I stayed here as part of a stag weekend away and to be totally honest, the company organising this trip made an absolute killing out of us when you take into account the accommodation costs they factored in.
In terms of location, it's hardly what you'd call 'central' if you're looking to visit the town centre or beach; you're looking at a good 20 minute walk. The hotel is tired, shabby and in need of serious modernisation - but if you're looking to spend some time in Bournemouth and you're on a budget then it might do the job for you - assuming you don't want to spend too much time in your hotel.
After checking in, finding our room was an experience in itself. Up to the top floor in the smallest, most out of date lift was quite fun. It was the kind of box elevator you'd expect restaurants to use if they wanted to move food from one floor to another! Once into the hotel corridors it's a real adventure...... the hotel layout is bizarre to say the least, with corridors leading down dead ends, doors which lead nowhere and room numbering which doesn't make sense. But in the end we found our room, somehow.
We had a triple room on the top floor which was spacious enough. The room had one double bed and two singles - none of which were very comfortable and the bed linen was clean but had definitely seen better days. The bathroom was beyond shabby - a bath with shower head attachment (so no shower) basin and a toilet which had a broken seat.
General decor in the public areas of the hotel screams out 1970s and could well do with a makeover. Can't comment on the standard of the hotel's restaurant because given the general state of the place we decided to give it a miss.
Outside there are plenty of parking spaces which is one good point to consider, if arriving by car. The hotel website shows a swimming pool and while it does have a pool, it probably hasn't been used for 10 years. It's a big fish shaped hole in the floor which is now caked with dirt, so don't take your swimwear unless you're heading to the beach.
Overall it's a large, out of date, shabby hotel which probably had its best days back in the 1970s. I certainly wouldn't stay here again and would only recommend it if you are short of cash - even then I don't think it's currently worth more than £15 per person per night.
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