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New Blackpool Hotel Illuminates The Town
Graham Clark, Features Writer
Further investment in the north seems to be coming to fruition especially in one of the north's favourite seaside resorts Blackpool.

A 25 million pound investment in the Blackpool Conference and Exhibition Centre, a new 5 star hotel planned to open next year and a new tram line from Blackpool north train station to the seafront are all testament to this.

In May this year there was another new arrival in the town with the opening of the Hampton by Hilton Hotel on the south shore. The town has lacked in the past good quality 4 star accommodation - until now. This new build hotel is within easy access of the Pleasure Beach and there is a tram stop just by the hotel to whisk you to the tower and central attractions.

If you are lucky enough to stay in a seafront room right up until November you will have a ring side seat of the famous Blackpool illuminations. The hotel even joins in the light extravaganza too as the exterior has its own brightly coloured lights that change from blue to red to green!

An oversized deck chair in the foyer tells you that you could only be in Blackpool. It smells and looks new so much so you feel like that you are the first person to stay in your room. The staff appear to have been picked for their friendly Northern attitude, it's definitely a Blackpool welcome as opposed to a Brighton welcome!

The rooms are all fitted to the Hampton by Hilton standard which means a big comfy bed, tea and coffee making facilities, a free safe, iron, hairdryer and plenty of plugs and lots of USB points to satisfy the business traveller. The free WiFi was fast and available throughout the hotel.

The bathroom has a walk in shower and a large well lit mirror was a bonus too, but do they think that all men these days do not use an electric shaver? With no plug-in point in the bathroom for my shaver I had to use the plug in the bedroom to get a shave, unless I wanted to walk around Blackpool looking like I had experienced a good night on the town - which is very easy in this northern playground of fun!

Breakfast is included in the room price. I found it to be well stocked and items replenished quickly. It's the standard mix of English breakfast (scrambled egg though) and a good continental selection - you can even make your own waffle.

Parking is limited - it's £12.00 for 24 hours to park in their smallish car park behind the hotel, but there is a cheaper council run car park nearby and on street parking too.

There is a small Fitness room too that no one seemed to use during my visit.

If you are visiting the illuminations this autumn or just going for a short break the hotel is ideal and is an asset to the town - and it's a lot nearer than Brighton!

Hampton by Hilton, 595-601 New South Promenade, Blackpool FY4 1NG
Telephone 01253 922540
www.hamptoninn3.hilton.com/Blackpool

Also by Graham Clark...
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Def Leppard, Sheffield Arena
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Mariah Carey, Leeds Arena
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New Blackpool Hotel Illuminates The Town, 2nd October 2018, 13:49 PM