New President Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews New President Hotel Blackpool
we had already paid a deposit and after reading some of the previous reviews we stated to have concerns to the hotel, after 3 telephone conversations to confirm our rooms had been allocated. we arrived on the 24th oct as arranged. the keys for the 3 rooms we booked 1 double with sea view and 2 singles for our son & daughter were given to us at reception where they asked for the full balance straight away, i refused to do this but instead left my driving licence while we looked at the rooms, it was just as well because one room already had some one in it, the double room had no seaview, and the third one was so small even for one person, we voiced our displeasure to the guy on reception. who seemed unable to give us an explanation, he offered us our deposit back which we were quite surprised and we quickly left feeling quite relieved. if this is the new president hotel, i'm glad i never stayed in the old one
You couldnt make it up
Having just spent the weekend staying in the President Hotel I can honestly say I have never been anywhere like it in my life.
We were part of a group of people who arrived on Friday. It seemed that we were lucky because we actually had rooms. Every day that we were there, people were being told that their rooms were double booked so they would need to move elsewhere.
Even some people who had rooms were not so lucky. One couple were expected to spend the weekend in bunk beds! Another couple complained about the fact that their room had a hole in the ceiling. They were offered the chance to move to another room, but would have to share with a complete stranger who was already staying in the room!
Our room was ok; it was basic with patched up decor, but thankfully clean. It had a TV for no apparent reason, as it was clearly not connected to an aerial, we managed to get 1 channel occasionally. There was a notice in reception blaming this on the weather!
Mealtime was a farce; we arrived for our evening meal expecting to be able to sit with who we wanted to sit with. No chance. The staff there had allocated the tables, we never found out where our table was. We were not going to put up with this so we argued until we were allowed to sit with the friends we had gone away with. This happened every mealtime. However, the food was basic but good.
The Nightclub in the basement was quite something too. There was entertainment there on Friday and Saturday, quite a few of the residents were there having drinks which caused problems as there was only one barman on Friday night. At one point he disappeared for about five minutes leaving a huge queue. When he came back, we joked with him 'You could do with some help there mate!' He replied 'The customers could do with learning some patience.' If we had drinks he would have been wearing them! This wasn't the only incident of surly staff, on several occasions staff were either blunt or just moaned about working there.
If anyone does decide to drink in the Nightclub, be careful about what you order. We found the beer prices to be reasonable but at the end of Saturday night I ordered a Jack Daniels and Coke and was charged £5.20! Even the barman couldn't believe it.
There are a huge number of hotels and guesthouses in Blackpool, I would seriously recommend looking elsewhere rather than staying in the President.
Never go there!!!!
My partner and I took my two year old son to see the illuminations. We booked a room with a cot for my son to sleep in. When we got there all seemed ok until we got to our room. It was a back room that seemed to overlook the staff room. It was freezing cold and dirty and there was no cot. It had a shower tray with a curtain and when you turned the shower on water went everywhere. We complained and were moved to another family room. It had a nice view if the windows were clean. Apart from that it was still unsuitable. There was still no cot, so my son slept in the very bent bunk beds. The bed we slept in was completely worn out. The whole room had a very dirty feel. Not wanting to complain anymore we stayed there the night, to find terrible noise coming from the bar/club downstairs. After a bad nights sleep, the breakfast was no good either. They brought us coffee with no milk, and toast but no butter! I was extremely glad to drive the 300 miles home, I just wished I had done that the night before instead of staying in such a poorly run hotel!!!
Helpful, and welcoming staff
I stayed at the president hotel a couple of years ago, and despite there being a little chaos because they were having repairs after a guest had started a fire, I found the staff really nice. they were welcoming and helpful.
I considered that they went out of their way to be helpful, and to make my stay as relaxing as it could be
they got me a room, even though i had only telephoned them that day and asked if they had a room available for that day. ( I was incredibly stressed out, and desperately needed a break, and on impulse decided to go to Blackpool)
I use a wheelchair, and they jigged the rooms about for me, as my chair would not fit through the door of the original room allocated. I was comfortable, and very satisfied with my room.
I particularly liked that there was a bar, and entertainment, in house, which meant that I did not have to trek around the resort late at night.
the entertainment was good, and the atmosphere was home-like, the food was good (I went half-board)
Filthy -Be warned!
