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The Chocolate Boutique Hotel
Ranked #6 of 131 Bournemouth B&B and Inns
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

I am a massive chocolate lover and I wasn't disappointed! There was a generous amount of chocolate in the room plus I requested a chocolate fountain and breakfast in bed which made the stay really special! The hotel is in the perfect location to go exploring Bournemouth. The owners were very friendly and welcoming without being overbearing. There are also dishes of chocolate in reception that we took a handful of everytime we went past. The rooms were clean and quiet despite a sign warning about the sound travelling in the old building. I was also very impressed with the bed which was huge! I was a bit disappointed that I didn't get to try the 'choc-tails' in the bar so I will definitely want to go back at some point.

I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Bournemouth.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

Stayed here for two nites for a friends birthday. Nice hotel friendly staff room was a good size wicked bed massive,shower power awful thou.Bar very expensive never understand when you pay good money to stay they then charge silly prices at the bar. And 12.50 extra for breakfast to b delivered to room wow really! but it is a good b&b overall.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

Quiet setting. Generous amount of chocolate in room. Wonderful breakfast with quality bacon and sausage. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Slept well and was surprised to see there were other guests at breakfast as had hardly been aware of anyone the night before!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

From the moment you arrive you are immersed in the chocolate theme of this hotel, if the name doesn't give it away you are in no doubt when you check in. The colour scheme is chocolate, the room names have chocolate associations, there are dishes of dark, white and milk chocolate buttons at reception, there are chocolate bars in the rooms and chocolate cocktails available in the bar.

The room we had was the White Chocolate Suite which is on the 2nd floor (which could be the 3rd floor if you consider Ground as the 1st). The sloping ceiling in parts of the room made it feel a little snug for a 6 footer like me but it was comfortable (especially the bed).The shower was also a little small for me but my wife found it OK. We were happy with the room but it was a little "beige" (in keeping with white chocolate) for my taste, I would have preferred "Dark Chocolate" curtains to offer some resistance to the 6 a.m sun.

We stayed for 2 nights which gave us time to try a chocolate workshop, this should be on everyone's To Do list if staying here, not only is it a lot of fun it's quite educational as well. You also get to sample the chocolates as you're making them and to bring away what you've made.

This is an informal family run hotel with Gerry, his wife (sorry never found out her name) and daughters being the perfect hosts, there when you needed them and invisible when you didn't. Breakfast was good with a reasonable choice.

Location is OK within a few minutes walk of the beach, restaurants and bars, Bournemouth has a lot of hills so depending on where you choose to eat, be prepared to burn off a few calories walking back to the hotel. Car parking is on a first come first serve basis, if it's full when you arrive there is a long stay public car park about 200 metres away.

We had an enjoyable stay and wouldn't have any worries about going back. We liked the informality of the place but wouldn't do more than a couple of nights at a time as our waistlines couldn't take it.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

Nice comfortable clean hotel, the room was quite small and the shower was electric so very little power. The breakfast on offer was very good and delightful to get a proper cup of coffee in the morning. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. The only down side was the chocolate on offer in reception and in the room, did not taste very chocolaty. Did not eat the chocolate in reception as looked as if it had been sitting there for a while. Disappointed that the bar was not open when we visited as it is decorated beautifully and looks very cosy.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 27, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for one night over bank holiday weekend, very last minute idea. Did have an initial problem with our booking being made for the wrong night but Gerry (owner) sorted this out and called to apologise himself which was nice.

Due to the booking error the only room available was the Chocolate Truffle Suite, quite pricey but worth it as the room was lovely.

Huge 6ft bed which was really comfortable (they've recently replaced all beds), obviously there are still fussy people who will complain about it though! Room was very quiet didn't hear anything from rooms next door or outside the hotel, we slept very well. Bathroom is also really nice with huge shower, lovely towels and dressing gowns nicely finish it off. The only thing I would suggest is they think about chocolate themed toiletries!

When we arrived in room there was a jar full of dark, milk and white chocolates with the hotel name on as well as a small slab of milk chocolate which tastes amazing!

The reception area has a chocolate fountain and more choccy buttons that you can help yourself to whenever you like. We had a couple of cocktails in the bar during our stay- the machine is brilliant to watch. Gerry and his wife also gave us a recommendation for Thai Tapas which is just down the road from hotel, food is really great we would definitely go there again.

Breakfast was included, we both had the full English breakfast which was great and they also let us have a chocolate pancake to share after. We were too stuffed to eat it all but it was yummy! Rest of the breakfast selection looked great too with cereals, yogurts and fruit so something to suit everyone.

Overall we had a lovely stay here at the hotel and would return in the future. Both the owners are really lovely and it's great hearing their stories of how they started the chocolate business!


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Reviewed May 25, 2013

After hearing so much about this hotel from various sources I thought it would be a nice place to stay for the night for my birthday. I considered £135 a night for a Bournemouth hotel quite high end so I had high expectations. We arranged to have a chocolate fountain in our room as a treat. The hotel is in a great location in the middle of Bournemouth, shops and beach both walking distance. Also a range of restaurants in Alum Chime.
On arriving at the hotel it was really handy to have a car park. The hotel struck me as looking a bit tired and old fashioned from the outside, we stayed in the white chocolate room on the top floor. It was nicely decorate but the to was tiny and far from the bed. The bathrooms was spotless and very modern. The bed was ridiculously comfortable! Tea and coffee making facilities were suffice and nice to have little chocolate treats in the room. We went down to the Chocolate bar in the evening but it was shut. Breakfast was very nice and the lady was very nice and polite. We did enjoy our trip in all but I would tidy the hotel up or lower the price of the rooms but I suppose you pay for the novelty. I probably would'nt go back.

Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank Ruth M
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Address: 5 Durley Road, Bournemouth BH2 5JQ, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Bournemouth
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #6 of 131 B&Bs / Inns in Bournemouth
Price Range: $80 - $161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Chocolate Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestling in Bournemouth's fashionable Soho quarter, the Chocolate Boutique Hotel is the perfect place to unwind. Here you'll find a warm, friendly welcome, cosy chocolate-themed rooms and chocolate galore. ... more   less 
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