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Set in the quieter North Shore location just minutes from the sea front 

Reviews of the New Guilderoy Hotel

UPDATE 2009 OCTOBER - TOO DIFFICULT TO KEEP UP TO DATE - Look at booking.com, tripadvisorand then see for yourself!!!! It's 2017 now and we have over 12 years of reviews on Tripadvisor


earlier this year (2009) this read as follows.......


As well as our own hotel web-site, hotel guests also book on-line with booking.com, activehotels  and laterooms.com. They are allowed to leave reviews about their hotel stay on these sites as well as tripadvisor.

We've decided to consolidate all of these hotel reviews so that you, the all important guests sees the whole picture and can book the hotel based on their requirements and the value we offer for money.

If anyone finds a review that has been posted anywhere and is not on our site within 28 days of posting (except January and February when we are completely closed), please contact us immediately on 07747 854125.)

This applies after March 2009 as it will take this long to consolidate our reviews, many thanks, Simon and Rhona

P.S. Added 26th June 2008, the complete tripadvisor reviews are at the BOTTOM OF THE PAGE as we have an automatic feed from their site...

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This is a new facility, we're working on this over the 2008/9 season ........


Reassurance - check out hotel sites with reviews that have 'real' people stayed at the hotel........    

......removed links October 2014...........

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Simon and Rhona's Hotel Summary (Working on it!!)

Overall rating 9/10






Via card through post no rating Jim,
June,2008 Liked: Disliked:

This card refers to Rooms 10/11

Dear Simon & Rhona,
Just to say thank you both very much for our lovely time at your hotel.

We really enjoyed the weekend and were so pleased with your amazing hospitality.

With love.
Fiona, Jim, Calum and Kieron

Laterooms 6.0/6.0 Karen Robertson
June 10,2008 Liked: Disliked:
we had a great time, arrived late around 9pm but welcomed and shown around, great rooms everything you need, kids loved having there own room with PS2. Very nice friendly place we spent evening in the bar chatting with Simon kids had a great time watching the tv and playing on the video games. Breakfast was excellent Rhona couldn't do enough for us especially toast monkey Oliver, she kept him in constant supply. Would def recommend for families looking for a nice home from home place to stay whilst visiting Blackpool, we will be back soon.



Card Upon Leaving no rating Nara and Alan
May,2008 Liked: Disliked:

May you always have an Angel by your side

To Simon and Rhona,

Thank you for a great week.  We have enjoyed every minute of your time.  We will hopefully see you soon.  Tons of kisses.

Thanks again,

Nara and Alan with love xxxxxxxx

Card Upon Leaving no rating Joan (Nara's friend)
May,2008 Liked: Disliked:

"Special" is the word that describes you...

To Simon, Rhona, Harry (that's my dad!), Bruno (that's our little rescue staffordshire bull terrier),

Thank you so much for taking such good care of us.

I have really enjoyed my stay with you & look forward to next time.

Thanks again,

Lotsa luv, Joan xxxxx


  10/10 Syedul
London, GB on May 28, 2008 Liked: Disliked:

"The staff and their service was superb. Me and my friends really enjoyed the stay and would recommend anyone to choose this particular lovely and friendly hotel. Thanks to all the staff at the hotel. I really did not expect this kind of excellent service. I actually don't have any words to explain my stay, I would just like to say 'The best hotel I have stayed in' You will not regret." (97465185)

The accommodation was the best I stayed in so far, friendly, cheap and excellent.

Laterooms 6.0/6.0 Anonymous
April 3,2008 Liked: Disliked:
Can't imagine there being a nicer B&B in Blackpool. Being a B&B, the rooms were a modest size as you'd expect, but they were furnished very tastefully (the bed was extremely comfy), and the service was absolutely outstanding. In many places nowadays the customer is seen as an inconvenience, but in this B&B, the customer is seen as someone to make friends with and someone to treat really well. Rhona and Simon are so kind and are excellent hosts, you are unlikely to leave without at least one tale of their generosity and hospitality. The New Guideroy is in a nice location, within walking distance from the tower (about 15-20 mins walk at a leisurely pace), in the nicer north side of Blackpool, and near the beach, tram line and the pub Uncle Tom's Cabin - although we had such a good time in the B&B's bar that we ended up not going out! Would really recommend this place. For what we paid, it was excellent value and we will never forget our stay, for all the right reasons.
Tripadvisor 5.0/5.0 jules200468
April 8,2008 Liked: Disliked:

Daffin - Chesterfield

We visit Blackpool twice a year as our daughter dances at the Winter Gardens and have now stayed at the New Guilderoy for the last 2 years. Simon and Rhona are lovely hosts and always make us feel welcome, nothing is too much trouble. . Best breakfast in Blackpool! Rooms are comfortable and very clean. Ideally situated only 20 minutes walk from the town centre. We will be booking again as soon as we know the date our daughter will be dancing in November.


