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Britain’s food producers are amazing

By |March 16th, 2017|Categories: Hotel News|

There is a lot of doom and gloom in the news right now and much of it is justified. With a lot going on, media outlets always concentrate on what makes people watch, now necessarily [...]

Will world events help local tourism?

By |March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Hotel News|

There are two significant world events ongoing right now that could seriously boost local tourism. Not just here in Blackpool but across the country. The first is Brexit and the second is Trump’s travel ban. [...]

Five star hotels giving more than their money’s worth?

By |February 16th, 2017|Categories: Hotel News|

The BBC One’s Rip Off Britain programme does holidays and checked out some high end hotel rooms. It found many four and five star hotels were offering much more than just a bed for the [...]

Travel and hotel trends to look out for in 2017

By |February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Hotel News|

Having researched the top fish trends for this year, it got me thinking about general hotel and travel trends. This year is going to be a tumultuous one. With Brexit, Trump and wider disruption all [...]

Blackpool’s got talent and new rail improvements offer good news

By |January 19th, 2017|Categories: Hotel News|

If the mild winter wasn’t enough to buoy your spirits, the recent visit from Britain’s Got Talent should have raised a smile. If not, the news that the rail link into town that is apparently [...]

Looking forward to an exciting 2017

By |January 5th, 2017|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: |

I think this year is going to be a good year. I said that last year and while it was a good year, it was also a tumultuous one. Big changes are coming and some [...]

Five things to do over Christmas in Blackpool

By |December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

So you’re spending Christmas in Blackpool. You have your hotel booked, Christmas dinner taken care of and the presents all wrapped up in your suitcase. But what are you going to see and do while [...]

Hotel trends to watch out for in 2017

By |December 7th, 2016|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , |

Even though the team here at the North Ocean Hotel in Blackpool are gearing up for Christmas, we still have time to look further ahead into the new year. After what has been a tumultuous [...]

So Airbnb isn’t hurting hotels after all

By |November 24th, 2016|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

As social media-aware hoteliers, we have been watching Airbnb since it came to Britain a couple of years ago. We watched and listened as others in the hospitality industry said the disruptive technology was going [...]

How a hotel should handle customer complaints

By |November 17th, 2016|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , |

The North Ocean Hotel is in a very privileged position in that we get very few customer complaints. Those we do get are usually minor and can be quickly addressed to everyone’s satisfaction. That isn’t [...]

Bonfire night in Blackpool

By |November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , , , |

It seems like spring was only a day or so away and now here we are close to November 5th! This year has gone quickly. With all the work we’re doing on the new Stone [...]

Book your hotel in Blackpool early for Christmas

By |October 19th, 2016|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

I know, I know, Christmas is long enough as it is and Christmas items are only just on the shelves. The kids are already making their lists and supermarkets are already stocking mince pies and [...]

What’s on in Blackpool during October

By |October 5th, 2016|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , , , , |

Even though the summer season is over there is still a lot going on in town. As a popular Blackpool hotel, we are finding that more and more people are coming to visit during the [...]

MFA Bowl Blackpool

By |April 15th, 2016|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

MFA Bowl Blackpool is a family-friendly venue that offers a glimpse into that great American tradition of ten pin bowling. It’s a gentrified version of the American game with less shouting and self-congratulation but it [...]

What’s on in Blackpool during April

By |April 15th, 2016|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

The new season is fully underway and the town is looking busy already. With more people come more things to see and do. Blackpool really does rise to the occasion! So what’s going on this [...]

JLC Dance

By |April 15th, 2016|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Given how popular dancing is in Blackpool, we are surprised that we haven’t come across more dance studios in our attractions series. Even without Strictly Come Dancing, ballroom, dancing has a huge presence in town [...]

Concerns over world events to cause increase in Brits holidaying at home

By |April 15th, 2016|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

We are usually utterly in favour of any reason that means more Brits make better use of their home country than going abroad. However, we might need to make an exception this time. According to [...]

Concentrating on the services that matter

By |April 15th, 2016|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

We had an interesting conversation the other day with a guest, as we often do here at North Ocean Hotel. It began with a discussion on minibars and then spread to Wi-Fi, room service, pay-per-view [...]

Heritage trams making a comeback in Blackpool

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Having the tram run up and down the Prom is an excellent service for both locals and visitors. It makes things simple for us to get around and offers a great opportunity for guests to [...]

Lytham St Annes Spitfire Visitor Centre

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Lytham St Annes Spitfire Visitor Centre really is something special. It’s a heritage centre that is also the home to the Lytham St Annes Spitfire Display Team. A living museum where volunteers recreate life on [...]

Things to do in Blackpool this Easter

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

With spring having finally arrived, we look towards Easter with renewed energy and optimism. It’s amazing what a few days of sunshine does to our state of mind! The North Ocean Hotel still has a [...]

Blackpool Laser Tag

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , , |

Ever wanted to try paintball but didn’t want the bruises? Or run around shooting people without the police being called and your headlining the nightly news? Blackpool Laser Tag might be just the thing. I [...]

Blackpool Tower wins heritage award

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

The news last week that our beloved Blackpool Tower had won a prestigious award was a nice thing to wake up to. It is probably the most famous sight in town, more so than the [...]

A great Easter despite the weather

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , , |

We had something of a mixed bag of weather over the Easter weekend didn’t we? It wasn’t as bad in Blackpool as it was down on the south coast but we got a bit of [...]

The importance of millennials for a Blackpool hotel

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

Another conversation with another guest that prompts a blog post. Who would believe it? This time is was about target markets, millennials and what many hotels in Blackpool seem to be ignoring. The conversation was [...]

Spring is here at last!

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

Did you notice the arrival of spring this weekend just gone? Saturday and Sunday 12th and 13th of March saw the arrival of spring in a big way and it seemed much more tangible this [...]

UK hotel sector did well last year

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

We don’t spend too much time looking at the hotel industry here at the North Ocean Hotel. For one, we just don’t have the time as we are open all year round. Also, not all [...]

Free Wi-Fi should be exactly that, free

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

We had a good conversation with a guest last week that got us thinking, as they often do. We like these chats as they give us a wider perspective of what’s going on in the [...]

Easter holidays in Blackpool

By |February 15th, 2016|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

This year (2016), Good Friday is on March 25th and Easter Monday is on March 28th. There is a lot going on over that weekend as well as the school holiday. Here at the North [...]

What’s on in Blackpool during March

By |February 15th, 2016|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

With spring almost upon us, it’s time to look forward, away from the cold, wet, wind and rain and onwards into sunshine, flowers and happiness. If you’re looking for a spring escape, Blackpool is open [...]

Seven great reasons to spend February half term in Blackpool

By |February 15th, 2016|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

It’s never a bad time to visit Blackpool. In fact, we would go as far as to say, half term is the ideal time to visit Blackpool. We don’t raise prices just because the kids [...]

In praise of Blackpool piers

By |February 15th, 2016|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

Blackpool is fortunate to have three world class piers. We were lucky enough to have some time off over New Year to wander along the Promenade and explore each of them. We think it’s important [...]

When do Blackpool’s main attractions open in 2016?

