We booked a weekend break in a family room with our two young children on the recommendation of family friends. On arrival at the hotel we were greeted by an extremely pleasant reception staff member. Unfortunately there was only one member of staff on reception during the whole of our stay, leading to lots of queueing for the most minor of enquiries.
This was a sign of things to come. The hotel promises a lot and delivers very little. The room was adequate, clean and well laid out. However, the sofa bed provided for the children had the thinnest mattress I have ever seen and the bed sagged in the middle more like a hammock than a bed! The walls also seem to be made of tissue as you can hear every word spoken in the adjacent rooms and you would believe the roof was coming down every time someone walked on the floor above.
The food in the restaurants is mediocre at best, with limited options. The beer and wine selections are not at all exciting.
One of the reasons for coming to this particular hotel was the leisure facilities, especially the swimming pool. Unfortunately, the pool was very small, with two lanes permanently set up, taking up more than two thirds of the pool despite the fact that no-one was using them for large periods of time. Be warned: if you are looking at using the pool for tiring out the kids, not only is the pool small and very busy, the hotel also limits the time children staying can use the pool as it forms part of the leisure club membership open to the general public.
The spa facilities for adults are pretty average as well. The jacuzzi only runs for 12 minutes and then runs a 6 minute cleaning cycle during which everyone is asked to get out. The steam room looses all its heat every time the door is opened. However, there are a number of family changing rooms which are clean and well equipped for young families.
On the positive side, the hotel is in a relatively quiet area and has ample parking. Not close to the centre of Bournemouth, so don't stay here if you want to walk to the beach!
The final nail in the coffin for us was a party on the first floor on the Friday night. This was in the function room on the first floor. We stayed on the third floor and had to complain three times about the thumping noise in our room before anyone went to close the doors to the party to try to contain the noise!!! Who ever built this hotel most definitely ditched the use of sound proofing.
My best advice: Not a bad hotel for a cheap weekend away with the kids, but make sure you ask for a decent sofa bed with additional duvets and pillows and check what "social events" will be taking place as anything noisy makes this hotel pretty miserable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Village Hotel Bournemouth is a short drive from the town centre and boasts 7 miles of sandy beaches that Bournemouth is famous. Conveniently located just 3 miles from Pokesdown Rail Station and Bournemouth International Airport. Village Bournemouth is ideal for business and leisure travellers alike. Nearby attractions include Monkey World, Castlepoint Shopping Centre, New Forest and the Oceanarium. Village Hotel Bournemouth has 116 bright and modern bedrooms, a choice of stylish dining or a traditional pub, Starbucks Coffee Shop, a relaxing Spa, state-of-the-art Health and Fitness Club, Swimming Pool, Meeting and Conference Centre, Live Party Nights, Wedding Licence, free parking and free wi-fi throughout the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- De Vere Village Bournemouth Hotel Bournemouth
- Bournemouth Village Hotel