Blackpool praised for hotel accommodation

Blackpool has been hailed for the quality of its holiday accommodation in a survey unveiled today.

The resort is the only town to have four streets in a league table of the top 15 streets in the UK for accredited accommodation.

Albert Road, King Edward Avenue, St Chad’s Road and Gynn Avenue are all included in the ‘streets of quality’ league table produced by Quality in Tourism (QiT), the official assessment service provider for VisitEngland.

Hoteliers today welcomed the boost.

Stephen Fazackerley of The Arthington Hotel on St Chad’s Road, said: “We’re delighted Blackpool has been recognised.

“St Chad’s is a very good trading street and the owners, irrespective of whether they are accredited or not, always keep the street clean and tidy for guests visiting for the first time.”

David Webb, of The Langtry on King Edward Avenue, said: “I think people are looking for better quality accommodation these days and that’s the way Blackpool is going.

“But it is very slow because owners haven’t always got the money to invest in their properties these days.”

Neil Quigley, managing director at Quality in Tourism, said: “We assess 18,000 properties a year. We’ve looked at a lot of streets in great detail, and have spent a lot of time pulling together the relevant facts and figures.

“In such a competitive industry, it’s important for hotel owners and so forth to promote themselves as much as they can, and showcase the quality that they are offering.”

Blackpool came 10th, 11th, 12th and 14th in the table topped by Bootham Crescent in York.