This is a very well run hotel and all staff have been very well trained. Every-one was so cheerful & helpful from the management down to the cleaners and it made for a very relaxing atmosphere.
We parked in the rear carpark which also has an entrance to the hotel via a lift . There are parking spaces at the front of the hotel and in the event of no carparking spaces being available,guests are encouraged to park on the road outside the hotel,leaving keys for management to move it if blocking anyone one in.
Breakfast - Hot & Cold serve yourself to as much as you like with the tea,coffee & toast being served at the table. With a vast choice of food there is something to suit every taste. If you want Porridge etc it is individually cooked on request.
We didn't have an evening meal in the restaurant as we went for a walk out to Bournemouth and ate in 'The Moon in the Square' Weaterspoons pub (The only one which we could find that allowed under 18's in - allowed kids in til 9pm & I'd recommend it to anyone).
We returned to the hotel bar and entertainment later for a few drinks and sometimes baguettes ,which were very tasty.
Nice comfy seating areas in reception area and free internet use on their computer.
On the one morning that it rained our son made use of the Xbox which just required a £10 returnable deposit for the games & controller. There is also a Pool Table,Table Football, Table Tennis , Playstation 2 & other games located in a couple of games rooms on the lower ground floor. Deposit required for Cues etc. It took us a time finding the games rooms so more signage would be a help . But it was no trouble as we enjoyed touring the corridors looking for it!
The Outdoor Pool area was very nice and even though the water was coldish when you first got it it was bearable and many any hour was spent in there. It was nice having some music played in the background as well.
The Indoor Pool needed a code to get in, and FreeTowels are supplied from reception. There are 3 changing cubicles and a playpen for people with small kiddies. There are lockers available but we didn't use them. (We left our valuables with reception whilst swimming) . The pool was clean and lovely and warm. There is also a jacuzzi and a sauna,although the Sauna was only hot on one occasion. I did however see it written somewhere to ask for the Sauna to be switched on if you intended to use it.
We had a family seaview balcony room which was a decent size,but when we extended our stay,the second family seaview room was a lot larger . Rooms seem to vary in size but on peeping into rooms as we walked down the corridor they all looked decent sizes.
Nice Flatscreen TV but we didn't use that much.
Hairdryer in the room and complimentary toiletries.Tea & coffee & hot Chocolate replenished daily.
Plenty of Coathangers in large wardrobe (12 in first room & 16 in next )
Bathroom very clean and rubber bath mat supplied on request.
The one occassion when wereported that our sink plug was stuck,the maintenance man had it fixed a few minutes later. Excellent service!
The hotel is located only a few minutes walk from the beach and the hill,although steepish,isn't as long and steep as others in Bournemouth.
The beach near to the hotel has lifeguards on duty and cafes & toilets .
I would recommend this hotel to everyone and will certainly be returning again.
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