We stayed at the Royal Bath in September and although we had a lovely stay there, our experience was somewhat marred by the way we were treated in the spa.
So in November we decided to return and see if this time we had a better experience.
We had a much better stay!
We were given a Royal Executive Sea View Room (Room 366) in the Royal Wing,
which we later learned is the honeymoon suite and the best room in the hotel.
It was amazing, with bay windows facing the sea and hotel gardens and a lounge area with sofas and a massive flat screen television. The bed was so comfy and massive, and the bathroom had underfloor heating, with walk in shower and toilet and a big bath.
We even had a seaview balcony. I can imagine in Summer this must be breathtaking!
I have stayed in quite a few hotels in my time, and this room is simply the best hotel room I have ever stayed in. It even beats the Radisson Edwardian London and Newcastle Marriott rooms, and they were good. This was something else and simply set the tone for our stay and I want to thank Paul Spencer and his assistant Hollie for sorting this for us. It was superb.
I have posted some pictures of the room with this review, but they don't quite do it justice.
From what I have found out, the other Royal Executive Sea View Rooms are of similar standard to this, but without the lounge area, and instead a bigger balcony.
This type of room is head and shoulders above the basic rooms at the Royal Bath, so if you have the money I would certainly recommend this room.
We eat again at Oscars, which we didn't find too pricey and again it was lovely. We felt comfortable and it was in a relaxed atmosphere. The staff were friendly and not too obtrusive. The only minor points of the stay are the hotel does seem short staffed. Check in and out can be slow, and so can the service at the bar. We did chat to one of the barmen who was very apologetic, but he said they are short staffed.
Also, although the reception swiped my credit card for a tab, when I came to use the bar an hour later it still hadn't been authorised. As the barman was on his own, I had to go to reception and tell them about it. The receptionist was polite and apologised. She had a pile of people details to put through and mine was one of them.
I think if we hadn't been given the room we were given I would've complained about this, as it is embarassing and inconvenient, and it shouldn't happen in a former 5 star hotel.
I did see both managers around the hotel quite late at night, and both seemed approachable, so I can see they are trying to improve things at the Royal Bath.
The signs are looking good. Plus my Fiancee had a much better experience at the spa this time. The Royal Bath is a lovely hotel with charm and elegance, and with hard work I would really like to see it become a five star hotel again. If De Vere can improve staffing levels, efficiency and refurbish some of the rooms to be like Room 366, I'm sure it can!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- De Vere Royal Bath Hotel Bournemouth
- Royal Bath Hotel Bournemouth