We stayed here for a Monday night in November. The hotel is in a superb position overlooking the beach at Bournemouth. We were disappointed we weren't staying during the summer months, especially the great summer of 2013, as this hotel has wonderful gardens overlooking the beach. Out door seating, a large lawned area and palm trees, it would be a wonderful place to sit for an early evening drink or lunch on a sunny day.
The hotel offers car parking but do not approach via the road closest to the beach if you need to park a car. The part of the hotel that overlooks the beach is the back not the front and the car park is at the front. You need to take the road behind the sea front avenue.
Our check-in wasn't as smooth as it might have been but this was largely due to the staff being involved in making a Christmas video. Once someone appeared at reception check-in was smooth and we were quickly on our way to our room. The hotel was undergoing some redecoration mainly on the floor below our room. We were not disturbed or inconvenienced by this.
It was a short walk into the town along the promenade and through the civic gardens.
We had a drink in the bar before having a meal elsewhere. The bar service was friendly and the area was comfortable. The prices of the drinks were what you would expect to pay in hotels.
Our room was on the side of the hotel with a slight view of the sea. It was a good size, pleasantly decorated (I would say parts of it had been refurbished within the last year but I could be wrong), the tv reception was sporadic but this could have been due to the weather, it was warm and comfortable. The bathroom did appear to have had a recent remodelling. Clean, crisp white fitments, an excellent shower, good towels, a very acceptable bathroom.
Sadly the bed was not as comfortable as it might have been but there was no traffic noise to disturb us.
Breakfast was included in our room rate and it was excellent. The dining room overlooks the sea and we sat there enjoying an excellent breakfast, superbly served and cooked while watching the
Isle of Wight ferry sail into Lymington. It was a very pleasant way to start the day.
Would we return, in one word, yes.
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