By |February 15th, 2016|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

Alongside the North Ocean Hotel, many of Blackpool’s main attractions are open all year round. Others close for maintenance or for the winter. If you’re planning a holiday in Blackpool this year, you’re going to [...]

Should a hotel embrace technology or stay a sanctuary?

By |February 15th, 2016|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

We were talking to another hotel owner the other day about guest expectations and how they are changing. The conversation covered the usual, value, service, clean sheets and Freeview but also ranged further. One of [...]

The perfect Valentine’s Day at North Ocean Hotel

By |February 15th, 2016|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

The North Ocean Hotel is open throughout the year, including Valentine’s Day. While the typical V-day is very commercialised, we think it’s still an important day for those with someone special. We do agree with [...]

The power of a clean sheet

By |February 15th, 2016|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

In news that will surprise absolutely nobody, a recent guest survey has concluded that clean bed linen is top of many guests’ concerns about hotel cleanliness. Of those surveyed, 26% said they were concerned about [...]

Lytham Hall

By |January 15th, 2016|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

When we were thinking about MiniLinks Lytham St Annes for last week’s post, we remembered Lytham Hall. The large Georgian country house set in a lovely park and that is open to the public. So [...]

MiniLinks Lytham St Annes

By |January 15th, 2016|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

MiniLinks is an 18 hole par 3 golf course suitable for beginners, children, parents and anyone who wants to try the game without the overbearing stuffiness of a traditional golf club. Located in Lytham St [...]

Ramp City skate park

By |January 15th, 2016|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Ramp City skate park is an indoor skate park close to Blackpool town centre and not far from the M55. It’s a top class venue for skaters of all ages to hang out, practice and [...]

2016 is a year for music lovers in Blackpool

By |January 15th, 2016|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Building on our post published Tuesday about general happenings in Blackpool during 2016, we thought we would highlight a selection of gigs and performances that are also happening this year. As music lovers, the team [...]

The importance of service and the customer experience

By |January 15th, 2016|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

After the excitement of last week in what was a whirlwind week for the North Ocean Hotel, things have calmed down a bit now and have returned to some semblance of normal. Doing so well [...]

North Ocean Hotel and the 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards

By |January 15th, 2016|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

Today marks the announcement of the annual TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice® awards. These awards are given to hotels across the globe to celebrate quality, service and excellence. The North Ocean Hotel in Blackpool is being honoured [...]

Blackpool in print in this week’s Guardian

By |January 15th, 2016|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

The Guardian newspaper has done a piece of Blackpool as part of its World Cities series. It makes for some good reading and has some good observations. It also has some odd ones. That doesn’t [...]

Three changing travel trends 2016

By |January 15th, 2016|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

We like peeking into the future to see what the year ahead holds for travel, hotels and holidays. Some predictions seem daft, others unrealistic, but sometimes, just sometimes, we see something that we think might [...]

What’s happening in Blackpool during 2016?

By |January 15th, 2016|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

With the new year upon us, our attention naturally turns to the months ahead and what events we have in store for 2016. We have spoken to various venues and organisers to find out just [...]

New Year’s Eve in Blackpool

By |December 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

With today being New Year’s Eve, thoughts have naturally turned to when, where and how we will be seeing in the new year. While we here at the North Ocean Hotel will be working, we [...]

Christmas markets in Blackpool and beyond

By |December 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

We like Christmas markets. They offer a lot of festive cheer and an atmospheric place to do a little shopping, especially once the sun goes down. There’s nothing quite like carols being played while you [...]

What to do in Blackpool this Christmas

By |December 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

In the last of our series of posts about spending Christmas in Blackpool, we highlight more activities, shows and entertainment options that are sure to delight over the holiday season. Whether you’re spending Christmas at [...]

Blackpool Heritage Tours

By |December 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Blackpool Heritage Tours are run by volunteers who like to share their in-depth knowledge of Blackpool, it’s culture, characteristics and history. You can take a tour regularly throughout the year that can include something specific [...]

Ride Segway

By |December 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Ride Segway may not be the first thing you think of when planning a day out but it is definitely worth considering. The company runs Segway tours around the north, including Blackpool. Located at Impact [...]

The most bizarre questions asked in a hotel

By |December 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

In a light-hearted lead up to the New Year, we thought we would share a piece we read a couple of weeks ago about the most bizarre requests heard in a hotel. Published by Travelodge, [...]

Top ten Christmas movies of all time

By |December 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

It’s Christmas week and the build-up to the big day is in full swing. Here at the North Ocean Hotel, we are preparing for our Christmas guests and taking care of the Christmas needs of [...]

Government joint venture launches the Tourism Industry Council

By |December 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

We don’t usually pay much attention to what Whitehall does but this announcement that a new council has been formed to drive and develop tourism in Britain caught our eye and our interest. Formed by [...]

Will it be a white Christmas in Blackpool 2015?

By |December 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

With the all the weather that has been happening over the past couple of weeks, it’s difficult to write about life in Blackpool without at least mentioning it. With homes without power, flooding across Lancashire [...]

Increase in overseas tourists looking for a British Christmas

By |December 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

While the traditional white Christmas may seem like a thing of the past, it seems foreign tourists still can’t get enough of the great British Christmas. Well we here at the North Ocean Hotel in [...]

Stillies Showbar

By |November 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Stillies Showbar in Blackpool is a relatively new venue that seems to got off to a flying start. As the name suggests, it is a cabaret showbar that has a range of drag and variety [...]

Comedy Station Comedy Club

By |November 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

There’s nothing like a good laugh to soothe the soul and there are plenty of those at the Comedy Station Comedy Club in Blackpool. Some comedy clubs can be a little hit and miss but [...]

What’s on in Blackpool over Christmas

By |November 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , , |

You don’t need us to tell you what a fantastic time of year Christmas is. That becomes even better when you enjoy Christmas in Blackpool. Whether you’re spending Christmas at The North Ocean Hotel or [...]

Top five Christmas present ideas for children

By |November 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

Children are usually quite easy to buy for. Just look at what they watch on TV and then look in toys shops for the associated merchandise because it will have merchandise. Everything now has merchandise. [...]

Five Christmas present ideas for the woman in your life

By |November 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

Following on from last week’s “Five Christmas present ideas for the man in your life” we are going to follow up, as promised, with five gift ideas for the woman in your life. The last [...]

Five Christmas present ideas for the man in your life

By |November 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

Now we are a hotel, not a retailer. We know that and you know that. The North Ocean Hotel in Blackpool is just that, a hotel. Yet we have been asked a couple of times [...]

Little Marton Windmill

By |October 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Discussing Cleveleys Ice Arena last week got us thinking about other attractions in Blackpool that aren’t run purely for commercial reasons. That initiated a search which found Little Marton Windmill. Little Marton Windmill has formed [...]

Cleveleys Ice Arena

By |October 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Cleveleys Ice Arena in Blackpool used to be the Jubilee Ice Arena. After being closed for a while and having a refit, it is now open once more to the public. Cleveleys Ice Arena is [...]

Abingdon Street Market

By |October 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Blackpool used to have a few markets between town and Fleetwood. Now Abingdon Street Market is one of the only remaining ones around. So it's a good job it's a good one! Markets have been [...]

