My husband, myself and our two young children under 4 stayed here for 3 nights. It was a very nice stay, we enjoyed the hotel room very much. We needed extra room for a baby cot so we went with the executive suite....there was only a $5 difference on the site I used to book. By American hotel standard...it's not a large room, however in Europe...this room is quite large. Everything was clean and comfortable. The tea and flat screen TV was also a nice touch. I do wish the room would of had laundry bags available to use. There was a 5 pound charge a night for internet....a bit steep, most hotels nowadays have free WiFi.
The hotel, the reason why I gave 4 stars is because getting around the hotel and entering it is not stroller/child friendly. This is not an issue for anyone without children....but the entrance doors are the circular revolving doors. The staff intially opened up the door to help us get the stroller through....however it was too much after awhile and we would just close up the stroller.....a bit exhausting trying to corral 2 kids with everything in our hands. There were countless fire doors that did not stay open throughout the small corriders to our room which were close in approximity to each other which also made it difficult to get in and out of our room.....with children..again.
The staff was very helpful and eager to help with all the endless questions I had about travel/tourist information. We did choose to go to breakfast in the hotel one morning....a bit pricey, however it looked like a traditional English breakfast. We opted not to go again due to the fact there wasn't much our children would eat from the buffet. The dining area is quite large and the buffet was a decent size. I will say food wise there are quite a lot of little restaurants/eateries around the hotel leading into the town centre...however most of them stop serving food after 9pm. We learned that the hard way one night when looking for a quick bite to eat without having a bar setting. We did not eat at the hotel for dinner.
The hotel pool was small but nice. We had it to ourselves which was good. Getting into the pool area was confusing. Again met by many different doors to go through. You must enter the pool area through the locker rooms. The pool is in the basement of the hotel, so the low ceiling made it feel a little confined...maybe a bti more lighting would or perked it up a little. The water was nice and the area was clean.
The hotel was an okay distance from the city centre and the beach. Theres a zig zag pathway that leads down to the water.....downhill is an easy walk...uphill....well...its uphill. The walk to the city centre is about a 10-15 min walk downhill, going back to the hotel was a bit of a workout (with 2 kids and a stroller). The hotel also has maps of Bournemouth, which was helpful. The bus from the airport drops you off right in the circle before the hotel....very convienient. The yellow city buses also pass nearby the hotel.
I researched every hotel in Bournemouth before choosing this one. I chose this hotel based on what the room looked like and it's size. It also had a pool.....hotels in the area without a pool were charging the same price per night....after reading reviews on this hotel I was convinced this was a good hotel. I'm glad we stayed there.
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