Arrived at the Carisbrooke on Monday 12th September for two nights before our onward journey to Brighton on Wednesday.
We were greeted by both the hoteliers, and what a lovely warm welcome we recieved!
Both of them are are so friendly and welcoming, such a lovely couple!
Our room was nice, big family room on the ground floor (Room 4). There was a double bed,a single bed and ensuite shower room and all the other facilities you would expect to see ie tea making, tv, extra blankets/pillows etc. We were more than happy with our room, it was clean, and comfortable.
The staff are friendly and helpful and polite at all times. Nick the hotel manager was exceptionally helpful and on our first day showed us a map of Bournemouth and where all the attractions are and the restaurants in the area and took the time to speak to us when he saw us and always asked how we were and if we were ok.
The breakfast was lovely, very tastey and cooked to perfection everyday,very consistent, just wished there was a little more of some things as you only got one of everything as it was so nice but thats probably just us being greedy, and would be more than enough for most people!
Didnt see much of the communal areas such as the bar because we went out mostly but the restaurant and what we did see seemed fine, again clean and comfortable.
Had some lovely meals out in some local restaurants on Nicks reccomendations. There are plenty of restaurants within a stones throw away and a shop and pubs.
So, taking all this into consideration we were having a wonderful time when disaster struck and our car decided to break down on us on the second day!
It ended up being the head gasket and was going to have to go into a garage for a few days to be fixed which left us in a bit of a dilemma being that we were suopposed to be leaving in the morning for the two and a half hour trip to Brighton! So as the car was getting towed away Nick asked us what the problem was and immediately suggested that we could continue our stay with them if that is what we decided to do. So amazingly our room happened to be free for the rest of the week and Nick let us stay at a discounted rate for as many nights as we needed with breakfast included! We felt this was very genorous and really helped us out a LOT! Nick and his wife were so helpful in the following days and always so concerned and kind when thay saw us. We were so appreciative of there hospitality.
So we ended up staying at the Carisbrooke for four nights all in all and cancelling our Brighton trip which was dissapointing but at the same time we still ended up having a great time due to the hospitality we were shown at the hotel and dont know what we would have done without it!
We have never written a review of a hotel before as we never felt the need and consider that most of the people that write the reviews are just too eager to whine and complain and put down the places that they stay uneccessarily! But we felt we had to write to show our thanks and appreciation of what a lovely place this is and what a wonderful couple! There dedication is quite something and we couldnt believe how hard they worked. There was ALWAYS one of them avaliable if you needed to ask anything form early morning to late at night (very unusal in our experience of B+B's) and even though they have a very young son who must keep them execptionally busy! All in all, a somewhat unplanned, but wonderful time at The Carisbrooke Hotel. We wish them all the best, and a big 'THANKYOU!' : )
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