We decided to find a deal on booking.com for the same evening and came across this hotel, After our near two hour drive we were greeted by the receptionist who was very polite and efficient. we stayed in room 203 at the top of the house, nice room, average size and with all that we needed. We went down to the bar area to enjoy a drink and the the woman running the reception was also running the bar so 10 out of 10 for multi tasking. We noticed a shelf bulging with games so took a look, we decided on chess but unfortunately not all the pieces were there so we improvised and used three dice, draught counters and a trivial pursuit dice. It was a really nice chilled out evening with a few other folk sitting about playing Ludo and cards ect. we choose to use the lift to go back up to our room at the end of our evening, this was the tiniest lift I have ever seen, it allowed 2-3 persons in and if you moved slightly towards the opening it would stop, you could actually see the doors and floors whizzing up and down. We slept really well, nice quiet room and the bed was very comfortable, we both used the shower and after a little getting used to it was fine. Breakfast was included in the price and is between 8 & 10am we got down about 9.40 and were show our table, there was a selection of cereals and other bits and bobs such as yoghurt's, fruits and juices that we helped ourselves to, the waitress came over and took our order for our cooked breakfast, guessing that my husband would like a full English (correct) and I choose a selection of vegetarian options. The breakfast was wonderful and freshly prepared, the senior waitress was full of beans and chatted to us between her jobs. at on point she told my husband off for putting his knife in his mouth after spreading his toast which was funny and sums up a lot about the hotel. Its family run and the staff have been around a while which makes it and warm and pleasant place to be, The waitress was the star of the hotel and she would be a large reason we will stay here again. Parking was on site, but we parked across the road as being a later arrival there were no spaces to be seen, however the receptionist did inform us there were more round the back, but we didnt bother as it was raining and the car was fine on the road. All in all a great place, friendly staff and family run.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Durley Grange is a privately owned, family run hotel, conveniently situated in a quiet corner in the heart of Bournemouth’s prestigious West Cliff and within easy walking distance to the town centre, theatres, conference centre and award winning beaches. On arrival you are greeted by friendly reception staff who will assist and advise you with all of your enquires. In order that we provide the perfect holiday break for you we can also suggest places to visit and book tee off times for golfers and for special occasions discreetly arrange flowers and chocolates in the room. The hotel is personally overseen by our Proprietor, Hamid who prides himself on creating a relaxed and informal atmosphere for all his guests, many who visit us time and time again. All of the staff offer a warm welcome and hospitality with an eye for detail to ensure that the hotel becomes your home during your stay. ... more less
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