Decided to go for a weekend in Bournemouth with a mate, we booked a twin room with breakfast. The bill came to £104.
We arrived and the guy on reception was very friendly, got us our room key quickly and told us where we needed to go. The first thing that hits you walking through the corridors is the smell of cooking. When we first arrived the smell was cooking oil but that evening it had changed to some sort or spicy food.
We got to our room and laid down on the beds only to discover they made the most horrendous creaking sound. Even the slightest movement made the loudest noise. After 10 minutes we decided that the noise was so loud we would end up waking each other up during the night. So went down to reception and asked for another room.
We were given another twin room, this was essentially in the attic of the hotel. Upon arrival we checked out the beds straight away. One was just as loud as the beds in the previous room, the other seemed ok so we decided to put up with it and use earplugs!
The rest of the room was pretty dismal, the TV was tiny and had a portable aerial on top which you had to move around everytime you wanted to change channels. We only managed to get 3 channels and the reception was pretty bad.
The worst part of the room by far was the bathroom. Because we were in the attic the bathroom was triangle shaped with the bath against the wall. This meant for someone like myself who is 6ft tall the only place you could actually stand up in the bath was the middle. The problem with this is the shower hose for the handheld shower would not reach that far (see picture). I ended up having to shower on my hands and knees. The shower head itself was tiny and the water kept going hot and cold.
The bath itself had a hole in it, the toilet seemed to have a leak and was running all day and night. In addition only one bulb in the bathroom worked.
The next day we were hoping breakfast would make up for the poor room. Sadly this was not the case. The breakfast was just as bad. The sausage must have had no more than 5% meat content, the bacon was like a leather sole out of a shoe and the egg wasn't cooked properly. The only nice thing about it was the toast!
So overall a pretty bad place, personally I could have dealt with this had we not paid £104, the place is worth no more than £60 at best.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This delightful Victorian building is quietly situated in over an acre of grounds and gardens, yet within easy walking distance of all local attractions. New Westcliff Hotel has 53 en-suite bedrooms all of which have been beautifully refurbished to include colour televisions, tea and coffee making facilities, direct dial telephones, trouser presses, irons and hairdryers. Lift serves all floors. The hotel is open all year, not only to be enjoyed in those warm and hazy days of the summer. With our wonderful, much-envied facilities, we also make the ideal winter retreat for the weekend or mid-week break away. Our aim is to provide comfort in a tasteful yet relaxed environment. Our guests say it is our friendly atmosphere and sense of fun that brings them time after time. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Hotel New Westcliff
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