This was my second stay at the hotel on a dancing weekend. The reception area looks very smart upon arrival but the rooms could do with a refresh. That said, yes the furniture looked old and shabby but the rooms were clean and well equipped with everything you could need. The bed was comfortable. I shared a room with a friend on both occasions and this time we had a mini suite with a separate bedroom and sitting room with a sofa bed so we both had our own space. The bathroom was clean and the shower mixer tap worked extremely well. They provided plenty of towels, shower gel etc. The food was good and they were extremely accommodating. We had a member of our group with special dietary needs i.e. no dairy or gluten and the chef adapted the menu for her so she still had a choice of meals. They also provided gluten free bread. The staff were extremely helpful and nothing was too much trouble for them.
We also tried out the pool this time. There is a small rectangular outdoor pool but the indoor pool is more for leisure/lounging as it is circular with a pillar in the centre. The staff at the pool were also helpful and they provide towels. However the changing room has no cubicles in which you can get dressed with a bit of privacy, just a communal space. It has 3 shower cubicles though.
The function room where we spent most of our time is a good size and air conditioned. The dance floor was mostly good but had a couple of "divots" which need to be attended to.
It is walking distance from town but down a steep hill so you might want to get the bus back, which stops outside the hotel.
There was also free wifi, accessed by means of a code reception give you on a little slip of paper. It lasts for 48hrs and then you can get a new one. It is the first time recently I've stayed somewhere where it actually works!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 109-bedroom Wessex Hotel is on the West Cliff, just five minutes' walk from the centre of Bournemouth, where you can enjoy award-winning Blue Flag beaches, fantastic restaurants and bars and many family attractions. The Hotel has its own leisure club with comprehensive facilities including indoor and outdoor swimming pool, gymnasium and beauty treatment rooms. There are also function rooms for large-scale business events, lavish and intimate weddings and other celebrations, free parking and free WiFi throughout Enjoy a seaside holiday, a family break or a romantic getaway at the Wessex Hotel, Bournemouth. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wessex Hotel Bournemouth