Disappointing food and we felt the chef could do with a refresher course. However it was adequate in quantity if a bit plain. Most clientele were over 60 so I suppose they like that. Bar drinks seemed reasonable and service was good. Their mealtimes are pretty rigid and I was surprised that 150 people were expected to arrive all at the same time. Waiters worked very hard we were just unfortunate to be the last table on the list and remained so all week. No chance of a really good lie in here as breakfast is 8.30. Our room on the top floor was lovely and the bed was the most comfortable we have had in a hotel. But the bathroom looked about 25 years old, and the lino was rippled. Tap water at times was lukewarm so not very pleasant to drink. I have no complaints overall as we got a good price and enjoyed our break. Staff were very nice. Beware the car park as people are allowed to block you in so if you are rushing out to a show allow time for the hotel to contact the driver of the car(s) behind you. Some evening singers were very good and they also did quizzes and bingo. Lovely communal areas and a daytime coffee bar. Bournemouth is a lovely town and you must take a stroll through the gardens. The BIC attracts some big names and they have one or two concerts and shows nearly every night as well as the Pier and the Pavilion Theatres.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac, only two minutes from the West Cliff with its fine lawns and panoramic views over the bay. An ideal setting, yet within leisurely walking distance of the beach, all the major shops, the beautiful award-winning central pleasure gardens, with bandstand concerts, theatres and the Bournemouth International Centre. ... more less
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- Bournemouth Hotel Sands