Booked for 2 nights this September at the Connaught. Found via Google as a spa hotel in Bournemouth and verified by Tripadvisor as a top hotel in the area we though we would give this a try as our first trip to Bournemouth.
Made the booking by telephone and was effortless - went for a standard for 2 nights with breakfast. Mentioned it was my wife's Birthday and without provocation said they would see what they could do.
Travelled in by train so first pointer, grab a cab, cost £7, but will save you walking the myriad of roads to get there.
We arrived at 11am - way before check in to ask our bags to be stored, but amazingly the room was ready 4 hours ahead of check in! Ireana on the desk was faultless with her run down of the hotel, together with map and directions to get around town. We showed ourselves to our room (room 2) which was up a little set of stairs and was no at all disappointed. For a standard room it was big, well furnished, very clean and tidy with Best Western touches. Bathroom was big with shower too, really couldn't have asked for more. However just to top the experience the hotel had left a Birthday card for my wife plus a voucher for two complimentary drinks at the bar.
The beach really is a five minute walk from the hotel, with beautiful beaches and a shopping town which is second to none.
That afternoon we spared no time and went straight for the pool. Its underground which is kind of cool, and can be accessed via a lift or stairs in the bar. Once again staff effortless and friendly in showing us around. Theres a fully equipped gym, sauna, eucalyptus room, Jacuzzi and 18m swimming pool. Great thing too is that it wasn't busy and you felt like you had the place to yourself!
Had a good nights sleep, nice flat screen in room, and awoke for breakfast. Buffet style continental and cooked so you just can't go wrong, and caters for gluten free if needed.
Only regret is that we had to leave a night early to get back, and alas missed out on a comfy night and another breakfast.
Will certainly return there on next visit, and when you see the rating as one of the best in Bournemouth - well it is...go have fun, shop till you drop, relax and enjoy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This AA 4 star BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel is Trip Advisor's No 1 Bournemouth Hotel with a magnificent spa, an award-winning double rosette restaurant and 54 beautifully decorated en-suite bedrooms, including 3 junior suites, 6 executive rooms, superior, standard and single rooms, some with their own private balcony or terrace. The hotel is centrally located on the West Cliff and is less than 500m to the town centre, with all its bars, clubs and restaurants, the BIC, Pavilion Theatre, pier and beaches. Free WiFi, Free Parking and Free Membership of the Spa and Leisure Club await you. The Bluewater Spa offers 2 gymnasiums, an 18m swimming pool and spa pool, a luxurious, fully tiled eucalyptus steam room, a superb sauna and a beauty and 3 massage therapy suites, to include a double. After a relaxing day in the Spa enjoy a fine dinner and top class wine in our award-winning, double rosette restaurant, Blakes, where Nick Rutigliano, the Maitre d', and his team will serve you with superb food, freshly prepared by Ben Nicol, the Head Chef. The hotel was again awarded the highly coveted Silver Shield in 2013 by Green Tourism for Business for its contribution to the environment and local community. Trip Advisor has once again awarded the 2014 Certificate of Excellence to the Hotel, the Spa and to Blakes Restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Bournemouth
- Bournemouth Best Western