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Chine Hotel
Ranked #23 of 66 Hotels in Bournemouth
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 4, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights at the beginning of September and luckily paid for an upgrade on arrival to a seaview room with balcony - well worth it! However, feel that the balcony furntiure could be a little more inviting like to you get when abroad. Also it was a shame that the balcony had metal plates instead of glass, making it impossible to have a view when seated.
We ate in the hotel on the first night - food OK.
Interior of the hotel is lovely along with the beautiful grounds, would defintely stay again but probably on a B&B basis.

Room Tip: Sea view with balcony - well worth the extra
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for 1night.
Payed in advance but had my card swiped on arrival and was charged again.promised that it would be back in my account within 3 days.
A week later it went in.
Complaint left unanswered.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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1  Thank doobi9
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

My husband and I have just spent a very nice weekend at this hotel. The first impression on arrival was that the hotel looked a bit dated but inside seems to have recently been refurbished and is in pleasantly good decorative order. There was limited parking at the front of the hotel. Since there was a wedding on Friday, we had to park on the street. Our room (407) was very pleasant (I would think it has recently been refurbished) with nice sea view. Although we were on the top floor, the music from the wedding party was still quite loud. It was the same on Saturday night. However, once the party was over (at about 11:30), it was very quiet and we could hear the waves from the sea. (If it was not for the party noise, I would have given the sleep quality a very good instead.)The hotel is at a good location. The pathway through the hotel garden down to Boscombe Beach is an added bonus (5 min and you are at the beach). From there, it's about a 35 min walk to the Bournemouth Pier (or £2 one-way on the Dotto Train). Breakfast is of good standard. Overall it's good value for money (Amazon deal - would not pay for normal rates).

Room Tip: Sea view rooms are nice.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

My family and I have been coming to The Chine for many years now and the Hotel already holds some very special memories for me of great times with my friends and family. When I graduated from the a University in Bournemouth, my parents asked me where I wanted to go to celebrate and my first choice, was The Chine.
In May 2012, during a stay at The Chine, my then fiance (now Husband) and I decided that this was the perfect place for us to get married. Your wedding is the most special, important day of your life and you put your complete trust into a venue and it's staff. With The Chine, the trust was already there and I knew they would make the day perfect for us.
Karen Pocock, the wedding and events manager is an absolute credit to the hotel. She is amazingly efficient, extremely patient and really takes to get to know what your needs and wants are to make the day perfect. Also, another very special mention has to go to Alex, the restaurant manager, who looked after us so well it was like he was part of the family.
A few highlights for my husband and I...
Arriving on Friday to find the room beautifully and perfectly decorated, the gorgeous food for our family meal the night before, my amazing (and huge) room to get ready in (I always find the rooms to be clean and very well presented every time I have stayed), getting married in the beautiful gardens, the quality of the food for our wedding breakfast and evening BBQ and finally, the room itself which is just perfect for what we wanted.
I cannot recommend The Chine anymore highly than I have and our wedding day truly was the best day of our lives and a huge amount of credit is due to the staff and the hotel. This hotel is perfect for any event from a huge family to a quiet weekend away.
Mrs A Honour

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

Booked for May 2013 and the weather along with everything else was wonderful. We booked 16 rooms for guests coming from N.Z., U.S.A, Scotland etc and no one could fault the service or food. Wedding took place outside where we had wonderful sea views. Children were catered for in the Soft Fun Room which had a door leading into the main function room. So, everyone happy! Only problem was the lift broke down, but staff on hand to accommodate people that needed help.Wish I could do it all again.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

Having stayed at this hotel several times before, the last being some six years ago, and having treasured memories of it, i was looking forward to a couple of restful days with the same level of service that i remembered. The staff are lovely, very friendly and helpful. My room was clean but old and tired with a perpetual smell of urine coming from the ensuite, although not overpowering. The wooden sash windows were in disrepair with spiders living in the top holes. My first night's dinner there was an enigma. The soup was delicious but my garlic pasta was tasteless. In fact the few lettuce leaves strewn accross it had more taste to them. I wanted a leisurely last morning there so hung the room service card for breakfast on the door the night before, as advised in the instructions. I had chosen to have my breakfast delivered at 8.30-9.00. Luckily i happened to look on the door at 8.20 and the card was still there. It had not been picked up during the night. All in all i came away from my much needed break with a little grey cloud of disappointment hovering over me.

Room Tip: Definitely need a sea view room. Makes all the difference.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

So it was my wedding night last Thursday room was all paid for by family as a suprise we checked in an was asked for a debit card swipe, little did we know they were actually charging us £134 for the whole room even thou it was paid. Check out and assured we would have money cleared back into our account by the end of the day. A week later and still no sign, in fact was actually charged a further £134 today but they did admit their mistake. Management waste of time, reception barely speak English so at least the hotel continues to live up to its name it's had for so many years. It's supposed to be a fjb hotel, jokes! Guys don't let them have your debit card they will have a field day with it also don't ask for the manager as he (Martin) still has not returned my call a week later about as much help as a fart in the wind. Save your money folks and go further into Bournemouth town the extra few quid is worth it!

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Additional Information about Chine Hotel

Address: 25 Boscombe Spa Road, Bournemouth BH5 1AX, England (Formerly FJB Collection - The Chine)
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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 #23 of 66 Hotels in Bournemouth
Price Range: $80 - $196 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Chine Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 79
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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