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Royal Bath
Ranked #59 of 66 Hotels in Bournemouth
Birmingham
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“ColWen”
Reviewed 31 October 2012

OK so you have had all the recent bad points about this hotel, now lets say what it's really like. Yes the floor boards creek but it was built a long time ago. The location is first class and it has a indoor pool. There are some Italian students and they were all well behaved from what I could see.
We stayed on the 29/10/12 for one night but I use the hotel regularly for business trips.
If you want a room that is fantastic with brilliant sea views try 366 or 367. The staff are all very friendly and helpful, it was a busy weekend as well.
The new owners are spending money on this place.

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Reviewed 30 October 2012

Check-in was very slow, because staff were not trained. Problems with getting the room key to work. I noticed that other guests were also having trouble with their key, which is not that funny when you're 10 minutes away from reception. Having got to the far end of the hotel, we found the lift was stuck on the 3rd floor for no apparent reason, and we had to walk up to the 5th floor.
The staff don't seem to have much clue about how to run a hotel. The loud thudding music in the lounge was entirely inappropriate for the kind of guests staying here. In the evening there was deafeningly loud synthesiser music being played - which I can't say is very appropriate either.
20 pounds for parking your car is far too much. The swimming pool is OK but sauna and jacuzzi are too small. Breakfast tea was too weak. Stale biscuits in my room. Heating is a problem here - lack of double glazing. They provide oil heaters, which must cost a fortune in the winter. Not very ecological.
This may have been a grand hotel 100 years ago, but it looks rather dated now. The whole image is wrong. The management need to sort themselves out and train the staff properly. And stop that awful muzak!

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 October 2012

At last i have stayed in the Royal bath hotel in Bournemouth,
not for all the trimmings that this 4 star hotel has, but for the history
from the Victorian/edwardian era that the building still retains,with
marvelous ceilings in the lounges & bars, turrets in some
of the bedrooms, a hidden ballroom with stage & vaulted ceiling,
& its own internal parking, originally the stabaling for horse &
carriages, The Restaurant called Oscars, named after Oscar
Wilde who stayed there, is excellent, with good food & attentive
staff, The swimming pool & fitness area, are modern compared
to the main building of the hotel, but blend in very well, There are
excellent well cared for gardens, which lead out onto the East cliff
overlooking Bournemouth pier.
The Royal Bath is unique, & I would recommend it every time.

Room Tip: It is quieter in the rear of the hotel, but all rooms are fine.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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London
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34 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2012 via mobile

The hotel belongs to a previous era very tired could do with a serious update. Belongs to the late 70's in real need of having money spent on it and now very soulless. Nobody there to greet when I arrived, the wi fi was a joke, and when I asked for an espresso at breakfast was told they don't have a machine! I suppose if the room is cheap enough then it's bearable

Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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Llanelli, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2012

My wife and I recently spent two nights in a double room in the RBH on a bed and breakfast basis. The hotel is in the centre of the town within minutes of shopping, eating and drinking, of which there is plenty, and varied. Our room was on the first floor above the main entrance, with our window overlooking the road in front of the hotel. The room was large with plenty of room to move about, the en-suite was also a good size. In general the room was clean and tidy, and the decor was fresh but quite plain, the furniture was a little worn but in good working order. The bed was large and comfortable with crisp clean bedding. Unfortunately with the window open a little, to allow fresh air into the room, there was a great deal of traffic noise, and with the window closed the room became a little stuffy. the common areas were, like our room, were kept clean and tidy with comfortable furniture in plenty. By the number of people using computers in the lounge area I assume there is wi-fi available if you need it. The pool was large, warm and very clean, and the exercise area, although smallish, had up-to date equipment which seemed in good order. With a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi a pleasant area to unwind. Behind the hotel were well kept, quite large, gardens which led out on to the coast path overlooking the sea.
We enjoyed or stay at the RBH, especially the buffet breakfast, which was excellent, as were the staff, without exception. If we returned to Bournemouth we would certainly consider the RBH, but would request a room in the rear of the hotel overlooking the gardens, to avoid the traffic noise.
The only down side is the cost of parking, the hotel has valet parking in a secure underground area under the hotel, which is expensive. There is public parking next to the hotel but this is not cheap either, you will need a pocket full of change for this option.

