Hotel Hit Squad: The Boulevard Hotel in Blackpool is the ideal place for family fun – and it’s a stag and hen-free zone


Should your family be anything at all like mine, the following question will divide it neatly into two camps with diametrically and loudly opposed reactions… Fancy staying in a hotel positioned directly underneath the UK’s tallest rollercoaster?

The Big One – Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s iconic 235ft ­vomit-comet – looms over the newly opened Boulevard Hotel. It is so close that you can see the look of horror on riders’ g-force-flung faces as it rattles past the (thankfully, thickly glazed) windows of some bedrooms. Walk out of its box-fresh, glossy lobby and you sink into a surround-soundscape of screams.
The Boulevard is owned by Amanda Thompson, whose family have owned the Pleasure Beach for…

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