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“A pleasant atmosphere, good breakfast, does the job”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Canasta Hotel

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Canasta Hotel
Ranked #286 of 911 Blackpool B&B and Inns
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Midsomer Norton, United Kingdom
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“A pleasant atmosphere, good breakfast, does the job”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2011

The hotel season in Blackpool is long, starting from Easter and going through till the end of November. It is clear that Doug and his wife Mandy work a seven day week. How anyone can find the stamina to do that I have no idea.
On arrival we were offered to your coffee which makes a nice start. there are indeed 16 parking places but you have to leave your keys at reception as unless you are parked nearest to the street, other cars have to be moved to let you out. I felt more comfortable parking in the back streets behind where there are no restrictions.
It is convenient to have free Internet access at the bar so I could glance at my e-mail from time to time.
The rooms are not vast but adequate for a short stay.
I noticed that in general the food portions are good, but in this case the breakfast portions were particularly generous. My partner had different types of fish including haddock and found them very fresh.
With over 700 bed-and-breakfast establishments and hotels the competition is ferocious. I paid £125 for a Saturday and Sunday night stay for two of us which is around £31 per person per night. If you walk along the promenade you will notice signs offering rooms from £12 but I think frankly you get what you pay for.
There was no food served in the evening but there are masses of restaurants, and hotels serving foods so this is not a problem.
They have karaoke and quizzes when the demand is there.
I cannot speak for all the other hotels but I found this a pleasant enough introduction to this my first visit to Blackpool.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back can be a little noisy because they abbut on a main road but in general the noise d...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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CanastaHotel, Owner at Canasta Hotel, responded to this review, 5 October 2011
Thanks for taking the time to write the detailed review Brian. We're pleased you had a pleasant stay. I agree with all your points.

Yes - it's a long season but we always have lots of time off in the winter months to recharge :)

The rear facing rooms are compact but, as you mentioned, adequete for a short stay. As they overlook the rear of the hotel onto the main road at the back of the property then passing traffic noise may disturb especially if you leave the bedroom window open (it was one of the hottest weekends we have had). As mentioned though noise will diminish later at night.

Yes - we're quite proud of our breakfasts. The haddock is on form at the moment and is popular. We also offer kippers as well as the traditional 9 item English brekkie. We're glad you enjoyed them. For the knowledge of potential future guests we do not serve evening meals but do have menus for local takeways and lay a table for you providng crockery and cutlery (no charge). We do ask you do this before 10pm though. We also recommend 5 restaurants in town - you aint going to go hungry!

There are more hotel beds in Blackpool than the whole of Portugal so competition is stiff and we're pleased you found us to be good value.

Yes - Blackpool was designed with the horse and cart in mind - not the modern day equivalent so parking is tight. If our car park is full then guests can usually get parked nearby on a well lit main road - and its free. No problems have been reported to us in 10 years.

Having read your other reviews on Blackpool, especially the Tower Ballroom we're glad you had a great time. The ballroom is a magical place. We were lucky enough to see the Kings of Swing act there and it has such great acoustics for this type of music.

Thanks again.
Doug and Mandy
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2011

Thank you for a lovely welcome when we were looking for a hotel for the weekend
got a friendly welcome when we walked through the door, room was excellent, clean tidy and big

Breakfast was superb - cannot fault you on anything

Will certainly be back again - telling everybody we know how great you all were

Big pats on the back for all the staff & yourselves

Karen & George - Aberdeen

Room Tip: Large room at the front of the hotel is great for the view of the sea
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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CanastaHotel, Owner at Canasta Hotel, responded to this review, 5 October 2011
Thanks very much Karen and George.
We appreciate you choosing us to stay with and taking the time to make the review.
Hope to see you again.
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2011

Just back from an enjoyable weekend stay at this friendly, spotless, comfortable hotel. The rooms are comfortable, and kept clean. Big tasty breakfast! Good entertainment and a short walk from all the shops and pubs, in a quiet area at night so no problems sleeping! Staff friendly really good atmosphere all in. Thanks for a good stay
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Stuart & Sharon
Tony & Debbie

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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CanastaHotel, Owner at Canasta Hotel, responded to this review, 28 September 2011
Thanks very much Stuart & Sharon and Tony & Debbie for your business. We're so glad you enjoyed yourselves. Thanks for taking the time to make the comments.

Just a note about entertainment for potential future guests - we don't always have entertainment on - when we do its normally karaoke and obviously we need a few singers in for that to be worthwhile. I just didnt want anyone thinking we *always* have entertainment on :).
September and October weekends and most Bank Holidays we do and then it's selected weekends if there is sufficient demand.
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Thirsk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2011

As soon as you walk through the door you know that you have made a good decision. The atmosphere is so friendly, The hotel spotless,the breakfast 1st class and only exceeded by the management and staff in their efforts in making your stay enjoyable.

Room Tip: The front seaviews are wort that bit extra
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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CanastaHotel, Owner at Canasta Hotel, responded to this review, 28 September 2011
Thanks very much Ellie and Colin for taking the time to make those comments. It makes our job all the more worthwhile when we get appreciative comments like this. I'll give the team a big group hug :)
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Wigan, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2011

we were looking for a week away after my wife was told she couldn't fly due to kidney illness so we searched the internet and found this wonderful hotel in a great location just a short walk from the center and a great view of the sea from the lounge, staff always polite, helpful and approachable,rooms a good size even for the slightly rotund person like me good size shower with plenty room, hope to be visiting the canasta more often now that we have found it,the breakfast was just the tops my compliments to the cook. well worth the visit

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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CanastaHotel, Owner at Canasta Hotel, responded to this review, 14 September 2011
Thanks very much for the glowing review Andy S. The pleasure was ours. I'll give the staff a pat on the back :) We'll look forward to your next visit.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2011

agood welcome awaits you here . acup of tea or coffee for free all day long when you walk in .good sized and clean rooms towels changed every day .a good full english braekfast in the mornig or any varyation .it is the best hotel i have been in blackpool with the gand kids nothing too much trouble. thanks again for the 4 days we had there will definately be back .

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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CanastaHotel, Owner at Canasta Hotel, responded to this review, 20 August 2011
Thanks very much for the glowing review barrie07. It gives us all tremendous job satisfaction when we know we're getting it right. I'll make sure the team read this. We'll look forward to welcoming your family again (and the teddies too!)
:)
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2011

Staff are very helpful. Room was nice with plasma tv. No noise and they give you your own key to get in at night. Breakfast s were greattttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt. Would go back again. Thank you Canasta Sadie wull Gallacher - Lanarkshire

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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CanastaHotel, Owner at Canasta Hotel, responded to this review, 20 August 2011
Thanks very much for the kind words and review Sadie. I'll let the team know we're heading in right direction. Hope to see you next time you come to Blackpool.
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Property: Canasta Hotel
Address: 288-290 Promenade, Blackpool FY1 2EY, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Lancashire > Blackpool
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #286 of 911 B&Bs / Inns in Blackpool
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Canasta Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
31 en suite bedrooms (10 with sea views) located on the seafront within 10 minutes walk from the Blackpool Tower. Family run hotel - very friendly and meticulously clean. No stag or hen parties. ... more   less 

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