The Philharmonic Club in Blackpool

By |October 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

The Philharmonic Club in Blackpool is an entertainment venue close to town and the Promenade. It is a ticket only club that features a range of entertainment from tribute acts to comedians, singers to bands [...]

Christmas at the North Ocean Hotel in Blackpool

By |October 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

For our second Christmas here at the North Ocean Hotel in Blackpool we are going to repeat the formula from last year, only better. Christmas 2014 was excellent. We had a full house, great food, [...]

What’s on in Blackpool during November

By |October 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

With the fine weather continuing throughout October, Blackpool and the North Ocean Hotel have seen more visitors than usual. That's good news for all of us. Guests get to enjoy the seaside for that little [...]

British hotels offer the best customer service in Europe

By |October 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , , |

A recent study shows that British hotels are rated the best in customer service of anywhere in Europe. This flies in the face of other surveys conducted on British hospitality so we are naturally happy [...]

North Ocean Hotel on Travelexpert.org

By |October 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , , |

It's always nice to hear good things said about the work you do. Whether it's your boss, your colleagues or your customers, it reaffirms your commitment to delivering great service and makes all the hard [...]

Houndshill Shopping Centre

By |September 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

What's a holiday by the seaside without a little retail therapy? As well as a fantastic beach, a lovely Prom, great piers and lots of family entertainment, Blackpool also has decent shopping. The Houndshill Shopping [...]

The Grand Theatre Blackpool

By |September 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

The Grand Theatre in Blackpool offers a top night out for all types of people and all tastes. On a rare night off, we went to see The Full Monty and it was hilarious. We [...]

Roxy’s Fun Bar

By |September 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Roxy's Fun Bar, or just Roxy's is a typical Blackpool night spot. It's fun, lively, has great energy and offers a good night out for all tastes. The bar is owned by Roxy Hart, a [...]

Blackpool Central Library

By |September 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

While not the first place you might think of visiting when holidaying in Blackpool, you would be surprised at how busy the Blackpool Central Library gets during the school holidays. Even when it's not raining [...]

Krazy Kingdom

By |September 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Krazy Kingdom in Blackpool is one for the kids. Like many of our town's attractions, this venue is designed to keep the little ones happy and hopefully tire them out. We have covered these kind [...]

Language is still a barrier in some hotels

By |September 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

We thought we would offer a light-hearted end to September with an interesting piece we read on another hotel website. The piece featured some amusing mistranslations in international hotels that made us laugh. Given how [...]

Robot room service

By |September 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

There has been quite a lot of talk recently about robots taking over human jobs. Fortunately, hospitality is one of those interaction-intensive industries where the human touch is just too powerful to replace. However, it [...]

A good year so far for British tourism

By |September 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

At the beginning of the year, we didn't know what it had in store. Given how good the 2014 season was for the North Ocean Hotel, we didn't want to tempt fate by wishing for [...]

What’s on in Blackpool this September

By |September 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

It's that time again where we look forward to September to see what's on in our seaside town. If you're planning a stay with us at the North Ocean Hotel in Blackpool, here are a [...]

Hotel reviews under the spotlight once more

By |September 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|

A piece in the Blackpool Gazette at the weekend about fake hotel reviews piqued our interest when we read it. Given our own vested interest in hotel reviews and our opinion that people put too [...]

Top five indoor attractions in Blackpool

By |August 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Given how the weather has been this summer so far, we thought we would forgo the usual attractions listing to highlight some of the best indoor attractions in Blackpool. Even in the rain, our town [...]

Joe Longthorne MBE

By |August 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

There are few names that are more closely linked to seaside entertainment and Blackpool in particular than Joe Longthorne MBE. A regular performer in the North and in Blackpool, Joe is guaranteed good entertainment. Having [...]

Bosom Buddies Cabaret Bar

By |August 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

As the name might suggest, the Bosom Buddies Cabaret Bar is a typically fun Blackpool night spot that offers entertainment in spades. The bar is run by two people you might recognise from TV, Mark [...]

Blackpool Illuminations 2015

By |August 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

It's almost time for the Blackpool Illuminations and we can't wait. While we certainly don't want to say goodbye to the summer, Blackpool Illuminations are a special time for the town. It attracts thousands of [...]

Fed up with boiling your water? Come stay at the North Ocean Hotel!

By |August 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

Here at the North Ocean Hotel, we are used to welcoming travellers from all over the country. What we weren't expecting were a family from Lancashire just wanting to get away for a while. They [...]

Tips for keeping the kids entertained on your way to Blackpool

By |August 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

Driving to your destination has long been a part of the great British getaway. Traffic jams, road works, inconsiderate parking or driving, heat, hunger and boredom all typify the typical car journey during the holidays. [...]

Blackpool Cricket Ground

By |July 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Now summer is (sort of) here, cricket is being played on village greens and pitches across the country. That familiar thwack of leather on wood and shouts of "howzat" and rounds of applause are sounds [...]

Tristans Light House

By |July 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Today's Blackpool attraction is something a little different. We had a guest with us a couple of weeks ago that had special needs and during our chats discovered they had tried Tristans Light House in [...]

Ken Webster Hypnotist Show

By |July 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

The Ken Webster Hypnotist Show is just what you would expect from a seaside resort. It's good natured, a little funny and harms nobody. That not only makes it perfect for Blackpool but good for [...]

Blackpool Climbing Towers

By |July 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

You may have seen some tall, odd-looking grey structures in Bancroft Park in the south of Blackpool and wondered what they are. They are climbing towers and form part of a council-run attraction for locals [...]

The importance of downtime for a work life balance

By |July 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

Another conversation with a hotel guest prompts another blog post. I see a pattern forming here! We like talking to our guests and we love people in general. It's why we are in this business [...]

Why Wi-Fi should be free in hotels

By |July 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , , |

We here at the North Ocean Hotel have offered free Wi-Fi throughout the building since we opened. We always expected it when we travelled, so saw no reason why our own guests wouldn't expect it. [...]

What’s on in Blackpool during August

By |July 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|

With the summer season well under way, hotels in Blackpool are very busy. The North Ocean Hotel is busier than ever and we're loving every minute. If you're planning to come and stay with us [...]

Bringing personality into the hotel business

By |July 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , |

I recently read a piece in Hotel News Now, a website that has a lot of useful stuff for hoteliers and those in the industry. It's an American site, but still has a lot of [...]

RedRaw Day Tours

By |June 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

The interestingly named RedRaw is a Blackpool adventure and sightseeing tour company that offers a range of days and weeks out exploring the country and challenging yourself. With activities such as coast to coast cycling, [...]

Coronation Rock Limited

By |June 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Fahrenheit Restaurant in Genting Casino Blackpool

By |June 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

We covered Genting Casino in Blackpool a few months ago. It's a good night out for those who like a game or two. It has a mixture of high and low stakes and is a [...]

Ma Kelly’s North

By |June 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Ma Kelly's North is a cabaret showbar, one of five Ma Kelly's bar in Blackpool and the surrounding areas. It's a relaxed place with shows on every day and lots of space to stand and [...]

Planet Kaos

By |June 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

It turns out that Planet Kaos is a pretty apt name for this attraction. It’s a specialised play area for children between 1 and 10 years old. It’s noisy and chaotic but in a good [...]

