We booked a night here for Valentine's weekend - paid £99 B&B on a Sunday night. We paid £30 to upgrade to a top floor sea view room on arrival, which was well worth it. Unfortunately, the hotel's crowing glory - it's sea view - was marred by the poor state of the window in our room; it was moudly, dirty, damp and poorly patched up (see photos). The reception staff were all excellent: extremely welcoming and helpful at all times. There were problems with the lift which meant we had to keep walking up and down to the 4th floor. Didn't like having to pay £10 to park; other 4* Bournemouth hotels offer free parking. The room itself was nice: a huge, comfy, king-sized bed; a clean, modern bathroom; plenty of pillows & cushions. The decor is a bit dated I suppose and some furniture a bit tired. But, more significantly, there was thick dust on the bed valance and large stains on the fabric armchairs. The communal areas of the hotel are lovely with the exception of the hideous carpet! The 'library' area is particularly nice. The leisure facilities are good but it is open to non-hotel-guests and was full of young children, which didn't make for a restful experience. The leisure staff were not friendly or helpful either and no robes/slippers are provided. Breakfast was fantastic - a huge range of food available and no supplements for menu dishes. Again, the waiting staff were very attentive. All in all, a mixed bag: we loved the unrivalled sea view but would not stay again, having had a much more positive experience at newly-refurbished Connaught Hotel the previous night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sweeping sea views, an exquisitely detailed lobby and outstanding staff welcome you to the Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel. Located adjacent to from the Bournemouth International Centre on the Dorset coastline, we offer a setting that both business and leisure travellers will appreciate. Richly appointed guest rooms offer supreme comfort and secure high-speed Internet. In summer, the sun terrace and outdoor pool provide the perfect retreat. Wifi is available free of charge in the lobby, lounge and bar to all hotel guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Bournemouth
- Bournemouth Marriott