10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Best Boutique Business & Leisure Hotel in Blackpool!
"If ou are lookin to stay a night, a week or longer, there is no better place you can stay than at the Number ONE Southbeach. Read all the other reviews and you'll understand why. The rooms are all great, the staff are all great and the food is all great! Mark & Graham compliment each other and janet keeps them in check when she has to, so get use to all their humour and you'll get on fine with them all. If you need anything that doesn't seem to be available, just ask and they'll get it for you. Even if it's a yoghurt for breakfast that you want, they'll go out and get it for you - that's service with a smile. I have stayed in many establishments all over the World and this place takes some beating believe me! If you fancy a game of golf- challenge Mark as he fancies himself as a budding Tiger! Ha! Go and indulge and enjoy!!!!"
- Travel date: 8th October 2009
"The hotel is absolutley fab. I stayed in room 15 (midsummer pink) it was just gurjus. The room just felt very homely but luxuriouse. The bath room was gurjus with a jaccuzii and plazma. The view we had was amazing lookin onto the sea, prom and the lights. Also because it was my anniversary with my boy friend the hotel put a boquette of flowers there with champaigne. All the staff are are very friendly. The hotel is designed beautifully and very modern."
- Travel date: 28th September 2009
Want to go back
"Been to Blackpool quite a few times and this is by far the best hotel I've found in the town. Booked one of the four poster rooms and although not the biggest room you'll ever see it was well laid out and clean. Bathroom was excellent - first time I've had a bath and watched tv at the same time. Looked in a few other rooms which were open and Mrs Scotty thought they all looked nice with excellent and tasteful decor throughout. We had a lovely view and a balcony. My only slight criticism was that there were not any chairs on the balcony for sitting out on a warm evening. Breakfast was really nice and the staff very pleasant. Must return sometime."
- Travel date: 11th September 2009
Boutique as it should be done!
"We had recently stayed in another 'boutique' hotel and our experience made us wary about what we should expect - we didn't need to worry!! Very impressive hotel. Modern ,quality furnishings ,decorations and gadgets. Situated at the quieter end of Blackpool just a short walk from the Pleasure Beach. Convenient for the beach and transport links. Excellent breakfast choice and delighful evening meal."
- Travel date: 25th August 2009
Definitely Number One!
"I stayed here for one night with my husband to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The check-in was easy; we got a very friendly welcome and an introduction to all of the technology in our room. The room was spotlessly clean and very plush, modern and comfortable. There were lots of lovely smellies, and nice little touches like the hotel's own branded blackpool rock sweets and bottled water in the room. We headed straight out along the new south Beach prom with its glamorous, glittering sculptures and light installations. Blackpool itself was looking a bit more faded than we remember it last year, but the current regeneration programme which has so benefitted the South beach side of town will do it the world of good. We recommend the Grundy Art Gallery, had a lovely stroll around there. Back to the hotel...we had drinks at the bar then dinner in the hotel restaurant, again beautifully decorated and very chic (though really laid back - this is blackpool after all, you dont want 'stuffy' places in Blackpool). Our meals were PERFECT, so I'd urge you to eat-in at least once. Breakfast the next morning was delicious and perfectly cooked too, all quality ingredients. The owner, Mark, was very friendly and approachable and made sure we had everything we needed. A lovely hotel, a great short break."
- Travel date: 10th August 2009
Boutique Hotel in Blackpool
"It was very difficult to find a boutique hotel in Blackpool - but thankfully we found Number One! The room was really plush, very high quality and spotlessly clean. The bar area and restaurant are also decorated and maintained at a very high standard. We chose our room online - each of the 15 rooms are pictured on the website, each one is different. We booked late so had a limited choice, but chose the funky No 2 - Noodle. The description says it has views over the Big One at the Pleasure beach - which it does, if you look beyond the backstreets and garages. But we weren't visiting Blackpool for the views! Close the curtains, and you're back in the lovely luxury of the room, with remote control lighting, a huge flat screen TV, big bouncy king size bed, with plush bedding, fluffy gown, slippers, lovely bathroom with jacuzzi bath (and TV!?) and The White Company toiletries. The owners are friendly and welcoming - slightly odd humoured perhaps, but not scary, and breakfast was delicious - with great choice. Nothing was too much trouble. If I ever have to go back to Blackpool again, I will definitely stay here again. Before we went to Blackpool, I was dreading it, now that we've found this gem I'm almost looking for a reason to go back! We didn't eat in the restaurant in the evening, so I'm unable to recommend it. The wine list was reasonable with a wide variety."
- Travel date: 9th March 2009
THE place to stay in Blackpool
"Stayed here for business in June. This is definitely THE place to stay in Blackpool. From spacious, luxury, clean rooms to a good restaurant (great breakfast!) and fantastic service, couldn't have asked for more. Completely exceeded my expectations."
- Travel date: 26th October 2008
Gorgeous, modern & luxurious B&B
"Myslef and my boyfriend stayed at this B&B for just one night on a Tuesday as we had the week off work and so went on a little 3day trip to the Lakes and down to Blackpool. We stayed in room number 5 - absolutely gorgeous with a big plasma tv, fantastic deep spa bath. All modern & beautifully decorated, really plush & luxurious. The bed was lovely & comfy and the food fantastic. We ate in the restuarant that night, it was well priced and fantastic quality. The owners were lovely & friendly and as it was quiet one of the owners said I was free to look around as the rooms unoccupied had the doors open and so I did. All the other rooms were of a fantastic quality, the same as ours, i wouldnt know which room to pick if we went again- they are all so lovely. Highly recommend this B&B for a luxury stay, it was well worth it."