British tourism is thriving and we love it!

By |June 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

The increased appetite for holidaying in Britain is making being a hotelier more rewarding than ever. There's nothing quite as satisfying as high occupancy and the opportunity to meet lots of new people each week. [...]

Why TripAdvisor reviews should be taken with a pinch of salt

By |June 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

We have been lucky so far with reviews of the North Ocean Hotel. The vast majority have been posted by genuine guests and we have been able to quickly identify and remove those that haven't. [...]

What’s on in Blackpool During July

By |June 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

The summer season is in full swing and the town is thriving in the sunshine. It's a great time of year, both to be a hotelier and to live in such a lovely seaside destination. [...]

Managing your hotel brand is about satisfying your guests

By |June 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

I was talking to a friend of mine who has just bought a hotel in Bournemouth in the south of England the other day. The conversation revolved around managing the hotel brand, comments, critiques and [...]

Two words that can make your hotel stand out from the crowd

By |June 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

We don’t often get time to escape the North Ocean Hotel for long and to be honest, we don’t really want to. However, seeing what other hotels around the country are offering is a great [...]

Coral Island Blackpool

By |May 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

One of the best things about Blackpool is the fact there is always something for the family to do regardless of the weather. Coral Island is a perfect example of that. It’s acres of amusement [...]

Dinosaur World Blackpool

By |May 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Ever wanted to learn more about these scary but magnificent creatures? Ever wanted to know what our world looked like several hundred million years before we arrived? If you answered yes, Dinosaur World Blackpool might [...]

Clue HQ Blackpool

By |May 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Continuing on from last week’s a little something different, we are going to try it again this week with something even more different. Clue HQ in Blackpool is just the thing. The concept behind Clue [...]

U Sabai Thai Massage

By |May 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

We thought we would have a change of pace for this week's Blackpool attractions post. We usually post about things to do, adventures to have and things to see in this section. This time however, [...]

Blackpool named top seaside destination by Trip Advisor

By |May 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

We were pleased to see Blackpool had been voted fourth in the UK’s top places to visit this week. We placed behind London, Edinburgh and Glasgow, making us the top seaside town in the list. [...]

What’s on in Blackpool this June

By |May 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

With summer only a couple of weeks away, it’s time to look forward to those well-earned holidays during the school break. While Blackpool has plenty to offer the whole family, there are always those little [...]

Would you use a crying room in a hotel?

By |May 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , , |

As hoteliers, it’s our job to look for the next big thing and to listen to the needs of our customers. Some guests have very particular needs and we should be able to satisfy them [...]

Mobile booking becoming more and more popular

By |May 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

Our post last week on last minute booking got us thinking about how arranging a holiday has changed over the past decade or so. Like many industries, everything has changed. This prompted quite a few [...]

The Lancashire Wine School

By |April 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

The Lancashire Wine School in Blackpool is something a little different. It isn't just for wine snobs who want to talk to each other about hints of hollyhock and slight undertones of lemongrass in their [...]

The Flying Handbag

By |April 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

The Flying Handbag is a gay bar in Blackpool that refuses to be defined by its target market. It welcomes people of all orientations and offers fun, adult revue entertainment to all. If you're secure [...]

The Glasform Studio

By |April 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

The Glasform Studio is a short distance outside of Blackpool, but we think it's well worth the trip. Considering you can get a bus there and most drivers will tell you when to get off, [...]

Central Pier Showbar

By |April 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

The Central Pier Showbar is a hidden highlight of Blackpool seafront. Located within Central Pier, this is cabaret done very well indeed. While the subjects may be typical, the quality of the shows are top [...]

The rise and rise of last minute bookings

By |April 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

Traditionally, holidays or weekend breaks in Blackpool were booked months in advance. We had time to prepare rooms, schedule annual leave, training days and ordering and could predict with some accuracy our occupancy from one [...]

Events and festivals happening in Blackpool in 2015

By |April 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

One of the many reasons we love Blackpool is because there is always something going on. From February onwards, the town is active, busy and a great place to live, work and play. We were [...]

Comic Con coming to Blackpool this September

By |April 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , |

If you saw Darth Vader and some Storm Troopers in town last weekend, you weren't seeing things, they were really here. They appeared alongside several other movie characters at the Promenade’s Beach House to launch [...]

The fault in the stars continued…

By |April 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

You may remember last week we were discussing the hotel star rating system and how it is becoming less relevant to today's traveller. The conversation had been sparked by a guest who said they were [...]

What’s on in Blackpool during April?

By |March 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

We're hoping for a sunny April this year as we have been so lucky so far. Regardless of what the weather has in store, Blackpool has plenty planned for next month. If you're coming to [...]

Blackpool Town Hall

By |March 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

A town hall might not be everyone's first idea of a good day out, but Blackpool town hall has more to offer than you might think. No, not sitting in on dry council meetings or [...]

Supernatural Events in Blackpool

By |March 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Supernatural Events is an events company that holds ghost walks, psychic nights, ghost tours and investigations in and around Blackpool. If you're into your supernatural, you will have heard of them as they have quite [...]

Brooks Collectables and Museum

By |March 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Brooks Collectables and Museum in Blackpool is part toy and gift shop and part museum. It’s an eccentric curiosity with a character that is typically English. In fact, we would challenge anyone to find anything [...]

What’s on in Blackpool during March 2015

By |March 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

It’s March and spring has sprung at last. After what seemed like an endless, if mild, winter, a new season is upon us. It brings with it new life, new optimism and the beginning of [...]

The fault in the stars

By |March 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

We were talking about star ratings the other week with a guest who was staying here at the North Ocean Hotel and it got us thinking. As many of you will know, the travel and [...]

CATS returning to Blackpool

By |March 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical CATS is making a very welcome return to Blackpool this year. After a sell-out period in the West End, the musical comes back to town and is going to be [...]

North Ocean Hotel home to Away

By |March 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

Spring is always a busy time here at the hotel as we spring clean, welcome new guests and build the itinerary for the coming season. We extra busy this spring as we welcome the cast [...]

North Ocean Hotel Awarded Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence!

By |March 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

After just over a year of operation the North Ocean Hotel has been awarded the prestigious Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. The award was presented to us this week and is the culmination of a [...]

Spring walks in Lancashire – North Ocean Hotel

By |March 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , , , |

We talk a lot about Blackpool and local events here on our blog but this time we wanted to spread our wings a little further afield. A couple recently stayed with us who didn't actually [...]

Five good reasons to stay in Blackpool this Easter

By |March 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

With Easter only a couple of weeks away, it really is time to plan what you’re going to do. If you’re planning a getaway, Blackpool is a great place to spend time. We still have [...]

Take a well-deserved break at the North Ocean Hotel this Easter

By |March 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

We’re all guilty of working too hard, spending too long doing things that don’t directly benefit us as individuals and not spending enough time with the family. Why not change all that this Easter with [...]

The Solaris Centre – Centre for Environmental Action

By |February 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

The Solaris Centre is part showcase of what’s possible when buildings are made part sustainable and part public space. Owned by Blackpool Council, the centre is set in four acres of gardens and makes a [...]

