Norbreck Castle Hotel, Blackpool

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Norbreck Castle Hotel is perfectly located for holidays, short breaks and weekend visits to Blackpool. The hotel hosts 480 en-suite bedrooms, many wit...

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published 13/06/2012 | debandsteve08
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We have just spent one night at the Norbreck Castle Hotel and travelled with National Holidays. My partner and I paid £55 each which included your coach travel, room, breakfast, evening meal and also 4 free drinks vouchers.

Firstly we got picked up from the allocated bus stop at around 7.20 on the Sunday morning. We then done various pick ups and made our first rest stop at around 10.30am at a place called Tebay Service Station. We stayed there for around 45 minutes and within that time you got to use the toilets, and there was also a restaurant and a shop. After that we stopped again at about midday in Morecambe where there was a market and some more shops. We stayed there until 1.30pm, back on the coach again until finally getting to Blackpool at 3.00pm. For us this was a really long and tiring journey as we had been up since 5.00am. We wanted to go to the Tower and also the Dungeons but by the time we got ourselves sorted (and you couldn’t check in until 3.30pm) it was nearly shut. We then got told that our evening meal was 6.30pm so we just decided to stay around the hotel until then. After the long journey we decided to go to the bar which is next door to the hotel called Copper Face Jacks. It was happy hour here until 7.00pm and you could get pints of Carlsberg for £2.20 and also cocktails for £4. We only stayed here for a couple of drinks and then decided to head into the main bar of the hotel to use our free drinks vouchers. The pints in the main bar were £3.25 but it was also happy hour in this bar and you could get cheaper glasses of wine. With your drinks vouchers you could have half pints or pints of Carlsberg, a small red or white wine, and single spirits with mixers, for those who don’t drink you could have soft drinks. We just got 4 small red wines each which for being house wine were really nice.

It was lovely and quiet in this bar and we sat there until 5.30 when we went up to our room to get ready for our evening meal. I stayed here with my mam, grandma and sister last year and felt that this time round my partner and I were really lucky with the rooms. Last year they weren’t as clean but this time we were in a different part of the hotel. It was a good size room with a very comfortable double bed, dressing table and TV. We also got a seaview and didn’t even have to request one. The bathroom had a large bath and a very good powerful shower and was also spotless. We really couldn’t find any fault with the room at all. You also got a kettle in there with biscuits, tea and coffee.

When we went down for dinner at 6.30 there was no queue for the dining room and we got straight in. National Holidays sit at a different place to the other guests at the hotel and you also get put on a table with strangers. I wasn’t comfortable with this at first and asked one of the waitresses if we could possibly have a table for two but she just said that we have to sit separate from everyone else. It turned out to be fine though and the people who we sat with were really friendly. With your meal you get a free glass of wine. When you check in you get a pink piece of paper along with your drinks vouchers. You have to show the drinks vouchers to the guy at the door of the dining room who will be pouring the wine to get your free glass but, we had already used ours so we ended up showing the pink voucher instead which was accepted and the barman also remembered us from that afternoon when we sat in the main hotel bar. We didn’t know this beforehand and my partner had to go all the way back to our room to get it in the middle of his meal.

As for the meal, you have a choice of 2 starters, about 3 or 4 mains and desserts. I don’t understand some of the reviews on here, we had no complaints at all considering how much you pay to stay there.

After the meal we decided not to stay around the hotel but heard from other guests that there was bingo and also male singer who was apparently really good. We went into Blackpool and just ended up in a few Wetherspoons. Pleased we did as well as they had a deal on their Hardys Wine, £5.99 a bottle so we were more than happy with that. We didn’t think much of Walkabout though, not as good as the Edinburgh one.

The following morning breakfast was from 7.30. We made it down and again, lovely – no complaints. Check out of the hotel was 10.00 so we waited until then and weren’t leaving to come home until 12.30 so went into Blackpool for a couple of hours. We were going to get the bus but there was a massive queue so decided to get a taxi, was only about £8.00 and the driver was great and agreed to pick us up a couple of hours later. We managed to go into the Tower but couldn’t go right to the top because of the high winds which was a shame, but maybe next time.

We got back to the hotel and left on the coach at 1.00pm. We only made one stop and got back into town at 6.30. Again, another long and tiring journey and that’s the only bad thing about doing a trip like this.

Finally, we were told that Blackpool Town Centre was too far away to get to, this is rubbish depending on how you look at it, get the bus for £1.70 per person 10 minutes away or a taxi for £7.20 (£8.00 with tip). You could also see if anyone else wants to share the taxi and it £2.00 each and less than a 5 minute drive. If you want to walk it then yes it is a long way away.

Overall we really enjoyed our stay and are definitely thinking of going again. Hopefully next month!

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Norbreck Castle Hotel is perfectly located for holidays, short breaks and weekend visits to Blackpool. The hotel hosts 480 en-suite bedrooms, many with sea views and provides a set menu in the main restaurant and bar. The Norbreck Castle is an ideal family hotel providing plenty of entertainment for children. The exclusive 36-seater hotel cinema plays a number of children's films and cartoons.

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Rating: 2 Stars

Rooms: 400

Type: Hotel

Address: Queens Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY2 9AA

City: Blackpool

Country: England

County: Lancashire

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