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The breakfast was very delightful, lot of choices and they do cater for vegetairans and those who use soya milk. The spa facilities were good. However, I would say that the hotel needs refurbishment and some area needs modernisation. Being told that we are limited to one towel each by one particular member in the spa club. This was not the case with other staff members.
I liked the atmosphere, facilities and the staff who were most helpful and friendly. I did experience some problems with accessing my room with the card that was provided to me. It often didn't work and this caused me some inconvenience. I would have been much better off with a good old fashioned key! However, the staff made every effort to resolve this problem by upgrading me to a different room with a sea view. I considered this to be outstanding customer service.
It was a disaster. We could not stay. We were given a room next to their waste hold area. The window would not open because all the rubbish bins were just outside. The room was tight and horrible. We left immediately. See our comments of 'what we liked'. Terrible hotel. Needs total modernisation, as location is good. Need new staff, training, etc. avoid staying there at all costs!
Leisure facilities £15 to pay for car parking. No mention of this until we had arrived. Staff could be a little overzealous. We received the bill for our evening meal before we had had our dessert and coffee and our table was cleared while we were getting our cooked breakfast
Location was great. Very close to restraunts, parking, the Bournemouth Pier and Bournemouth Park However, if you are looking at the cheaper rooms you be better served by Premier Innnext door. Service was poor at the front desk and breakfast and breakfast whilst adequate was not at the quality I would have expected. Staff were very disjointed; my pregnant wife asked for some decaf-tea for our room and was advised "the bar might have some". Would have expected them to sort it out. Room location was in the back of beyond with stair only access. Cheaper rooms at this hotel not recommended.
Received room upgrade. Very good service
The hotel was very comfortable. The service in the restaurant for breakfast was not good.
old world charm but shows signs of fading service in Oscars restaurant fell well below expected standard
A very comfortable bed having to wait in line to get a breakfast table
The buffet breakfast was superb, especially the honeycomb. Im the first room we were given the central heating was not wotking and we had to move to another room, but nobody came to help us with our luggage and we had to carry it all ourselves - not what one expects from a 4-star hotel especially as my wife and I are in our late seventies
good customer service rooms quite small
Nice spacious room and spacious general areas staff were very obliging. Could not control temperature in room which got very hot. But in fairness that is a problem a lot of older hotels have.
Welcoming staff for English speakers but noticed lack of skill at reception for foreigners ie rapid, complex sentences, given once, no body language or reference to local town map etc. I saw two foreigners bemused despite being given instructions which only I could just follow. A little bit ot raining might help! Just a friendly observation - not meaning to be too critical!
Everyone was helpful & friendly.An ideal spot for all locations in the area.
the pool and sauna .breakfast the room was an insult ,bathroom outdated and very dirty shower unfit to use . plugs loose on walls wallpaper a disgrace ,torn and dirty.
Central location very limited carparking hotel needs a make over, quite dated
This hotel offered free WIFI & Parking, and the room only cost £32! The receptionist was very helpful and friendly and I got a free room upgrade. The food in the diner was very good and well priced. Can't really work out why people were moaning, the price is fantastic and everywhere is very clean. Yes, the hotel is a bit dated but its comfortable and the cheapest around so well worth it for a short break. everyone stop moaning and pay more if you expect 5 star services At best, the floorboards outside my room were a bit creaky and there was no blind in the bathroom, which didn't particularly bother me
we found the location ideal for the shops and theatre.The breakfast was very good and the staff very polite and friendly. creaky floorboards and the housekeeping staff started vacumming at 8.30 in the room upstairs. Also building work taking place although this was probably reflected in the price we paid.
Decor very very tired (corridors & bathroom) It was a typical old fashioned "seaside" hotel... the bathroom hasn't been changed since the 70's (nasty pink suite) and had a mouldy/damp smell. The room also felt extremely draughty and cold, despite the heating being on! The staff were friendly enough though. So to sum up, it is OK for one night.
The staff and the breakfast were superb. The bedroom smelt, believe it emminated from the mattress. Arrived late too tired not until next day the smell had ingressed into clothing. Decor poor and needs complete refurbishment.
a up grad of room free of carge noizy nabbears but was lookd aferter
when handing in my key the receptionist could not give me a receipt for the room have requested copy but by 6th July still waiting
Great staff and comfortable hotel nothing
TV did not work
lovely hotel,great staff.good position, food very enjoyable.this was our second visit and it defenitely wont be our last!! bar prices.
