1 West Cliff Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5ES
Decent accommodation for a couple of nights and a good breakfast
This hotel is near the Bournemouth International Centre and a short stroll to the beach and shopping area of the town, so not a bad location overall. It is near enough to where you want to be during the day and night, but far enough away to be in a quiet area for sleeping. Even having a pub just up the road did not disturb us.
Checking in was easy and very quick - a simple guest card to complete and sign, and there is free onsite parking (although the layout means you could get blocked in).
As with most of the accommodation in Bournemouth, this is a big house converted into a hotel, and therefore the rooms are "adapted" to fit the space.
Our room was on the very top floor, and was really an attic room. Having the bed with one side up against the wall, and the bathroom squeezed into a small space under the sloping roof was not ideal, and we are sure that there was more spacious accommodation in this hotel, but for a couple of nights it was manageable. It was clean, and didn't have weird smells. There was plenty of wardrobe and drawer space, a hairdryer was provided and there was tea and coffee making facilities in the room. The bed was comfortable. You do need to make sure you bring toiletries as only a small bar of soap is provided in the bathroom.
On each floor, the area outside the rooms had an ironing board and iron - useful for sure, but the iron on our floor did not work! That's why I always bring the travel iron.
The hotel is not good if you have any mobility problems as you have to use the stairs - getting to the top floor would certainly be a challenge and we were quite pleased that we bought 2 small suitcases rather than one large (and heavier) one. If there is a lift we weren't aware if its existence!
There is a residents bar and each evening on our way out it seemed to be packed with a large group of lads that were staying at the hotel. We never got the chance to have a drink there though as by the time we got back to the hotel each night, it was closed up.
Breakfast was good. A choice from the menu and the food arrived quickly and it was piping hot too. This was all included in the room rate.
The staff here are really friendly. Welcoming when we first arrived and brilliant during breakfast.