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The Chocolate Box Hotel
Ranked #4 of 131 Bournemouth B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Weymouth, England
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Another Great Stay!!”
Reviewed 17 July 2009

Stayed at the Marlins in March and vowed to return.

In June my daughter and I had booked to go and see Britains Got Talent at the BIC, as this was a late performance we decided last minute it would be nice to stay over in Bournemouth again.. only if there was a room at this fantastic hotel.

We were both thrilled when there was a room available for the night. Sometimes it is not quite the same visiting a hotel for the second time but yet again we could not fault the cleanliness and the welcome we received. The breakfast was freshly cooked and plentiful.

We enjoyed the show and the short walk back. No queuing to get out of car parks etc. Well worth it.



What more can I say but we hope to return.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 17 July 2009

Marlins is on the West Cliff so just a couple of steps from the beach.
The rooms are clean, newly fitted and spacious (expecially the large double room!).
The breakfast is the traditional English one and it's so yummy!

It's been lovely to stay at Marlins, I'll be back for sure!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2009

We stayed in this place over the Easter bank holiday. Originally, we had planned to stay for only two nights, but as we had such a good time in Bournemouth and this place turned out to be such a gem, we extended our stay by another night (and were lucky to get a room as there had been a cancellation)

We will happily recommend this place to anyone. The welcome was warm and friendly, the rooms are lovely and tastefully decorated (with the most comfy beds you can possibly wish for) and the breakfast is to die for. You have several breakfast options, and I went for a cooked breakfast on two occasions.

I tend to be very fussy when it comes to sausages (a weak point in most fry-ups as a lot of guest houses go for the cheapo ones) but the ones they served us were delicious and great quality.

Another bonus point is the location – it is only a couple of minutes to the beach and the town centre, yet it is quiet and peaceful. An abundance of restaurants can be found within walking distance.

This is pretty much the best hotel we’ve stayed in for years. In fact, should we go to Bournemouth again, I would probably plan the trip around the availability of a room in this place.

Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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hampshire
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Reviewed 7 July 2009

We only stayed one night but could not have got better or friendlier service anywhere.
I would definately stay here again.
Only thing we felt that breakfast could finish at 9.30/9.45am instead of 9.15am

  • Stayed July 2009
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watford
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Reviewed 6 July 2009

Visited Bournemouth several times before but never been lucky enough to find a hotel I would re-visit. booked this hotel at the last minute on the internet getting the last available room . From the moment we walked in the door the service was friendly & informative nothing was to much trouble , the room was immaculate & the breakfast was amazing ! the only minor downside was the parking. Next time I plan a return visit I will be booking at marlins

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Marlins08, Owner at The Chocolate Box Hotel, responded to this review, 9 July 2009
Thank you Paul for your very kind comments. I would just like to clarify that we do have a car park and we guarantee all guests will be able to park, but this does at busy times mean parking is tight. We may ask you to double park and leave the keys with us so that we can move the car if anybody is blocked in. Its not ideal but the parking is free and we make it work so that nobody is inconvenienced.
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Harrogate
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Reviewed 1 July 2009

Having spent hours on the internet looking for a hotel in Bournemouth, i kept coming back to Marlins, and i am pleased that i took the initiative and booked.I had a great room with tea/coffee making facilities, nice size tv, and comfy bed.Breakfast was more than adequate and service was very attentive. All the staff did a brilliant job and the owners always had time to chat.
This hotel doesnt accept stag/hen parties which was one reason i booked, and the reviews are consistant . I look forward to returning in the future.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled solo
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London
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Reviewed 30 June 2009

This smart and stylish hotel is in a prime central location: just a short walk from Bournemouth sea front and handy for the town and its amenities.
The staff are friendly and helpful - and the cooked breakfasts well above expectations. The sausage even came with added leek flavouring. Nice touch!
The whole place is spotless and you get the feeling that they take a pride in keeping the highest standards.
The hotel wi-fi worked a treat. I was able to catch up with Glastonbury on BBC iPlayer.
My room was the smallest but beautifully decorated and very comfortable.
One gripe: the hand basin was quite the smallest imaginable - like something in a junior school loo! I found this a little odd because the en suite bathroom wasn't cramped.
I found the Marlins experience very pleasurable and have no hesitation in recommending it to others.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled solo
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Property: The Chocolate Box Hotel
Address: 2 West Cliff Road, Bournemouth BH2 5EY, England (Formerly Marlins)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Bournemouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 131 B&Bs / Inns in Bournemouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Chocolate Box Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Chocolate Box is a 4 Star guest house located within a short walk of the Conference centre (BIC), beach and town centre. We offer free off street parking (which is first come, first serve) although at busy times this may mean you will have to double park and leave your keys with us. We pride ourselves on our cleanliness, each room is inspected daily by the owner to ensure the highest standards are maintained. We will do everything possible to make sure that your stay with us is an enjoyable one. ... more   less 
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