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Royal Exeter Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Exeter Road, Bournemouth BH2 5AG, England   |  
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Ranked #16 of 71 hotels in Bournemouth
London, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Always good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Have been staying here for the last 4 years and it is always good. Nothing is too much trouble, last year our toilet broke and they tried to sort it out ASAP as best as they could.

Rooms are lovely, beds always very comfy and breakfast is great value. I like the choice available, and it tastes fresh and less processed than most hotel breakfasts. I also got a sandwich and drink from room service this year and this was very well priced, I was impressed.

I found the wifi a little sketchy this year but I was only using it on and off so it wasn't too much of a problem.

Staff are always polite and helpful, including the night staff. It is nice having the option to drop off your key when you are going out and knowing there is someone there to collect it from at the end of the night. Plus, it saves weighing your bag down as the keys are quite big.

All in all, a very nice hotel in a good location especially for events at the BIC. One of the hotels I enjoy going back to, knowing that I always have a good stay with nothing to worry about.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014 via mobile

Always friendly. Pleasant stay and location central and perfect. This was our 3rd stay. Good breakfast and even have gluten free bread.
If you like a quiet hotel in the evening well depending on what part of the hotel your in, the bar area is a night club.
staff always very pleasant.
good free car parking too.

the hot tub is just very small and is in like a basement room. Ok for quick tucussi but not for a relaxing weekend.
the bar also has a nice seated area to sit out jn the summer.
up the hill opposite is a very nice , recomnended chinese restaurant . Ocean palace , providing great food and good service

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

My Partner & I have just spent a long weekend at the hotel and cannot fault it. The hotel is maintained to an extremely high standard, the staff in reception and in the restaurant and bar are all very friendly and helpful. The breakfast is also excellent and unlike cheap and nasty budget hotels the ingredients are good quality and comes plated up on lovely big plates and there is also a good choice of cereals, fruit and continental breakfast fayre. Our room was nice a big and nicely furnished, and included an iron and an ironing board, a flat screen tv with all the free view channels we get at home, tea & coffee and biscuits and plenty of milk (unlike the usual 4 little pots that are only enough for two cups), and shower get and shampoo - which was replenished every day, the towels were lovely too and included two large fluffy ones. The hotel also provides free parking which 'cheaper' hotels don't and adds another £15/day if you have to pay for it. The location is also perfect right between the pier and the town centre. Also there is a cocktail bar and a swanky area where live singers perform at the weekend. We went into Bournemouth on Saturday night and it was pretty rubbish so came back to the hotel around 10 and it was packed - the Exeter is the trendiest night out in town! We didn't notice a noise issue in our room because of the entertainment but we were on the 2nd floor so perhaps it could be a bit noisy if you were closer.

A little tip - the hot water isn't instantaneous so if you want a bath or shower leave it running for 10 minutes and then it's fine - it is the oldest building in Bournemouth so I think the Exeter can be forgiven this :)

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

My wife and I spent the night here on New Year's eve and were very impressed with the overall experience. Our room was on the second floor and was clean, well equipped and had plenty of space to move around in and, more importantly, we both had a good night's sleep, not always possible in some hotels. The staff were friendly and were keen to provide good service and nothing appeared to be too much trouble. We spent the evening with friends away from the hotel, but got back to enjoy a few drinks in the bar at the start of 2014.The breakfast was very good, with plenty of options both cold and hot, and we would definitely stay here again from choice, particularly as the hotel is so close to the heart of Bournemouth and the seafront.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Have just returned from celebrating new year at this wonderful hotel , the staff are amazing tom on reception and at breakfast and reception staff could not make you feel more welcome . It's in a prime spot to the sea front and town centre . Breakfast was lovely infact myself and my husband could not finish it would recommend this hotel .

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

I have spent 3 days here and have found it to be amazing value for money.
The room was spacious, clean and well equipped. When I found the hairdryer now working it was replaced in minutes.
The staff are fantastic, so personable and nothing at all is too much trouble.
The food is lovely with plenty of choice at breakfast.
The location is as good as it gets for the town and the beach.
There is a great cocktail bar within the hotel which offered a great evenings entertainment if it was required.
There is a gym, pool and spa all included in the price.
An added bonus of free secure parking too.
There is in addition free Wi-Fi throughout the rooms and hotel.
I would highly recommend this hotel and will be using it again.

Room Tip: If you have children or are an older couple who don't want the noise from the bar ask for the up...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

My friend and I booked one night at this hotel as we were having an evening out in Bournemouth. Ideal location as very central and free parking! I booked through Booking.com and had booked two rooms, one for a smoker. Within 30 minutes of booking I received a phone call from the hotel who advised me that the room for the smoker was above the bar and music and could be very noisy. Therefore I changed the room, I thought this was excellent that they thought to alert us to this. On our arrival the receptionists were very friendly and helpful. The rooms were excellent, very clean and well equipped. There is a bar and this also stays open late with music. Although this was quite loud, there was a good atmosphere. The breakfast was very good, plenty of choice and cooked to order. We both agreed we would definitely use the hotel again.

Room Tip: Probably one that is not above the music as we were alerted that this could be quite noisy.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Royal Exeter Bournemouth
Address: Exeter Road, Bournemouth BH2 5AG, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Bournemouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#13 Business Hotel in Bournemouth
#16 Romantic Hotel in Bournemouth
#19 Family Hotel in Bournemouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Exeter Hotel 3*
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