Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Resort Has Lost None of Its Charms

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Resort Has Lost None of Its Charms

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Byline: GEMMA HUDSON

MY last visit to Blackpool was over 20 years ago - an annual event to see the illuminations during October half-term which always involved a bunch of us piling into a minibus for a night's stay at a B&B. Back then, it was all Kiss Me Quick hats, sugar dummies and donkey rides on the beach. Fast-forward two decades and here I was again - the tower still the focal point of our stay.

We travelled to Blackpool for a two-night stay at the Best Western Carlton Hotel. Situated at the Northern end of the promenade with fantastic sea views, the hotel is a short walk from Blackpool's North Pier.

Its location is perfect for anyone who prefers a quieter setting, although the main attractions are only a mile away.

On arrival, we were warmly greeted by staff who couldn't do enough for us throughout our stay.

We stayed in a triple room, which was surprisingly spacious. The beds were comfortable and the room immaculate.

We had a bath and a shower in our suite, as well as tea/coffee facilities, a TV with selected satellite channels and free wifi.

There is also plenty of parking for hotel guests.

Breakfast - English and continental buffet-style - is served in the hotel's Caesar''s Restaurant. With plenty of choice and stunning views of the Irish Sea to enjoy with your cup of tea, it's a perfect start to the day.

Caesar's Restaurant serves traditional English food and continental cuisine, while a second - Jali - has fine Indian dining. Both offer extensive menus. At Jali you will find all the usual favourites, and their famous pan flash bazaar, is delicious and will set you back a very reasonable pounds 15.95.

The award-winning restaurant is popular with hotel guests and locals alike, so be sure to book.

The nearest tram stop is opposite the hotel, with services running almost every 20 minutes. Buses also run regularly along the promenade and there are always taxis waiting.

After we'd checked in to our room we decided to head to the Blackpool Tower Circus show.

Most of the attractions in Blackpool are situated on or near the promenade and easily reached on foot. With a four-year-old in tow, the walk from the hotel to the tower took 15 minutes.

Blackpool Tower is now part of the Merlin Entertainments Group, which boasts Legoland, Alton Towers and Chessington among its portfolio. This year is the first that all of Merlin's attractions in Blackpool are open to the public.

They group now offer "The Big Ticket", which will cost pounds 49 on the day, less online, and there are offers for groups, too. For your money you gain entry to The Blackpool Tower Eye & Skywalk, Tower Dungeon, Jungle Jim's Indoor Play, and The Tower Ballroom and Circus.

They are all in the tower itself, while Madame Tussauds and Sea Life Blackpool are just a few metres down the road. …

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