Firsty my partner who for a living visits the best 4* and 5* hotels all over the UK as either the guest of the hotel group or the local tourist board as she brings Russians to the UK to spend some of that money they make from oil. 9/10 times although invited to an area, she actually goes and makes the visit unannounced as a paying customer. Blackpool tourist board invited her to come to Blackpool as they thought her client group would want to come for the new style casinos and entertainment on offer.
Ok that's the background and I went with her as the room she booked was priced per room not per person.
She decided on this hotel as it was recommended by the tourist office as the sort of place perfect for the higher end holidaymaker. She was aware it was part of the Britania hotel group which included an awful central Manchester hotel which she has already removed from recommendations for Russian tourist due to the late night hookers knocking on doors and no windows in the rooms. However she gave this other hotel the benefit of the doubt and appraoch with a fresh outlook.
We went during the illuminations and the hotel firstly is not even near the start of the lightshow and the taxi ride alone was £10. We are looking about 2 to 3 miles from the centre. The place was large and the name of course comes from the structure which has had some concrete turrets added and battlements to make it look like a cheap theme park castle.
At reception we were ignored for 5 mins ...