Like our experience of all the other Best Western hotels the service was great, despite the hotel being relatively large and grand in size, you still feel very welcome and homely, like the staff know who you are and are all happy to see you.
It starts at a very helpful reception, who despatched someone to check if our room was ready, due to our earlier than check-in time arrival. It was and we were quickly off to check it out armed with an access code to the hotel’s high-speed wi-fi, the restaurant times, and already booked in for dinner.
We were allocated the Ribble View suite (named after the River Ribble), a prestige room, living up to its billing. With a main bedroom/lounge and further separate bedroom with twin beds, it was ideal for our party of two adults and one seven-year-old.
The main room was huge, with a comfortable leather sofa and chairs, and a large balcony allowing us to exploit the hotel’s superb location on the promenade of St Annes on Sea.
The location of the hotel is superb. Right on the promenade, but still incredibly easy to get to and accessible. During the afternoon of our first day we took a short walk across the road, where we found the beach, a pier with amusements and small rides, a cinema, a climbing frame and playground, a cinema, the Lytham St Annes Mini Links golf course, and even a swimming pool, which as hotel guests we had free access to.
As well as a bar, and free wi-fi the Glendower also has a computer and printer for free guest use (we used it to print a map out of the nearby Blackpool Pleasure Beach).
The hotel also has a gym, a full size snooker table, table tennis, and a Nintendo Wii set up on a huge cinema style screen.
And all this, with Blackpool just three miles down the road.
Absolutely loads to do for families.
It is even positioned on the south side of Blackpool so the first things you get to by car are the Pleasure Beach, and the indoor water park.
Perfect for us as it allowed us to pop in to the madness of Blackpool for a day, without having to be amongst it. Easy to get to, and with the even more local attractions of Lytham and St Annes not to be ignored and discounted.
The only faults I can levy at the hotel were having to ask for drinks during our first visit to the restaurant, and some of the leisure facilities being temporarily our of action for renovation.
But all-in-all a really lovely hotel. Clearly versatile with guests staying for a multitude of reasons, but certainly one for discerning families wishing to visit the local area and the attractions of Blackpool.
Read Ian’s blog on family life at http://singleparentdad.blogspot.co.uk/