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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.
The hotel was very comfortable. The service in the restaurant for breakfast was not good.
A very comfortable bed having to wait in line to get a breakfast table
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.
Received room upgrade. Very good service
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.
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
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.
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
old world charm but shows signs of fading service in Oscars restaurant fell well below expected standard
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!
good customer service rooms quite small
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.
Everyone was helpful & friendly.An ideal spot for all locations in the area.
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
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
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.
Central location very limited carparking hotel needs a make over, quite dated
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.
a up grad of room free of carge noizy nabbears but was lookd aferter
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.
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!
Sea view, pibic areas had been extensively refurbished. the bedrooms were not of a similar standard as the public areas and are in need of refurbishment.
The bed. The view of sea. The alfresco eating around the pool The abcence of a shower. The lack of promised sauna in facilities advertised in sister hotel.
Good location, great view from room with balcony and very friendly staff.
yes as previous reviews - lift scary. hot water very hot and could not cool down shower. cold water warm. toilet cistern took long time to refill,
Relaxed atmosphere, helpful staff, good meals and good value for money Food portions a bit small
Hotel and room clean and warm and adequate. Breakfast good Although a warning was given water took a long time to heat up (more than 10 minutes for shower) and then only luke warm
Location was excellent and great value for money. Luxury stay and would definitely stay again. Added bonus of being upgraded but that shows the excellent customer service provided, would definitely recommend to friends and family
Opulent public areas, excellent staff
The room was fantastic and very comfortable Breakfast was very disappointing, not very edible
The shower was cold,in both rooms that i booked, & the radiator did not work in room 203
Quick and courtious service no smoking but will just have to get used to it as it will soon be law
Both the staff and food were excellent. The bathroom needs modernising.
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.
lovely hotel,great staff.good position, food very enjoyable.this was our second visit and it defenitely wont be our last!! bar prices.
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.
Great staff and comfortable hotel nothing
Meal served by friendly staff Room quite cramped
TV did not work
Freindly & comfortable
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.
the setting and breakfast sqeaky floor boards and windows were hard to shut.
went to a show at the b i c
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.
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
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
Good Scrambled egg and service at Breakfast.
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 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.
Friendly staff. Value for money Nothing to dislike
if you love your food then this is the place to stay fine dining at it's best noise from other parts of the restaurant were heard in our room.
Very quiet though a little far out of the town therefor a car is essential We did not eat there other than breakfast but the diners we saw on our return seemed tobe well cared for Roomalittlesmall so there was no room for extra chairs
Very good contnental breakfast There was no hot water in the room at 3.30pm. When I mentioned it later, suggestion was we should have rung down and they would have switched it on! Also, the steam shower didn't work and we had to ask for biscuits promised on our arrival. Staff didn't seem to particularly care when we pointed each of these things out
Lovely hotel/restaurant in very good taste and beautiful surroundings. Our room was very small, elegant bathroom.
Peaceful, comfortable and excellent food and service.
I was told the hotel remains open in the night and I could return any time. I returned at 3 am and found the entrance locked from inside. The owner had to wake up and was not happy about it. I had specifically asked about opening in the night and did not appreciate a stranger expressing displeasure at my late return. I was there for a printing job that ran late in the night, the only reason to book a hotel there instead of returning home to London.
Helpful staff, good food, clean and comfortable room
Breakfast, comfortable bed, attractive surroundings Lack of staff on reception. Room not ready on arrival.
Room was very clean and bed comfortable. There was nothing to dislike.
Clean hotel Size of room.
Rooms were recently refurbished and fabulous views of the sea The rooms had a refrigerator but no mini bar
views, restaurant, service, staff, health treatments wine prices high
Excellent Restaurant & Friendly Staff. sumptuous room with biggest TV ever seen
Booking process was fine. - Over-priced for what you get - when came back in the evening the room was not cleaned - facilites are poor
sea view the hotel was very cold not comfortable in gerneral areas cancelled second nigtht and lost money
On arrival we had been upgraded to a sea view room and what a room, large patio doors opened to balcony with chairs/tables and looked out over the sea, wonderful. The room was spacious and well furnished. The staff were very friendly. We eat in the restaurant in the evening, the meal was excellent could not fault it, we have been let down in the past with bad hotel meals, this has to be one of the best. All in all we had a good stay. The only complaint we have is that the bathroom was very small, but for 1 night it did not matter and did not spoil our stay.
The view Nothing apart from the hair dryer was to noisy
The location and view
We loved this hotel and found it to be one of the best we have stayed in in the UK,Situated right on the beach,beautiful views from all the windows.Large heated outdoor pool ,indoor pool and well equipt gym,fantastic gourmet food and all the staff were so nice and friendly and couldn't do enough to help. We will be returning next year for a longer stay .(can't wait !!! ) Only the weather !!
The hotel was very clean and the location was perfect for the beach and shopping.
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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!!
Nice room veiw, nice bed, Lovely bar! no bad experiences!
