fabulous holiday with amazing views. Rounding the corner of the promenade in the Blackpool direction, there’s a number of other excellent hotels and apartments here, including Burbage Lodge. With a selection of shops at Bispham it’s a handy place for a self catering holiday by the sea.
Apart from a couple of randomly spaced places to stay, most of the seafront from here is made up of residential properties, until you approach Genting Casino and Gynn Square.
Queen’s Promenade at Gynn Square
Among a number of seafront hotels is the multi-award winning Fossil Tree Hotel. Adults only and on a nice corner plot it’s a fantastic place for a tranquil getaway. South of the Genting Casino is where the large north-shore hotels are.
Choose from the Sheraton, Doric and Elgin, the Royal Boston, The Cliffs or Savoy. If you prefer to come and go as you please you’ll enjoy the self catering luxury of the four star Berkeley Apartments. Literally a stone’s throw from the seafront, King Edward and King George Avenues, plus Empress Drive have some great almost-seafront hotels and guest houses.
Queen’s Promenade is a good area for anyone who wants to stay somewhere quiet but have the convenience of being close to the bright lights of Blackpool. As with the rest of the seafront, there’s the accessibility of Blackpool Transport’s seafront tramway service and plenty of bus stops. It’s not too far to stroll when the weather is kind – and of course the sunsets are just amazing!
Wilshaw Road, Holmfield, Seafield and Finchley Roads make the outer perimeter of this well known space. At a push you could call it a ‘square’ – although the central feature is Gynn roundabout! Looking inwards over the pleasant gardens and open space, these four roads also feature a number of places to stay. Not seafront hotels in the literal sense of the phrase – but there aren’t any other buildings between them and the water!
There’s accommodation at each of these streets around Gynn Square, although South-facing Wilshaw Road is probably most popular. Choose from small hotels, B&B’s, guest houses and self catering for example the South Lea Hotel. They’re adjacent to the long-stay surface car park and additional free on-street parking. Open aspect to the front of Wilshaw Road looks over Flagstaff Gardens towards the current Spitfire Illuminations installation on the roundabout. With tram and bus stops nearby it’s a really handy spot for a holiday.
Gynn Square to North Pier
The section of Blackpool seafront from Gynn roundabout heading south towards North Pier is a popular place to stay, with numerous larger seafront hotels.
Some are smaller and privately owned, others are part of a chain. The Grand Hotel is another Britannia one – with more mixed reviews. Notice the Blue Plaque at the front of the Strand Hotel – remembering the spot where Alan Bradley was killed by a tram! Next door is The President – subject of a hilarious 1990s fly-on-the-wall TV series. After that is the huge and magnificent Imperial Hotel – owned by Shanghai based Fragrance Group.
Next door is a large block of hotels, all slightly set back from the highway with limited off-road parking for residents. There’s the Park House, Bromley and Lancaster Holiday Apartments. The Bluewater’s, Canasta and Carlton. From the corner of Pleasant Street is the Claremont, Tiffany’s, St James and Daish’s. After Sunny Dee’s and The Starlux there’s just The Metropole (another Britannia Hotel) at the other side of the tramway. Did you know that it’s the only hotel on the seaward side of the entire length of the Blackpool to Fleetwood tramway?
Similar to Gynn Square, Talbot Square isn’t strictly speaking ‘seafront’. But again, there’s nothing between it and the sea.
There are two obvious hotels here. Next door to the Town Hall is the old and historic Forshaw’s – once known as the Clifton and one of Blackpool’s first hotels. Plus the new cheese-shaped Premier Inn between Talbot Road and Clifton Street – built on the site of the former burnt-out Yates Wine Bar.
There’s also the fabulous, high class luxury of the Old Bank Apartments. Not as obvious as the two hotels, but to the right of the Counting House in (you guessed it) a converted bank building. They really are a luxurious place to stay! Further along Talbot Road from Talbot Square is the new Holiday Inn – along with the tramway extension is due to open in Spring 2024.
South of Talbot Square the seafront is all given over to the Golden Mile, but worth a mention is the huge black building to be the Sands Hotel. Bars are operating in the ground floor and the new Showtown Museum opens upstairs in March 2024. However, work on the hotel complex seems to have ground to a stop and there’s no sign of when it might open.