Penny Farm

By |February 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Penny Farm is a World Horse Welfare centre close to Blackpool that does a lot of good work with animals. The farm helps rehabilitate horses, rescues them and generally help turn their lives around. They [...]

Grundy Art Gallery

By |February 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

The Grundy Art Gallery is a Blackpool cultural highlight for the artistically inclined. It’s a great building that contains an eclectic range of art, exhibitions and events. It’s also somewhere we like to wander round [...]

Nickelodeon Land Blackpool

By |February 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Nickelodeon Land is a recent addition to the Pleasure Beach in Blackpool, being almost four years old. It’s a collaboration between the Pleasure Beach and the children’s channel Nickelodeon and is design around characters from [...]

Preparing the North Ocean Hotel for the new season

By |February 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

With March almost upon us, winter is just about over and spring is on the way. That means new life, warmer weather and a renewed optimism across the country. It also means the beginning of [...]

Blackpool Illumination dates 2015

By |February 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

Blackpool is many things to many people, but the Illuminations unite us all. Whether you’re a couple on a romantic weekend or a stag party here to live large for a couple of days, the [...]

Changing the way Blackpool is viewed

By |February 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

As a local business in Blackpool, the North Ocean Hotel is all too aware of the mixed opinion of our town portrayed in the media and believed by many who have never visited. So we [...]

More of what’s on in Blackpool during February

By |February 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

Despite covering an overview of Blackpool highlights during February, we find there is more going on that we thought. A guest at the hotel told us about some interesting events happening during the month and [...]

Laser Quest Blackpool

By |January 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Laser Quest Blackpool is futuristic fun for everyone. It’s a great day out for all the family. A day out where you won’t get wet, won’t get muddy and won’t get hurt, all while shooting [...]

Jungle Jim’s Indoor Adventure Playground Blackpool

By |January 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Jungle Jim's Indoor Adventure Playground in Blackpool is an indoor play area for kids. It’s a safe place for them to go crazy while you sit and drink coffee or chat with friends. What’s not [...]

Anchorsholme Park

By |January 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Anchorsholme Park is close to Cleveleys, north of Blackpool and is easily accessible from the North Ocean Hotel and Blackpool town centre. You can drive north along the Promenade to the edge of the park, [...]

Mecca Bingo Blackpool

By |January 15th, 2015|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Bingo is a very popular pastime that is enjoying something of a renaissance. More people than every are playing, across all demographics. The traditional bingo calls may have gone but the energy and enthusiasm for [...]

Last chance for a romantic Valentine’s Day at the North Ocean Hotel

By |January 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

After our post earlier in January about booking early for your Valentine’s Day break at the North Ocean Hotel, bookings have gone through the roof. We only have a couple of rooms left and we [...]

What’s on in Blackpool during February

By |January 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , |

There’s always something going on in Blackpool, whether it’s international shows, local festivals or something else. It’s one of the reasons we like it here so much. If you’re planning a break at the North [...]

Plan your spring or summer break in Blackpool

By |January 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

There’s no better antidote to this great winter weather than sitting with a cup of tea and planning a spring or summer break. If that break includes spending time in one of the best coastal [...]

Valentine’s Day at the North Ocean Hotel

By |January 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

Don’t leave your plans for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway until the last minute, book now! We know Christmas is only just over and we’re only a few days into the new year. But, you [...]

A reflection on our first full year at the North Ocean Hotel Blackpool

By |January 15th, 2015|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

With today being the first day of 2015, it marks the end of the first full year for the North Ocean Hotel Blackpool. It has been a fantastic year, but also one that has simply [...]

Mecca Bingo Blackpool

By |December 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Bingo is a very popular pastime that is enjoying something of a renaissance. More people than every are playing, across all demographics. The traditional bingo calls may have gone but the energy and enthusiasm for [...]

Impact Blackpool

By |December 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Impact Blackpool is an outdoor activity park for all ages and abilities. Focused on outdoor pursuits like archery and paintball, it has a range of other activities to suit just about everyone. Impact Blackpool is [...]

Marton Mere Local Nature Reserve

By |December 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Today we thought we would take a step away from the glitz, lights, bars, shows and the town centre to reconnect with nature. Winter is a great time to explore the countryside and sometimes we [...]

Staining Lodge Golf Course

By |December 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , , , , |

Staining Lodge Golf Course near Blackpool is one of a few 18 hole courses within a short drive of the town. It also has a clubhouse, restaurant and bar and is a local favourite for [...]

How to make the perfect roast potatoes

By |December 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

We’re enjoying Christmas here at the North Ocean Hotel in Blackpool. Not only did we have our own get together on the big day, we also celebrated with a hotel full of guests. We wondered [...]

What’s on during January in Blackpool

By |December 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

January is often a relatively quiet time of year. Christmas and New Year is over, money is spent, waistlines expanded and our bodies are in need of a dire detox. However, if you have some [...]

A contemporary collection of cool Christmas cocktails

By |December 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

We were going through one of our cocktail recipe books looking for some cocktails to serve here at the North Ocean Hotel in Blackpool for Christmas. We picked a few, tried them and selected some [...]

Live at the North Ocean Hotel in Blackpool!

By |December 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , |

As part of our program to steadily improve the North Ocean Hotel, we have begun featuring live entertainment every Saturday night. It’s yet another great reason to spend the weekend with us! We feature local [...]

Grosvenor G Casino Blackpool

By |November 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

The Grosvenor G Casino in Blackpool is one of a few casinos in town but is regarded as one of the better ones. Part of the Grosvenor chain, the attraction offers gaming, dining, a bar [...]

Karting 2000 Raceway Blackpool

By |November 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Blackpool is fortunate enough to have two karting venues. Karting 2000 Raceway is one, with Formula Kart being the other. Both offer fast-paced, adrenaline-fuelled racing that provides a great day out or a glimpse of [...]

Blackpool Pleasure Beach Arena

By |November 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , , |

The Blackpool Pleasure Beach Arena is part of the larger Blackpool Pleasure Beach attraction and offers a range of indoor performances that revolve around dance and ice skating. It’s a great offering that rounds out [...]

Sam Tai Blackpool

By |November 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Visiting a casino is now more mainstream than ever and is regarded more as a night out than an opportunity to win or lose big. The increased popularity of gaming as an evening’s entertainment coupled [...]

Christmas and New Year at the North Ocean Hotel

By |November 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

It’s that time of year again. A time to eat more, drink more and enjoy more. We’ll be doing that here at the North Ocean Hotel and we invite you to join us. We’re open [...]

Winter Gardens Open Day this December

By |November 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

The annual Winter Gardens Open Day is an excellent opportunity to see aspects of the venue that we don’t normally get to see when visiting for a show or for a specific purpose. It’s a [...]

Strictly Come Dancing back in Blackpool during November

By |November 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

We love watching Strictly Come Dancing here at the North Ocean Hotel. Not just because Blackpool is the home of ballroom, but because we love watching celebrities try to master dances it takes professionals years [...]

What’s happening in Blackpool this November?

By |November 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

It’s a new month with new things going on in Blackpool and we want to know what, where and when. Here at the North Ocean Hotel, we keep a close eye on what new events [...]

