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“A friendly, welcoming hotel with excellent facilities.”
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The Newark Hotel
Ranked #46 of 133 Bournemouth B&B and Inns
Reviewed March 19, 2009

This is an outstanding establishment which has been a destination for annual 'girly' weekends away in Bournemouth for many years now !
We have always been thrilled with the impeccable standards of cleanliness and attention to detail. Over the years,w e are have stayed in a range of rooms all of which represent excellent value for money. We favour room 1 which has a generous sized bedroom, beautifully furnished with a separate corridor space and bathroom facilities.
The bathroom facilities are always spotless and fully equipped with fluffy white towels. The shower head in the bathroom in room one is positively spa proportioned and produces a wonderful relaxing shower after a hard days shopping !!!
The rooms themselves are always beautifully furnished and tastefully decorated, with a sense of pride that is so rarely captured these days in the rather soul less premier inns or travel lodges (or similar identikit establishments). It is truly a pleasure to stay somewhere that considers guests comfort so comprehensively with attention to detail such as the provision of luxurious scatter cushions and appropriately typed instructions to help operate the cable televsion (essential for technophobe girls!),
The breakfasts are always delicious with a wide choice of things to eat and nothing is ever too much trouble. The proprietor, David always strikes the balance between between being friendly, welcoming and utterly professional. He is always available to answer requests and advise, sharing a wealth of knowledge about the local area and local restaurants. We have enjoyed some superb evenings on the basis of his recommendations !! the location is perfect for proximity to shops, restaurants and clubs !

All in all, the best hotel in Bournemouth for facilities, cleanliness,value for money, food and service, if you are lucky enough to discover this gem. Enjoy many years of happy holidaying !!

Debs

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 1, 2009

hi all just stayed there for the weekend what a great hotel very clean and tidy food very good the guys that run it very nice guys and it good for the money u pay will be back defff oh

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 23, 2009

I have stayed at the Newark hotel 3 times now and will always use it if i go to Bournemouth. I find the owners very friendly, helpful and welcoming. It is situated within walking distance of everything, but not too close that you get the noise from town at night. The rooms are very nice and always clean with everything you would need. It is an extremely reasonable price and if you go for the breakfast that is very enjoyable too. Over all there is nothing i did not like about this hotel and i would definately recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled with friends
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Thank Doris26
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Reviewed February 22, 2009

I have been in Bournemouth before and I wanted to come back. I found this hotel on the internet.
I travelled with our older child, so it was ok. We could walk the stairs easily. The room was big enough. If we needed some help, we got it. This is an old and traditional hotel. They also know many things about people and history.
We were lucky to get there because they really took care of us.

If I would take all my family with me, this would be too expensive (rates are per person, not per room). Not good with small children.

  • Stayed: February 2009
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Thank Juoru
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Reviewed February 19, 2009

A few days ago we stayed for three nights in a family room, No.1. When booking in advance they require payment for one night's stay as a non-refundable deposit, the full balance has to be paid on arrival, not departure. Not a position I like, but all Premier Inns do the same. When checking-in there is an additional 5% charge for paying by credit card, a £1 charge for paying by Debit-Card, and no cheques are accepted. There is an additional fee of £2 per night for off-street parking. Parking involves a very hairy descent down a long and very narrow 25-30 degree concrete ramp between two buildings, to some waste ground below, complete with muddy puddles. We managed the ramp in our MPV by folding both wing-mirrors back, but on arriving back at the hotel late at night and found that the first half of the ramp is not illuminated. On our first evening there were no spaces free in the designated area of the car-park, so we had to leave it in any space available. There is on-street parking in the area, but small hotels abound, and we were never lucky enough to find a space.

Our room was clean and warm and is a good size, with a small separate hallway and self-contained bathroom. There was only the one large radiator in the bedroom, but the heating was working each morning and all evening. The bathroom was small but clean and bright, with a large basin, let down only by the traditional British poor water-pressure and shower temperature adjustment. The bedroom's usable space would be far greater without the large number of totally unnecessary scatter-cushions so beloved by small Hotels (does anybody actually use them?) Room 1 is also home to what must be the National Collection of very large, hideous table-lamps. The hotel is located in a narrow side-street, within easy walking distance of both town centre and seafront.

