I cannot understand why this hotel is only 3 stars, it should be 4/5 stars. Superbly located only a few minutes walk from Bournemouth's town centre, wonderful beaches and promenade.
We stayed in the adjacent Connaught Lodge which was only a very short walk across the Garden terrace to the main hotel. The room was well decorated, albeit no air conditioning, but a fan was supplied and the sash windows were able to be opened to allow in fresh air. There was little or no traffic noise.
The main hotel facilities were first class, well decorated and comfortable both inside and out in the two garden terraces. The real secret to this fabulous hotel is the management and staff, from the chef to the cleaning ladies, they were extremely professional, competent and friendly. We had a minor fault with our bathroom door this was fixed within ten minutes of it being reported to reception. The restaurant was absolutely magnificent well led by the restaurant manager. The food was of high standard with a well stocked and comprehensive wine list. I cannot recommend this hotel too highly, and when in Bournemouth I would not consider staying anywhere else.
- 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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