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Our stay at Hampton by Hilton Blackpool

We just got back from our holiday. We spent our half term week in Blackpool and it was a lot of fun. It was our first time visiting Blackpool. We have heard a lot about the lovely place and have been dying to visit. It took us a little over an hour to get to Blackpool from Cheshire, and we enjoyed the short road trip. We have stayed in Hilton Hotels before, it is usually our preferred hotel chain so we kind of knew what to expect with Hampton by Hilton Blackpool.

 

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Check in and first impression

We got to the hotel for 3pm, which is peak time for check ins, so we had a short delay. There were 2 people at the check in desk so it took a bit to get the check in done. When we finally got the room keys, we headed to our room. We were on the first floor, so we didn’t have to go to far up, which was great.

 

What we liked

We got a room on the first floor with a great view. The view was amazing and we enjoyed it. I really liked the shower cubicle. It is a lot bigger than your average shower cubicle. We also liked the room size. There was plenty space for our luggage, shoes and all the extra baggage. It didn’t feel cramped like some other hotel rooms we have stayed in.

I also found a particular staff member extremely helpful. She was in the restaurant and she went above and beyond at dinner time and while we were having breakfast as well. I have forgotten her name now, but she made our stay very pleasant and I hope she gets the recognition she deserves for her amazing customer service.

 

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What we didn’t like

We found the room quite dusty. My husband complained about this and asked for the room to be properly cleaned on the next day but this didn’t happen. The room was still very dusty especially the curtain area and my husband ended up with a cold thanks to the dust.

The room didn’t have a fridge and there was no room service. This made our stay very uncomfortable as we had to go down for everything. I like having a fridge when holidaying especially with the kids. There is always a snack or a drink left unfinished we may want to store in the fridge. Also, room service is a hotel essential for me, as we usually prefer eating our dinner in the room.

There were hardly any toiletries left in our room. The bath wash was never topped up, but thankfully we had ours with us. There was also no shower cap, which was a pain, and only 1 toilet roll was left for a family of 4 to share on our last day. The towels were not white, they were cream and I didn’t really like that.

We also found it a little tricky to find a parking space as Hampton by Hilton Blackpool parking space is really small. But we found a good spot in the end.

 

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Overall, our stay was good. We enjoyed exploring Blackpool. I will be sharing a post on all what we got up to soon. We visited Pleasure Beach and Nickelodeon Park. So look out for my next travel blog post.

Have you ever stayed in Hampton by Hilton Blackpool?

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Half Term in Portugal Part 2

I wrote about our time in Portugal for the half term week yesterday and it has been well received. So I decided to publish the part 2 of our half term in Portugal post today. Portugal is a lovely country. We were in Algarve and also visited Lagos. Our trip was fun. We were in Portugal for 3 nights and the kiddies had a fantastic time exploring the beach, swimming pools and the Realito Kids Club.

 

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Realito Kids Club

The kiddies had a great time at the Reality Kids Club. The workers were warm and pleasant to be around. They also engaged with the kids and kept them busy which was good. My daughter enjoyed colouring, playing with Lego and watching the staff dance to dance videos. My son was more interested in the toys and the outdoor slides. They both loved the kids club and it comes highly recommended by us. If your kids are over 3 years, you have the option of leaving if you wish which is handy for when you need some child-free time. We visited the Realito Kids Club twice and although we didn’t leave the kids, we saw many parents do.

There is also a table tennis section to keep the parents occupied. I saw a couple of parents doing that.

 

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The Beach

We had a lovely time exploring the beautiful beach. The weather was great and beach was a sight to behold. My kids love playing at the beach. Building sand castles and dipping their legs into the water is their favourite thing to do. They also enjoy posing for photos, which I am always happy to take. I guess that is why I have so many photos from our trip. But there is never a thing like too many photos, especially when it comes to holidays.

 

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The Swimming Pools

We had the opportunity to dip into the swimming pools. I spotted about 4 different outdoor pools in the entire hotel –  Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel. And they were indoor pools available as well. We even had a private pool for our side of the resort which was usually not busy. I have never seen a hotel with these many swimming pools until I visited this one.

We had a blast swimming in warm afternoons. It was a great way to unwind, relax and bond as a family.

 

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I still have quite a lot of photos to share. My plan is to write-up another post so I can include the rest of the photos on there. The photos serve as a reminder of our Portugal trip and I would love to have them all on Fashion and Style Police. For the next post, I will be sharing photos from our visit to Lagos Portugal, and other bits. The next travel post should be up in the next few days so watch this space.

 

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Is Portugal on your list of countries to visit? Do sound off in the comments section below. Thanks for stopping by as always.

Airport travel tips I picked up along the way

Travelling is fun but it can be stressful at the same time. It is usually a bit more stressful when you are travelling with kids as you have to pack more stuff. And kids usually hardly ever cooperate or move quickly. I did most of my travel before the kiddies but I have also done some travel with them because I the travel fun outweighs the stress. Travel is one of my favourite things to do. I have visited a couple of cities/countries over the years, which is how I picked up various airport travel tips to help make our adventure less stressful.

Here are some of the tips –

 

Pack light & weigh before getting to the airport

It can be tricky to pack light especially when you have kids involved. But it is important to only pack what you need to reduce the amount of boxes you take away on holiday. The last thing you would need is to drag boxes with stuff you won’t use or be stuck with excess luggage at the airport. The fear of excess luggage is the beginning of travel wisdom. The fear makes me weigh my boxes before arriving at the airport so I can rearrange the boxes if needed. We have a travel scale we use to weigh boxes and it is usually spot on.

 

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Hire a taxi to the airport

Hiring a taxi to the airport is the best way to get there without stress. Driving to the airport means you have to load your car yourself. It also means you have pack it yourself at the airport, which can be frustrating if you are running late and unable to find a parking space quickly.

Parking far away from the airport with the hope of catching an airport shuttle is very dangerous. Apart from the stress of packing a car and catching the shuttle, the shuttle may be running late. We experienced this first hand earlier this year when we booked an airport shuttle, the shuttle was over 30 minutes late, and we almost missed our flight. The best way to get to the airport is to go in a taxi.

 

Label your boxes

Label all your boxes before getting to the airport. Make sure you also mark your boxes so it is easy for you to spot them from far. I mistakenly carried the wrong box some years ago. The box was exactly the same as mine. And the padlock was the same as well (we both use the padlock that came with the box), and I only realised I got the wrong box after getting to the hotel. I bet you can imagine how stressful it was for me. We had to head back to the airport the next day to return box and I got mine later that day as well. It is one mistake that I can’t afford to make again.

 

Check in at home

We always check in and book our seats 24 hours before our flight. That makes our life easier when we get to the airport as we only have to do a bag drop. Checking in before you get to the airport is even more important when you are getting on a full flight or via a busy airport. Flights to London and other popular destinations are usually busy, so ensure you check in beforehand.

 

Get to the airport early

Getting to the airport helps as we are not stressed on the travel day. Kids never move quickly so having. few hours to play with works great for us. It also means we can get something to eat if needed and slot in some duty-free shopping as well.

 

What do you think of these airport travel tips? Do you have any tips of yours to share? Please sound off in the comments section below.

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