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Langtry Manor Hotel
Ranked #2 of 66 Hotels in Bournemouth
Certificate of Excellence
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Best hotel in Bournemouth”
Reviewed 13 September 2011

Just got back from a week's holiday at the Langtry Hotel - what an amazing stay we had. Cannot fault anything. Room/food/service were first class. Staff were very helpful and obliging, nothing was too much trouble. Thoroughly recommend going there. Although we didnt stay in the Kings Suite - we did have a peek and it was superb. Have to mention the Edwardian Banquet on Saturday evening. Six courses were served !! Marvellous.

Room Tip: All good we were in the St Ledger - but the best is the Kings Suite which was Edward Vll and Lily La...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 September 2011

Just returned from 3 nights at this beautiful hotel. We stayed in the King's Room which is absolutely splendid - enormously high vaulted ceiling, grand fireplace and furniture, a super little balcony to sit out on and a very nice modern bathroom with jacuzzi and an extremely efficient shower in a corner cubicle.

The toiletries were nice and ample supplies were given. There were fleece robes but no slippers, which would have been good as the carpet was a little grubby in parts. The room had a chargeable mini bar but it was disappointing at this room rate that complimentary water was not provided. There was an i pod dock and - joy of joys - free wifi! The bed was one of the most comfortable hotel beds we have ever slept in. The room was a little dusty but with the size and height of the furniture and fittings this is not really surprizing!

The rest of the main hotel (we didn't go into the Lodge) is elegant - some contemporary furniture mixed with traditional, and a pleasant bar and lounge. The garden is lovely - it wasn't warm enough to sit out but it must be super in good weather. The reception staff were friendly and welcoming, as were the rest of the staff (apart from one waiter at breakfast but maybe he was having a bad hair day!).

So to the food.... We booked a DBB package and for once a full 3 course dinner was included - many hotels these days seem to give an 'allowance' toward dinner which barely covers 2 courses so it was great that this rate was truely inclusive. The structure of the menu was excellant. There was the 'fine dining' menu which had 5 or 6 starters, mains and puds, but in addition a 'classic' menu which had simpler food - prawn cocktail and mains cooked in a more homely way. What a great idea - so often someone may not like the more 'fancy' food so here is a way for everyone's tastes to be met.

Both evenings the food was very good. The first evening I didn't like the vegetarian option so asked if chef could provide an alternative. 3 choices were given which I found very pleasing. Both my food and husband's were imaginative, tasty, and well presented. So unfortunately to the negative....

The restaurant descibes itself as a 'sublime dining experience'. To me that means great food (tick to that one then), and excellant service, which is where things were a little lacking. The sweet young Rod Stewart lookalike, and the others who waited on us at dinner were friendly and polite, and the service provided would have been fine in a more casual bistro or brasserie environment. However, the niceties of fine dining were lacking - our wine was not topped up, the water was not poured, the waiter was unsure whose dish was whose, on the first evening a spoon and fork was laid to eat cheese, and on the second the puddings arrived before cutlery had been laid - and then the correct cutlery was not available at first. We were not asked if we wanted more wine or water when the bottles were emplty, and on the second evening not even offered coffee. As the waiter was very pleasant and obliging one suspects there is a training issue, but the maitre d' was just as bad. It was such a shame - the fabric of the restaurant and quality of food were spot on.

Breakfast was OK, but the option of paying £2 a glass for freshly squeezed orange (rather than that provided in jugs) seemed a tad steep. Again the service could have been so much better - plates were not cleared as quickly as they should have been and the tea and coffee on the first morning were only luke warm.

We loved staying here, and are really looking forward to going back. I do hope though that the service issues are addressed so I can give it a 5!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Worcester, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2011

We stayed in the Lilly langtry room the first night and the gold cup room the second. Both were amazing. We got there checked in before heading down to the beach. The beach is about a 3-5 minute walk and about a 15 minute walk to the pier. We ate in the restaurant both nights and had a fabulous dinner the staff could not be more helpful. The wines were subline but carried the price tag to match. It was mine and my fiancee's engagment gift from my parents and so on the first night we got a rose, chocolates congratulations scroll in the room and some swan meranges as a surprise durning dinner. Please take note they will definately spoil you if it is a special occassion but make sure they KNOW!!! The longe is very relaxing and the small garden very pretty. Fantastic place we will certainly be going back! The spa was ok but is part of another hotel. The in room jucuzzi was fantastic though.

Room Tip: The suits are amazing and worth the price, though I expect the other rooms are fantastic as well. We...
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Auch, France
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2011

THIS IS A HOTEL FOR THAT "SPECIAL OCCATION" ,We have benn here may times and never been disappointed. YOU MUST DO THE SATURDAY NIGHT BANQUET, THE FOOD IS ALWAYS VERY GOOD, The service is great, the rooms are very comfortable (depending on which you have). The lodge is a little cheaper if you don't mind the walk across the road. Well worth a visit you should not be disapointed.

Room Tip: THE Hotel is a little more expensive but the lodge is cheaper.
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  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Oxfordshire
Level 6 Contributor
115 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2011

Stayed here for two nights in Room 24, a small double with shower/bath. Lovely room and the small bathroom was not a problem.
The food and service were great. We stayed on a bed and breakfast deal.
The room was quaint in its way but very comfortable and functional with toiletries and drinks tray as needed. Lovely large soft towels too.
There was a nice garden and lounge for guests use.
I enjoyed the use of the pool, sauna and steam room at a nearby hotel.
My only minor issue would be the cost of drinks at the bar, but this would not stop me returning to this lovely, charming hotel

Room Tip: Choose a high floor as this is an old building.
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 September 2011

We had a marvellous stay at Langtry Manor. It is a very friendly hotel and rooms are decorated in a lovely manor. The cuisine is absolutely excellent - best duck breast we ever had. After indulging in a lovely apple and blackberry crumble, my husband wondered the following night if there was any left that he could have again. Although there wasn't any, chef pulled out all the stops and made him an individual one all to himself. He was so delighted. The history that goes with Langtry Manor is interesting with its famous tales of Lillie. Our daughter has just completed acting school so it was interesting for her to hear about the famous Jersey Lillie. A real little gem of a hotel.

Room Tip: We had a room in the Lodge as it was only a fleeting weekend stay but it was excellent.
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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London
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2011

We stayed here to celebrate my partner's birthday in July 2011, and had an excellent time.
We were in the main house, which think was definitely preferable to the place across the road particularly as there were weddings both nights and we heard a small amount of noise until 11.30ish despite being a distance away.
The room was equisite, extremely clean and was so nice to relax in. Was an excellent size plus a jacuzzi bath.
The grounds are lovely and the hotel is in a great location to explore Bournemouth, very close to the sea.
The only reason I've given it 4 rating rather than 5 was that the food and service in the restaurant wasn't quite up to the standard of the rest of the hotel. It was good but not great.
However would certainly recommend and we will return.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Langtry Manor Hotel
Address: 26 Derby Road | East Cliff, Bournemouth BH1 3QB, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Bournemouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Bournemouth
#4 Family Hotel in Bournemouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Langtry Manor Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Langtry Manor was built in 1877 by Edward VII for his mistress Lillie Langtry. It was an extremely elegant and luxurious home and served as their hideaway and love nest. Following substantial re-development the Hotel is now one of Bournemouth’s finest and most welcoming hotels. Our staff pride themselves on their service and attention to detail and look forward to welcoming you to the peace, comfort and heritage of Langtry Manor. ... more   less 
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