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“Very basic” 3 of 5 bubbles
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The Croham Hotel
Ranked #65 of 78 Hotels in Bournemouth
Southampton
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very basic”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2014

My grandmother and I booked this hotel to stay in for a lovely weekend break in Bournemouth. On arrival, we were told that the lift wasn't working and that our room was on the third floor. Because we were staying for 4 days, we had a small case each which no one offered to carry up the endless flights of stairs for my elderly grandma, even though they could see she had a bad leg. After we managed to get into the room, we found it very basic yet perfectly adequate for what we needed. Location was great for the high street, but I recommend walking via the seafront rather than via ' the triangle' toward the main part of Bournemouth. Overall, hotel facilities were fine for what we needed but service was poor. Wouldn't rush back.

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Laramay82
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Wiltshire, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2014

I have just returned from a two night stay in a family room. I was dubious about staying after reading the comment " worst hotel in Bournemouth!"! But as I work in a 4 star hotel I know how people can very much exaggerate and also blow things well out of proportion I wanted to decide for myself and take the plunge! and am so glad that we did!
The room was immaculate , very clean & fresh bedding and bathroom was also immaculate, fresh towels folded neatly, just how you would expect. The room wasn't by any means posh! but it was very comfortable, clean and very good value for money. The décor was not tired but really nice and of good taste with really nice curtains . There was air com and tea & coffee facilities with a tv . Perfect for what we needed . The housekeeping came in daily and left the room again immaculate ! I found the staff very friendly and helpful . Would definitely recommend for a family or a couple wanting to book a good price , clean and comfortable stay . We will be booking again and look forward to it. So please do not be put off by some of the comments on here.
Thank you .
Mrs T Gillings wiltshire

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank tanya g
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Surrey, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2014

From the moment of booking, all staff were very helpful. The hotel is relatively basic but clean and functional. Our room had all we needed (clean beds, towels, kettle, hairdryer) including air conditioning. The bathroom was small but spotlessly clean. Breakfast was good and there was plenty of choice.

The staff made every effort to help. I asked one evening for beans on toast for my small child and it was provided immediately and willingly, depite the kitchen being closed.

If you are looking for a quiet convenient place to stay, this is good value. The lift doesn't work so request a ground floor room if you need.

Room Tip: Rooms away from the stairs. Rooms on the ground floor if you struggle with stairs.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank U S
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2014

# 3 floor building and no lift.
# We were given a room with a bed that is actually is a convertible sofa with a split in the middle. Within minutes of arriving we brought this to their attention the staff member was making sure we didn't touch the room. Sounded like it's a condition to be offered a replacement room.
# I think the room was over priced.
# They charge for WiFi! Signal was too weak and when we complained all they could say is they're going to reset the router which didn't work. We asked for refund.
# They charge for parking.
# They charge for breakfast, as if the rooms were not over priced already.
# Bathroom had one hook and it had mould growing around it.
# The shower curtain only goes in a square half way - no doubt sticks to the body which is uncomfortable especially when you don't know how clean it is.
# TV didn't work.
# Drinking cups were dusty.
# Old looking duvet covers.
# Tea bags offered were not the type that comes in a sachet. Hygiene not guaranteed.
# There is a note in the bathroom stating that to save water they are only going to wash the towels if placed in the bath tub, which we did. We came back to find the same towels were taken out of the bath tub and placed onto the rack. When we called them the staff member asked us to bring him the towels for him to see. When we showed him the towels he stated that they don't look that dirty to him but agrees to change them.
# Threatening note about charges e.g. damaged including make up stains. Also late check-out chargeable £10 if you're up to 30 minutes late.
# As we were leaving we noticed that the cleaner used towels as a door stopper in the corridor, makes you wonder if the towel you used to dry your face served that purpose before ending up in your room.

We were happy to run out of that place and never turn back!!!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Bashura
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London
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2014

Away with business and required a last minute hotel. Poor quality hotel that was found to be falling apart, unclean with appliances (air conditioning) unserviceable. Cancelled second night but still charged full price due to a 48hr cancellation policy! Not recommended.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
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Thank Geojamo
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2014

The toilet didn't flush properly, the room had damp patches and the door to the bathroom didn't fit so it couldn't be closed properly. Anyone elderly should now the lift doesn't work but bearing in mind the woeful upkeep of the hotel the fact you can't use it is a good thing otherwise there is every chance you'd get stuck. The breakfast was dreadful, some of the staff were absolutely hopeless some of them don't seem to understand basic English and they are meant to serve you!!! Apparently the hotel has had a refurbishment I simply cant believe that is true. You have to pay 3.50 a day for parking but if you take your car out for the day your space isn't guaranteed so you may get back and have no space. The hotel is also expensive 250 for 4 nights it is the worst value hotel I have ever stayed in anywhere in the world.

I would say to anyone thinking of staying at this hotel don't even at 20 pound a night it would be a rip off.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank mark h
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Dublin, Ireland
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2014

Just back from a conference in the Marriott in Bournemouth. Needed a cheep hotel close to that location for 4 nights and to be fair thats what I got (and nothing more). But boy was I happy when I walked out the door for the last time.....secure in the knowledge that I will NEVER return. It is old and smelly and the breakfast is miserable. The carpet had a huge wet patch, which took 3 days to dry!!! But the carpet in the en-suite bathroom was lovely & dry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Room Tip: Room 301 was smelly but quiet.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Karen J
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Property: The Croham Hotel
Address: 9 Durley Road South, Bournemouth BH2 5JH, England (Formerly Croham Hurst Hotel)
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Bournemouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#25 On the Beach Hotel in Bournemouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Croham Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
**UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT** Situated in the West Cliff area, within easy reach of Bournemouth's town centre, the sandy beaches and the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), this comfortable hotel offers good-value en suite rooms. The Croham Hotel is just one mile (1.6 km) from Bournemouth Railway Station and has easy access to the A35 and the area's major road network. The great location means that the hotel offers easy access to the pavilion, the piers and the theatres. All of the town centre's shops, bars, cafes and restaurants are within easy reach. All of the rooms have either a shower or a bath with shower. Each room has a TV with Freeview digital channels, tea/coffee and a hairdryer. The restaurant offers traditional English cuisine and international classics. A freshly prepared breakfast is served daily. There is a lift serving all of the hotel's upper floors. ... more   less 
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