The Bedford Hotel
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... for us to go and watch the World Cup final tomorrow. We have found the people here to be super friendly and chatty.
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... to the top of the charts. The previous drummer was kicked out by John Paul and George - strawberry fields (John was taken to this park often as a child by his aunt and uncle, it was originally a orphanage) - the church where John and Paul met (John was performing at a local music festival and a mutual friend introduced them, John responded by asking Paul to play guitar, Paul passed his impromptu audition and history was made) - the Cavern Club where they ...
... got their start at the legendary cavern club. After a take away lunch, We booked it down to the wharf and caught the last open top bus tour and went around the city to get our bearings and learn some local history while eating our food. After the bus we came back to the hostel for a nap, waking up in time to watch the holland vs argentine game in the hostel. Not quite as exciting as the last, the game was 0-0 with 30min extra time before ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
Historical Traveler Reviews The Bedford Hotel Blackpool
A Round Of Applause For The Bedford!!!
My mother in law and myself went to stay at The Bedford as we visit the hair show every year, Previously we have stayed in The Metropole and The Claremont. Whilst visiting Blackpool earlier in the year i passed The Bedford and thought it looked quite pleasant so when looking for a hotel this year i thought we would give The Bedford a try- I am so glad we did !
We booked from the Active Hotels website and when asked if we had any preferences i asked for a smoking room with a sea view- This can sometimes be a tall order but on arrival at The Bedford when checking in we were delighted to be presented with the keys to such a room. The room was clean,spacious with a fantastic sea view. As we stayed only B&B unfortunateley we haven't experienced the evening meals but if they are anything like the breakfasts they would be brilliant. The food and service received was excellent more than adequate and very morish! The bar was very comfortable and the swimming pool was clean warm and very enjoyable. The staff at the hotel couldn't be more helpful,polite and harder working to ensure your stay at The Bedford is an enjoyable experience. I certainly will be recommending this hotel to all and will definateley be returning in the near future.
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Took my dad who is 94 the hotel staff could not have been more helpful the food was very good the room and bathroom were nice and clean the service at meal times was excelent. We had a great time and would definitly go back to the Bedford .Thanks to all the staff for a wonderful holiday.
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having stayed in the big blue last year we decided to stay somewhere that provided evening meals in the overall price. we choose the bedford after having looked on its website and found that it had a free carpark and a lift to all floors.also it had a swimming pool that could be used by my 16year old daughter and 13year old niece, which in the end didnt really matter as they only used it once and spent any time in the hotel playing pool with other kids.
i found the rooms fine us having a sea view room and my daughter a room beside us but faced onto the back of the hotel.ok they are not to the standard of the big blue but they were just as clean and comfortable. the meals were lovely and the breakfast did not start until 8.30 -9-30 .the reason why we wanted a hotel with car park was because my husband needs the use of a wheelchair as he has limited mobility so this year we brought our car and were able to leave the wheelchair in the boot of the car as the hotel had a lift to all floors even the dinning room and bar which where in the basement. also in the reception area i noticed wheelchairs which i think the hotel loaned out should you need one. overall the hotel had guests of all ages which i think appealed to everyone.
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Very friendly hotel.
Just returned from a 2 night stay at the Bedford Hotel, Blackpool. I went with my partner, this is the third time we have stayed at this hotel and we cannot fault it really!
We arrived at blackpool, easily got parking on the forecourt of the hotel. We were greeted by a very friendly gentleman who gave us all information we required (meal times, pool opening times etc) and went to our room, we took the very handy lift to the 3rd floor.
Our room was very nice, clean, bright and comfortable, we did not have a sea view but could not fault it at all. We did find during the night it was a little hot and stuffy but the weather was so hot anyway, this could not be helped.
Once we had unpacked our bags, we went down to the bar - after our 2 1/2 hour drive to Blackpool, we were dying for a drink! The bar was empty but got a drink easily enough and sat in the comfortable bar area.
The swimming pool opens til 8pm so after our drinks, we got our swimming gear from the room and went into the pool. This is one of the reasons we choose to stay at the hotel. The pool is not massive but is always quiet and you get a peaceful swim and get to relax. There is a sauna (we did not use) and also a jacuzzi and the leisure facilities were clean, no problems there.
The hotel is conveniently situated, it takes about ten mins to walk into town, we went to a great show one night and went out to clubs the 2nd night.
Food at the hotel is very nice, breakfast has choices of cereals and also a cooked breakfast by waitress service - unfortunately we missed breakfast one of the mornings as the breakfast finishes so early (well, early for us!) It is only served between 8.30 - 9.30am, this is too far early for us.
Overall, had a brill stay at this hotel, yet again and yes would definately return!!
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We booked for the weekend in a party of 8, we found all the staff to be helpful and pleasant, the food was good, the room was adequate for our needs as we didnt spend to much time in it . The hotel was clean and tidy it was in a good position away from the rowdy night life and a nice walk to the pier. Easy reach for the trams, bus stops. We would book again no problem.