Adrenalin Zone Blackpool

By |October 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

The Adrenalin Zone in Blackpool is where you go if you’re feeling brave. Located on the South Pier, the attraction is ready to push your limits, make you scream and beg for more. The South [...]

FormulaKart Blackpool

By |October 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

If you fancy yourself as Lancashire’s answer to Lewis Hamilton or just want a fast-paced day out, FormulaKart in Blackpool may have the answer. FormulaKart is one of two karting venues in the town, Karting [...]

Comedy Station Comedy Club

By |October 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

The Comedy Station Comedy Club in Blackpool is exactly what it says it is. It’s a comedy venue that has been making us laugh for over 12 years and is still going strong. The Comedy [...]

Pleasure Beach Big One

By |October 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

The Pleasure Beach Big One is a rollercoaster. It’s a highlight of the Blackpool Pleasure Beach and the tallest coaster in the country. It’s also one of the fastest. Built in 1994, the Pepsi Max [...]

Halloween half term happenings in Blackpool

By |October 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

Not only is it half term time again, it’s also Halloween. We like this time of year, especially this year as the weather is still quite mild. Autumn is a great time to walk along [...]

What has been going on in Blackpool this week?

By |October 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , |

It has been a typically lively week in Blackpool with the closure of the airport and the weather, but it isn’t all bad news. A new restaurant opened, providing 50 new jobs, sand yachting returns [...]

15 things you won’t know about Blackpool

By |October 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

A recent guest article on the Wow247 website interested us so much that we had to plug it here. Entitled “15 things you won’t know about Blackpool unless you’ve lived there,” the article is an [...]

What’s on in Blackpool during October

By |October 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

In a town as busy as ours, there’s always something going on even as the weather cools down and the evenings draw in. Entertainment options merely move indoors at this time of year rather than [...]

Let It Be in Blackpool

By |October 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

If being able to see Ken Dodd live wasn’t enough to make a good October in Blackpool, the fact that the Beatles will be here too might be! The hit West End show “Let It [...]

Pasaje Del Terror Blackpool

By |September 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

The Pasaje Del Terror in Blackpool is a horror attraction set within the Pleasure Beach. It’s part of a chain of horror rides with thirty different venues across the world. It’s a movie themed horror [...]

Blackpool Tramway

By |September 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

The Blackpool Tramway is the longest running original tram service in the UK. Where other trams were taken away and the tracks torn up only to be replaced again, ours has run an unbroken service [...]

The Blackpool Tower Circus

By |September 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

The Blackpool Tower Circus is one of the longest running attractions in town and is still going strong. Built with the original tower and located between the four legs, the circus has history but also [...]

High Jinx Magic and Illusion Show

By |September 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

The High Jinx Magic and Illusion Show runs at the Horseshoe Theatre in the Pleasure Beach and is a genuinely good show. It’s a heady mix of old fashioned magic, cutting edge illusion with a [...]

The week in Blackpool from The North Ocean Hotel

By |September 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

It has been another interesting week here at The North Ocean Hotel. We’re getting steady bookings for the Ken Dodd shows during October and for next year too. Whatever your opinion about the economy or [...]

Ken Dodd in Blackpool during October

By |September 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

The great comedian and funnyman Ken Dodd is back in Blackpool during October 2014. He will be appearing at the Blackpool Grand Theatre between 5th October and 2nd November. In what is being billed as [...]

Using the “No” vote to drive tourism

By |September 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

After what seemed like an unreal challenge to the United Kingdom as we know it, the vote for Scottish independence has come and gone. Whatever your view on the pros and cons of Scotland remaining [...]

A reflection on our first season at the North Ocean Hotel Blackpool

By |September 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

The North Ocean Hotel is open all year round but our first summer season is drawing to a close. It’s a time to relax a little and reflect on the events of the year, what [...]

What’s on in Blackpool this September

By |September 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

After a great weekend with the Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On Weekend earlier this month and the return to school for many, it has given us a moment to reflect on what has been an excellent summer [...]

The Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On Weekend

By |September 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

This weekend saw the Illuminations Switch-On Weekend in Blackpool that begins the 60-odd nights of fantastic lights along the Promenade. The weekend is always a busy one but it’s also fun. Everyone is in a [...]

BLAM!

By |August 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

BLAM! is currently at the Blackpool Grand Theatre and is proving as much of a hit here as it was in the West End and the Edinburgh Fringe. BLAM! is a Danish production that’s part [...]

Switch-On Food & Drink Festival

By |August 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

The Switch-On Food & Drink Festival is being held on Blackpool Promenade to coincide with the Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On Weekend on the 29th to 31st of August 2014. Food festivals are proving quite popular right [...]

Illuminasia

By |August 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Illuminasia is billed as “The World’s Largest Indoor Illumination’s Experience.” Set in Blackpool’s Winter Gardens and opened this April, the show is an indoor attraction that’s a light show like no other. It’s new for [...]

Viva Blackpool

By |August 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

It’s difficult to think of something to say about Viva Blackpool that hasn’t been said a million times before. It’s outrageous, but in a good way, it’s fabulous, funny, entertaining and above all, a good [...]

Blackpool Donkeys now accepting contactless payments

By |August 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

It’s at once amusing and reassuring that our very own Blackpool Donkeys are moving with the times. In a town attraction that has graced our beaches and delighted visitors for the longest time, technology has [...]

Blackpool Illuminations giving joy to Margate

By |August 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

The big Blackpool Illuminations switch-on weekend is coming up in a little over a week. That got us thinking about the old lights and what happens to them. Then, a day later, the BBC published [...]

The next step in hotel automation is smart phone room keys

By |August 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

We read the other day that Hilton hotels are planning to gradually roll out smartphone keys and room management apps across their hotel chain. This got us thinking about how the industry is evolving and [...]

Would a VAT cut boost Blackpool tourism?

By |August 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

The campaign to reduce Value Added Tax for tourist-related businesses isn’t anything new. It has been running a while now but has only really hit the headlines recently thanks to coverage by national media. As [...]

Farmer Parrs Animal World

By |July 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Farmer Parrs Animal World is an interesting day out for all the family just 15 minutes’ drive from Blackpool. It’s a working farm turned visitor attraction that has animals and land-related things to do all [...]

Blackpool Model Village and Gardens

By |July 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

The Blackpool Model Village & Gardens, or BMV, is a nice place to visit that offers a welcome change of pace from many of the town’s venues. Set on the edge of Stanley Park, this [...]

Freeport Fleetwood

By |July 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Freeport Fleetwood is an outlet village located just off Amounderness Way in Fleetwood Lancashire. It’s a couple of miles north of the North Ocean Hotel in Blackpool but within easy reach by car or bus. [...]

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Blackpool

By |July 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Ripley’s Believe It or Not is a long established brand of American entertainment that concentrates on the bizarre and just plain strange. They are designed to wow, entertain, amaze and surprise. They seem to achieve [...]

Mamma Mia International Tour

By |July 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

The Mamma Mia International Tour is the stage version of the popular film Mamma Mia. It is currently running in Blackpool until the 14th of September and is drawing crowds at every showing. The production [...]

Best free days out in Blackpool

By |July 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , , |

If you read our previous post, “Top things to do with the kids in Blackpool this summer” you will have noticed that almost all the attractions in it cost money to access. That got us [...]

