I was expecting worse in view of the reviews here. The fact is that this was probably one of the cheapest hotels available in Bournemouth on the night in question so given the price, it was a surprisingly good offer of accommodation for the price, to include breakfast.
Firstly, the hotel has very spacious public areas and plenty of parking for guests. The room, although admittedly not decorated in anything exciting stylistically, was very comfortable and not at all cramped for a single room. The bathroom was even less exciting in terms of decor, it was basic and yes, dated, but nothing could be faulted as to the standard of hygiene. All was spotlessly clean and room was with wifi.
Breakfast was good. It's a buffet to include full English. Staff are attentive. OK, food not cooked to order but that means not waiting and this is a fairly budget hotel so no different than most others at this price range and above.
There is a indoor swimming pool and it was empty at 8.30am. Again, it could do with a lick of paint but it's a pleasant area and a bonus as many other local hotels have no pool.
If I wanted to be picky, I would have liked some hair conditioner in the room as there was just a general wash all your bits liquid in a mini plastic pot. The other thing is the hotel exterior that gives away its now slightly downtrodden status. This was no doubt once a grand hotel but badly needs a bit of exterior and interior painting and decorating to reclaim its previous position. So don't book it if you want to impress but if you are realistic about what to expect for a fairly budget price, you should not be disappointed.
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