This is our third time for a weekend stay by the sea in Bournemouth at the Highcliff Marriott. Whilst the hotel is nice in many ways, the main attraction of this hotel for us is the location - high on the cliff overlooking the sea. As such we would advise paying extra to book a room in the main building with a seaview since going to sleep and waking up with the sound of the waves outside is definitely worth every penny (or should I say pounds!). And throwing back the curtains in the morning to see the view is a wonderful way to start the day along with the ability to have a morning stroll along the beach. Location wise it is also just a 10 minute walk to the main shopping area as well so everything is on your doorstep.
For us this is the perfect place for a weekend. As indicated the location is great and the hotel offers all you need - the rooms are comfortable and clean (admittedly some are better than others as some reviewers have mentioned but we have always found all sea view rooms to be of a generally good standard), the restaurant is nice, the bar provides a nice place to sit for a while and have a drink and the breakfast is of a good quality. The rooms themselves offer nice large beds with the usual lovely pillows and bedding you come to expect from a Marriott, the bathrooms, whllst a bit dated now, are always clean with plenty of crisp towels. As an added bonus there is also a pool which guests can use free of charge including spa pool and fitness area.
On all of our stays we have always found the staff to be very helpful. On our latest stay - over the very busy Valentine period, with a wedding going on in the hotel as well - we still found the staff to be extremely friendly and helpful and nothing was too much trouble. We left having had a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing time. We will certainly be returning again.