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“Great location, needs some TLC but still a lovely hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Royal Bath

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Royal Bath
Ranked #59 of 66 Hotels in Bournemouth
London, United Kingdom
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“Great location, needs some TLC but still a lovely hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2009

Stayed for a couple of days in Feburary and overall had a great time.

The pros:
The world's comfiest beds
Lovely food
Great location, just off the beach and near the shops
Mostly efficient staff
Nice toiletries and a very impressive hairdryer (OK, it's not the most important, but these little things are always nice!)

The cons:
Service is usually good but not friendly, and there were some odd lapses (somtimes they practically anticipated what you would want before you knew it, other times you were left waiting endlessly. Other people we were staying with were told eg there was no bacardi - in the whole hotel! - or cream for dessert.)
The decor looks like it was left in a timewarp - but it's clean, the bathrooms are modern (shower was lovely)
Pricing is a little erratic - hot chocolate at £3.30 complete with homemade tasting biscuit was great, £6 for a glass of house wine or £7.50 for a double vodka (neat) was opimistic.
Our room unfortunately had a view of the street (but wasn't particularly noisy) but the sea facing rooms had amazing views.
Only 24 hours free internet which seemed a bit cheap

The unknown - I didn't check out the spa

Overall, we had a great time. The minor irritations weren't enough to detract from the great aspects - it's not the cheapest and if you're looking for a funky boutique hotel, this is all wrong. If you're looking for a formal, grand old lady, this might just do nicely.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2009

I went with a friend for a spa weekend, 2x singles on offer with Travel Zoo at £59 per room per night, a bargain! Rooms were a high standard as I would expect with De Vere although mine was rather cluttered with the bizarre addition of an extra chair!! Had I been expecting to watch the TV whilst there I think I'd have been dissapointed because it was very small and the aerial cable too short to move it to a viewable position. The bathroom was huge with lovely toileries, the bed surprisingly comfy with feather quilt and pillows.
We ate in the restaurant the first of two evenings, good decent quality food, on a two for one offer (full price is £30 per head). We ordered a bottle of La Roche Chablis at £29 from the bar, prior to dinner and had it delivered to our table in the restaurant. When our bill arrived we discovered that we had been charged £38 for the wine!! My friend discussed this with our waiter and we discovered that the Chablis on the bar menu was indeed £29 but the one on the restaurant menu was £38 (a different year so a different price), we had been served the higher priced bottle. The waiter reduced the bill with very little need for us to ask but it did leave me wondering if this is a regular situation...be warned.
The spa is pleasant and well kept with clean changing facilities and decent hair dryers. My friend and I both had treatments with very pleasant staff, Yin my therapist was particularly good, a cheerful lady who was genuinely concerned with my well being. I would recommend asking for her as your therapist if you book a spa treatment.
Last word - car parking. The valet service is slow and when busy, you could (as I did) find your car left beside a busy roundabout waiting for the valet to park it. When they do, they use the pay and display to the side of the hotel, which to be honest, any one of us can do for ourselves! The difference in price is worth considering though, £15 for 24hrs with the valet service but potentially more if you park your own car.....

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2009

This year I decided to go to my home town of Bournemouth for Valentine's night. Naturally, as a huge fan of the De Vere group the obvious choice was The Royal Bath. This is in fact one of the oldest hotels in the town and has played host to royalty and movie stars. It is a glorious old building with comfortable rooms. The views are wonderful and as with most De Vere hotels the staff are very good. The breakfas is a our de force and one of the treats of any stay. The rooms although of a good standard could benefit from a little upgrading. As for position it couldn't be better. Bournemouth town centre is not large and all clubs, theatres and restaurants are never more than a pleasant walk away. If you want genteel with a bit of class then this should be your first choice. Get on De Vere's mailing list and you will receive a host of value for money offers throughout the year

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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London
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2009

Booked the top suite which had lovely views of the sea and pier. The hotel is shabby and definitely in need of refurbishment. The floorboards are very creaky and annoying. The lifts are small and jerked a lot. Staff were friendly. Main lounge spacious and lots of character.

  • Liked — Nice view
  • Disliked — In need of refurbishment
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2009

Outdated, drab, in need of a total refurbish. I was 'lucky' enough to stay in the 'Royal Wing'. There I was treated to a broken lift, never ending creaking floorboards, a musty room with grannies grannies' bedroom furniture, an ironing board that would not stand and the most awful shower I have had since using a tin can in the desert!

This may have been a grand old hotel 100 years ago, but certainly not anymore. Even the location is devoid of all but a newsagents.

The staff acted as if their jobs were secure for life, regardless of how well (or not) they treated guests. That was when you could find a member of staff. Having stayed in other De Vere Hotels, I should of expected some grubbiness, but this !!!! 5 star hotel??? De Vere doesn't have any. I hope the recession claims this idle hotel chain

Never never never never never again.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2009

When visiting Bournemouth I have previously always stayed at the Marriott but when I was offered by Priceline a rate of 55 Pounds including breakfast I jumped at the offer.
I was not disappointed and at that price the hotel was excellent value.
It is an interesting large ramblng hotel and from some rooms it is impossible to reach others from other than the ground floor.
In many ways I almost felt like a guest at an old English Country Estate complete with slightly worn furnishings and creaky floor boards. I enjoyed a Sea View Room (261) and found it absolutely clean, very large and comfortable. There was a small balcony from which I had great views. The bathroom was very narrow but adequate, clean and well equipped. It had a flexible shower hose and head which I prefere to the fixed type. The towels etc were excellent quality. The water however was almost boiling and it was good that warnings were posted in this regard (Providing you understood english).
Passing other rooms with open doors it is clear that there are very different room shapes and furniture.
If there was a disadvantage it was the room was overheated and my only option was to open the french doors to cool but this was not possible when there was heavy rain and winds.

All the staff I encountered were polite and helpful and especially in the restarants. On the first morning there was a conference group in the hotel and the hot breakfast was buffet style. On the next 3 mornings hot food was ordered from the menu. This included the usual english fry-up and old favourites like kipper or smoked haddock with poached eggs. The cold buffet selection was poor comprising only one type of cold meat and 2 types of cheese. Perhaps in the main season with more guests there is a change.
The garden area is a real bonus and very well maintained. Attractive even in January.
Would I stay here again? Yes and absolutely at the price I paid.
At full price I think I would go the Marriott. although it is not in as good a location as the Royal Bath.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled solo
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2009

Nice hotel, great location, but many other hotels avaialble locally for a fraction of the price. Paid £84.00 for an executive room one night B&B. Very good breakfast, but bar very pricey.

  • Stayed January 2009, 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
#16 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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