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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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What to pack for a hot weather holiday

The proper weather is almost here. We enjoyed some sunshine and a proper heatwave over the Easter break, which was very nice. The weather is not a bit wet and chilly, which is expected in spring. But last week’s heatwave has left me even more hungry for summer. I am seriously looking forward to the lovely sunshine and being able to show some more skin, but not the hay fever bit. Has it the weather treating you at your end?

With the summer holidays close in sight, I have been thinking of places we could go with the kids. When it comes to a hot weather holiday, you have to make sure you have packed the essentials, especially when you are holidaying with kids. Forgetting the important items can put a strain on your holiday. Spending the holiday money on buying essentials you have already at home can be very annoying. Which is why you have to ensure you pack smartly for your holiday.

 

 

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What to pack for a hot weather holiday

Here are some essentials you will be needing for a hot weather holiday –

 

Sunscreen

Don’t forget to take Sunscreen. It is really important you protect your skin from the sun rays, especially when you are out and about in the lovely sunshine. Whatever you do, don’t forget your sunscreen, and make sure it is dry before dressing to avoid getting marks on your clothing.

 

Dresses

Having a couple of dresses with you while holidaying in a warm climate makes a lot of sense. Dresses are easy to wear and style up and down. I find them very comfortable in the summer months, which is why I take them on holiday with me in the summer. It also saves me more space in my suitcases. Instead of packing a top and a skirt or pair of jeans for a day, I just take a dress.

They are also multi-tasking, as I can slip a sundress over my swimsuit and seat on a beach or by the pool. I can also wear the sundress with a pair of sandals while exploring my holiday location.

 

The Right Footwear

You need to ensure you have packed your flip-flops for the beach and your sandals and flats for exploring. A stylish pair of gladiator sandal is always needed. Good to take more than 1 just incase. If you are going to be doing more of sitting on a beach, then all you will probably need more than  1 flip-flops.

Having the right footwear while on holiday is very important. Wearing uncomfortable or inappropriate can mess up your mood for the whole holiday. You won’t want to explore in sky-high heels for long, you won’t be comfortable.

 

 

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Sunglasses and Hats

I pack at least 1 pair of sunglasses for each one of us. I also make sure we have our hats. These are hot weather holiday essentials. Leaving home without them would be horrific. Always check to make sure your sunglasses protect against UVB and UVA rays.

 

Swimsuit and Swim Bag

I like taking a couple of swimsuits with me for myself and the kids so we have options. Our swim bag goes on holiday with us every time, so we can carry them when they are wet. I always make sure to give them a good rinse with some detergent after every swim to prevent chlorine or salt build-up while on holiday.

 

Go Maxi and Free

I like to wear maxi and free dresses while on holiday especially, when it is warm. They keep my skin covered and they feel very comfortable. Packing a couple of maxi dresses for your holiday is great. Go for maxi dresses with thin straps to show off your shoulders and back.

 

Do you have any summer holidays booked?

 

Our Stay at Hilton Hotel Metropole Birmingham

We spent New Year’s Eve and New Year in Birmingham. There was a circus show we were interested in watching on New Year’s Day, so we headed off to Birmingham on the 31st. It was a fun 2 hours drive. The kids love road trips, so they were excited about heading off to another city for the holiday. We spent 2 nights at Hilton Hotel Metropole Birmingham.

It was our first time at this particular Hilton Hotel, and we were immediately overwhelmed as soon as we step into the hotel lobby. It was jam-packed with so many people. There were all sorts of events going on at the hotel on New Year’s Eve, so people were everywhere.

 

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What went well

We finally made it to the check in counter and we got our room. There were some initial hiccups. The beds for the kids were not laid and we were short on bathroom supplies. But all that was sorted within the first hour of us checking in.

The room was a decent size for a family room. I liked the fact that the bathroom had a tub and a shower room. It meant we could dress up quicker with the extra space. The heating also worked great, which was a blessing, when I remember the hotel we stayed prior to this one. Overall, the room was generally ok.

 

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What went wrong

Apart from the chaotic check in, the beds for the twins not being made, and the lack of bathroom supplies, the WIFI was also very bad all though our stay. I couldn’t do anything with the hotel’s WIFI. It wa so frustrating as I had some work to finish up for a client on the 31st. I had to log on to my personal hotspot to get anything done. This was very annoying and expensive. The Phillips TV in our room was also quite old with no high-definition. The quality of the TV was really poor if I am being completely honest. I was shocked to find it in a Hilton Hotel. There were only a few channels available and none of them was for kids. The TV didn’t even have a Cbeebies channel. We were very disappointed with that.

Another issue we had was with the Executive Lounge. On our first night at the hotel, we were told kids were not allowed into the Executive Lounge until 8pm. We were trying to go in for around 7pm. I found it weird that they had such a rule but didn’t worry too much about it. But then I found it very annoying when I found other kids in the lounge the next day around the same time. I think the lady at the Executive Lounge just came up with an excuse to not have us bring the kids in because it was very busy on the New Year Eve night.

There was also no fridge in our room, and there was no ice machine around as well. We found that pretty frustrating.

 

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What we loved

We had the opportunity to watch the fireworks on New Year’s Day from the comfort of our room. The fireworks display was right behind our room, so we got to see the entire display from our windows. It was so beautiful. That was definitely the highlight of our stay at the hotel.

Overall our stay was just ok. I won’t recommend the hotel to anyone and I won’t go out of my way to stay there again, especially with the kids. I don’t believe it is child friendly enough, and the attention to detail is very minimal.

 

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What do you look out for when booking a hotel?

 

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