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4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Chine Hotel

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The Chine Hotel
Ranked #27 of 66 Hotels in Bournemouth
Frome, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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“Good breakfast!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

We stayed here on a Groupon deal. I don't know why but I had low expectations.. However, the room (we upgraded to a sea view) in the West Wing was very good. Very clean bathroom. There were a few old stains on the carpet and the wallpaper was peeling a little by the windows, but I was happy with the room.

It was also VERY hot in there. We turned off the radiator immediately and opened the windows.

The TV was big and had a good picture, comfy bed.

Breakfast was buffet, with additional items available to order - poached free range eggs (expertly done), boiled eggs, kippers, poached smoked haddock, veggie sausages.

They didn't have soya milk but the waitress said she would have it the following morning if we were there another night.

There was a funny little old-fashioned walkway through added on buildings to get to the pool etc which my husband used and said was warm.

Walk down through the gardens to get to Boscombe beach - remember the PIN code for the gate.

Overall, we had a lovely night away and the sun shone on the front. Even better.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

we stayed for two nights with our son and his family,both of our rooms over looked the sea and had balconies .they had a family room connected which easily accommodated three children .
there is a good size soft play area and a nice pool .In spite of the rather cold weather we all found things to do.
The food at breakfast and in the evening was very good with a very helpful Maitre de ,all of the staff were helpful and accomodating. All in all a very good place to stay

Room Tip: if you want a sea facing room make sure the booking agents understands ,also there are rooms over th...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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FJBHotels, Manager at The Chine Hotel, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Thank you for your review hantshawk. I'm really pleased to hear you all enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to seeing you very soon.
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

Had a lovely weekend at this Hotel ,could not fault the room & the facilities ,the reception staff were very helpful & polite,as was the rest of the staff.The location & the views from the hotel are great.We really enjoyed our breakfast which was from the self serve buffet which was hot ,& being constantly replenished we would return to this Hotel no hesitation.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 321 which had a large balcony & fantastic views of the sea .
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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FJBHotels, Online Team at The Chine Hotel, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Thank you for your review ginger177.

I'm really pleased you enjoyed your stay with us, and that you'll be back! We hope it will be very soon.
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Bedfordshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

We stayed at The Chine for a night with our teenage daughter so had a family room. Our room was huge and had a seperate room with bunk beds so was ideal as we all had our own space and privacy. The beds were comfortable and the room peaceful. We were not disturbed by noise form other guests at all as the rooms seems well spaced out and have very solid walls! We found all the staff to be very friendly and helpful. The breakfast was excellent with a good choice and quality - much better than some hotel breakfasts we have experienced. The location is good as not to far from Bournemouth town centre and very close to the beach. Parking at the hotel is a bit limited although there are plenty of places nearly.

We used the swimming pool which was very clean and would have visited the gym if we had more time.

We would certainly come here again as it was much nicer that many of the hotel chains that offer family rooms and had bags more character.

Room Tip: Room 106 was a greatf amily room.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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FJBHotels, Online Team at The Chine Hotel, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Thank you for your review Lalallama. I'm really pleased to hear you all enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to seeing you very soon.
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

Had a lovely weekend away. Small bathroom but everything we needed in the room. About a 25 minute walk along the seafront to Bournemouth. Very tasty breakfast enjoyed with a fantastic view over the gardens and sea.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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FJBHotels, Online Team at The Chine Hotel, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Thank you for your review TheClanE. I'm really pleased you enjoyed your stay with us.

You'll have to come back and see us very soon!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

Just come back from the chine .. a 2 night stay.
Was very pleased.
Rooms were very clean, hotel staff very polite and friendly. The breakfast was very good.. plenty to choose from and very hot.
Location was great - 5mins walk to the beach .. 10min walk from shops and town centre .. bournemouth was a 20min walk along the beach to lots of shops bars and restaurants.
Pool was clean and hot and outside hot tub
All in all a very good stay and could not fault anything.
Would defo come back :)

  • Stayed March 2013
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FJBHotels, Online Team at The Chine Hotel, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Thank you for your kind review vew92. I'm really pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

I have visited this hotel on many occasions and it is always a delight to step back in time to bygone times in the town and the beautiful rooms, solid wood floors and amazing photographs of theatre stars in years gone by. The service is warm and friendly but the food needs to have a major overhaul to bring it up to speed with its competitors. Having had lunch and dinner here I would say its is often mediocre with smallish size helpings and highly priced. It is a shame as I think if this is a quality hotel but in danger of losing custom over something that is easily changed

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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FJBHotels, Online Team at The Chine Hotel, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Thank you for your review Blinks0045.

I'm sorry you weren't happy with the quality of the food. I'll pass your comments onto the management team as I'm sure they'll be keen to look into the issue. If you'd like to discuss your stay in more detail please get in touch.
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Property: The Chine Hotel
Address: 25 Boscombe Spa Road, Bournemouth BH5 1AX, England (Formerly FJB Collection - The Chine)
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Bournemouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 66 Hotels in Bournemouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Chine Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 87
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfectly positioned overlooking Bournemouth’s Surf Reef at the edge of West Overcliff. The Chine Hotel is set in three acres of secluded, mature gardens, with magnificent unspoilt sea views and within easy access to the beach and reef. ... more   less 
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