I stayed at Wessex Hotel for 16 days recently. The hotel is an old, Victorian seaside hotel which seems to have been last renovated at the height of the 1970's DIY craze. The whole hotel desperately, needs to be revamped to improve the quality for the guests in every way. Although the hotel was usually quiet during the week days, at weekends it is busy. My room was on the second floor and every time I went to or from it I was expecting someone to come out of their room to see what was going on. Honestly, every single floorboard and every single stair creaked like I was in a Hammer House of Horrors movie! The reverse was also true. I was often woken by people walking along the corridors and slamming shut the innumerable fire doors.
Having said all that; the hotel pretty clean and my single room, which was tiny, it was cleaned thoroughly everyday.
Breakfast and dinner were included for my stay and they were both very good. There was a very comprehensive breakfast menu and the dinner menu was supplemented, each day, by a few extra dishes. The food was very enjoyable but I got the impression that chef was capable of far greater things, if only the reins had been taken off. If this hotel gets the refurbishment that it needs, this chef and this overly large restaurant could become an attraction.
The staff are very friendly, attentive and helpful. Especially when I had to ask for a new internet connection password every two days (not sure why they have that policy).
The pool, although very small and circular is warm and there is a tiny gym with a few, mainly broken, pieces of equipment. However, I was very concerned to see a lady unwinding a mains power extension cable from the gym and plugging in her CD player on the poolside. When I informed the staff at the desk and explained the danger involved, she simply shrugged her shoulders and laughed!
Overall, I enjoyed my stay at Wessex Hotel. It was reasonably good value, clean and there was always something entertaining going on.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 109-bedroom Wessex Hotel is on the West Cliff, just five minutes' walk from the centre of Bournemouth, where you can enjoy award-winning Blue Flag beaches, fantastic restaurants and bars and many family attractions. The Hotel has its own leisure club with comprehensive facilities including indoor and outdoor swimming pool, gymnasium and beauty treatment rooms. There are also function rooms for large-scale business events, lavish and intimate weddings and other celebrations, free parking and free WiFi throughout Enjoy a seaside holiday, a family break or a romantic getaway at the Wessex Hotel, Bournemouth. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wessex Hotel Bournemouth