The Viking Hotel is an over-18s only establishment located on Blackpool promenade at its South Shore end opposite the South Pier.
Whilst the hotel has car parking directly outside the main entrance, this is limited to approximately 12-15 vehicles on a first-come-first-served basis. Residents can also use a car park at the gable end of the building which can accommodate a further 40 or so cars. During the week of our visit, the Scottish schools October week holiday, and during the Blackpool Illuminations period, there was still space in the car park. Please note you will be provided with a car parking ticket by reception which must be displayed to show you are resident otherwise you may be charged for parking.
The hotel is not disabled friendly, with 2 steps at the front door, then a further 4 steps to reach reception. Whilst the hotel does have a lift, this does not reach all levels. If you are sufficiently non-ambulant, I’d suggest you try looking at the Choice Group’s other Blackpool hotels, the Cliffs and the Claremont hotels, which are likely to be more suitable.
The hotel has a no under 18’s policy, therefore, be mindful of this if you have a young family. Our two young adults are aged 19 and 20 and they were asked to produce ID at reception upon arrival to verify their ages, as well as in the bars.
The reception staff were all very friendly on arrival, and we had no delays in being given the keys to the two rooms booked. These were 007 on the ground floor, a twin room for the boys, and 237 on the second floor, a double with a sea view for us. Room 007 was a strange room located at the back of the hotel overlooking the police station. It reminded us of an attic room, despite being located on the ground floor. It had coombed eaves, wooden beams, and oddly, as you opened the door a set of 6 steep little steps into the room. It was comfortable and clean, however, with the obligatory tea and coffee making facilities, but no biscuits. The bathroom was adequate with a shower-over-bath but a distinct lack of shelf space.
Room 237 was a little disappointing, in that although we did get the sea view room we paid for, it looked out over the flat roof of the dining room, thereby blocking some of that view. Once the window was opened, which was immediately on arrival as the room was stifling hot, we were met with the constant drone of the air conditioning unit directly outside the room. Still, we weren’t overly concerned as we didn’t plan on spending huge amounts of time in the room in any event.
The room had both a double bed and a single and seemed to be a family room – this wasn’t really a problem. There was adequate storage space, although, to be honest, the furniture and fittings do look ‘tired’ and could do with being refreshed. The bathroom was very small and again had no hanging space or shelving available to place toiletries upon. It had no toilet roll holder, and the corner shower cabinet, although not a power shower, worked well. A nice touch was the clean towels provided on a daily basis along with maid service.
At the time of check-in, you will be provided with a pre-assigned dining table as well as your table in the ‘Talk of the Coast’ cabaret Bar. Please be aware that almost everyone wants a window table with a sea view, and as there are only approximately 15 such tables the chances of getting one, like us, was, well, nil!
All the staff were extremely pleasant from check-in receptionists to those working in the dining room, bars and the housemaids, who were all happy to help when asked.
The table service restaurant had a quite adequate selection of food on the menu, with around four-five starters, a chefs special dish along with further four-five choices of main meals including a vegetarian option. Dessert was a self-service option with a choice of two hot options and five cold sweets available. Breakfast was also self-service other than teas and coffees being served to the table. The choice of food was perfectly adequate with three types of eggs, along with bacon, sausage, beans, tomatoes or even kippers for those brave souls not put off with a mouthful of bones!
As I touched upon earlier, we had a problem with our room; however this complaint was very ably dealt with by the hotel manager, Mario to my full satisfaction, so full marks for customer service.
The entertainment was provided in the lower ground floor cabaret bar, and, was, quite frankly, excellent. A special mention must be made for the host and compere, Buddy Lee who was the glue that held the whole evening together. It was worth staying here for that reason alone. Having visited Blackpool for years, and paid out for many shows in my time, this free evening entertainment was of a very high standard.
I was surprised to see so many elderly residents considering that the hotel has a no children rule. I had assumed that this would be a ‘club 18-30’ type of establishment, but far from it. They had an 85-year old and a 92-year old staying during our visit.
All in all, we had an excellent holiday and would certainly recommend the Viking to anyone looking for a mid-budget price hotel, in a good Blackpool location with excellent entertainment and food choices.
For more information, or to book The Viking Hotel, click here.
For further information on Blackpool, visit the tourist board.
Room Tip: If you’re looking for a good sea view room try the upper floors as some of the second-floor rooms look out over a flat-roofed area which is where a number of air conditioning units are located for the hotel.