We went to a wedding at this hotel which is located very close to the beach and is clearly very popular as it was busy and the car park was pretty full although fortunately we managed to find a space.
The drinks reception was held in a beautiful secluded garden to the side of the Connaught Lodge and you just wouldn't know it was there or that you were in Bournemouth. The plants are very mature and there was plenty of seating in the form of rattan chairs and tables.
The staff had laid out drinks in the shape of a heart which was very pretty and effective.
It was an ideal venue for photographs and there was live music provided by an excellent saxophonist which really gave great atmosphere on a brilliant sunny day.
Didn't stay at the hotel so can't comment on the rooms but the rest of the place we saw looked very nice, it was clean and the staff were friendly