A FRIENDLY Promenade hotel will represent the whole of Lancashire at an award’s ceremony in May.
Funky Towers, in South Shore, has been shortlisted for the AA’s Friendliest Landlady of the Year award and the owners will attend a prestigious awards lunch at the Royal Horseguards Hotel in London on May 16.
The hotel is run by husband and wife partnership, Adam and Becky Lancaster, who successfully passed a secret inspection in June last year by the AA after they had been nominated by a guest.
Mr Lancaster, 26, said: “The inspectors were so impressed with us they put us up for the award against 400 others and we couldn’t believe it.
“We want to win this for Blackpool. It does get a bit of bad publicity, so we are going to give it our best shot.”
Mr and Mrs Lancaster bought the property when they were only 19 and 20-years-old and have used their seven years experience as hoteliers to keep bringing back guests and offering them the best possible stay.
They renovated the hotel to include 14 bedrooms with flat screen televisions, a dining room, bar and some en-suite rooms with saunas.
But Mrs Lancaster, who moved from the Midlands to open up the hotel with her husband, puts the nomination down to recognising the needs of the customers and offering a good service.
She said: “People have told us we go above and beyond what we should to make people comfortable. We always give them five star customer service and we enjoy having a chat with them all.”
The final part of the competition involves all of the 25 shortlisted finalists having to complete a biography about themselves and their hotel.
Mr Lancaster added: “We get a lot of people commenting on our hotel and we do enjoy the job, so I think it comes naturally and the fact someone who stayed here put us up for the award means a lot.