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“Old fashioned Charm”
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The Liston Hotel
Ranked #22 of 132 Bournemouth B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Southampton, United Kingdom
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401 reviews
159 hotel reviews
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“Old fashioned Charm”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

This privately run hotel is in a handy position for the beaches at Boscombe. The Liston has character not like the "sameness" of the chain hotels.
The furnishings and decor in our bedroom I would describe as classic the room being most comfortable. No a/c but we did have a fan which kept the room cool.

Appreciated were the fridge and in room safe, hair dryer and iron coffee making facilities and even an umbrella.

There is a bar and dance floor next to the more modern dining room and outside very well tended gardens where refreshments can be served.

Breakfast was served by attentive staff and the food was cooked to perfection.

The hotel is in a residential area and apart from the Liston there really isn't anywhere to go in the vicinity for a drink or a bite to eat unless you like a Harvester which is on the sea front. There is a bowling club on the cliff top nearer Southbourne which serves very well priced food and drink although not sure if it serves alcohol.

We had a very good stay at The Liston and thank you to the owners and staff for all your hard work. It is appreciated.

Boscombe town is not really within walking distance and I would not advise visiting in the evening as the town is very run down.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

I organised a large party to stay at the Liston Hotel for two nights over the August bank holiday weekend. The owner-manager Diane Gilbey was very welcoming and flexible throughout.

All of our party thoroughly enjoyed the weekend, and the hotel was praised by everyone. The rooms were comfortable and well-equipped, and the food was great, both for dinner and for our excellent cooked breakfasts. We felt that the hotel has much more character than one of the similarly-priced national chains of hotels. The position close to the sea was a bonus.

I would have no hesitation in using the Liston Hotel and Gilbey’s restaurant on a future occasion.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

Just returned from a 7 day break with National Holidays and had a lovely stay. We had a superior twin room(10) had a lovely huge shower,fridge, lovely soft towels and a juliet balcony, just a shame it looked over the back of the hotel and not the lovely gardens. The food was great with plenty of choice which was ordered at the meal before, and as my son is a very fussy eater he had things made just for him. The staff were very pleasent nothing was too much trouble (a name badge might be good though). Thankyou all very much, Gail and Michael Fozard x

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Wakefield, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

Just returned from this hotel after going on a trip with National Holidays and was surprised with how good this hotel is. When we booked they had run out of normal priced rooms so we had to upgrade to a luxury room, I would recommend to anyone to upgrade as it is defiantly worth the extra money. The room was nice and clean with a great view facing out of the front of the hotel. The staff were always happy to help and were nice and friendly. The food at the hotel was nice apart from the Cumberland sausage which we personally didn't like.

The entertainment was good for a small hotel, the only act which we could have done without was a singing duo who could not sing at all. We ended up going back to the room and watching Avatar.

During your stay if you need internet access just ask at reception for the password and they will be happy to give you it.

I would recommend the hotel to anyone going to Bournemouth as its only 5 mins away from beach and there's quite a fue local shops.

Room Tip: Upgrade to a luxury room as it is defiantly worth the extra.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Billericay, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

My wife and I stayed for one night before going on to visit friends in another part of Dorset. This hotel is simply excellent - we had a very large comfortable double room (Room 20) and an en-suite bathroom of 5 star quality. Friendly, relaxed, yet efficient service. A good breakfast and no problems with parking. Although we did not have time to use it, there is a bar and large lounge opening onto an attractive garden. A lift (elevator) is available. Thoroughly recommended.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

This is a 2 star hotel with a 5 star personality. Diane and her staff are huge when it comes to customer service. They listen and try very hard to please everyone as individuals. I was in a lovely room, which suited my needs greatly and i loved the very thoughtful fridge. Perfect in every way, i will definately be back there soon. Thank you Diane. You should be very proud of the way you run your hotel.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

Just returned from Bournemouth ( Boscombe) we met up with friends staying at the hotel , we were there mon - fri in room 23 we were on the side of hotel our room had a good size balcony were we could sit out (weather permitting )the room & bathroom was a good size too with walk in shower , it was spotless from start to finish plenty of drawer space and decent size wardrobe . the facilities included a tv , kettle,tea ,coffee tray and a small fridge , a good choice of menu for meals Diane the owner was very friendly,polite and helpful and so was all her staff . good lounge with bar , good resturant , entertainment on three nights a week . an attractive garden with seating and ample parking space 10mins down to beach and 20 coming back the hill. buses ran regular into bournemouth , nice walk into bornemouth along the sea front took, about 20mins we would recommend this hotel had a great stay

Room Tip: all rooms are good we didn't hera any noise during our stay
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: The Liston Hotel
Address: Boscombe Spa 5 Wollstonecraft Road, Bournemouth BH5 1JQ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Bournemouth
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 132 B&Bs / Inns in Bournemouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Liston Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 25

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