Firstly - check prices with the hotel directly or shop around on Travelzoo etc. before going to places like hotel.com. The hotel itself offers some great deals, which hotels.com do not seem to offer. I am glad that I didn't pay the extortionate price quoted on hotels.com (about £278 for 2 nights in sea view room at this time of year where there is fog and rain!!), as I felt the price charged by the hotel directly in their deal was about right for this time of year.
I have given this a 3 because I felt it was an OK hotel, but I have been to much better, and I can see why it is a 3 star rather than 4 star. The rooms all differ in decor and what they offer. I booked a sea view with balcony, but the decor inside was quite tired looking (maybe I got a room that still needs refurbishing?!). The food on offer at breakfast is great, but the quality of the hot food can be improved drastically. The food at the Bistro, however, was fantastic, although you would have to pay extra for this luxury - but well worth it.
The hotel's WiFi is awful as it keeps resetting itself and one needs to keep re-entering username and password.
I thought the staff were consistently brilliant and very helpful. The room was clean and the bathroom was pleasant.
Overall it was fine, although I can imagine it would be much better in the summer, especially with sea view and balcony.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Large Modern Resort style seafront 3 star hotel with 0ver 100 rooms, many rooms with ocean view and balcony or terrace. Two restaurants including Two AA Red rosette award winning Ventana Brasserie, Stylish and trendy Bar and Miami style lido deck with heated outdoor pool( May-Sept), summer BB!Q's and Chill Beds. The Art Deco style resort was Awarded Best large hotel 2009 in the Bournemouth Tourism Awards, is Bournemouth and Dorset's highest AA rated 3 star hotel at 88% in 2013 and also won several national excellence awards in 2011. Rooms are good quality 3 star rooms whilst service is exceptional with stunning public facilties. The Cumberland also has the facilty of an indoor leisure Sauna/Pool complex with squash courts and small gym ( bookable) at Suncliff right next door. Parking is 55 spaces free on a first come first served basis with on street parking in front. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cumberland Bournemouth
- Cumberland Hotel Bournemouth