Top things to do with the kids in Blackpool this summer

By |July 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

Staying in Blackpool is an exciting time for children. There are lots of things to do, lots of noise, lights, attractions and opportunities to spend your money. If you’re staying in the North Ocean Hotel [...]

Blackpool on the up for more reasons than the sun!

By |July 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

We love good news stories. They run counter to the mainly negative coverage in the global and national media and more accurately reflects our own opinions on what’s going on in the world around us. [...]

Why do some hotels charge for Wi-Fi?

By |July 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

The North Ocean Hotel in Blackpool offers free Wi-Fi as part of the deal whenever guests book a room. According to recent industry surveys, it’s the second most popular requirement after a clean room. However, [...]

The North Ocean Hotel story so far

By |July 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

The North Ocean Hotel in Blackpool has been open almost five months now. The summer season is well underway and we’re making great strides in renovating the rest of the building. We have welcomed guests, [...]

Legends Blackpool

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Legends Blackpool offers an evening of entertainment like few others. In true seaside style, this cabaret come rock show pays homage to performers of the past and present. Legends Blackpool is a tribute show of [...]

Fleetwood market

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Fleetwood market in Blackpool is one of the largest of its kind in the North. It was built in the 19th century and remains true to its heritage. With over 150 stalls, cafes and bakeries [...]

A grand day out in Blackpool

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

If you’re a fan of Aardman Animation’s Wallace and Gromit, you’re going to love Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Introduced last year, the two animated characters remain this season too and are going down exceptionally well! First [...]

2014 Illuminations Switch-On Festival Weekend

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , , |

The annual event this year will be held on Blackpool’s Tower Festival Headland starting on Friday 29th August. Each year organisers try to be better than the last and from what we hear about this [...]

Funny Girls in Blackpool

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Funny Girls is a world famous burlesque and drag show based in the Funny Girls Showbar in Blackpool. It’s an adults-only venue that plays six nights a week. If you’re staying in Blackpool and fancy [...]

Saving derelict Blackpool hotels

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

We have spent a lot of time and money bringing the North Ocean Hotel up to our standard. A lot of blood, tears and sweat has gone into this renovation and we’re rightly proud of [...]

Five great reasons to summer in Blackpool

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

There are hundreds of reasons to summer in Blackpool. That’s why we bought the North Ocean Hotel. Not only is it a great place to run a business, it’s also a great place to live, [...]

Five ways to earn five star hotel reviews part 2

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

So you may remember from last time we were discussing how a hotel can improve the chances of earning five star reviews from guests. While it’s never guaranteed, there are certain things a hotelier can [...]

Five ways to earn five star hotel reviews

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

While we’re far from experts and are still learning the vagaries of the Blackpool hotel market, we do know hospitality. Considering we have only been open four months and hover between number one and number [...]

Enjoy an Easter break at the North Ocean Hotel in Blackpool

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

Easter is only a couple of weeks away, so now is the time to begin planning for the long weekend. Blackpool gets busy at Easter as families take a break from work and school and [...]

Customer satisfaction in the hotel industry

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

Leading on from our earlier post about the importance of customer reviews, we thought we would take a look at customer satisfaction. Here at the North Ocean Hotel, we’re well aware that the experience is [...]

Sea Life Blackpool

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Sea Life Blackpool gives you the opportunity to glimpse at creatures we rarely get to see in the wild and view some you’re never likely to come across anywhere else. Located on Blackpool Promenade between [...]

Madame Tussaud’s Blackpool

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Madame Tussaud’s has to be the most famous waxworks company in the world. With venues across the globe it is a very recognisable brand. It’s also the one opportunity many of us has to get [...]

Blackpool Tower

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , , |

Think of Blackpool and it’s likely one of two things will enter your mind. The beach or the Blackpool Tower. They are the two most famous local landmarks in town and with good reason. Inspired [...]

The importance of reviews for hotel owners

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

As much as we might hate them sometimes, reviews are now vitally important to us as hoteliers. They are our main way of learning about what the guest really thinks of our hotel and our [...]

How an Independent Hotel Can Compete With the Big Boys: Summary

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

So as our mini-series on how an independent Blackpool hotel can compete with the big boys has illustrated, it isn’t about size or budget. It’s about personality, quality and those little things that make a [...]

How an independent hotel can compete with the big boys: Awareness

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

To us, awareness is all about how we operate on a daily basis. It’s about how we treat guests, how much we charge, how much discount we can afford to offer, the kind of prices [...]

How an Independent Hotel Can Compete With the Big Boys: The personal touch

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

You may remember back in January that we were discussing ways an independent hotel can compete with the chains. Now things have calmed down a bit and the hotel is open, we can dedicate a [...]

The North Ocean Hotel is in Business!

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

And we’re back! After spending the past few weeks working tirelessly to get the North Ocean Hotel ready for the 2014 season, we finally have a few spare minutes to devote to our beloved blog. [...]

South Pier Blackpool

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , , |

The South Pier in Blackpool is the third of three piers that grace the coastline in this seaside town. Built as the Victoria Pier in 1890 and opened in 1893, this pier is all about [...]

Central Pier Blackpool

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , , |

The Central Pier in Blackpool is one of three piers in the town. Central, North and South Pier all provide family entertainment to visitors to our lovely town and have done since the day they [...]

North Pier Blackpool

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , , |

The Blackpool North Pier is one of three piers to grace the shore of our home town. It’s also the oldest and longest. Originally designed as a promenade by Eugenius Birch in 1862, the North [...]

The Tower Ballroom

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , , |

The Tower Ballroom is part of the world famous Blackpool Tower venue. Originally designed in 1894 as the Tower Pavilion, the room has been extended, renovated and changed almost beyond recognition. However, it still maintains [...]

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , , |

As much as we love talking about our new Blackpool hotel, there’s a lot more to this Lancashire town than just us! If you check out our Blackpool Attractions page, you’ll see a long list [...]

Using Social Media to Manage Hotel Bookings

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

In a town with as many hotels as Blackpool, we’re having to come up with innovative ideas to stay ahead of the competition and differentiate ourselves from everyone else. While we’re working hard to bring [...]

Things to Look Forward to in 2014

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

After a couple of days of rest, it’s back to work at the North Ocean Hotel in Blackpool. We are continuing our renovations and are working hard to bring the hotel up to standard and [...]

Hotels and the Importance of Maintenance

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

Since taking over the North Ocean Hotel in Blackpool, we have been cleaning, moving, decorating, renovating, planning and working. It’s an uphill struggle, but one with a real payoff at the end. We didn’t think [...]

Planning For a Hotel Christmas

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

More and more people are electing to spend Christmas away from home and hotels are becoming a popular place to spend the holiday period. Whether it’s the desire to be looked after, or to experience [...]

The Importance of Perfectionism in Hotels

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

Depending on your industry, perfectionism can either be a boon or bane. In the hospitality industry, it is most definitely a boon. If you can think of those hundred little details that make a hotel [...]

The Importance of the Hotel Lobby

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

As we are working our way around the North Ocean Hotel, we are planning what to do where, what to move, add or change. We’re also trying to decide what colours to use, what kind [...]

