Our family of 4 took a last minute short break here and chose the hotel due to good reviews. The staff were extremely polite and helpful, although the receptionist was unable to recommend a "gastro pub" in the area (she seemed unsure what we meant and recommended the local Harvester).
We had 2 rooms, one basic and one superior, which is worth the extra for the space. Both rooms were nicely decorated and very clean. Beds are comfortable, but pillows are hard which may not be to everybody's taste. Although the weather was not particularly hot the hotel corridors and rooms are all really hot and we had to have a fan (provided) on all night as the windows didn't open very widely in our patio facing room. The room on the opposite side, however, had a great breeze blowing through so was more comfortable.
There is renovation work in progress in the hallways, and this is needed as it is outdated and tired. If the management keep to the style they have put into the lobby the hotel will look fabulous. I think they should consider air-con units in the rooms as it would have been very uncomfortable if the weather had been any warmer.
PS. the gastro pub we found was called the "Curlew", about 20 mins drive away and well worth the trip!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This AA 4 star BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel is Trip Advisor's No 1 Bournemouth Hotel with a magnificent spa, an award-winning double rosette restaurant and 54 beautifully decorated en-suite bedrooms, including 3 junior suites, 6 executive rooms, superior, standard and single rooms, some with their own private balcony or terrace. The hotel is centrally located on the West Cliff and is less than 500m to the town centre, with all its bars, clubs and restaurants, the BIC, Pavilion Theatre, pier and beaches. Free WiFi, Free Parking and Free Membership of the Spa and Leisure Club await you. The Bluewater Spa offers 2 gymnasiums, an 18m swimming pool and spa pool, a luxurious, fully tiled eucalyptus steam room, a superb sauna and a beauty and 3 massage therapy suites, to include a double. After a relaxing day in the Spa enjoy a fine dinner and top class wine in our award-winning, double rosette restaurant, Blakes, where Nick Rutigliano, the Maitre d', and his team will serve you with superb food, freshly prepared by Ben Nicol, the Head Chef. The hotel was again awarded the highly coveted Silver Shield in 2013 by Green Tourism for Business for its contribution to the environment and local community. Trip Advisor has once again awarded the 2014 Certificate of Excellence to the Hotel, the Spa and to Blakes Restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Bournemouth
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