Close proximity to the town and conerence centre in Bournemouth
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
Leisure facilities were good The Connaught Lodge needs updating
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 service was excellent and the staff friendly and polite
The breakfast was very good, excellent selection and the waiting staff were helpful. We chose this hotel on the basis that it was advertised as disabled friendly & we specifically made a request for a room with disabled access. We were placed in a room on the third floor which was quite large but to get to it involved using two lifts and two ramps one of which was far too steep to be negotiated without assistance. My wife uses an "Acitive" wheelchair which is smaller than most and yet it would not fit through the door of the bathroom in our room. If you are a wheelchair user I would strongly recommend that you look elsewhere for your accomodation. We tried to lodge a formal complaint whilst at the hotel but were advised to do so in writing which is what we will do.
Staff was nice Room too dark, tern coulours
Staff were pleasant. Nice comfy seating areas. Dood breakfast. Bar prices were too expensive. Five pounds for two cups of coffe and a Snickers bar.
Crowds of people smoking on hotel reception steps, this was intimidating and made access very difficult as stepping over people seemed to br the only way to get into the hotel.
Good breakfast, clean room value for money Bathroom badly needed updating, bath very rough and sealant needed re doing i would not like to bath but shower was ok
Helpful staff, delicious breakfast The bathroom was very shabby, seemed to be limited parking, the walls in our room were so thin we could hear the conversation in the room next to us
Spacious room even for 4 of us(3 beds not bunk). Breakfast. Swimming pool. Friendly staff.
Staff were very friendly, and the excellent breakfast.
Friendly, efficient and comfortable. Good hot buffet style English breakfast. Constant low background noise from air-con plant throughout the night.
Great Hotel, ideal location, 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.
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.
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.
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.
No thing The worst hotel I have been
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.
warm and convenient
brilliant location, attentive staff , comfy room and very good food no
Relaxing , clean and comfort,very nice breakfast and had a nice evening meal.also friendly staff
The service Poor Meal had problems with understanding of a "blue" steak and the quality
Breakfasts. Views.clean friendly staff. Due to wedding receptions car parking difficult
scenery and access to local facilities Did not like the security light outside the room which made it difficult to sleep, also a very hot winter duvet on the bed!
fantastic room with superb sea view
The staff were very gracious and helpful. Particularly Catherine (the lady from SA) who greeted us at breakfast. We didn't use the dining room in the evening but the breakfast choice was of exceptionally high standard and the fruit salad was 'out of this world' We went into the bar one evening (Saturday September 2) and I was very grateful to Andrea who very promptly came forward to help me out of a potentially rather embarrassing situation when the spoon on the saucer on which I was carrying my Latte fell on the floor. She changed the spoon and carried the latte to a table and apologised for what had happened so I didn't feel so embarrassed! Next morning I was glad to see her again at breakfast to find out her name and to thank her. Doors donot close quietly. Latte cups donot sit safely on the saucers.(see above) Barristers may benefit from training on how to make a latte/cappuccino to the same high standard as Marks and Spencers.
feeling of luxury
The breakfast was well cooked and elegantly presented. The price!
Where the hotel is situated.
As a Hungarian , I really appreciated to order the breakfast in my mother language :) Otherwise, the room was superb, good quality wooden wall , bed was super comfy, , beautiful bathroom, and the harbour view was fantastic .. We had a fantastic dinner in the AA 2 rosettes restaurant in the hotel as well.
The views over poole harbour from our hotel room were fabulous and the food excellant and very well presented. Not really child friendly
Great location, great food, good comfortable rooms Its not family friendly hotel. We stayed in Sandbanks Hotel 2 weeks ago with our 1 year old son and its was much better. Staff in Harbour Heights really unfriendly!
Use of the leisure facilities. The breakfasts The friendliness of the staff. Walking through the smoking zone when entering/leaving the hotel
Room facilities were excellent N/A
very good staff, excellent breakfast. the rooms were very dated and tired looking. bathrooms need to be updated
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)
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.
The use of the leisure facilities and evening entertainment.
lift too small
comfort of bar area etc n/a
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 room was clean and the bed was very comfy.Lovely swimming pool!!! Yes, the time of check-in- 2p.m., rather late.
Location was excellent and having an adequate breakfast inc. in the price. Only disappointment was the quality of the coffee with breakfast
I got there late and all I wanted was to go to my room and rest. The reception staff were professional, got me checked in without much ado and I appreciated that
Friendly informative staff, situated within easy walking distance of harbour, shops and attractions. Handy attached parking.
Helpful staff, clean rooms, good facilities and good breakfast
ciggarette smoke smell
Value for price
Facilities were excellent, A.C. in the rooms which is essential. The coffee was bad problably granules in the machine.
location was superb, easy access, cleanliness the bed was extremely uncomfortable, spolt the stay
location-near to bus station and dolphin shopping centre
Great city centre location when departing, exit route is confusing