"Handily located 5 minutes from Blackpool Central."
Very much a work in progress, I've rated the Crooked Retreat higher I think than most might, for reasons I'll explain. Under new ownership, the hotel is in desperate need of modernisation; it is clear to me that the previous owners allowed it to run down to a critical level. However, the basics are in place now. Firstly, apparently committed owners, helpful and keen to leave a good impression and aware that most would find their hotel lacking. This is good: to fix a problem, you have to see it, and these owners do. Only time will tell if they do. For the time being, however, the low price reflects fairly on the overall condition of the premises. In terms of the basics, most importantly, the bed was comfortable, sheets, pillowcases and quilts clean. Hot and cold running water, with good pressure, and a plentiful supply of teas, coffees and sugar, plus kettle and tv were found in my room. At present there's just nowhere you can look that can't be improved in this hotel, but as it stands currently an awful lot could be achieved simply by redoing all the paintwork, to start with. The downstairs bar room and lounge are in good order, and for me I think simply getting round the rooms one by one, and not scrimping on the critical eye, is the way for the new owners to go. Things like locks and hinges could all be tightened up at little or no cost. As it stands, recommended for students,young people and short-stays, 5 mins from Blackpool centre. Could be a great backpackers hostel.
Kaotician from Stoke on Trent