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The Balincourt
Ranked #12 of 145 Bournemouth B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
South East
Level Contributor
52 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“pleasant surprise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed our stop over en route to home, the owner made us feel welcome and was very helpful in recommending a restaurant to try 10 mins down the road.

Excellent location within easy access to the sea front

Our room was absolutely ideal for our needs , nicely decorated fresh modern and very clean all in a very pleasing layout. We were impressed to find good crisp bed linen an ironing board/ iron , hairdryer and a comprehensive tea& drinks tray with bottled water to boot. The bed is a queen size so not a great deal of room once my manly bulk was in occupation, but thats my fault really.

The bathroom deserves a mention , it was clinically clean, bright and well decorated complete with good quality towels, all a major plus in my book. The little 'welcome posey' of fresh flowers in the room shows attention detail and made for a nice welcoming gesture.

I believe the rooms are mostly at the back,so most views would if any be of the courtyard garden, but equally important you are quite well insulated from any traffic noise to be anticipated in a suburban hotel.

Breakfast had loads of options but of course the full English is the order of the day and the acid test ...............it was great ! set me up for the journey home.

An observation not a criticism is that the public areas : Dining room, loungebar area and TV room are decorated in a darker more traditional style but tastefully so and extremely well maintained. Would I recommend this hotel to friends & family ? yes of course.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SouthEastMike
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Alison G, Owner at The Balincourt, responded to this review, July 25, 2012
Dear SouthEastMike

We very much appreciate your review and the extra information it provides for future guests.

Your comment about the decor in the public areas is timely. We're just considering whether to go for a brighter look so your feedback is particularly welcome.

Thanks once again for your review and please be sure to visit the Balincourt again soon.
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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Grimsby, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2012

We enjoyed our short visit at the Balincourt Hotel very much. The room was lovely, bed very comfy and everything was spotlessly clean. The food was excellent.
The location is good, walking distance to the beach and not far from town.
Everything was 5 star. Thank you for making us so welcome in your lovely hotel.

Room Tip: Any of the rooms would be suitable
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Carol7158
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Alison G, Owner at The Balincourt, responded to this review, June 10, 2012
Dear Carol7158, thanks for leaving your review.

We're so glad you enjoyed your stay with us at the Balincourt. Come and see us a gain soon!
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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156 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2012

Nice good sized and comfortable room, good food, quiet, internet, good size TV, good biscuits, free bottled water and good range of hot drinks available, large enough bathroom with good towels . A Bar, dinner if wanted, good parking, easy walk to the sea. A pub opposite. OK, no Sky, and the shower had poor pressure, but I enjoyed my stay and found the owners welcoming.

Room Tip: Stayed in room 2, it faces the side
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank RJandJBW
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Rivergrid, Public Relations Manager at The Balincourt, responded to this review, May 22, 2012
Dear RJandJBW, thanks for your review.

We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at the Balincourt. We do work hard to provide guests with quiet, good quality accommodation and facilities. We're always looking for ways to improve and have noted your comments.

We hope you will enjoy another stay with us very soon and thanks once again for leaving your review.
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Jersey
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19 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2012

What a fantastic clean value for money b and b every thing and more in the room that you wouls expect in a five star hotel whAT MORE CAN I SAY

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank mirglip
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Rivergrid, Public Relations Manager at The Balincourt, responded to this review, May 22, 2012
Dear mirglip, we appreciate you taking the time to leave your review.

It's always good to get this type of feedback from guests and we hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back to the Balincourt very soon.
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Wigan, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
24 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2012

1st time in bournemouth,disappointed with the hotel,we have stayed in better 3* hotels.didn't feel we were welcome,the hotel is clean the breakfasts were good but for a 5* we expected better,if you wanted the bar you had to ring for service !! didnt eat dinner in the hotel went across the road to the Lynton at least we were made welcome.we paid for a "superior" room wish we hadn't bothered could have had the same service if not better at the Premier Inn!! and cheaper.If expecting luxury hotel with all the facilities then dont bother to go.

Room Tip: don't bother to book a Superior room
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank dennis f
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Rivergrid, Public Relations Manager at The Balincourt, responded to this review, May 22, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to post a review on Tripadvisor.

We are delighted to have been awarded 5* Guest Accommodation status by Visit Britain but it is important to note that we are not classed as a 5* hotel.
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Atyrau, Kz
Level Contributor
36 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2012

My Wife and I have stayed a number of times at this hotel and have never been disappointed with the accomodation, which is comfortable and just right for a holiday break. Bearing in mind it is a 5 star Bed & Breakfast and not a hotel but it is bursting to be one. Lovely owners and staff and the meals are excellent.

For my work do a lot of international travelling, as per my title this one of a very few hotels / B&B I have stayed which meets all expectations. One good point is it has free parking which other "branded" hotel with charge £10 to £15 per day.

We can highly recommend.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Petebu
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Rivergrid, Public Relations Manager at The Balincourt, responded to this review, May 22, 2012
Thanks so much for leaving this Tripadvisor review. We do try hard to provide a good quality stay for our guests and really appreciate your positive comments.

We look forward to seeing you next time!
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San Gwann, Malta
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188 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2012

We have just returned from Bournemouth. The weather has not yet settled and it was still a bit cold and rainy but this was much more than offset by the place we stayed in. The Balincourt is a small place with a limited number of rooms; a far cry from the modern glass and steel blocks we are used to but luxury just oozed from every part of it! We spent an extremely restful week there. Our room was lovely and the bed the most comfortable we have ever slept in. Breakfast is a family affair and lasts just an hour with all the guests present during this time. You order dinner at this time. If you are a big eater, just cross the road. Another plus is that It is a very good starting point to half a dozen other towns and there are three bus stops within easy walking distance.

Regarding the negative reviews I see here, I believe that the people who wrote them must be young people with children who expect what they find in the big chains. They should have read the reviews more carefully! This is the ideal place for older couples who don't need buffet breakfasts or swimming pools.

Room Tip: From what I saw all the rooms are quiet and comfortable.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kwars0123
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Rivergrid, Public Relations Manager at The Balincourt, responded to this review, May 22, 2012
Dear kwars0123, thanks for this review. We do like to focus on providing a guest experience that is more restful, friendly, and offers a more personal service than other establishments.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon to the Balincourt.
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Property: The Balincourt
Address: 58 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth BH1 3PF, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Bournemouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 145 B&Bs / Inns in Bournemouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Balincourt 5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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