Visiting the Christchurch Food and Wine festival and pretty much decided last minute to stay overnight - found Urban Beach online with one room left at a reasonable price so booked it quick!! Didnt really know what to expect but we were wowed by the whole place.
Its a boutique hotel but with a really informal feel based around all things beach and sea - there are surfboards etc in the restaurant/bar area as well as beautiful contemporary flower displays which makes for an interesting mix. Quirky notes are left around the hotel area for the guests, for example there is a row of wellies you can borrow to just go and jump in the sea cos its good for you!!! and a huge range of DVDs you can borrow for your room (so long as you put them back so they dont have to be a grown up hotel and charge a deposit at reception) :)
Upon arrival we were greeted like old friends by Mark and Helen which was lovely. Check in was easy peasy and the room (room 9) was beautifully kitted out and decorated (if a little small but nonetheless perfectly formed) and very clean. Booking last minute meant we got the last room in the house and I expect they get a lot of repeat business here where customers book the rooms they know and like so we will book earlier next time to get a bigger room (rooms 2 and 3 I believe or room 7 which is a split level room).
The cocktails here are awesome, expectly made by James who is a really friendly mixologist for whom nothing is too much trouble (even for a fussy so and so like me). Watch out for the Dirty Dog Vespa, not for the faint hearted and the Bloody Mary (one of the best I have ever tasted). Drink your cocktails on the sunny and patio heated decking at the side of the hotel. Every detail at this hotel is spot on right down to the management leaving fleeces out on the outside benches just in case you get cold - WOW :)
We ate in the hotel that evening and, again, the food was of excellent quality and very reasonably priced.
Breakfast next day was really special - they say they have the best breakfasts on the planet and they are not far wrong!! Great choice and quality of food again.
In short, great hotel, beautifully done out with amazing staff who clearly enjoy working there - we will be back with friends once the summer arrives!!!
Only criticism, and its so tiny and miniscule I almost feel bad mentioning it but everything else was so perfect........ ask the cleaner to just run a feather duster over the venetian blinds in the room and down the sides of the main stairs a bit more often....... :(
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- The Urban Beach Hotel is an award winning 12 bedroom boutique hotel located in Boscombe, Bournemouth, just five minutes walking distance to the beach and to our sister venue, The Urban Reef Restaurant. Open seven says a week, all year round, we also offer a modern bistro area, with both inside and outside seating. ... more less
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