I recently booked a 2 night stay here for our wedding anniversary. I found a great deal on Travelzoo offering half board with a 3 course set menu. Upon arriving I was able to park right outside the entrance and we quickly checked in and got to our room. A standard room is basic but includes all you need for a short stay including Tea/Coffee making facilities, plenty of wardrobe space and hangars, flatscreen TV and plenty of fresh towels. The decor is good although the furniture is a bit dated but I think they in the process of replacing this. If you require an iron and ironing board just ask at or call reception and they'll bring it to your room. Above all is was spotlessly clean which is always the most important aspect to us.
The deal I got was amazing value and we were offered a free drinks voucher for a Tea/Coffee or Prosecco at the bar. The evening meal was excellent with a choice of 5 to 6 options for each course. The 1st night I had the Pork Loin and my wife had the Braised Steak both of which were excellent. Vegetables were served separately in a dish and the portion was ample. I had the Duck Salad starter on one evening and Trout Salad on the next both of which were fresh, well cooked and delicious. The only slight niggle was the in insistence on serving watercress as garnish with everything, which is fine but it was beginning to look a bit past its best. I would suggest asking for butter for your roll as they serve spread in a dish during dinner.
The breakfast was amongst the best I've had which includes all the usual cooked offerings including both scrambled and fried eggs.they quickly replace the food so it's always hot and fresh. Fresh fruit, yoghurt, cereal, toast and juice is offered. The juice is the usual watered down variety but I wouldn't of expected real juice for what we paid. Overall the breakfast was great and I really looked forward to it.
The staff were helpful and friendly and the decor and surroundings nice. the bar has 2 distinct areas, one a relaxing lounge with sofas and the other a more trendy type with chairs and stools. Drinks were reasonable, typically £4 for most shorts with mixers, wine and beer. Worthington's Smooth is served alongside Fosters and a premium lager. I had a Havana Club and diet coke on the 2nd evening this only cost 30p more. There's an outdoor area with seats by the swimming pool but this was not in use this early in the season.
The location of the hotel is on the East Overcliff Drive which is a road running along the top of the cliff overlooking the beach. There are many hotels located here. The Suncliff Hotel (sister hotel) is available next door and offers leisure facilities etc but we didn't get the time to check this out. You can walk down to the beach via steep zig-zag path or stroll down the hill at a more leisurely pace. It's about a 15 minute walk to the pier/town centre.
All in all a great couple of days and the weather was great too! We definitely plan on returning to Bournemouth which has so much to offer and is a lovely place to visit. I would thoroughly recommend the Cumberland hotel to anyone.
- 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