Tripadvisor 4.0/5.0 highlanddivision
March 31,2008 Liked: Disliked:

best little hotel house in blackpool

3 couples have just returned from a week-end in Blackpool where we stayed at the new Guilderoy Hotel .accommodation was good , hosts were very friendly & very helpful & boy does that man cook a mean breakfast using local food & not the cheap stuff you get at most hotels we definitely recommend this hotel for a nice quiet friendly stay if we are ever back we wont go past it for accommodation its worth going just for Rhona's smile.


Tripadvisor 4.0/5.0 Carlys_Mum
Jan 14,2008 Liked: The hosts Disliked: The steep stairs

Fabulous New Year Break

We stayed at the New Guilderoy over the New Year's break and Simon and Rhona are fabulous host's and could not do enough for their guests, we hardly ventured from the hotel as there was so much going on and the food was lovely, it was my husband's birthday on New Year's Eve and they sent him a card and brought a bottle of buck's fizz for breakfast, this turned out to be the first of many bottles of fizz we had over the period we stayed there, we won some on the competitions and had several complimentary on New Year's Eve and even though it was sad to leave, the food and drink was so plentyful  we had to go home to detox!! The rooms were lovely and clean,


Tripadvisor 5.0/5.0 leglessdoncaster
Jan 14,2008 Liked: Disliked:

Best Hotel in Blackpool

My wife and I stayed five nights over the Christmas break. This hotel is the best i have ever stayed in .Simon and Rhona are a great couple and make you very welcome. Simons cooking is perfection loved it. All in all an excellent stay 10 out of 10 and as Rambo would say i will be back. All the best from Hughie and Irene in Doncaster.

Card Upon Leaving no rating Martin and Janis Richards
New Year,2007/8 Liked: Disliked:

To Thank You

To Simon and Rhona,

You are wonderful hosts and thank you for looking after uus so well.

Good luck for 2008 and the future.

Martin and Janis Richards


Card Upon Leaving no rating The McArthur Family
Christmas,2007 Liked: Disliked:

Thank you for your kindness during our stay.  Your service was FIRST CLASS.





www.activehotels.com 10/10 Julie
Eastbourne, GB on Nov 10, 2007 Liked: Disliked:
  • "WE HAVE STAYED IN THE GUILDEROY BEFORE SO WE KNEW IT WAS EXCELLENT. Rhona & Simon go out of their way to accommodate and nothing is to much trouble. We unfortunately were one short on our party of 4, we had booked 2 double rooms, but one of our party cancelled very unexpectedly, this was no problem for the hotel and Simon very kindly only charged us single rate for that room." (97185721)





Via e-mail no rating Vanessa
Nov,2007 Liked: Disliked:
This e-mail refers to Room 10/11 with mum in Room 9
Hi Simon & Rhona,
Thank you once again for a lovely weekend. You are both very kind, and we felt that you always went out your way to help us with everything, we enjoyed staying there very much and would always come back to you when we visit Blackpool again. Thats if you would have us back!!



Via e-mail no rating d.s. Ealing, London
Nov,2007 Liked: Sense of Humour and Breakfast Disliked:Nothing really
This e-mail refers to Room. 20, The Anniversary Suite

Hi Simon,

Meant to drop you a line ages ago but the rat race here in the big smoke is as thriving as ever and I never seem to have the time to indulge myself with a social life.

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at your place so much so that you hardly saw much of us. If you must know, we liked the room so much that we didn’t even make it to the concert in the end! I really hope we get to return soon, it certainly has some fond memories for us. I bet you must get really busy in the summer so I really should reserve my room NOW!

As for any suggestions on how to improve the room, I could think of none, perhaps a mirror on the ceiling (No, Just joking!!!!!!!). The bath was great (maybe bigger taps so it will fill faster) the bed was awesome but without doubt, the best part was the breakfast. Definitely legendary!

Hope you and Rhona are well. Take care and email every now and then if you need to share your wicked sense of humour!

Hmmm, thanks folks, makes the next review look even sillier than it is...

Tripadvisor 5.0/5.0 jon_morris swansea
Oct 30,2007 Liked: Friendliness and Breakfast Disliked:Nothing really
Just got back from a great weekend stay at this hotel.

Arrived late on friday evening (9pm) and still recieved a warm welcome from Simon. No fuss checking in, Simon was expecting us and gave us a brief introduction to the hotel before showing us to our room.

Following our arrival, we went out for a short while, we had our own front door key and didnt have to return to the hotel by any particular time before being locked out.

