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The Chocolate Box Hotel
Ranked #4 of 144 Bournemouth B&B and Inns
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Hawick, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Superb place to stay for the airshow”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

We stayed for 5 nights at the Marlins and were made to feel most welcome. Neil chatted every morning with each guest while Mike cooked delicious breakfasts. Their bacon is second to none! On our final morning we had to leave very early and Mike made us the most acceptable packed lunch to eat on our coach. The rooms are well appointed and quiet at nights with no stag or hen parties allowed. We'd definitely stay again if down in Bournemouth.

Room Tip: We chose a twin room at the rear of the hotel which also had a 2 seater sofa, Room 8 if you are inte...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Christine B
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2012

We have just returned from another four day break at Marlins and had another excellent experience. The property is very well looked after. This is visible from the exterior which is full of beautiful flowers. The B&B itself is spotless and the family room we stayed in was beautifully decorated and spacious. Michael and Neil are friendly and make you feel very much at home as soon as you arrive. They are always available to recommend places to go and eat whilst you are in Bournemouth. The full English breakfast is still the best I have ever tasted! Thanks again for another great holiday.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Essex
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13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

Just returned from a four night stay over the bank holiday weekend. The hotel is very clean and well run. We stayed in the four poster room which was very charming. Lovely options for breakfast in the morning and always greeted with a smile. Only 5mins walk to both Bournemouth town centre and the beach. Would definitely return if we were in the area.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

This is my second stay at Marlins with my wife, my first being in August 2010 with our friends.
This trip was just me and my wife and just as our stay in 2010, we had a great break in such a lovely B&B. Neil & Michael are so friendly and helpful also giving recommendations of local events and places to visit. Rooms are spotless and the breakfast is great that keeps you going most of the day! A very relaxing break and we look forward to visiting again.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Subz1977
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Burnley, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

Wonderful B&B really well located for beach and town. We received a lovely, friendly welcome and were made to feel at home throughout our stay. The level of cleanliness in the hotel was outstanding and the breakfast was excellent. Would definitely recommend Marlins

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jayne G
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

Its been a while since my last review of the Marlins so I thought it was about time to update. Actually not much to report as its still as good now as it was 2 years ago. Neil and Michael still maintain the high standards they always have, and are just as friendly and helpful as they always were.

Having been coming to Bournemouth since I was a child I can honestly say the location is very hard to beat. The value for money is also extremely good. And just to reiterate as some people seem to get confused, its not a hotel its a very good standard B&B. I guess that's why we've been there about 10 or so times now.

Simply put, if you want somewhere to stay in Bournemouth that's close to pretty much everything, that isn't one of the hotels or B&B's that allow Hen and Stag do's. This is the place for you.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank bodyarc
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2012

This B&B is in a perfect location - 5 minutes from both the sea and the town. It also had parking which was a big plus - although when it was busy we had to hand over our keys as we were blocking others in. However, this was dealt with without fuss.

Our host was very friendly and helpful and always on hand. Our room (room 1) was comfortable and clean, on the ground floor at the back of the building so was very quiet.

Breakfast was delicious - me and my husband had a full English and the quality was very good.

We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mrs_W91
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Property: The Chocolate Box Hotel
Address: 2 West Cliff Road, Bournemouth BH2 5EY, England (Formerly Marlins)
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Bournemouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 144 B&Bs / Inns in Bournemouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Chocolate Box Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Chocolate Box is a 4 Star guest house located within a short walk of the Conference centre (BIC), beach and town centre. We offer free off street parking (which is first come, first serve) although at busy times this may mean you will have to double park and leave your keys with us. We pride ourselves on our cleanliness, each room is inspected daily by the owner to ensure the highest standards are maintained. We will do everything possible to make sure that your stay with us is an enjoyable one. ... more   less 
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Marlins Hotel Bournemouth

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