I had gone to Bournemouth with my parents for an overnight stay. Since it was just a matter of one night I was looking at some place cheap, just good enough for sleeping and getting presentable as we'd be spending most of our time on the beach. Also I was searching a hotel just 3 days before the long weekend and still wanted it cheap :P
This hotel had the cheapest triple room on the block (ensuite and including breakfast). I had read reviews of it not being any good. What with earlier reviews here stating someone had their stuff stolen, I was very wary. But then the hotel was recently refurbished. So I thought for the price its worth a try.
Price: 55 pounds for 3 adults (triple room) including breakfast.
Check in was a breeze. Just gave my name and filled in a form. The room was on the second floor. The lift is quite a recent addition it seems and it is just next to the stairs. Its a small lift enough for 2 (it just about does it works).
The triple room was clean, though it was small (not much space for moving around). There were two single beds and 1 bunk bed. So actually 4 could sleep if needed. The beddings were sufficient but the pillows were thin ! The bathroom was clean and linens were well provided. There was one single wardrobe and a full length albeit small mirror.
Tea/Coffee making machine and a small TV with a desk and chair was the rest of the furnishing. The locking system on the door was a queer so it would have been great if the staff explained this to guests upfront.
The hotel is decent. Not very big. There is a small bar with a big TV and sofas next to the reception (which we did not use). They hotel had pamphlets for the sight seeing and hotels near by. The staff was courteous.
Hot and Cold Breakfast was served. The usual fried egg, bacon, sausages, potatoes, cereals, juices, jams, toast etc. For the price, the breakfast and room were really worth it.
Negative: There was no hot water in the evening when we returned from the beach. We informed the staff and he tried his best to be helpful, saying they are working on the problem. After that there was just about lukewarm (not cold) water. Not impressive ! We thought the next morning would be better but it was no good. If they work on getting this sorted out then I would definitely recommend them with fervour to friends looking for a no frills place.
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