Breakfast on both mornings was excellent. Both Simon and Rona were exemplary hosts and made us feel like valued guest throughout our stay.

Lovely clean room, iron, iron board and hairdryer were provided, these were welcomed, beats ironing on a towel on the floor..!! Thanks

The hotel is situated North of the North pier, probably approx 30min walk South to the tower, tram access 2min walk from the hotel.

I enquired with Simon and Rona about a place to eat on sat evening and they pointed us inthe direction of the Red Lion (about £5 taxi trip away), They arranged a cab for us from the hotel which was there promptly, great meal as well.

Hotel is highly recommended, accommodation in blackpool is a bit of a lottery to say the least, when we return to blackpool it will certainly be back to this hotel.

Many thanks Simon and Rona

review by: Jonathan and Alyson Morris, Swansea
Tripadvisor 5.0/5.0 marjones brecon
Nov 2,2007 Liked: The wonderful hosts and the breakfasts Disliked:absolutely nothing at all
Just returned from a short break in Blackpool. If every hotel had hosts like these, there would be no complaints from anyone. Simon and Rhona just cannot seem to do enough to make your stay a pleasant one. The breakfasts have to be the best in Blackpool, they are freshly cooked to order - you don't get that in many places anywhere these days. All their ingredients are top quality as well.
The rooms are clean and comfortable. the children had a playstation provided for them in their room - free of charge - happy days!!
Value for money - well you just won't get any better I don't think.
Well done to the pair of you - you are a credit to your vocation.



Tripadvisor 4.0/5.0 jacand wales
Oct 30,2007 Liked: Staff Disliked:en-suite
On our arrival we had a lovely welcome & help with finding a parking space.
The rooms were average size & very clean, the en-suite was a tight fit.
The breakfast was lovely & plenty of it.
The location was a twenty minute walk to blackpool tower or you could take a tram which cost £1.50
We would definetly stay here on our next visit to blackpool.

Tripadvisor 5.0/5.0 Cardwell Inverclyde
Nov 2,2007 Liked: everything Disliked:nothing
this is definitely the best small hotel in the blackpool area. we have been taking autumn breaks here for over 20 years. the breakfast is the best ever and can be tailored to suit everyone`s taste. nothing is too much bother for simon and rhona and each room has a hairdryer, iron and ironing board together with tea/coffee making facilities and up to date glossy magazines. there are also courtesy newspapers in the lounge. this is a hotel we will return to, time and time again. thank you simon and rhona. ray.
Tripadvisor 5.0/5.0 Macc_Lass Macclesfield
Nov 2004,2007 Liked: The food and service were excellent Disliked: Nothing
Excellent hotel for a family break in Blackpool. Friendly service- proprietors Simon and Rhona work tirelessly to ensure you enjoy your stay. The food was wonderful- definitely the best breakfast in Blackpool! Ample servings and options- hot food cooked to order. Our rooms were clean and comfortable. The children loved the play station in their room. The four poster bed and en suite were a pleasant bonus to our last minute booking.
The hotel is ideally located in a quieter area on Blackpool's North Shore- no noise or trouble and only a short walk to the nearest tram stop or easily walkable distance to centre of town even with children.
We look forward to return visits and would recommend this hotel to other families and couples who want the bright lights of Blackpool without the all night parties and loutish behaviour.( hen and stage parties not welcome here)
Tripadvisor 5.0/5.0 MikeandPhoebe, Hatfield
Sep 27,2007 Liked: Warm and friendly welcome Disliked: Nothing
Our family of four (42, 39, 10 and 4 y.o.) plus my brother and his girlfriend booked directly with the hotel after using Trip Advisor to point us in the right direction. Once again, the advice of the site couldn’t be faulted and no doubt saved us from the lottery of finding a decent B&B in a town with its share of bad press (not all of it fair) in this regard.

We came up for the World Fireworks Championships, which were excellent, to see the illuminations of course and to have a day down the Pleasure Beach: tip – don’t go at the weekend if you can avoid it, we were faced by an invasion from across Hadrian’s Wall on the day we went. The updated Dr Who exhibition also provided a welcome distraction for the kids as well as us nostalgia merchants who spent half their childhood hiding behind the sofa.

