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Carrington House Hotel
Ranked #61 of 66 Hotels in Bournemouth
Reviewed 4 January 2014

The hotel is pretty run down and needs a good refurbishment, however, for the price we paid to be virtually in the centre of Bournemouth you can't complain too much. The bathroom had cracked tiling and the bath could do with a good scrub. The mattress was sunken in on one side which was slightly distrubing. At breakfast was not the best which not a great selection and awkward tea and coffee area.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

Booked as a last minute deal on booking.com and paid £29 for a double room and breakfast, so wasn't expecting much. However on arrival the hotel seemed nice and clean, the room was dated and tired but for the price I can't complain. The staff are friendly and the breakfast was good.

Overall I would return if the price stays so good.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank KevSuzuki
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

we stayed at the Carrington house hotel for 2 nights and first impression was " what a great hotel ". we were welcomed by a very friendly reception lady and given directions to our room, I must agree that the rooms are a little tired but clean and adequate. we slept well and the breakfast was 10/10. we only paid £29.00 a night and we would have indeed paid double for the quality of stay we received, people are to quick to complain , hence why I found it necessary to review this hotel. there is absolutely nothing to fault this hotel and we are planning a second visit in the summer.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank susan h
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Reviewed 31 December 2013

We booked but never stayed because it was further out of town than we envisaged so I asked if they had any alternative hotels and we were very kindly and professionally dealt with and transferred to the royal bath hotel in town centre and I have written a review separately but well done the carrington .

Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

The Carrington Hotel Bournemouth
Date 31 August 1 Sept 2013

A Britannia Hotel
Dariusdave has been Chair of a Social Club in Swindon for many years. Traditionally the members enjoy a seaside visit and this year The Committee decided to venture to Bournemouth for Air Show weekend. How right we were with scorching hot sunshine.
Back in the cold and wet winter we negotiated a deal with Barnes Coaches the largest and most modern coach operator in the Swindon area. They recommended The Carrington hotel “a Forestdale Hotel” well that chain had a touch of Wessex to its title.
We arrived around 11 am well in time to find a perch for The Red Arrows at midday. Usual nonsense from reception staff about a check in at 15.00 even though we thought this had been agreed with booking team. Eventually it was agreed our luggage could be stored in an office till 15.00 or later.
Dariusdave noted a sign saying “Britannia Hotel” and a helpful member of the reception team in a fine Polish accent confirmed this was a recent change. Now Dariusdave is familiar with Britannia Hotels. This relatively “young chain” a private company have rescued many famous names that were in terminal decline The Norbeck Blackpool, The Adelphi Liverpool, Russ Hill Gatwick and Pontin’s. Trip Advisor reviews for Britannia Hotels almost always include that ghastly phrase “tired rooms.” Frankly if you don’t want tired rooms go to a new Travelodge.
Britannia Hotels are price competitive, very popular with The Coach Trade, and The Carrington was also hosting a Stag weekend, a Hen Weekend and on Sunday a dance competition plus Dariusdave’s party.
The good, after check in late afternoon the lift worked and we carried our bag to room 83. No wages wasted on Bellboys. Our room was spacious, a desk area with a limited information folder, but no restaurant menu. A double bed with two wired in lights one had a fluorescent bulb the other no bulb. Beloved wife for 40+years inspected the bed linen which was clean. We had observed “The Sunlight Lorry” weaving around the local streets.
The window was open with views of next door and parked cars. The bathroom belonged to an earlier age. The small radiator by the loo was hot as were some of the floor tiles, no doubt a warming feature on a cold winter’s night. But this may have been the hottest Saturday of summer 2013. The flush system was powerful but the flush handle was loose and needed to be raised then lowered. There were three bottles titled Forestdale Group containing mild shampoo, body wash and body lotion.
Dariusdave tested the shower that had instructions in many languages. First one had to climb into an ancient and deep bath. A challenging feature for those of us whose knee joints are past 60. The shower had the great advantage that the shower head could be hand held. The blending valve had stood the test of time and when correctly adjusted which took time gave a powerful warm spray.
Close to the bathroom was a television cabinet with an open drawer displaying two towels. The television worked and seemed to be set to BBC World Service.
There was a wardrobe, sorry on the hanger test 5/10, and chest of drawers more than enough storage for a one night visit plus a brace of armchairs.
Major challenge no electric point anywhere near the bed. Would Dariusdave’s sleep apnoea machine work? I visited reception explained the problem and the young Polish assistant immediately agreed to supply an electric extension cable no charge. For Dariusdave that is far more important than the age of bedroom wall paper.
We were offered local maps and given instructions by reception staff on how to find Boscombe Pier, promenade and beach. We choose a viewing point at the top of the cliffs to view first The Red Arrows, later the Hurricane, Lancaster and Spitfire. We witnessed the Royal Navy’s contribution, The Marines come ashore in ribs and an ancient looking landing craft, and the commentary sounded akin to “Horse of The Year” plus many other aircraft displays. A wonderful afternoon’s free entertainment little wonder the tannoy was claiming the largest ever attendance for Bournemouth’s air show.
There is a natural gap between afternoon (and twilight) airshow then around 10pm and fireworks from Bournemouth pier. The Carrington Restaurant had a bijou menu that may have had its origins in a bygone age. Gammon steak covered in parsley sauce may also cover a multitude of sins. Fortunately the Bar Man between offering Happy Hour Beer c£2.20 a pint and house wine offer 2 bottles for £15 (not bad for a hotel) produced a bar snacks menu. Surely this menu is what one might have expected from a hotel restaurant? Beloved wife choose the Moroccan chicken with rice and Dariusdave the naked gammon steak, two fried eggs chips and peas. Both dishes had generous portions no need for starters or sweet puddings.
Many of us ventured out for the Firework Display, colourful but all over in around 10 minutes. Quick hike back to the Carrington, where we could still refresh ourselves from the wine offer before the “cash” bar closed. The plastic bar that opens at 23.00 hours was still serving residents around 04.00 so the youth of today from hen and stag parties did not have the stamina to toast sun up.

