I spent quite a while looking at various B&B's and hotels in Bournemouth and Christchurch. Most of the B&B's were coming in at around £60 per night based on 2 people sharing a double room from Thursday to Saturday, and a lot of these were a little chintzy looking.
Eventually, I stumbled across Hotel Celebrity; it seemed quite fresh, clean and modern from the photos (though I didn't put too much trust in them being truly representive!). 2 nights came in at a little over £100 through a third party website (the price was 50% higher using their own website!).
The hotel was easy to find - a convenient central location about a 4-5 minute walk from the main 'strip' - far enough away so that there were no problems with noise from the centre. It was also just a 4-5 minute walk from the beach - superb!
Free parking was provided for residents in a modest car park (which did fill up whilst I was there at the very end of the summer season).
First impressions on entering the lobby were that it looked tidy and clean, perhaps in need of a little attention in places (several false roof panels were missing above the reception desk although it seemed that there were works on going). Beyond the reception area was a large lounge room (named the 'Sherlock Holmes Lounge'!) behind a beautiful set of art deco wooden doors and furnished with antique style bureaus, tables and bookcases, and leather sofas. The receptionist was courteous and helpful; she checked me into my room; told me about the meal times and geve me the free Wi-Fi info. She advised that I should have Wi-Fi coverage in my 2nd floor room.
The corridors were a tiny bit dated looking but the room, when I entered it, was a pleasant surprise; reflective of the photos on their website: quite modern, clean, not too busy, decorated in creams, browns and bamboo greens. My room wasn't very large, but ample for me. Double bed, large flat screen TV, usual furniture and two tall back chairs with still sufficient room to change.
The bathroom was, again, clean, quite modern and uncluttered, decorated in creamy textured tiles. There was no bath, only a shower cubicle (no problem for me). Fresh white towels and bathmat provided.
My only niggles with the room were that there was no Wi-Fi - I could see the access point but couldn't connect, although was able to connect in the reception - perhaps a problem with their range extenders? Also: the view from my room - a brick wall! It wasn't a problem for me but I'd advise anyone booking to stipulate accordingly if they don't want the same view that I enjoyed!
Breakfast was superb; served in a large, bright dining hall with contemporary furnishing and two large flat screen TV's on one wall with breakfast TV/news showing. The breakfast selection was excellent: buffet style with all the usual full English constituents, as well as a good continental selection, fruit, hot drinks and plenty of fruit juices.
There was a lovely evening dining hall adjacent to the breakfast hall; furnished in a similar, classic style to the ‘Sherlock Holmes Lounge', though I didn't try an evening meal in the hotel (the menu looked quite reasonable though - a nice classic selection with 3 courses costing between £20 - £30).
There was also a 'jazzy' looking, large bar, decorated in a kind of Hollywood diner/pop art style, with heavy emphasis on the 'Celebrity' theme. Again; I didn't spend any time in the bar, so can't comment on service, etc.
Overall: a great stay, very comfortable, lovely breakfast and great location. I'd definitely stay again and recommend to friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In a tree lined avenue on the East Cliff, just one road back from the sea, the Hotel Celebrity is a family owned and operated hotel that prides itself on friendly and fully trained staff dedicated to spoil you and cater for your requirements, making your stay a memorable one!!!The Head Chef and his brigade have successfully gained an outstanding reputation for providing traditional “home cooked” food. Alternatively, our vibrant Lounge-Bar, with its stylish celebrity-themed décor, is the ideal place to enjoy tasty food and drinks that uplift your spirit without emptying your pockets!!! Each morning, all guests can partake of our complimentary “all you can eat” buffet breakfast (freshly-cooked traditional Full English, fruits, cereals and plenty of coffee to set you up for the day. The Hotel’s comfortable en-suite bedrooms, with their new mattresses and 32” flat screen TVs, offer very good value for money to guests on a budget seeking 3 star accommodation. We offer free off-road parking facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi. Superb location, just a ten minute walk from the main bus/coach and railway station, Hotel Celebrity is just a short stroll from Bournemouth sandy beaches, town, Pavilion Theatre and BIC. Whether you are on your own, you’re a family, in a party, on holiday or “down for business”, you can always be sure you will have a warm welcome and a lower priced 3 star accommodation as, we believe, great value for money beats a high price!!! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Quality Inn Bournemouth
- Bournemouth Quality Inn