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“Fantastic hotel, very welcoming”
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The Balincourt
Ranked #18 of 131 Bournemouth B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 3, 2010

Easy to get to and close to both the beach and town. Very peaceful and relaxed. The room was very nice and had everything we needed. A very good nights sleep. An excellent hotel.

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Reviewed March 7, 2010

From the website claims and some of the previous reviews here on Tripadvisor we felt confident of a relaxing two day break. Our expectations were dashed when we realised the Balincourt is located on the A35 and directly facing a Premier Inn and Travelodge. Although we realised the location prior to booking we had no idea that the road would be so noisy and the Hotel located so close and offerring no views.
I'm confident a North facing room would have offered better sleep but for us we endured police sirens, slamming car doors, shouting and costant traffic roar. The price we paid was premium and we honestly expected more as the establishment has been granted 5 stars.
The Room was however clean though we expected larger ensuite facilities.
My husband is over 6 foot and had a job to squeeze into the shower, which we expected to be larger.
I suggest any potential Tripadvisor users should check the location thoroughly before booking, and ask the staff about the bathroom dimensions and the proximity to the main road.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 17, 2010

This is the 2nd time I have stayed at the Balincourt in under a year and yet again - brilliant! The owners really do take the time and effort to make you feel welcome and ensure you have everything you need without imposing. The rooms are lovely, very stylish and excellent quality with lots of very thoughtful extras. I can't recommend the hotel more - Outstanding.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 14, 2009

Having spent two relaxing days at the Balincourt Hotel & having owned 3 hotels in Jersey CI. I was extremely surprised by the high standards Nigel & Alison have attained. The hotel is immaculate, the service excellent & the attention to detail throughout is perfect. Beautiful decorated bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, delightful bed linen & luxury white fluffy towels in abundance, piping hot water & central heating, all day & night. Very welcome for me, coming from Southern Spain & finding the UK in October, rather chilly & damp. The pleasant dining room, again decorated with taste & tables laid with lovely crisp table linen, silver, china & glass ware & an excellent menu of delicious home made food, to choose from daily. One couldn't ask for more & I recommend to anyone visiting the area this small luxurious understated hotel. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for the owners to make you feel welcome & at home.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 10, 2009

We've been to the Balincourt for about 5 years now. This last time after a gap of a year or so. The standard is just consistently excellent. It has its own off-road parking, which gives you peace of mind. It's location is good for the town and the sea.

The rooms are fantastic - large, with high ceilings and all ensuite. You get all the little touches that make a difference - mineral water replaced every day as well as tea/coffee and biscuits; bed made and room tidied without moving any of your belongings. The breakfasts are superb and could keep you going all day if you wanted.

The change I have enjoyed most over the years has been having wifi access in the room. I also noticed a PC in the lobby in case you don't have your own! The thing that hasn't changed is that the standard is always consistently high - you never have to worry that things won't be just right.

Nigel and Alison, the owners, have been very good to us - friendly and very efficient always. They have found room for us at the shortest notice in the past - a few hours, in fact!

Can't speak too highly of the place. They deserve every star. We will be returning every year.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2009

We have just returned from a lovely stay at the Balincourt. The owners Alison and Nigel couldn't be more friendly or helpful. We came away relaxed and well fed! The rooms have lots of extras and are very clean with fresh flowers everywhere.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 21, 2009

In no way is this a five star Hotel or guest house. We are both in our mid thirties and it was like coming to an old peoples home. As a previous reviewer said, the place is noisy and stuffy and obviously is set out to suit the old clients. We were sentto the top of the house and had a really noisy time. The Garden is overlooking a noisy road and quiet dark. It smelled of mustiness and really was like staying in an old peoples home! We really felt like we were intruding and not welcome. Check with other reviewers and ask for responses as we did and you will find we arent lying.

Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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 #18 of 131 B&Bs / Inns in Bournemouth
Price Range: $106 - $143 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Balincourt 5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Balincourt Bournemouth Guest House offers luxury accommodation in one of Bournemouth's most beautiful Victorian houses. ... more   less 
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