I booked in for a 3 night trip with my Husand and 3 year old. We booked a Junior Suite with sea view. I have never stayed at a Marriott before, usually staying at boutique Hotels but this one really does have an enviable location. It's right on the edge of the cliff, overlooking the beach and pier.
The suite itself was in the cottages, which are an annex joined to the main Hotel building. They are situated next to the spa/healthclub and overlook the pool. The view on the upper floors are great (we had an upper floor suite and whilst the lower floor had direct access to the gardens/grounds, we had the better view).
The suite compised of a 1 bedroom, a living area,bathroom and small hallway. The large bedroom had a king size, comfortable bed. The sitting area was a great size, 3 sofas, 1 a sofa bed that sleeps 2, a dining area for 4, a desk etc. etc.
The suite itself was a fantastic size, very large and actually very child friendly.The furnishings were nice, slightly dated but in good condition. If I was being picky I would say that for almost £300 per night, they could do with a slight facelift and there was a daily charge of £15 to be connected to wifi (which I think is extortionate) but I was generally very happy with the suite itself.
The Hotel staff were fantastic, very helpful and efficient, there was a short wait (5 minutes) to check in but our bags were taken straight to the room. On the second day complimentry drinks, fruit and beach toys were left in our room, which was a lovely touch and very appreciated. The Concierge Chris was beyond helpful when we were trying to choose a restaurant. On the first night there was a problem with one of the TVs and somebody arrived to rectify the problem within 5 minutes of making the call. The rooms were thoroughly cleaned to a very high standard each day.
The breakfast was delicious, great selection and nicely cooked. We used the room service a la carte menu for our last evening meal and the food was fantastic, if I'd known earlier it was so good, we would definitely have eaten in the restaurant.
There are many corporate guests at the Hotel but I think they had the balance right between leisure stays and conference, we really enjoyed our stay and would definitely take our daughter there again.
Finally, the fact that we had 3 beautifully hot and sunny days meant we could make full use of the 7 miles of beautiful, sandy beaches. Head away from the pier, in the opposite direction and the beaches are much quieter too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sweeping sea views, an exquisitely detailed lobby and outstanding staff welcome you to the Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel. Located adjacent to from the Bournemouth International Centre on the Dorset coastline, we offer a setting that both business and leisure travellers will appreciate. Richly appointed guest rooms offer supreme comfort and secure high-speed Internet. In summer, the sun terrace and outdoor pool provide the perfect retreat. Wifi is available free of charge in the lobby, lounge and bar to all hotel guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Bournemouth
- Bournemouth Marriott