In line with previous reviews, Simon and Rhona are exemplary hosts and to say that they go the extra mile to make you feel welcome doesn’t do them enough justice. We felt as if we had known them for years by the end of the weekend. The location is great and thankfully hen and stag-party free being a couple of streets back from the sea front and a few hundred yards up from the Hilton. A walk to the north pier will take 25 minutes but of course, we bought family tickets and used the very frequent trams throughout. We were given room10 (double en-suite with a handy fridge) with the kids next door in 11 (bunks plus a single) and Steve and Val nearby in 9. Best of all, we could leave both doors open at night for all the “mummy, hug!” moments as we had a separately bolted door off the landing. The kids also had a playstation in their room to keep them busy - Kira enjoyed ‘Finding Nemo’ – and both rooms had TV/DVD combo-sets. We paid just over £80 B&B per night, which is excellent value for two rooms in one of the busiest weekends of the year. Everything is spotlessly clean and Simon and Rhona have clearly invested considerable time, money and effort in general décor and furnishings.

The hotel might not be the best place for those on a diet, Simon will cook a full breakfast to order plus there’s juice, cereal, cheese, fruit and the usual trimmings. The sausages are already the stuff of legend in our household. They also have a lovely snug bar including a well-stocked - apart from the Magners, which I probably managed to make a serious dent in :-) - selection of ‘refreshing beverages’ plus the aforementioned Space Invaders (could the weekend have been more perfect!). When we decided on a take-away on the day we arrived, out came all the best crockery set up in the bar and they even phoned it in for us after giving various recommendations. I don’t know when we’ll be planning our next trip up to Blackpool but when we do, we’ll definitely be staying here again.


Tripadvisor 5.0/5.0 iancarpy milton keynes
Aug 30,2007 Liked: Simon and Rhona Disliked: Leaving
Stayed at The New Guilderoy with my wife and 2 kids over the bank holiday weekend and we all had a great time.

Simon and Rhona are excellent hosts who can not do enough for you.

The hotel is a Blackpool Hotel - so don't expect gigantic rooms, flashy marble en-suites and the latest in fixtures and fittings. But in Blackpool it would be hard to beat unless you paid an awful lot more money. The hotel is kept spotlessly clean by Rhona.

The breakfasts were great - with a wide choice.

Parking is not an issue - we stayed in a busy period and managed to park right outside the hotel at all times. When we first arrived we had to park a hundred yard away and Simon offered to move his car for us as it was right outside. However, an adjoining space then became free and this did not even proove necessary.

Being on the North Shore it is in a remarkably quiet location; and we had three great uninterupted nights sleep. However, the tower is only 10 minutes away on the tram, and the Pleasure Beach 20 minutes away.

They do not cater for Hens & Stags which is great when you are a family; and they do not take bookings from passers by - only pre-bookings

If you want a small hotel in Blackpool - choose the New Guilderoy

Tripadvisor 5.0/5.0 jamb01784, Edinburgh
Jul 8,2007 Liked: Disliked:
Needing a family friendly hotel for myself, partner and 7yr old son I spent over 3 hours looking through feedback sights on blackpool hotels before finally settling on New Guilderoy. I chose Simon and Rhona's hotel as every review claimed it to be family friendly and welcoming. I have to say that those comments were spot on! A 10min walk past the North Pier, the hotel is away from the madness of the stag and hen parties further down the prom.so a good nights sleep is guaranteed! This does make it a bit more of a trek to most of the attractions however the tram and bus stops are only 2mins at the bottom of the road and if you have a car the pleasure beach is only a 5-10min drive otherwise its a good 25-30min walk which we would've loved had the sun been out! That aside, the hotel is clean & spotless (beds made to perfection every day-thanks Rhona!), comfortable and cosy and Simon and Rhona go out of their way to make you feel almost like your at a friends house rather than just 'another hotel guest'. I personally find that kind of welcome and friendliness more appealing than say the moderness of a large, new build hotel where often you're just a number. They provide a fantastic freshly cooked (using fresh local produce) breakfast and there is also cereal and toast aplenty. They can provide evening meals if you require and will cater for vegetarians which sadly my partner found the pubs/restaurants of blackpool don't do on a great scale!! They have a cosy bar area where they will happily have a chat with you as well as a drink and although my son is a playstation and Nintendo victim he was really drawn to the original Space Invaders table Simon has just off the bar area!
Another example of the owner's thoughtfulness was when my son asked to borrow a dvd to watch in the room and they happily handed him 6 or 7 to take up and chose at his leisure. As it was Simons birthday on our last night, he put food in the bar area and invited us to have some drinks with him and Rhona. Again, he provided home cooked fresh nibbles including the best Chicken Tikka i've ever tasted! To sum up the Guilderoy, I would will be honest and say yes there are bigger and fancier hotels in blackpool, however if you want great value, friendliness and a personal touch this is the place to be. I honestly dont believe the bigger hotels offer half the attention to detail that the Guilderoy's owners provide and due to their genuine caring nature they put 100% into making you're stay in their 'home' as comfortable as possible!! Simon and Rhona, thanks again for a lovely stay! Billy, Lisa and Jamie, Edinburgh




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