I spent a while reading the reviews on this hotel on here before booking. Id heard that if there was a wedding on then the place gets noisy and no parking.
The pictures looked nice and there was some good reviews so i booked it. Imagine my horror when I then got an email from the hotel informing me that there was a private function on that night, so the noise may be higher than normal. But, they said they had booked me a room away from the courtyard / function room which are the noisy areas. They also agreed to reserve me a parking space.
Arrived at the hotel after a 3 hour drive to find no parking space. The recepionist was very apologetic and luckily they own another hotel over the road which had loads of parking spaces, so I parked there instead.
The hotel itself looked very nice, nice downstairs bar, big function room, outside court yard and another smaller function room. The only down side is you have to walk through the bar area to get to the rooms. The whole hotel was packed with a wedding reception, and we got some very strange looks as we had jeans / t-shirts on, whereas everyone else was all dressed up!
The hotel had indeed given us a nice room at the back of the hotel. We booked a family room because it was the same price as a double. Main bed was 2 smaller ones pushed together, but comfortable. Had another small bed a 3rd family member could have slept in. On suite bathroom was okay. The shower screen / bath had mega amounts of sealant around it to try and stop leaks, which made it look a bit shabby. But the suite and the tiles all looked modern & neutral, so it wouldnt take much to clean it up. Room was very spacious compared to most.
All the staff we spoke to were not English, but that was neither here nor there, they were very very polite and helpful. Certainly a credit to the hotel.
Breakfast was the usual stuff - choice of toasts, cereals, and a full english. Waitresses served you within seconds of sitting down, and the full english was very nice indeed. Normally these places have the fry up swimming in grease, but this was probably one of the best ive had. Only downer was that there wasnt enough, i could have eaten more. Luckily my missus didnt want hers, so I hate hers too!
Checkout process was nice and quick and all in all it was a pleasant stay. The hotel was litterally a few minutes walk from the centre / beech, but far enough to be a nice quiet road.
Only bits I could fault was the electric sockets near the mirror in the room where a woman would sit and get ready were positioned touching the worktop/table. So, very few power cords / connectors would actually be able to plug in! We ended up having to use the tv`s electrical socket in order to plug in hair dryer / straighteners etc..
Also, the carpets in the hotel looked like they could do with being refreshed - in the hallways and rooms.
But, those were just minor points and I certainly would be very happy to stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Refreshed, revitalised and revived.... Back in the day, a trailblazing boutique hotel for Bournemouth, the Orchid has completed a dramatic transformation with bedrooms refurbished, lounges, function rooms and public areas re-imagined; the whole hotel re-born. More than a mere makeover, it's an evolutionary change for the Orchid, setting it apart as the only hotel of its kind in Bournemouth- offering a unique blend of contemporary comfort, informal elegance and charm. Our New Restaurant, No 34 opened its doors just a few months ago, offering informal elegant dining emphasizing on simplicity using locally sourced ingredients. Freshly cooked breakfast with ample choice, beautifully designed bedrooms with power showers, air conditioning and crisp white linen....At the Orchid you will find an effortless blend of home comforts, contemporary sophistication and exceptional service designed to put you at ease from the moment you arrive ... more less
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