In the past we've booked hotels in Bournemouth on the East Overcliffe with sea views but as Bookings.com stated the hotel was 'Centrally located on the West Cliff, 300 metres from the cliffs overlooking Bournemouth pier and those golden beaches' thought it might be near the coast. It is - but sadly no sea views. The sea front is a short walk.
We booked a room for one night with breakfast in the Lodge which is adjacent to the main hotel. The building is not stunning but there is plenty of parking (athough space is tight). Both the lodge and hotel centre around a courtyard garden which is pleasant enough.The rooms are clean and tidy with everything you need. Our bathroom was quite small but had a good over bath shower and was clearn. The main reception in the hotel is very nice. All public rooms are clean and airy. Decor not to my taste elsewhere - but that's just me! There is an excellent health spa and indoor pool. Treatments are well priced.
What makes this hotel stand out are the staff. Nothing was too much trouble and we were always greeted with a smile. Good choice at breakfast. We didn't eat in Blakes restaurant but the menu looked interesting. Disappointed with the menu in the conservatory/bar and overall ambience - so ate out. Have booked a night during the summer though and looking forward to it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The newly refurbished, AA 4 star Connaught Lodge offers smart and comfortable en-suite accommodation and is centrally located on the West Cliff being just 500m from the town centre, the BIC, Pavilion Theatre, pier and those golden, sandy beaches. Free WiFi, Free Parking and complimentary membership of the Bluewater Spa, located in the adjacent Best Western Connaught Hotel, is available to all Lodge guests. The spa has an 18m swimming pool and spa pool, a luxurious, fully tiled eucalyptus steam room, a superb sauna, 2 gymnasiums and a massage and beauty therapy suite. After a relaxing day in the Spa why not enjoy a superb dinner with first class wine in Blakes', the Connaught's award-winning, double rosette restaurant, also located in the main building, where Nick Rutigliano, the Maitre d', and his team will serve you with superb food, freshly prepared by the Head Chef, Ben Nicol and his young team of highly qualified chefs. ... more less
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