Ok, so there are the usual reviews where people are obviously expecting 6-star quality for peanuts but I can honestly say if you go with an open mind and aren't ridiculously fussy then this hotel is superb!
Location is perfect. A few minutes walk from Eastcliff zig-zag path so in next to no time you can be walking along the beach. Parking is free for guests which given the cost of parking in Bournemouth public car-parks will save you a considerable amount of money over your stay. Bear in mind a lot of hotels nearby charge extra for this as well.
The main reception area is lovely and all staff we met during our stay were very polite and helpful. We had a ground floor room for our stay and it was clean, tidy and had a few nice touches, one of these being a little fridge which you could use to keep food and drink chilled. The bed was huge, at least a king-size, and very comfortable. The bathroom had all the essentials and served its purpose. Yes, it could probably have done with a bit of a refurb but honestly it wasn't anywhere near as bad as some of these reviews make out. We had a problem with the shower leaking on the first night but mentioned it to reception the following morning and it had been fixed by the time we got in later that day - perfect!
We had breakfast each morning and there was a huge selection of cereals, museli, fresh fruit, yoghurts, pastries, fruit juices and, of course, full English. All of it was buffet style so you could literally eat as much as you want. Endless pots of tea or coffee, plus as much toast as wanted. You would seriously struggle to find a better value breakfast in the area given the quantity of food! One minor point was that the bain-maries where the cooked food was kept only had one lid between the four of them and a single burner under each to try and keep the food warm. Trouble was with no lids on the heat underneath just wasn't enough and the mushrooms and tomatoes one morning were a bit on the cool side. Perhaps either invest in some sliding lid-type trays or add a few more burners underneath each one?
Overall we loved this hotel and wouldn't hesitate to rebook again in the future. It ticked all the boxes for us and with the location being so close to the beach it just made it even better.
- 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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