The Holiday Inn Blackpool: A Seaside Sanctuary

Wednesday 05th Jun 2024 |

Blackpool, the kiss-me-quick capital of the north, holds a special place in my heart. Many a happy day was spent building sandcastles, getting candy floss stuck in my hair and mithering my parents for two pence pieces for the slot machines as a child in this nostalgic seaside town.

Blackpool has drawn the crowds to its vibrant promenades, colourful arcades and historic piers for many years and still attracts a variety of holidaymakers from families to couples, groups and of course partygoers – stag and hen parties are a familiar sight along the beachfront bars.

I hadn’t visited the town for a good few years when my colleague and I rolled onto the seafront in Blackpool with excited anticipation, there is something about the place that just makes me smile. The sun was shining on us as we parked the car and headed for the brand-new Holiday Inn Blackpool hotel, our home for the weekend.

Greeted by a friendly and well-turned-out reception team, we checked in seamlessly and were shown to our room on the forth floor. As one would expect with a brand-new hotel, everything is immaculate. Modern and stylish, the rooms are well appointed and feature complimentary HiSpeed WIFI, Air Conditioning, 45″ TV with chromecast facilities, a power shower with complimentary ‘SOAK’ bathing products, hairdryer and ironing facilities. Our room was one of the hotel’s suites so it was extra spacious and also boasted a rather comfortable sofa to lounge on whilst getting the party started with a glass of fizz!

Refreshed and ready to hit the ground running, we opted for lunch in the in-house restaurant – Marco’s New York Italian to start the afternoon’s proceedings. A beautifully welcoming restaurant, the decor is sumptuous and stylish, a far cry from a chippy on the pier (although there is always a place for that!), and the menu is bursting with tempting offerings from American Loaded Nachos smothered in cheese sauce and loaded with all the toppings, to crispy jumbo prawns with fresh lime and chimichurri and buffalo chicken tenders with spicy hot sauce and creamy blue cheese dip – and that’s just the appetisers! There is plenty to go at for mains, we opted for a steak each, but you could plump for a pizza loaded with delicious toppings, something succulent from the grill, or a tasty pasta dish – the options are plentiful!

My stand-out dish was the salt and pepper calamari served with chilli and spring onion and garlic mayo – chef’s kiss! It’s not a complicated dish, but it’s easy to get wrong, often too greasy or chewy, this was perfecto. Alongside the substantial food offering, the restaurant also offers a plethora of cocktails, well, it would be rude not to.

The hotel is perfectly situated about a ten-minute walk from the promenade and all of the main attractions the town has to offer including The Tower, Winter Gardens and Piers and the Promenade. We all know there is plenty to do in Blackpool, from stuffing your face with seafront hotdogs and salty chips, to perusing the abundance of novelty shops bursting at the seams with kiss-me-quick hats, traditional Blackpool rock and of course fridge magnets.

You cannot visit Blackpool without having a dalliance in the arcades – it’s obligatory, as is a walk along the prom with a whippy ice cream, nostalgia knows no bounds here.

To finish off our afternoon/evening in style, we took to the bright lights of Blackpool’s legendary bar scene and enjoyed (too many) drinks and a cabaret show or two. There is entertainment around every corner and by the time I’d finished shaking my stuff on the dancefloor, I was ready to sink into my beautiful bed at the Holiday Inn.

A peaceful night’s rest was followed by a substantial breakfast at the hotel’s self-service buffet and I was in there like swimwear – there’s nothing like freshly cooked bacon and eggs, hot buttered toast, ice cold fresh orange and strong hot coffee to chase away the cobwebs – otherwise known as hangovers.

The Holiday Inn Blackpool is the perfect sanctuary for rest and relaxation whatever the reason for your stay in Blackpool. It is stylish, contemporary, well-appointed and well-located. Planning a little seaside staycation? Make them your next call. Tell them I sent you.

Words by Joanne Brook-Smith

Holiday Inn Blackpool

85 Talbot Road Blackpool, FY1 1LL United Kingdom

 00800 80 80 0800

Front Desk: 44-01253-208040