The paradox that is the Newark continued into our first breakfast. There is a pleasant downstairs breakfast room with separate tables, good quality Orange juice, a good cooked breakfast, and a light (not Breakfast) Tea in a generous pot. But there was no Menu on the tables, no lighter alternatives were offered to the cooked breakfast, which was just served whether you wanted it or not. Naturally we quickly made our preferences known on our second morning. They have the very sensible policy of bringing your toast at the end of the meal, so that you can enjoy it fresh & hot.

We left the counterpane (which was on when we arrived) on our double-bed as my wife feels the cold, but each morning the maid put it away again, necessitating our having to get it out of the wardrobe and refitting it. On our final night the owner knocked on our door to ask whether we wanted anything cooked for breakfast, on the spur of the moment we also told him that we didn't think we had enough teabags on the tray and could we have a few more, however he would not give my wife a few teabags without first coming to the room and checking for himself. We found it very amusing at the time but, MORAL : you usually gets what you pays for!

If you can put up with being patronised and spoken to like naughty children then this is not a bad budget hotel, though my wife had quite enough after three days. I can only assume that the previous good reviews were submitted by folk who arrived without a car. Oh well, back to the Poole Premiere Inn!

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled with family
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Newark65, proprietor at The Newark Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2009

We thank the author for his detailed response and would like to just clarify on some of his points
Firstly the car park is located next to the hotel with ample spaces so he was free to use which ever he chose to,most of our guest arrive by car.
the country had experienced record amounts of snow and rain the day before his arrival and there were two small puddles in the car park -not muddy just rainwater.
The room the guest occupied is of a good size as noted by the author with tall ceilings the table lamps (2 of them in total) are large and in keeping with the room,more of good taste than hideous (we do not believe in the £4.99 type that are available from most B and Q stores) also 3 luxury scatter cushions in total which seemed to have offended the author , and yes most guest do seen to like them.
Though it is entirely the guest personal choice as in the authors case better use would have been made of the large room if all there clothes would have been hung in the wardrobes or placed in the drawers instead of using a chest of drawers as a luggage rack and living out of the suitcase (ref being to the scatter cushions taking up space)
On arrival the guest was politely informed that we serve a full English breakfast ,vegetarian or Continental with any other variation they might like the guest was asked on two occasions what there requirements were and responded promptly with there request.
Rooms are serviced and cleaned daily beds are fitted with 15tog quilts and a counterpane,which was placed on the floor so rightly the maid folded it and placed it in the wardrobe-available to be used at any time.
The guest did ask for more tea bags but they did indicate that the tea and coffee tray had not been replenished there's a difference in asking for extra beverages than saying they had not been given any which they had (obviously very trivial) which we gladly supplied more of.The one large radiator is more than sufficient for the room so not sure why the guest mentioned it did he expect more???. We are a very successful business and certainly do not patronise or speak to guest like naughty children-why would we??
We are pleased the guest found us to be a good value budget accommodation but otherwise quite mystified on is negative comments

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Reviewed February 3, 2009

cannot say anything that has not been said many times before in all (bar2)the other reviews.this hotel is a gem,its prices are very very good and its the cleanest establishment i have ever stayed in anywhere.well done we will return in the summer .

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 29, 2008

We stayed at the Newark Hotel for 2 nights and we were absolutley delighted. The room was tastefully furnished,confortable and spotlessly clean. Breakfast was excellent. Most importantly was the friendly owner who made our short stay that extra special.
We will definately be staying there on out next visit. Thank you!

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank Tina-steve
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Additional Information about The Newark Hotel

Address: 65 St. Michaels Road, Bournemouth BH2 5DP, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Bournemouth
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #46 of 133 B&Bs / Inns in Bournemouth
Price Range: $72 - $91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Traditional bed and breakfast located in central Bournemouth 5 minutes walk to beach,town centre, restaurants and bars offering excellent value for guest wanting peace and relaxation. ... more   less 
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