Like others on here my wife and I were beginning to wonder if we had made a huge mistake booking a nights stay at the Norfolk Royal. We booked via LateRooms.com so had paid less than £100 B&B for the two of us plus our four year old son.
Upon arrival we were quickly checked in by friendly and helpful staff in a clean and well presented reception area. We were advised of the £13 parking charge and duly parked up.
Our room was a spacious family room with Queen size bed and adjacent bunks. The bathroom was clean, fresh mould free and had clean towels as well as an array of toiletries. There was a well stocked mini bar which we didn't use, as, with all hotels the prices were high. However we did make use of the complimentary tea, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits. There was also I turned access available in all rooms. The only criticism I had by that point was the TV, which was probably 20 years old... I'm sure the hotel could stretch to Lcd flats creeps by now! Nonetheless, an antique TV is not the end of the world so everything hinged on breakfast.
As it was a Bank holiday breakfast was served slightly later (0800) which actually suited us. We were shown to our table and offered tea or coffee. Breakfast was buffet style but everything that was supposed to be hot WAS hot and what should be cold was cold. All cooked perfectly in my opinion... I especially liked the sausages which appeared to be superior to sausages I have had in other hotels. All in all we had a great stay and will definitely be back when next in Bournemouth. Incidentally, there is a very small pool ideal if you have kids or just want a splash around but not if you're looking for an aqua workout. Also, as mentioned elsewhere on here the hotel does have some creeky floorboards in places, but it is a converted edwardian Manor so what do people expect? It was nice that the place had some character and the floorboards by no means kept us awake! There is also a nice walled garden if you fancy sitting out with a cold beer. My only other small criticism us the £13 parking charge... You could actually Park elsewhere in Bournemouth for £5 a day so you are paying a big premium for parking on site.. Though it is secure underground parking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bournemouth's premier AA four-star hotel, The Norfolk is Ideally positioned within a short stroll of the resort's major attractions - including its award winning gardens and golden sand Blue Flag beaches.Originally converted from two imposing Edwardian villas, The Norfolk Hotel today boasts 95 spacious and thoughtfully-equipped en suite guestrooms. The Norfolk Hotel's lounge and bar provide the ideal setting to relax and enjoy morning coffee, a new and innovative range of afternoon teas, or evening cocktails.Recently-introduced Friday Fizz events invite guests and non-residents alike to celebrate the start of the weekend with sparkling wines and Champagnes at half price between 4pm and 8pm.The lounge opens on to The Norfolk Hotel's impressive Art Deco verandah which, along with the hotel's secluded gardens alow visitors to eat, drink and be merry al fresco The gardens are also the Venue for The Norfolk Hotel's summer barbecue season which runs from May through September. From noon to 9pm, guests can lunch or dine in the summer sun or when the weather refuses to co-operate move into Echoes, the hotel's fine-sining restaurant. Guest facilites also include a glass-roofed heated indoor pool, whirlpool, steam room and sauna, while the Orchid Rooms Beauty Salon offers a wide range of beauty, holistic and clinical therapy treatments in a quiet and relaxed environment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Norfolk Hotel Bournemouth
- Hotel Norfolk Royale