They've apparently spent £4million on this rather wonderful Art Deco ex-Pontins building. So either £4million isn't enough, or they've just spent it badly. They've taken a building full of character and ended up with a Crossroads-motel atmosphere. Nasty tacky furniture, soulless decor.
The staff all seemed vaguely annoyed to be interrupted or asked anything. Sloppy standards: it was typical that the bare table next to us at breakfast had a massive bottle of cleaning fluid plonked on it, and there it stayed. Not terrible - but not great either. The whole place smelled faintly of bleach. So it's clean ... but feels rather institutional.
We found the bed comfortable - but I attach a snap to show the 3cm gap you had to squeeze through to get between bed and door, to enter the room.
No shuttle to Weymouth. There's an infrequent bus from down the road, but we got taxi, £7 each way. Too far for most people to want to walk.
We stayed one night for the Olympics because it looked a fun place from the photos. And it was different, that's true! But unless you really want the pools or the free parking, I'd say stay in the centre of Weymouth.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Designed in an Art Deco style, the majority of our rooms are connected to the main building by covered pathways. All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, en suite bathrooms and tea/coffee making facilities and a safety deposit box. There is a Leisure Centre equipped with a sauna, steam room, gym and both indoor and outdoor pools. (Outdoor pool seasonal only). Set in Bowleaze Cove the Riviera Hotel is just 2.5 Miles from the town centre. Also nearby are the Sealife Centre as well as Lodmoor nature reserve. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riviera Hotel Weymouth, Dorset