Because of the nature of this venue I have set up a different TripAdvisor account in order to review it. I suspect many of the previous reviews have done the same so don't be put off by the reviewers single score.
The hotel itself is clean and the room that I had, a single (room 6) was nicely decorated and had a very comfortable bed.
It is expected that guests service their own rooms during their stay, (the room is ready on arrival) but hey I can shake a duvet so that's no problem.
The whole set up is more akin to staying with a friend than staying in a guest house.
The host, John is very friendly and even invited me into his own space, along with other guests, to watch a DVD on my first evenings stay.
The hotel is for men only. (Its not necessary to be gay or bi-sexual to stay but an open mind is essential).
The weekend that I was there was supposed to be a "naked chill out" in the event neither I nor any other guest actually got their kit off but the opportunity was there to do that and as a clothing optional venue it isn't necessary to wait for a special weekend if that is what you want to do. In fact within the limits of decency you can do what ever you want to and come and go freely as you wish with no constraints on what hours you can be in the hotel.
Meals were along the same lines as the rest of the hotel, plain good food, more than generous portions, cooked and presented excellently.
John, the owner/host is quite vocal and has an opinion on most subjects. It means meal times are not boring. I can see why some people may not get along with him but in truth his eccentricity makes the venue.
Hamilton Hall's location is a short walk out of Boscombe. The area has a bohemian feel to it. Boscombe is shabby chic or just shabby? I don't, know. My favourate part of Paris is Belleville and Boscombe has a simaller feel to it.
So would I stay again? I hope so. Should you book it? Yes definitely if you can open your mind enough to embrace it, otherwise its not for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As seen on national & international TV. Clothing Optional. Men Only. Retreat style hotel. Some room sharing. Private rooms also. Specializing in events for gay / bisexual men. Very informal & friendly. Like nowhere you have stayed at before. Huge repeat custom. As seen on Channel 4's '3 In A Bed' programme (April & August 2010) to huge acclaim. Open since March 2000 and going from strength to strength. Newly refurbished and decorated - newly double glazed - all for your comfort and enjoyment. Massive Diary of Events throughout the year offering workshops - seminars etc. on Sexual - Self and Spiritual development of mind, body and soul. The only venue like it in all of Europe. Women only events also available. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hamilton Hall Hotel Bournemouth