Friendly hote. Superior double was nicely decorated with little balcony- can't expect 'views' as surrounded by other hotels. Restaurant very good. Staff particularly friendly. Near enough to both prom and town. Would go back.
Both the staff and food were excellent. The bathroom needs modernising.
The Hotel was excellent, within easy walking of the BIC, and plenty of parking. The staff were excellent, very friendly, and service was very good. Our room was comfortable and quiet. A super selection for breakfast, overall a most enjoyable stay.
Meal served by friendly staff Room quite cramped
Quick and courtious service no smoking but will just have to get used to it as it will soon be law
Freindly & comfortable
We booked a superior room, but we would rate the room as standard. The shower was poor, the bathroom tiny, the door wouldn't lock, and overall just a standard room.
Good Scrambled egg and service at Breakfast.
quirky decor, good parking, spacious public areas, very pleasant restaurant, friendly reception, good last minute room rate, excellent location. had to have breakfast one morning in less pleasant nearby sister hotel; mattress rather thin
The organisation of my sons wedding was great. The ceremony and the facilities we used made it very special. Some areas needed to be refurbished..... which was a shame.
We stayed at this hotel to attend a wedding and reception. The Orchid has excellent facilities for both weddings and wedding receptions and the staff are very friendly and helpful.
went to a show at the b i c
It was very clean and modern and the staff were very friendly No food in the evenings. There was no sound proofing in the room, when the people came into the room above it was like they were sat in the room with us
Friendly staff. Value for money Nothing to dislike
The reception and lounge area was very attractively decorated and inviting. All the staff we dealt with were very pleasant and helpful. The bedrooms were very basic and the blinds in our room were broken in places. The room was also at the front of the hotel so was quite noisy, however it was clean and warm.
the setting and breakfast sqeaky floor boards and windows were hard to shut.
Nice room veiw, nice bed, Lovely bar! no bad experiences!
It was directly across the road from the BIC where i was heading for an event, and it was an amazing feeling being able to have an amazing night out, and then to walk across the road and come home. Room was beautiful! I loved the mirror in the bathroom. No complaints, only to say that the parking is not behind the hotel, its over the road in the shopping mall centre - however saying that, the hotel give you a key and you can park in a secluded area.
Location, comfort, cleanliness, good food and friendliness of the staff
Staff was excellent; when the heated towel rack in the bathroom didn't work, they upgraded our room. Bed was very comfortable. Shower was excellent (not in all rooms, but in the upgraded room). Wonderful location, with its view of the English Channel and a one minute walk to the pier. Five minutes to walk to the heart of a shopping district.
The breakfast was very good The room was in the basement so no view. had to park your car across the road not in the car park in the hotel - even though you have to pay extra. the deal you had for booking on line was the same price if you booked on the day - not really a deal!!
Plasant, good dealings with staff - very satisfactory from that side of things. Room was in good condition, very clean, but so small moving around was difficult.
Very friendly and helpful staff. The room was excellent with a sea view. We would definitely stay here again and I will be recommending the hotel to family and friends. Thank you very much for a very enjoyable stay whilst I was celebrating my special Birthday!
Reception staff friendly and helpful, good sized room, clean, excellent sea view. Lovely breakfast and attentive waiting staff. Very good location. Found a good price through booking.com
The hotel was very clean and the location was perfect for the beach and shopping.
The comfortable, warm bedroom with good location and free car park. The heated towelrail in the bathroom could not be turned on as there were no knobs on the taps.
Leisure facilities were good The Connaught Lodge needs updating
very comforble and close to bic which we had a concert for there was a party in the funtion room below us which was noice but finnish by midnight
The breakfast was brilliant and service very good Ensuite a bit tired but for a one night stay acceptable
It was the perfect location for us, with parking on site The room was quite hot as despite it being extremely warm & sunny, the hot was still on full blast.
Its central location made it conveniant for shopping & walks along the beach
The Staff and location Bar snack, basic under cooked and over priced
The staff were very helpful. I believe you should make it clearer that this is a separate hotel to the Connaught Hotel. Our room in the Connaught Lodge was very basic and would be what I would consider a budget room. I don't consider the price I paid a budget price and was not looking for a budget room.