Room Tip: Rooms at the rear are probably quieter.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 October 2012

I stayed here purely as I saw a deal and it looked like a luxury hotel right in the heart of Brounemouth and perfect for my needs. It is a very grand building with lots of character.

The location is amazing-right on the sea front. The gardens looked beautiful, although we did not have time/weather to have a walk through them. The bar and restaurant areas are huge.

We had a double room with a very nice view out over the sea. This surprised me as I thought you'd have to pay for a premium room to get the views. The room was adequate, good size and tastefully decorated although very 'tired' my guess would be at least 20 years since this room had any new furniture or serious decorating. A heated towel rail was the only modern looking feature which had obviously been added as an afterthought. The furniture had chipped/peeling paint. The bed was comfy although it was 2 joined and the join wasn't even.

We were woken at 7am by 2 workmen putting cabling into the ceiling across the corridor from our room and shouting through the ceiling to each other as well as dropping tools and unraveling wires. It was quite simply unacceptable to have going on at that hour. I phoned down to reception who said they'd send someone up-which they did but the noise continued. I mentioned it on check out again and all the girl did was say 'sorry they don't normally start that early' which I thought was a weak response. I will be writing a letter to complain. Hotels should not have workman starting on anything but emergency work before a reasonable hour (9am). If such work does have to start earlier then leave the rooms adjacent to where the work will take place empty so as not to disturb paying guests. It's not hard. There's no way the hotel was full that night so they could've avoided the situation with a little management.

Overall I wouldn't pay the £109 for a double room B&B in that hotel again, certainly not unless its updated to the 21st century and improves its customer service.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 October 2012

Just got back from a one night stay at the Royal Bath in Bournemouth.We were a litttle anxious after booking as we read some really poor reviews and on arrival were expecting the worst.Lady at reception was cheerful and very helpful answering all our questions and handed us our key to room 162.Still feeling a little uncertain about what awaited us we proceeded to our room and can only say that we were pleasantly surprised.The room was of a good size,bright and airy,with a sea view!!!!!Everything we could need for our stay was provided.Bathroom was lovely,towel rail piping hot and shower/bath of a high standard,fittingswise.We had read so many negative comments,we just could not believe these people were talking about the same hotel!!!!!Don't believe these comments regarding the state of the hotel,it was truly a pleasure to stay here.Breakfast was buffet style,the choices offered were amazing,offering a variety of juices,cereals,breads and all the ingredients that make a full English breakfast!!!Food was hot and fresh and delicious.The staff in the breakfast room were very attentive and refilled our tea and coffee on request and could not have done more to make us feel comfortable.All in all I cannot fault this place on any level.The health club and pool area were also amazing with staff buzzing around keeping the place spotless.Could go on and on.This is the first review I have ever done for any hotel that I have stayed in,but needed to do as all the negative reviews were I feel not fair at all and paint a rather grim picture for anybody about to stay there.Don't worry,you will be in good hands at the Royal Bath.

Room Tip: Get a sea view if poss.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Royal Bath

Property: Royal Bath
Address: Bath Road, Bournemouth BH1 2EW, England (Formerly De Vere Royal Bath)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Bournemouth
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Spa Hotel in Bournemouth
#18 Luxury Hotel in Bournemouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Royal Bath 4*
Number of rooms: 140
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Opened on Queen Victoria’s coronation day in June 1838, The Royal Bath Hotel was the first hotel in Bournemouth and embodies the finest traditions of first class comfort and hospitality, so naturally it has a fantastic position on the sea front. Nestled in secluded grounds, with outstanding views across the bay, this classically styled hotel is one of a kind. ... more   less 
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