Sleep
After a day of travel and fresh air with a few glasses of house red we both slept like proverbial logs. Did not hear any riotous noises from hen or stag parties, or anyone else to disturb our sleep. Plenty of hot water for bathroom after we awoke.

Breakfast
Buffet style fortunately we did not all arrive together. There was a cornucopia for breakfast goodies, fruit juice, yogurts, various fruits in juice or syrup, cereals a hot buffet sausage, bacon, beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, a yellow jelly substance looking vaguely like scrambled eggs and a few lucky guests may have had a fried egg. The rigours of standing in the queue for the toast machine which worked at 220 volts far better than many abroad that struggle on 110 volts. Plenty of butter or margarine portions jams and marmalade. Finally a fun coffee machine that had 3 outlets, how many were wide awake enough to get it right first time?
Problems:-
1) Plumbing not only was Room 83’s bathroom radiator hot, but many had water faults. Some rooms had hot water from both taps, some hot from cold tap and vice versa. Didn’t hear if some rooms had cold only. I know one of our party took iced water from the bar for cleaning teeth.
2) Communications what is check out time on Sunday? Reception suggested 10 am. The web site before arrival 11 am and folder in room midday. Fortunately the Reception staff had some old fashioned savvy and Dariusdave could finish his toast without raised blood pressure.
Other features include an indoor heated swimming pool, a large off road car park. Oh tea and coffee facilities in room 83 not tested.
Would we stay again?
Allowing for being in the real world, for being a Britannia Hotel, if we were organizing another coach trip and price was good yes.

Room Tip: Room 84 spacious for a couple even if wall paper was vintage
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

We booked this hotel as we took our 6 year old daughter to see the Bournemouth panto and as we got married at The Carrington House Hotel 8 years earlier we thought it would be nice for her to stay there. On arrival we could not believe how run down the whole place looked, all the fixtures and fittings and were the same but now very worn and run down. On a more positive note our room was large, clean and warm but needed bringing up to date. However, we paid a good price and you do get what you pay for. As this hotel was very personal to us and we have very happy memories of our wedding day it saddened us that it had gone down in quite a short period of time. I would not choose this hotel if I was getting married today. The breakfast was average and another low cost hotel you get far better value for money.

Room Tip: If you are less able ask for a room close to the lift
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

Stayed here on a Groupon deal (bed, breakfast, evening meal and a bottle of wine) and because of that it was tremendous value. However, the hotel clearly needs attention. The room was clean and comfortable, but both the room and the bathroom had broken fanlight windows, stuck in a slightly open position. The stair carpet was taped down with the tape hanging off in places, there were cracks and wires hanging out in the main corridors. The evening meal was a serve yourself three course meal but as we had to be at a concert in the early evening we couldn't have it. However, we were supplied with a fairly standard packed lunch instead. Cooked breakfast was not very hot and, there was little choice in the buffet section. Staff were friendly and helpful. I would stay again only if it was a cheap deal.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Knyveton Rd, Bournemouth BH1 3QQ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Bournemouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #61 of 66 Hotels in Bournemouth
Price Range: £23 - £86 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Carrington House Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 182
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Carrington House Hotel, close to the town centre and all Bournemouth's top attractions, is situated on a quiet pine tree lined avenue on the East Cliff side of Bournemouth - perfect for a weekend break or short sightseeing trip. The hotel is close to both the railway and coach station and is only a ten-minute drive from Bournemouth Airport.There is so much to see and do in Bournemouth and its surrounding area, that you are bound to be back again and again whether it is a relaxing short break in Bournemouth that you are after, a cosmopolitan city break, or a weekend break for sight seeing and fun, Carrington House Hotel is an ideal base for all your activities.The hotel has 145 en-suite bedrooms, including 42 purpose-built family rooms plus conference and banqueting facilities for up to 700, a heated indoor swimming pool, table tennis, pool, table football and free parking for 85 cars. ... more   less 
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