Night life not a bother – hotels

Revellers are not causing a problem for hotels, owners say. BELOW: Jonathan Hartley who owns the Malibu Hotel in Albert Road.
Revellers are not causing a problem for hotels, owners say. BELOW: Jonathan Hartley who owns the Malibu Hotel in Albert Road.
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LARGE groups of revellers are not causing problems for the resort, according to hoteliers.

That despite scenes portrayed in this week’s episode of controversial documentary 999: What’s Your Emergency, where drunken party-goers were seen shouting abuse at hotel owners and police officers, and causing mayhem in the resort.

Jonathan Hartley who owns the Malibu Hotel in Albert Road.

Jonathan Hartley who owns the Malibu Hotel in Albert Road.

One drunken man was seen shouting outside the Ferndene Hotel, claiming he was being refused entry.

After being told by the hotel owner he wouldn’t accept “scum like you”, the man realised he was actually booked into another hotel in Blackpool.

Steve Rowlands owns a different hotel of the same name in St Chad’s Road.

He said: “I’ve been here for six years and I’ve not had any trouble.

“Obviously we do get woken up in the night when guests have lost their keys, but we’ve never had the police over.”

Mr Rowlands, 54, said he did accept bookings for stag and hen parties through an agency, but did not have any problems with the groups who stayed.

He added: “We’ve always got on really well with any groups that come in. I’ve no complaints.”

Jonathan Hartley owns the Malibu Hotel in Albert Road, which specialises in stag and hen party.

He admits to having some problems when the hotel opened in September last year, but says he has got the balance right now.

He added: “As long as you have it under control, it works very well.

“I have other hotels for families and couples, so I don’t have to mix them with the party groups.”

Mr Hartley says there has been times when drunk guests have damaged the rooms they are staying in.

But he takes money for repairs from their deposits, and mitigates the potential for damage with simple furnishings.

He said: “Probably, in one year we’ve had two or three rooms damaged.

“That’s very little for the numbers of people we’ve taken. It’s just control really and laying the law down once they come in.”

Ray Wyles owns the Pearl Hotel in Charnley Road, and does not agree with the resort’s portrayal in the Channel 4 programme.

He said: “It’s not doing Blackpool any favours whatsoever. They’re just giving us a kick in the teeth.

“There are the same problems here as there are in Liverpool, Manchester, London and Birmingham, they should have featured the whole country.

“I won’t watch people giving our town a bad name.”

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