The Bold Hotel – Lord Street – Southport
I was staying at The Bold Hotel in Southport, which is a Grade II listed hotel, originally built in 1832. It now offers accommodation and dining in elegant & stylish surroundings. The exterior of the Hotel in a late Georgian style looks very inviting. The red wooden sculpture above the main entrance of local steeplechaser Red Rum was very impressive. The Bold also has a large popular outside seating area too.
Situated on Lord Street, Southport’s Parisienne Boulevard this distinctive four-star hotel has twenty – three individually styled bedrooms. All rooms across the hotel are non-smoking and room service is available twenty-four hours a day. I was very pleased to discover that the hotel itself is situated right in the centre of Southport, close to restaurants, the beach and pier. Parking was limited to seven spaces at the rear of the Hotel but there is plenty of paid street parking out the front.
Situated on the first and second floors of this fully refurbished hotel, each of the hotel’s 23 beautifully styled and luxuriously appointed, en-suite bedrooms are well-equipped with all modern facilities.
The Bold Hotel does not have a lift and access to reception and the first & second floors is by a series of stairs, but staff were on hand to help us with our luggage. The staff at the Bold were excellent, always finding the time to talk with us about our visit and answer any questions we had about their Hotel and town.
My room had a beautiful Victorian bay window with views overlooking the hustle & bustle of Lord Street. I was pleased to note that the tea and coffee making facilities came with plenty of English Breakfast tea and small milk pots, an essential ingredient for any stay. The free WiFi service was also excellent and much appreciated in these modern times.
The huge flat screen television was situated on the opposite wall to the enormous king – size bed which had some beautiful Egyptian cotton bed linen and plenty of fluffy pillows lying against a large grey decorative headboard.
Three armchairs and a small table next to the large Bay window provided plenty of light for reading or just to watch the people go by! There was also a large dressing table and plenty of hanging space for our luggage. There was also a very quiet fan & a Dyson Air diffuser!
I was told that The Bold had recently undergone an initial £2 million refurbishment five years ago with a further £300,000 spent on further renovations this year and it showed! Our room was top quality!
All guests can also take advantage of the facilities at the nearby Victoria Leisure Centre if they wish. Just a five minute walk from the hotel, Victoria Leisure boasts 5000 square metres of equipment space split between a Main, Ladies only and dedicated Family gym, 3 Swimming Pools as well as Sauna, Steam and Hydrotherapy rooms and a range of popular instructor led classes. Guests should ask at reception at check in, for their leisure pass and any other information. Unfortunately, I did not have the time to visit on this occasion.
Downstairs I could not miss the beautiful function room at the back of the hotel, complete with a fabulous bespoke chandelier. I was told that the room is always available to hire for private parties and functions. The Restaurant and bar area is at the heart of the hotel. It is a tastefully decorated and furnished area in which we sat and enjoyed breakfast and coffee.
As I walked back to the hotel after eating at the Bistro Pierre restaurant one evening, I was able to take in the beauty of Lord Street under lights. The town is as beautiful at night as it is in the daytime. The steeplechase theme continues in this area with a very interesting pair of scales which had once been used for weighing the jockeys at meetings. There were also a number of photographs on the walls showing the Bold throughout the years which I found fascinating.
Overall, my visit to the Bold Hotel was comfortable, relaxing, and enjoyable. The staff, whether at reception, serving at our breakfast table presented a smart, professional, and efficient service. We both enjoyed an excellent weekend in relaxed surroundings. Our room had buckets of character and was warm, clean, and restful.
The Bold Hotel Southport certainly comes highly recommended from me.
The Bold Hotel
583 Lord Street