- Travel date: 20th October 2008
"This hotel is the Number One South Beach and although the room was modern, beautifully decorated and comfortable the hotel has some serious problems which made the whole stay a huge disappointment. We booked to eat at the hotel at 8pm and only got seated at our table at 9.15. Their wine list didn't have the wine we wanted (it had been discontinued - why not take it off the list then?) and the menu was mediocre and not much choice. In addition the prices are pretty expensive too for what you get. I had King Prawns to start which were so salty and then lemon sole to follow. The flacid skin was still on and there was little taste to it. Worse still, my partner had steak but the central part of it was pure gristle. They were busy and no one asked us how our meal was so we complained when they took the plates away - one groaning with the inedible big piece of gristle. They agreed to take it off the bill. Fine, we were happy with that but didn't stay for dessert. Upon check out the steak was not removed from the bill and the chef/joint owner starting berrating us about our complaint. He was so rude that we were quite taken aback. This confrontation ruined the whole stay for us and when we asked for a new bill reflecting the right price we had to come back later because the computer was busy. It's clear they have spent a lot of money designing the bedrooms and public spaces but they really need to work on their customer service."
- Travel date: 11th August 2008
A posh Fawlty Towers
"To avoid any confusion, this is about the new No.1 South Beach that has been open a week and a half. Not sure how to conclude this one... overall a little disappointed with the stay. A slightly strange experience. The good things first - this is a well furnished new hotel, that has some nice touches like TVs in the bathrooms, large plasmas and DVD players in the room and lovely furnishings (although it is just IKEA stuff so may not stand the test of time). A very well designed and pleasant looking hotel. As others on here say, this is something that you wouldn't expect to see in Blackpool - but you will pay for it at Â£130 per night per room. Here's the things we found just weird: Children - we booked directly with the hotel and asked if we could bring our 10 month old son. We also said our friends would be bringing their child. We were told not a problem but were asked to bring our own cots as they didn't have any (not a problem at all). We were well greeted on the first night and made to feel very welcome. On returning to the hotel on the second day were approached by someone (we later found out to be Mark) who was insistent we did not bring pushchairs into the hotel. He was worried that the carpet would be made dirty because of the wheels. We had a big row over this as there are no high chairs in the breakfast room (where did he expect my son to sit?) and so we used the pushchairs as a way of feeding the kids. It also stopped them running around and causing any havoc. After a very unpleasant exchange, Mark was insistent that we were welcome in the hotel with children and that he would allow us to use pushchairs in there - but he clearly wasn't happy with the situation. However, later that evening, we returned to the hotel to be told by Graham (a supposedly "equal" partner in the operation - and the one who had not raised an eyebrow the night before at us using pushchairs in the hotel) that we should not bring the pushchairs into the hotel and that he had to respect Markâs wishes in telling us this (so much for an equal partner in the deal then - Mark is clearly pulling the strings in this place). We explained that we had discussed this with Mark and, after we asked to see Mark, we heard Mark shout from reception that âit was all sorted and OK to bring them inâ â clearly he was too busy at 11pm to come and apologise for the further confusion and the further hassle he was causing us. Interestingly when a BBC film crew turned up at 11:30pm that night, with massive equipment trolleys (and much bigger wheels than a pushchair), there was no mention of not bringing them in because of the potentially dirty wheels. It is also, apparently, not a problem to wear your outdoor shoes inside â but I donât see the difference in the principle. So be warned, this guy is pretty possessive/protective of his carpets! He reminded me a little of the extreme reactions that a certain Basil Fawlty might have! We wouldnât have minded if they had said no kids â but having said they are child friendly, they need to act in a child friendly way. When you go away with kids â you need to take all the kit that goes with them. Breakfast was also really weird in that you had to order it the night before! Having done this Friday night (and bearing in mind we were the only guests in there) they still managed to make a right hash of it on Saturday morning. The breakfast was pretty average on both mornings I have to say - overcooked and cold. They haven't got a chef in place yet - they need one!! The place isnât quite there yet and it may never get there â other things we noted were: 1. There is visibly still building works/snagging issues to be finished off. Mark will argue that this is because it is a new hotel but he needs to consider if his prices reflect this. There was a hole in the communal toilets ceiling near the bar and the mess of wires behind reception is unsightly. 2. The bar has a very poor selection of drinks (apparantly certain spirits are "on order" - but come on, guys, just buy a bottle from Threshers!) 3. The doors to the entrance and the doors to the bedrooms are very very stiff â small point but indicative of the small problems facing this place. You will struggle to get a decent size suitcase in there single handed 4. Our friendsâ Jacuzzi bath didnât work 5. Check in took an inordinate long time as they donât seem to be able to use the technology on the card swipe machines. We wasted a further 20 minutes on Saturday morning and then still couldnât get access to our room later that day! 6. With the all problems we had, there was no offer of a reduction in room rate, and no goodbye from Mark on Sunday morning (despite him being just round the corner as we could hear him). I had to ask him for a free round of drinks - in fairness he agreed. 7. The alarm in our room went off at 5:30am â woke all of us up and no apology from anyone when we mentioned it. Small point but very annoying. Cleaners should always check alarms after someone has been in there. 8. Reception is generally un-manned and there is no way of getting their attention if you need it. All in all there people are trying to do a decent job, but I just donât feel they know if they want kids or not there and I donât think they are geared up to understanding this end of the market. It is certainly a very nice looking hotel and first impressions will leave you feeling like you made a great choiceâ¦as we did. But our experience thereafter taught us that we would never go to this place again or recommend it to friends. Maybe it will get better - we won't be back to back to see."
- Travel date: 1st October 2007
Number One South Beach is also called
- #1 south beach
- number 1 south beach
- number one south beach hotel