Arrived 30/07/05. Pre-booked £440. for 1 week PAID IN FULL (first mistake). The first thing you notice is the smell, trying to ignore this we were allocated room 407. The room was quite visibly unclean. The carpet was dirty, the radiators were thick with fluff, the lightshades on the wall (2) were 1/3 full of DEAD FLIES. Our sea view which we paid an extra £20 for was non existant because of the condensation between the double glazing. The double bed had two massive dents in it and neither bed in the bunk set was made up for our 5 year old son. (linen merely folded on top). But the worst part was the window sills, they were covered with dead flies/midges and CRAWLING with tiny ant like BEASTS. We asked for another room pretending the reason was there was no shower (because we really dont like to complain or make a fuss) and were given keys to a room on the third floor. It was equally as FILTHY. We had no alternative but to leave. We made our complaint at reception only to find out we could not get our money back until we had spoken to the General Manager a Mr Alan French on the following Monday. To cut a long story short - it took us 4 return visits with Mr French fobbing us off to finally get a £390 refund on Tuesday afternoon. During this time we met other residents 3 of whom were also leaving and a lady who stated her Grandaughter had received several BITES while staying there. I dont know why this hotel kept £50 of our money, we were barely there 1/2 an hour, but I will certainly be trying to get it back. PLEASE BE WARNED.
Not A Minutes Sleep
I am writing to review 'The New President' Hotel Blackpool. I was disgusted that the staff would have the audacity to place a group of young men who had been out on the drink inbetween to familys. The noise was unbearable and the two families agreed that it was unacceptable. Another problem was the electrical wiring. We could'nt get the main light to work however when the room next door turned their light on our came on also. This is annoying so late in the night. The noise and lights continued until 6am and thereafter. The food didn't make up for the noise. I was disgusted by this hotel and I do not recommend it to anyone hoping for a good meal and a good nights sleep.
By Michael Harvey
Stale & Stinky!
I don't get nearly as many breaks as I would like due to work commitments.
Soooo......... Because me & my partner had some time off we decided to go to Blackpool and found The President Hotel on-line. It boasted a bridal suite with a four poster bed, whirlpool bath, its own lounge, tv and leather suite! Ooooooo I thought and at £100 per night I thought it had to be good!
At this point I should tell you we are not newly weds or husband and wife, we live in sin!
I paid a deposit when I booked over the phone and we were set to go in a weeks time.
On arrival we walked through the doors and the stench of stale ale and cigarettes made me feel uneasy. The staff that greeted us weren't particularly friendly and we signed the necessary card and paid the rest of our money for our 2 night stay. (£200).
Key in hand we were directed to our room.
The shock from my face must have been clear as daylight !!! The door to our room was about 2 inch too short of the threshold and wonky. The netting on the 4 poster bed was yellow and discoloured, the carpets didn't fit the room they were about 1.5 " short of the wall. The lounge & leather suite were grubby and it looked like someone had been tap dancing on the coffee table! The TV didn't work and the remote was covered in gunk!
The jacuzzi taps and controllers were broken. I told my other half there was no way I could spend any further time in that hotel and I wanted out. My bloke went down to reception to complain, the girl on reception didn't know what to do and had to call the manager on the phone. He said he'd let us "walk away" but he was keeping £50 of our money for the privalidge!
This hotel is run by a bloke who I have never met and would never hope to. I can imagine him driving round in a brand new car and rubbing his hands together in glee at the profit he is making from such a run down smelly hotel.
I would rate it as a 1* establishment, it is ok if you don't want any quality what so ever in your room. I can't say anything about the food as I didn't stay there long enough to find out.
You have been warned!!
Having just stayed at this hotel, me my wife and three year old daughter were treated very nice by all staff. The room we booked we were very impressed with as we stayed at a gold host award last year and this is only a silver ? and this room was much nicer. The only down side was there was not much selection for food for our daughter, eg:sausage & chips or nuggets & chips, and check your cobs on third
night it may have mould, but they gave us fresh bread. All in all we would stay again for the prices they charged.
My family stayed at the president hotel in October 2004. The food is good, the staff friendly apart from the owner of the hotel who we found to be rude and unhelpful.
We booked for a 4 night stay with evening meal and a free childs pass to the pleasure beach. Once we had paid in full the owner told us the free pass was not included anymore and he would not pay for a day pass for our daughter.
The owner is a shame to his staff and we will not book again because of this.
This hotel has also appeared on a T.V. program called "Hotels from Hell" I wonder why !!
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