We had a 3 day stay here and thought this was a very upmarket Premier Inn but not quite up to the accolades from pervious reviewers. Although we mentioned, both on the phone in advance and when we arrived that it was our Silver Wedding break – we were not given the treatment a previous reviewer received, nor the amazing room they had. That was OK though, as we did have a lovely sea view room and some wonderful days out on the Dorset coastlne. Ours was on the 3rd floor and along in the ‘extension’ part of the hotel. If you look from the outside you will see an original central part of the hotel with the balconies mentioned by other reviewers. To the left is another flatter fronted part of the hotel. We were left wondering, after all the other Tripadvisor reviews, whether the rooms on the higher floors in the centre were in fact bigger. Ours was certainly big enough, but not bigger than the Premier Inn we’d stayed in at Heathrow or in Newark.
Our main problem was that the bed was very hard. I hardly slept the first night, and kept waking with a ‘dead’ arm and painful hip – but on reporting this the next morning we were offered an extra duvet under the mattress protector, which did make the beds a little more comfortable. We were also honoured on Premier Inn’s Good Night Guarantee for the first night, and were given a refund (but only after asking).
Our room was spotlessly clean, the bathroom in particular was brand new and very contemporary with a powerful over-bath shower and lovely modern dark grey tiles, although I was surprised there was no extractor fan in the bathroom as the mirror steamed up very quickly. Nice white big towels and spare pillows in the wardrobe so no need to request these. My duvet cover had a biggish rip in it, but I left a note out and it was replaced the next night.
It was rather annoying to just have the 2 tea bags ration on our drinks tray, meaning that when we arrived back from a long day – having a cuppa at night would mean not having one to look forward to when we woke up. There were also no herbal tea bags. I expect if we’d asked reception they’d have happily given us some more, as all the staff were very obliging, but we kept forgetting.
The breakfast was OK – not huge selection in the fresh fruit bowl though – mainly apples, but good to be able to make own fresh toast. Bit disappointed that we were ushered to a small corner table in a darker part of the room and it was quite a strain to read my newspaper comfortably. We did ask for a window seat but were told we’d have to try another day. Would have preferred to choose our own table, but I suppose they were only trying to make sure the fitted everyone in. However, we only had one breakfast in the hotel, as we discovered Dingles, the department store round the corner, had a lovely 3rd floor restaurant with a view and breakfast, with very friendly service, at just £3.25!
The Thrifty car park, in the road behind the hotel, was great – only £6.40 for 24 hours with the hotel voucher and there was easy access from this into the hotel.
I was a bit disappointed to find there are no front of house computers for customer use for quick Internet access, as other hotels chains have. If we’d had a laptop we could have had wireless access bit of course, we didn’t bring this on holiday.
All in all, this had much more character than other Premier Inns – lovely central staircase and nice wallpaper. It was lovely to have the new refurbishment and the new bathrooms. We didn’t experience the huge rooms mentioned and weren’t as overwhelmed as other writers with the breakfast, but it was good to have the sea view and the brightness in the room with the big windows. Pity about the hard beds!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay in style amongst the art deco delights of Premier Inn Hotel Bournemouth Central. You'll be just a few short steps to the sea front, with a seven-mile stretch of award-winning beaches. You won't be stretched for things to do; with business and leisure facilities all around you. Dig the sounds at a show at the Bournemouth Pavilion. Or dig for fossils along the Jurassic Coast. Go cycling through the New Forest, or go green in the Botanic Gardens. There are pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants aplenty, but if you've not had your fill, mouth-watering food awaits you back at the hotel, not to mention deliciously comfy beds. Important info Please note, there can be noise disturbance due to the location of this Premier Inn. Please note this hotel is located next to a busy restaurant/bar, bedrooms are double glazed to minimise noise. Car parking is available a short distance from this Premier Inn - for which an additional fee will be charged. Directions: Sat Nav - BH1 2BU. At M27(J1) take A31. At Ashley Heath Jct turn left. At roundabout 1st exit onto A338 towards B'mouth. At 1st roundabout take 1st exit. At next roundabout take 3rd exit (Holdenhurst Rd). At next roundabout take 3rd exit (Bath Road). At next roundabout take 3rd exit onto Bath Hill. At final roundabout take 2nd exit onto Westover Road., follow road round to the right into Hinton Rd, hotel is on the right. Nearest carpark: Metro Car Park at rear of hotel charges £10.00 per 24 hrs. Tickets need to be scanned at reception. Transport and local information: Town Centre Square 0.25 mile Bournemouth Beach, 0.25 mile Bournemouth International Centre 0.25 mile Oceanarium 0.25 mile Bournemouth Railway Station 1 mile Bournemouth International Airport 4 miles ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Premier Inn Bournemouth Central Hotel Bournemouth
- Bournemouth Premier Inn