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The Connaught Lodge
Ranked #25 of 66 Hotels in Bournemouth
Certificate of Excellence
Oxfordshire
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3 reviews
“Weekend Break”
Reviewed 10 June 2013

We booked The Connaught Hotel along with my husband's sister and her husband and stayed in The Lodge. The refurbished rooms were superbly decorated. Windows which actually opened and a shower with a hand held shower facility along with a comfortable and clean room made this stay one of the best for a long time. The decor in the main hotel was very stylish and pleasing to the eye.

The reception staff and management were always on hand and were both helpful and friendly. We used the swimming pool and spa facilities which were the best we had experienced for a long time.

All in all we could not find fault with the hotel and will certainly stay again.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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David1007, Owner at The Connaught Lodge, responded to this review, 11 June 2013
Thank you very much Patricia for your super review and we look forward to welcoming you all back again soon.

Best wishes

David F Miller
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devon
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Reviewed 7 June 2013

We chose this hotel because of its proximity to the BIC. It delivered on this as it was only 10 mins walk to the venue. However we were very disappointed with the limited car parking. On arriving at the hotel the car park was jammed full,The reception staff advised I try the NCP car park down the road which we didn't feel a very satisfactory option. Fortunately later in the evening a space did become free and we were able to move our car. Our hotel room was fine, clean and basic. We were staying in the lodge next door to the main hotel, other hotel guests were very noisy and we even had to listen to small child having a tantrum outside our door at 1 am, then awoken at 6.30 by our neighbours tv . All in all not a very restful stay and we were glad to get home.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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David1007, Owner at The Connaught Lodge, responded to this review, 10 June 2013
Sincere apologies Catherine for the problems with parking your car but, to be honest, this is a town house hotel with 66 car parking spaces - more than the majority of hotels in Bournemouth and the parking is free!! There will always be the odd times when parking is difficult but we offer a valet parking service which generally deals with it. Sorry about the child but a tad out of our control. On the good side I hope you enjoyed the concert!!

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Stotfold
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

Comfortable stay, good food and friendly staff.
The pool and spa facilities were excellent.
There was a lovely large courtyard where breakfast could be served and a spacious lounge to read the papers in.
There were also large conference rooms and a beautiful ballroom.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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David1007, Owner at The Connaught Lodge, responded to this review, 2 June 2013
Thank you for your lovely 5 star review Loraine. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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David F Miller
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Worcester, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 May 2013

My sister and I stayed for a weekend in May in the lodge which is in the hotel grounds.The reception staff were extremely helpfull and friendly as were all of the staff in the hotel.The room we stayed in on the top floor was halfway through refurbishment the bathroom was brand new and the room was just waiting to be painted but it was fine would be perfect when completed.The breakfast was excellent wide selection of hot and cold food .The hotel was a short walk from the town and beaches.would definately stay again.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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David1007, Owner at The Connaught Lodge, responded to this review, 28 May 2013
Thank you Jane for your "excellent hotel" review. A great deal of work has been carried out in the Lodge and we are, thank goodness, nearly finished!! Delighted you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Devon
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

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.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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David1007, Owner at The Connaught Lodge, responded to this review, 28 May 2013
Many thanks BowlersDevon for your great review. The menus have been changed and the Connaught Brasserie, for those wanting less formal dining, will be up and running by the time you get back - including a new, more extensive menu.

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Higham Ferrers, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 May 2013

Well just how good was this hotel picked at random,a few days before setting of an email from the MD to welcome us to the Connaught and promising us a warm welcome.
We arrived mid after noon and were located in the Lodge a few yards from the main hotel,the room on the second floor was well furnished and very clean.
The hotel is just a 5 minute walk to the beach or the BIC and perhaps 10 minutes from the town centre.

Breakfast was served with the attention of a 5 star hotel and the choice of food and QUALITY was equal to the 5 stars and served with a smile.

A most enjoyable few days,sun from dawn to dusk and made all the memorable with such helpfull staff.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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David1007, Owner at The Connaught Lodge, responded to this review, 14 May 2013
And here's a note from the same MD to thank you for your super review Williwombat.

Best wishes and I hope we see you again soon.

David F Miller
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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2013

The room was a decent size although the en-suite shower room was a bit on the small side. The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful and the facilities very good. The leisure facilities (in the main hotel) include a decent sized pool, spa pool, sauna, an excellent steam room and gym. Breakfast is served in the main hotel next door and there was an excellent selection of cereals, juices, toast, pastries and, of course, a wide selection of hot breakfast items. The hotel is only a couple of minutes walk away from the West Cliff and is an ideal base for a seaside vacation.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Christopher D
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David1007, Owner at The Connaught Lodge, responded to this review, 14 May 2013
A superb 5 star review Christopher, thank you very much.

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Property: The Connaught Lodge
Address: 32 West Hill Rd | West Cliff, Bournemouth BH2 5PH, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Bournemouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 66 Hotels in Bournemouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Connaught Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 27
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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