The Difficulty of Choosing Hotel Colour Schemes

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , , , |

There’s a lot going on at the North Ocean Hotel in Blackpool this week as we get to grips with the task ahead of us. As we mentioned last time, there is a lot of [...]

The Hard Work Begins at North Ocean Hotel

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , , |

So we collected the keys and got our first real look inside the North Ocean Hotel in Blackpool as owners this week. It was exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. What condition would [...]

Five Reasons Hotels Use White Sheets

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , , |

As we are building up to collecting the keys to the North Ocean Hotel in Blackpool, we have been working hard selecting décor, soft furnishings, bed linen, kitchen equipment and the myriad of other items [...]

How an Independent Hotel Can Compete With the Big Boys: Service

By |May 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

Work continues apace to get the North Ocean Hotel in Blackpool ready for its first season under our ownership. We’re working all day every day to have everything ready in time. It doesn’t stop us [...]

How an Independent Hotel Can Compete With the Big Boys: Personality

By |May 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

Last time, we were discussing how an independent operator like the North Ocean Hotel in Blackpool and others like us can compete in an industry dominated by chain hotels and big corporations. We spoke about [...]

How an Independent Hotel Can Compete With the Big Boys

By |May 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , |

While still working almost non-stop on the renovations at the North Ocean Hotel in Blackpool, we have plenty of time to plan and strategise. Today we were discussing how an independent hotel can compete with [...]

Blackpool rock tour

By |May 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

No, not that kind of rock, Blackpool rock! The confectionery has been a part of our history for years and the Blackpool rock tour is one of the highlights of that history. If you have [...]

Blackpool Donkeys

By |May 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

The Blackpool donkeys are a low-key but surprisingly popular attraction. It doesn’t matter how high tech or exciting other attractions are, the ability to take time out and enjoy something as earthy and as relaxing [...]

Blackpool Grand Theatre

By |May 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

The Blackpool Grand Theatre, also known as the National Theatre of Variety has to be one of the most interesting buildings in our town. It is Grade II listed, has a lovely decorative façade and [...]

Blackpool Mini Golf

By |May 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Mini golf is one of those seaside staples that really shouldn’t be so popular but always is. People who would never otherwise dream of picking up a golf club and hitting a small ball into [...]

Blackpool Bingo

By |May 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

There was a time when bingo wasn’t played by anyone under retirement age. That’s all changed now. Go into any Blackpool bingo venue and see people of all ages sitting down waiting for that next [...]

North Ocean Hotel number one on Trip Advisor!

By |May 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , , |

We don’t do this job for the plaudits or the rewards, we do it because we love meeting people. However, it’s always nice to be appreciated and have our hard work and effort recognised. That [...]

Stay at the North Ocean Hotel this May bank holiday

By |May 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

This weekend is May bank holiday, the final bank holiday until August, which is months away. Don’t spend it doing DIY, going to the tip or gardening, spend a weekend by the seaside instead! Make [...]

Perception is everything

By |May 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , , |

We have spoken before about how important perception is in the hotel business and this month has given us the perfect example of how not to manage it. It’s a lesson we here at the [...]

Fully booked this early May bank holiday!

By |May 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , , |

Despite only having been open three months, the North Ocean Hotel was fully booked this early May bank holiday. We even had to turn down reservations and no hotel likes doing that. It seems if [...]

Blackpool Bingo

By |April 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

There was a time when bingo wasn’t played by anyone under retirement age. That’s all changed now. Go into any Blackpool bingo venue and see people of all ages sitting down waiting for that next [...]

Blackpool Casinos

By |April 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Blackpool is known is some circles as “The Vegas of the North.” The lights, the leisure and the casinos are all part of that mystique. Gambling is only a tiny aspect of what Blackpool is [...]

Blackpool Fireworks Championships

By |April 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , , |

Blackpool’s night sky with be lit once more this September as the World Fireworks Championships 2014 returns. In one of the biggest firework events of its kind anywhere, the championships run over several nights, culminating [...]

Blackpool Zoo

By |April 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Blackpool Zoo has been a popular attraction in the town for over 40 years. Opened in 1972, the zoo caters for schools, families and anyone interested in animals and conservation. It’s an excellent day out [...]

Winter Gardens Blackpool

By |April 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

The Winter Gardens in Blackpool are a historical landmark, local favourite and venue that always has something going on. If you’re visiting Blackpool for any length of time, a visit to the Winter Gardens is [...]

Early May bank holiday at the North Ocean Hotel

By |April 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

Having now recovered from a busy Easter and recharged our batteries, another bank holiday is almost upon us. The snappily named “Early May bank holiday” will be here in a few days, on May 5th [...]

What a fantastic Easter at North Ocean Hotel!

By |April 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

After a long, mostly sunny weekend, Easter is over in Blackpool. We were fully booked, busy and rushed off our feet but we loved it. Our first Easter was a success and we hope there [...]

Surviving the Weather in Blackpool

By |March 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

If ever there was a time when we were grateful for having checked the exterior of the North Ocean Hotel before making a start on the interior, it’s this week. One of the first jobs [...]

Using Social Media to Manage Hotel Bookings

By |March 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , |

In a town with as many hotels as Blackpool, we’re having to come up with innovative ideas to stay ahead of the competition and differentiate ourselves from everyone else. While we’re working hard to bring [...]

What to do in Blackpool over Easter

By |March 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

Easter is a busy time of year in Blackpool. The North Ocean Hotel is almost full, the attractions are newly opened, the sun is shining, spring has sprung and thousands of people come to the [...]

Blackpool Tower Dungeons

By |January 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Blackpool Tower Dungeons is a relatively new attraction that forms part of the Blackpool Tower attraction. Opened in 2011, the dungeons are a history and horror themed experience that takes visitors back in time. The [...]

Sandcastle Water Park

By |January 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

Sandcastle Water Park in Blackpool is an indoor waterpark for all the family. Despite having some fantastic outdoor spaces and lots of sea to swim in, this park is a must-see whenever you’re staying here. [...]

Blackpool Illuminations

By |January 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

There isn’t much in Blackpool more famous than the Illuminations. Think of our little Lancashire town and Blackpool Tower and the Illuminations are probably the first two things you think of, that’s how important they [...]

South Pier Blackpool

By |January 15th, 2014|Categories: Blackpool Attractions|Tags: , |

The South Pier in Blackpool is the third of three piers that grace the coastline in this lovely seaside town. Built as the Victoria Pier in 1890 and opened in 1893, this pier is all [...]

Checking Out the Competition to North Ocean Hotel

By |January 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

Any good business will spend at least a little time checking out the competition and seeing what they offer. This will partly be to ensure your own rates and standards are competitive and partly to [...]

The Importance of Keeping Your Promises When in Hospitality

By |January 15th, 2014|Categories: Hotel News|Tags: , , , |

We hope the new year is treating you well and that you’re drying out nicely after all that rain! As part of the refurbishment of the North Ocean Hotel in Blackpool, we have been spending [...]

Busy Christmas Ahead for North Ocean Hotel

By |December 15th, 2013|Categories: Hotel News|

You’re likely to notice big changes on the North Promenade in Blackpool if you walk past at any time over the next month. The North Ocean Hotel is undergoing something of a revamp as new [...]