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The Ocean View Hotel
Ranked #62 of 132 Bournemouth B&B and Inns
Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

We have just returned from a three night stay at The Ocean View. We had a wonderful stay. On arrival the receptionist was very friendly and helpful. Our room with a sea view was fantastic (floorboards were a bit creaky.....but this is to be expected from a building of this age). Every thing was spotless, excellent house keeping team! The pool was lovely and again spotless. Breakfast was a feast and cooked to perfection with lots of choice. We had our evening meal at its sister hotel The Cottonwood Boutique....again the hotel was spotless. The food was excellent and waiting staff a credit to the hotel as we're all the staff. Many thanks to all the team there.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

Unfortunatley, there's not much positivity to feedback from this hotel. It was definately not worth the £89 I paid for one night - despite being the ocean view hotel, our view was of half the lower roof, covered in mould. When we first pulled into the car park, we noticed instantly the peeling paint and general mould and dirt on the outside walls. When we got into the room, the first things that struck me was the heavily stained carpets, overpowering musty smell, the toilet that ran all night, the bed was so creaky that I barely slept, there were thick cobwebs over the lampshades. Whenever there was a gust of wind (and there were a lot, being on the coast), the main door to the room opened, leaving us no choice but to pretty much barricade ourselves in our room using our bags. The furnishings were very dated, though fortunately were kept very clean. Luckily, the staff were very kind and helpful.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

We wanted to spend a couple of days in Bournemouth and this hotel was one of the cheapest we found for that weekend.

Location: It is located very close to the beach and there is a very nice view. The town center is 5-10 min by walk.

Room: Old fashion furniture but not small at all. We weren't impressed by the cleanness but I have to admit it wasn't the worst the worse we experienced in the UK. The structure is old and the walls very thin, for that reason you can listen to everything happening in the other rooms...

Service: we were received by a member of the staff that...couldn't find out room! Pretty funny. At the bar the same night we had to wait at least 15 min before someone to come a serve us a drink.

Overall: Cheap hotel, cheap service but still good value for money because of the location.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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EastcliffProject, Manager at The Ocean View Hotel, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Thank you for your comments on Trip Advisor and I'm pleased you enjoyed your stay at the hotel. We hope you found your stay good value for money and appreciate we're not the newest and some rooms need to be modernised but we work hard on our standards of cleanliness and customer service.
We are gradually updating the non refurbished bedrooms to improve on our guest experiences.
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

We stayed here on the spur-of-the-moment. The hotel is in need of a refurbishment and our room, though somewhat old-fashioned, was spotless. Would recommend that the bathroom should be tiled rather than a tatty carpet. The Staff were delightfully helpful and of course, the view is wonderful. The weather was on our side and sitting by the pool was delightful.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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EastcliffProject, Manager at The Ocean View Hotel, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Thank you for your comments and I'm glad that we were able to move you to a room that you were pleased with. Our sea facing bedrooms with balconies have wonderful views don't they and the balconies are of a generous size.

We are aware that some of the bedrooms need modernising and we are gradually working through them, we do have refurbished sea facing bedrooms so it's always worth booking a sea view or perhaps asking on check in and we will always try our best to accommodate requests where possible.

Best wishes.
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Stratford upon Avon
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

Had a 4night break as a treat for my 65th birthday hotel very dated we complained about the first room given to us,and was moved to another with a sea view not a refurbished room but clean, staff were very pleasant food was lovely and a good location,we would go back but would ask for a room that was refurbished

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hayes Kent
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

A last minute booking and a holiday for the first time in 16 years without children in one of the hottest weeks in July probably added to me and my husband having a great 6 nights stay at the Ocean View. What this hotel may lack in décor and technology they definitely make up for in their staff commitment to customer service. We found the receptionist (young Welsh lady) particularly helpful and 3 serving staff who worked also in the Garden restaurant - 2 young men (1 from Slovakia who was leaving to start an apprenticeship called Vladmir and 1 from the Czech republic possibly called Matt) along with a polish girl who all could not do enough to ensure we had a lovely time. There was a manager who reminded us a bit of Dale Winton we think is called Paul who seemed to work tirelessly between the 2 hotels to accommodate the guests. The location of the hotel is superb and we would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Myself, my boyfriend and 9 family members stayed here for 2 nights as part of an annual weekend away and first impressions of the hotel were disappointing as it was very old fashioned and miserable looking. However, our room was big enough for the 2 of us (a double and a single bed?) and was clean and tidy. Unfortunately, not all of our windows opened and therefore the room was like a sauna as there was no air con either. Therefore, we resulted to asking for a fan which was provided no problem although it was a desk fan but better then nothing?! The decor was very very old fashioned and scabby looking and the hotel is in major need of a complete makeover! Our tv didn't work, the shower leaked and we couldn't turn off the heated towel rail in the bathroom so that made our room even hotter! We were also kept awake most of the night by people shouting and screaming in the early hours outside the hotel which isn't the hotels fault but because the rooms are so hot, you have no choice but to leave the windows open! I would not stay at this hotel again and I would not recommend it either.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Property: The Ocean View Hotel
Address: East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth BH1 3AR, England (Formerly Ocean View Hotel Bournemouth)
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Bournemouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #62 of 132 B&Bs / Inns in Bournemouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Ocean View Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With beautiful views of the coastline from the cliff top, the elegant Ocean View B&B has an outdoor swimming pool and leafy gardens. Bournemouth's vibrant town centre is 10 minutes' walk away. The spacious bedrooms each have a private modern bathroom and tea and coffee-making facilities. All rooms have a TV, free Wi-Fi, and some feature spectacular sea views or a private balcony. Guest can relax on the terrace beside the swimming pool, set within the gardens. The Ocean View's restaurant offers a menu using fresh local ingredients, with classic cocktails on offer in the stylish bar. The seafront hotel is directly above miles of golden sandy beach, accessed by pathways or the cliff-top lift (in summer only). Guests have free parking, and Bournemouth Railway Station is 1.2 miles away. ... more   less 
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