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Bed but no breakfast
Booked in August on the internet for me my huband and 4 year old grandson asked for bed and breakfast and seaview.. Arrived and were given the keys to a groundfloor room back of hotel next to lift ,insisted on the seaview and were given only available room on top floor but our grandson had to have a rollout mattress on the floor. Turned up for breakfast and were greeted by a lovely lady who said to sit where we had for the previous night, we explained we were bed and breakfast only so we had to sit outside until we were given a table, on the understanding that we didn't take too long! The poor woman said reception just kept booking in people with no regard to the space available, in the end she managed to get a couple to come down for breakfast late so that we could eat. On the one occcasion we booked an evening meal it was either wait an hour or go out into the gale with our grandchild which we did, never again!! Also got stuck in lift which is tiny.
For 2 adults and 1 child booking a triple room, the room will only be allocated when the booking comes through to the hotel, this can be anything up to 6 hours before arrival, and thus meaning the room is allocated subject to availability. Guest's book months in advance to ensure a sea view room directly with the hotel.
The member of staff on duty would have explained that all the triple sea view rooms were already taken and the room they were given was what had been booked. The only room available with a sea view was a standard double. The guest could either take this with a roll-away bed or stay in the triple which they had booked.
The hotel has guests who book just Bed & Breakfast and some who book Dinner Bed & Breakfast. As the Restaurant accommodates 115 guests at any one sitting and the hotel only sleeps 107, this should never be a problem. Front of House give the Restaurant Manager a print out daily of all guests' names, board basis, and numbers in each individual party, this making it easier for the restaurant to be set up in accordance to guests and rooms. We apologise if this wasn't done and the guests had to wait.
Blackpool is located on the Irish Sea which the Bedford Hotel is situated on the sea front, thus offering us no protection to what sometimes can be a very strong wind and even gale force. Unfortunately we can accept any responsibility for the bad weather as this is out of our control.
The hotel is a Victorian building and we do admit the lift is small, but it does still provide the same service as a larger lift, our lift easily takes 3 adults. We apologise that the guests got stuck in it but this could have been no longer than a minute or so. Even the newest and largest lifts stop and people do get stuck occasionally.
Should this guest ever wish to rebook and try the Bedford again, I would advise them to call the hotel directly, where we would happily give them a sea view room at no extra charge and make sure they received our up most attention and service during their stay.
Loved the food
stayed in a nice room me and my husband arrived on the friday andstayed to the sunday reception was manned by a nice man pleasent enoughth the rooms are clean but quite basic the hotel looks a bit tatty but not to badthe food is out standing you cound,t fault it at all the waitress where pleasent enougth my only niggle was there was no atmosphere which was a shame because that was the only complaint we had
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Brilliant Bedford Hotel!
I was part of a group that were in need to be near the Winter Gardens for a dance competition, it took about 5 minutes walk and your there.
I found the staff especially Ron and Mark, extremely helpful when booking for such a large group, and the waitresses at breakfast were really nice too.
The Hotel itself was very clean and comfortable and the views from the front rooms were spectacular!
I couldn't fault the breakfast in the morning the choice and variety was great and service was quick!
I would definately recommend this hotel to anyone, who wants to be close to the town, although if you were wanting to go the the pleasure beach the tram line is just outside the hotel.
We shall be returning to stay for next years competition : )
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On staying at this hotel in a family room, we found it too hot and uncomfortable. Exterme noise levels coming from the bars at night made it difficult for our young children to sleep. Although not the only kids there, the other children in the hotel were allowed to run riot, and on several occasions up to the small hours of the morning shouting and screaming running up and down the stairs with no adult or staff intervention. The manager and hotel staff we found were not in the least bit helpful and did nothing to resolve our problems. We found the restaurant waiting staff were very pleasant, but did not have a good grasp of English. All in all a rather expensive and dissapointing holiday that we will not be recommending to anyone
The hotel is half a mile from the main bars and nightlife of the town, and we are surrounded by other family run hotels. The Bedford does have a licensed bar, which on certain nights of the week we do provide entertainment for the enjoyment of all guests, this is never at an ear deafening level and finishes at 11.00pm, then bar area is at a normal speaking level from guests with doors closed to contain any noise.
We can not discipline any children staying in the hotel, we do ask them to act in a respectful and courteous manner, and unfortunately we are not the parent or guardian. (Kids will be kids and are on holiday too) we are not a business hotel and cater for the family market, welcoming both adults and children.
I am pleased the guests found the restaurant staff pleasant, but like most industries in the U.K. We do employ foreign nationals (who I might add are all University Students with the highest of spoken English) they are here to improve their English skills and the best way of doing this is too speak to English people, we only employ 1 foreign student to every 3 English members of staff every season in the restaurant.
We feel the service; facilities and standard of accommodation we provide far exceed our pricing structure, especially when compared to other hotels within the local area.
If the clients would like to ever return to the Bedford we will ensure their stay is too our highest of standards
Comfortable & friendly
Stayed at this hotel at the end of October. Great location, close enough for Blackpool if you want to go there but far enough away to avoid the hen/stag parties. The food was excellent - really couldn't fault it. The service was also very good with friendly staff who couldn't do enough for you.
Only downsides are the car park which gets very full, although no problem parking on the road &. the rooms were also a bit too warm for my liking.
I'd definitely recommend it & will be returning in the future.
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