Close proximity to the town and conerence centre in Bournemouth
Breakfast was a real treat - even the most hardened traveller would be hard-pressed to find fault. We were left alone to enjoy our stay I was rather purturbed when I saw our room they have glass windows to the floor and it felt like we were sleeping in a conservatory 2 floors up!
brilliant location, attentive staff , comfy room and very good food no
Good location, friendly staff. Good choice of well cooked food for breakfast. Good service Hotel seems still to be under renovation, so work ongoing, but does not interfere, except for a strong smell of paint.
Great Hotel, ideal location, friendly staff.
The service Poor Meal had problems with understanding of a "blue" steak and the quality
Peaceful, comfortable, pleasant decor and clean. Would have felt more comfortable with window covering for bathroom window - felt a little exposed at night/not sure what was directly outside.
warm and convenient
Relaxing , clean and comfort,very nice breakfast and had a nice evening meal.also friendly staff
Very friendly hotel with helpful staff.Old fashioned but nicely maintained Stopped serving hot food at 8.30pm, so nothing except sandwiches on offer when we arrived after a long journey.
The staff were very helpful and we were upgraded to a suite which was excellent. The hotel was very central just steps away from the BIC - the whole experience was perfect.
Our room for the value was excellent. Lovely sea view. There is a limited amount of parking, but if anyone blocks you in they keep their keys and should move the car for you, so is not too much of a problem.
No thing The worst hotel I have been
very good staff, excellent breakfast. the rooms were very dated and tired looking. bathrooms need to be updated
The room was clean and the bed was very comfy.Lovely swimming pool!!! Yes, the time of check-in- 2p.m., rather late.
I travel to Dorset once a month and I always stay at the Wessex. Provides good value for money and its location is ideal for my purposes place is now starting to look and feel a bit jaded and could do with a bit of tlc
The use of the leisure facilities and evening entertainment.
Room facilities were excellent N/A
Use of the leisure facilities. The breakfasts The friendliness of the staff. Walking through the smoking zone when entering/leaving the hotel
comfort of bar area etc n/a
Location, parking, nice big room. The evening meal was spoilt by a foreign gentleman sitting next to our table who obviously had a cold, and with no regard for fellow diners, kept sniffing and making 'pig' like noises. In addition, some of the food was obviously microwaved and was very poor. The waitress also asked me to pay for the wine at the table! I've never had that before in a hotel restaurant. A bad meal all round.
lift too small
The position of the hotel was very near the seafront and the centre of Bournemouth. The breakfasts were excellent and the swimming pool was very clean, warm and pleasant to use The hotel seemed over warm. It would benefit from an extensive update although it was all very clean, just dated and tatty (apart from the reception/bar area)
clenlyness Menu a bit limited
It was overall an excellent stay. The room was simply lovely, the food was delicious and so was the wine on their list. The hotel is very stylish and offers a homly feeling right away when one enters. That I coundn't stay longer... ;-)
I wanted to experience a "Green" hotel. I was very impressed and felt well informed about their efforts to be as eco friendly as possible. The hotel has been restored beatifully, fabulous beds and great food.
A luxurious room with a roll top bath in the window alcove, very attentive and friendly staff and excellent food in the restaurant, what more could you ask for. Plainer biscuits with the room service cheese !!! but thats all.
the bed was nice as were the pillows,towls nice and thick would have liked more chose of food from menu at night,only the taster menu on offer which was over priced
The hotel was comfortable and the staff were friendly. It was rather noisy during the night. We were disturbed at 2am by a couple arguing loudly and again at 3.50 am by people returning from a night club trying to access our room. So consequently we hardly slept on the first night of our stay. This was the only thing we did not like about the hotel.
Location, excellent value for money Pillows too hard
Everything about the hotel was excellent, friendly staff, good facilities and very clean, I will definitely return again and recommend this hotel to everybody. nothing
Besides excellent standard of facilities (shower/heating/TV/wifi/workarea) the hotel has a simple, modern fresh design throughout.
The staff were very polite and welcoming, the rooms were modern and tidy and the breakfast service was very good.
nothing too much trouble watered down orange juice at breakfast
The cleanliness and convenient location
rooms slightly over priced.
On Business Would have liked more choice of evening meals
Breakfast was good , and the showers were excellent. Reception staff were very friendly the air con wasnt working , ordered a sandwich and 30mins later still not arrived