Central Pier to St Chads Headland
That’s it then for seafront hotels in Blackpool along the length of the Golden Mile. Amusements and attractions jostle shoulder to shoulder with gift shops, food sellers and fancy goods, between Talbot Square and the Foxhall. But then the accommodation places spring up once again. These are in a great place for a holiday near to all of the action!
Enjoy a holiday staying in one of the smaller, independent and family run hotels. Or go for one of the larger ones – some are part of local and national chains like the Craig y Don, Balmoral Hotel or Royal Seabank. At which point you’ve reached another landmark junction at the Manchester.
After the Manchester is The Royal Windsor and Dutchman. At the corner of Wellington Road is the large blue hotel, the Lyndene, owned by the Fragrance Group which owns the Imperial. As owners also of the former St Chad’s, they’ve demolished it with intent to build an exciting brand-new and modern hotel on the plot.
St Chads to South Pier
At the right of the St Chad’s site is St Chad’s Road where you’ll find plenty of good-quality small independent hotels. It’s all directly opposite St Chad’s headland – one of the wide, sweeping additions to the promenade when it was rebuilt.
From here to South Pier there are plenty of seafront hotels in Blackpool. They’re interspersed with takeaways, pubs, cafes and restaurants, amusements and holiday souvenir shops. Like Redbank Road, Waterloo Road is another point where accommodation gives way to the holiday trade of bucket and spade shops and McDonalds. But hotels are soon dominant again and Blackpool Promenade continues with large places like the Queen’s Hotel (originally a hydro) and the Viking. These large places to stay are really handy for South Pier and the Pleasure Beach – with all of the easy access to public transport that all of Blackpool seafront enjoys.
Seafront Hotels – Pleasure Beach Blackpool to Squires Gate
There’s a big gap in the seafront hotels for Blackpool Pleasure Beach and all of its buildings. But beyond the crazy golf, main entrance and amusements, ice rink, car parks and shop units are their own two hotels. The Boulevard, right on the promenade, is the place to go for 5-star luxury. The Big Blue Hotel, just around the corner at Clifton Drive, isn’t far behind it. Slightly older than the Boulevard but none-the-less 4-star, it’s where the stars often stay. Clifton Drive is a popular holiday location and there are plenty of quality hotels here, like the Corona.
New South Promenade is a great place to stay – once the best part of Blackpool seafront it’s enjoying a resurgence. These Blackpool seafront hotels are really handy for the Pleasure Beach and South Pier area of town – and it’s a nice quiet place to enjoy a good nights sleep. And there’s a wide choice of types of accommodation. Small independent and family run hotels alongside large names (and large buildings) like the 3-star Hampton by Hilton. It’s also newly extended with a considerable footprint.
The Headlands Hotel enjoys a great spot at the corner of south-facing Harrowside. That’s another popular street for quality accommodation, just off the seafront and looking across the site of the Solaris Centre. You’ll find Number One South Beach here – Blackpool’s first 5-star hotel with a fantastic reputation (and privately owned).
Apart from a couple or three other hotels at the south side of the Solaris, that’s it for seafront hotels in Blackpool. Plenty to choose from, and plenty of great holidays waiting for you!
New Hotels being Built in Blackpool
Blackpool was certainly the most popular northern seaside town back in the day – possibly the most popular in the UK. Impossibly busy its popularity waned in the 1980s with the arrival of the package holiday and guaranteed sun in foreign climes. Another problem was the age of the buildings – mostly dating to the late 1800s – making a mish-mash of often poor conversions. They had mazes for corridors and strange room shapes, while holiday makers preferred the new-build en-suite boxes of the Costas.
But Blackpool is catching up and UK holidays are back in fashion. The no-fly rule of the pandemic made people visit UK places they’d not been to before (or for a long time) and we fell in love with our own country again. Now, the cost of living crisis and the cost of flying to the environment combine to make people think twice before booking a short flight. Visitor numbers are increasing year on year and investment in the town is increasing year on year.
New hotels are being built in Blackpool to provide the up-to-date, quality accommodation that people expect these days. A number are complete and open for business – the Premier Inn at North Pier and the Hampton by Hilton at New South Promenade. Others are in development for example the Sands Resort Hotel – which will have to be finished at some point!
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