It is always a bit difficult to review hotels that are part of a British coach holiday because there is a sort of "sameness" about the hotels involved ! However, my partner and I, together with a family friend, went with Alfa to their LeisurePlex hotel, Devon Towers in Bournemouth. A somewhat dated building it is nevertheless welcoming with very friendly and attentive staff. The food is very good, but the set time of 6pm for the evening meal is really about an hour too early (but seems to be the norm for LeisurePlex hotels). The en-suite facilities were somewhat small but adequate, but the creaking floor in the bathroom was unbelievable ! It even creaked when you were standing still ! One bit of a moan I'm afraid, the tiles behind and above the washbasin
were filthy. Though not readily noticeable they had a sort of smear on them and I did a cursory wipe with a tissue and it was literally black. To be fair this was at a height probably out of reach of the daily cleaner. It is worth pointing out that this hotel is situated only about 200 yards from the upper promenade and a very upmarket Marriott Hotel, but stepping out of the hotel and going in the opposite direction and it seems that you are in bed-sitter land with run-down B&B's and the sort of area where you don't feel at ease after dark. However, the holiday as a whole was excellent value for money and if you want a short break in Bournemouth for a modest outlay, try it !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Devon Towers Hotel - Bournemouth [3 Alpha & AA Three Star]. Ideally situated on the West Cliff, a short walk from the sea front, International Centre, shops and pier. All 60 bedrooms are either centrally heated or provided with electric heating and all have private bath or shower and WC, tea/coffee making facilities, hair dryer and TV with radio channels. There is an attractive entrance lounge, delightful bar lounge with TV, restaurant and spacious entertainment room with dance floor where entertainment is provided most evenings. Lift to all floors. ... more less
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