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Chine Hotel
Ranked #32 of 66 Hotels in Bournemouth
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 29, 2014

The first hotel to be built in Boscombe before the need of parking. The inability to find a space could be the major setback for a worry free time. We were fortunate parking 3 doors away with almost the last space. Bedroom clean with comfortable bed , adequate ensuite and sufficient space though this did require an upgrade. Staff friendly but early in season still in need of some training. Super walk through well kept gardens to Boscombe Pier with a mile or so walk along the prom to Bournemouth. Dinner was acceptable but fruit salad very disappointing and salmon only just OK. Breakfast Buffet was good and set us up for the day.We enjoyed our stay and it's probably good for families too.

Room Tip: Need to upgrade for views
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 28, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay for two nights bed and breakfast in late March. The staff were all very helpful and friendly. The room was big with an enormous, very comfortable bed, the bathroom was newly fitted with a bath and shower over it. We also had a balcony and sea view which was a bonus.

Car parking limited, but we managed to find a space nearby outside one of the other houses owned by the hotel but did not move the car whilst we were there.

We walked down through the hotel gardens onto the sea front, near to Boscombe pier, where it was approximately half an hour's walk along the promenade into Bournemouth. Alternatively there are numerous regular buses into Bournemouth. We had a taxi back to the hotel one night which only cost £7.

We only ate breakfast in the hotel restaurant which was excellent with a good variety of both hot and cold food to chose from, and very efficient service from the waiting staff. The restaurant setting is lovely with views of the hotel gardens and the sea beyond.

The swimming pool was only small but heated to a pleasant temperature. The outdoor hob tub was very relaxing!

Overall, a very pleasant mini-break.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 27, 2014

I bought a deal through amazon local for 3 nights stay with breakfast at The Chine hotel . It is situated near the Boscombe pier with beautiful sea view rooms and free parking. It is an Elegant Victorian era hotel with lot of history. However the rooms have been refurbrised and the red carpets look very nice. The service is good and food at the resturant excellent. They have a elaborate cooked breakfast buffet from 7 am to 10 am. The room we stayed was on 1st floor, sea view balcony room (219). The room size was good , they provide a baby cot as promised with cot matress and blankets.A chilled bottle of good white wine and bouquet of flowers(extra) welcomed us. bed was big sized and comfortable.
Hotel has kids play room indoors as well as outdoors play zone. It has a leisure and fitness club which is complimentary to resident guests. Leisure club has a heated outdoor pool , a well maintained indoors poll...also a very nice Zacuzzi which I enjoyed the most. It also has a outdoors hot bath tub attached to the gym. The hotel has asprawling garden with fountains, and sitting area. You can walk through the garden down to the beach in 10- 15 mins. It has a secured gate to the beach.
Would definately recommend this hotel if you are visiting Bournemouth.

Room Tip: room 218, 219 220 have beautiful sea view balconies. The breakfast buffet is excellent and wholesome...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 27, 2014

My wife and I stayed here for two nights in January this year, when we travelled down for the FA Cup tie between Bournemouth and Liverpool. Facilities are very good, and the indoor pool allows for a swim in the winter. There is an outside pool for the summer. The gardens follow a steep path right down to the seafront in Boscombe. The room we had was a massive double room, but with another room linked to it with bunk beds, obviously for a family use. We didn't have an evening meal in the hotel, but the breakfasts were both plentiful and very well cooked. We did struggle with the car parking though as there is limited availability. The hotel did seem to have a large number of guests though, so it is difficult to say what it may be like in the height of the summer.

If I was returning to the area, I wouldn't hesitate to use this hotel again.

Room Tip: We were in a room facing the road, although I would say that rooms at the rear of the hotel would ha...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

Went on an Amazon Local deal. Would recommend a room on 3rd floor overlooking sea. Breakfast excellent. There seemed to be a problem getting drink/coffee at the bar minutes after 11pm! Parking for the hotel/annexes a big problem-not enough spaces and March is off season! Only 1 receptionist at busy times when people checking in. Ensure you are in the main hotel- guests unhappy being put in adjacent annexes.

Room Tip: 3rd floor overlooking sea.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

We had a very good one night stay at The Chine. The room was a great size and very nicely done, with a fab bath/shower room and extremely comfortable and large bed. The foyer and bar also had lovely decoration and we stumbled across a brilliant kids softplay (for under 12s) down by the spa. The spa is rather outdated and in need of a refurb but we very much enjoyed the jacuzzi and it was nice and quiet. The downsides to the hotel were that parking was a lot more restricted than I expected (I know it can be difficult around Bournemouth so explicitly chose a hotel advertising free parking, however the few parking spaces weren't well signed), and our room was very cold upon arrival but thankfully we could up the thermostat on the radiators.
The highlight of our stay had to be the breakfast which was really fantastic. There was so much choice, including vegetarian sausages, and it was a real treat to enjoy overlooking the sea. I would certainly return.

Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 24, 2014

Short break at this lovely hotel, previous reviews say it all. Quiet room with sea views, comfortable bed and pillows, clean bathroom with towels changed daily. Enjoyed a delicious breakfast with a table overlooking the gardens and sea, this set us up for the day. Very close to Boscombe pier, walked into Bournemouth easily. Parking is tight but with as we both have a bus pass we explored the area using public transport! No time to use the pool and spa but it looked good. Friendly staff and in all an excellent hotel which we would recommend and hope to return. Highlight of the stay was the wonderful lift, please don't change it!!

Room Tip: Room with a sea view on upper floor a bonus
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Additional Information about 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 #32 of 66 Hotels in Bournemouth
Price Range: $80 - $204 (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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