We were travelling down from London early on the Saturday morning for a friend's wedding (the reception was also at the Chine Hotel) and we arrived at about 9.15. Normal check in time was 11 so we didn't expect the room would be ready yet, but the staff at reception were very helpful and let us check in early as our room hadn't been used the night before. This enabled us to get ready for the wedding with plenty of time.
We had also booked the room at the standard rate rather than the discount rate they had for wedding guests, but after the groom spoke to management, they credited the difference (£30) to our room so we could put our drinks on the tab, which was excellent customer service and we were very grateful. The room itself was really lovely with a beautiful sea view from the balcony, very clean with nice neutral decor and a clean bathroom with fresh towels.
The reception itself was lovely and it was clear that the Hotel had been very accommodating to my friends who were getting married.
The Hotel has a relaxed atmosphere with lovely classic decor in the upstairs bar and a few eclectic antique pieces dotted around to give it a classy vibe. The only thing I would say is that the carpets need a spruce up, they didn't really fit in with the rest of the decor. Other than that I don't really understand why the Chine isn't a four star, I thought it was lovely. And only a five minute stroll to Boscombe seafront!
The food at both the reception and for breakfast were also very good quality - I would highly recommend the tarte au citron!
All in all, great service, lovely atmosphere and a successful stay, I would recommend :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Chine Hotel is a charming and affordable seaside destination, just a stone’s throw away from Bournemouth beach. Set in three acres of tranquil private gardens where you can escape for the day with a book, or meander your way through to the golden sandy beach. The Chine Hotel is a humble setting by the sea. Offering outdoor pool and well-appointed bedrooms, most with sea and garden views. ... more less
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