Recently visited Southport for a mini break and decided to book the Royal Clifton as it had access to a Pool and Gym,one of only two hotels in the vicinity.
Easy to find ,on the seafront overlooking the gardens and boating lake,it exudes olde world charm.
It is not clinical at all,it has creaky floorboards,comfortable chairs and settees,pleasant decor and best of all attentive members of staff.
Booking in was effortless,allocated a room with a view over to the sea on the second floor,asked for a twin but got a triple.Tea and coffee provided,toiletries in the very nice upgraded bathroom,couple of easy chairs and a lovely view.
Yes the heating is rather old fashioned,very large metal radiators,difficult to control as the turning handles had been painted on but manageable.
The pool area and spa facilities were used several times and found to be very acceptable.The changing rooms need some tlc and more regular cleaning however.
The food in the Restaurant ,both at Breakfast and Dinner,we found to be very good, the service not so good ,due entirely to staffing levels.
A special mention for management regarding the Restaurant Superviser,Mr James Foxhall.Give him a rise and update his position you have a very good member of staff there,nothing was too much trouble and he interacted with the guests despite being very busy.