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“NIKKI & DAVE (Northants) FANTASTIC FIRST CLASS @ MARLINS”

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The Chocolate Box Hotel
Ranked #4 of 133 Bournemouth B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 September 2009

We stayed for 4 nights over the Air Festival Weekend and were greeted warmly on arrival, that continued through out our stay. This is a beautifully decorated hotel with so much character. Our bedroom was fantastic and met all our needs. Neil & Micheal were extremely accomodating and were continually on hand if needed. COMPLIMENTS to the chef - the breakfasts were filling and cooked to absolute perfection. We will definitely be returning. NIKKI & DAVE Nothamptonshire

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 September 2009

We stayed at the Marlins for one night because of its close proximity to the Pavilion Theatre and town centre. We had a last minute deal which proved to be good value for money. We would not have rated it good value had we paid the full published rate. Our room was spotless, comfortable and modern, not as shown on some of the booking websites which do not do it justice. We marked the service down slightly because there are not enough tables for breakfast compared with the number of rooms, so some guests had to wait in the lounge for a vacant table. Considering breakfast is only served until 9.30 we felt this was not acceptable for the cost of the stay. Otherwise, king size bed, excellent shower and exceptional cleanliness made the stay very pleasant.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 August 2009

Spent 2 nights here, large comfortable bed and recently refurbished room .
Was able to check into room early which is always appreciated.
Ideal location near to seafront and shops.
Very helpful owners with good local knowledge of where to visit and eat.
Would certainly stay here again.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 August 2009

We all loved this hotel, including our 2 young daughters.
The whole hotel was beautifully decorated and furnished and we found our room comfortable and attractive.
Michael and Neil obviously love what they do and it showed..... in the decor - they have an eye for detail ( fresh flowers, books to read)........ in their friendly and helpful service - giving really useful advice about what to do and where to go...... in their choice of location - the hotel was within minutes of the town, beaches and super restaurants and had ample off road parking.
It was like a home from home only better!

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 August 2009

This was our first stay with Marlins. We will be returning, based on the good service, comfortable rooms and excellent breakfast. Nothing was too much trouble, and service was always delivered with an English voice and a smile - something which is often lacking in the hotel industry. Having stayed at other hotels/guest houses in the Bournemouth area, this is by far the nicest.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 August 2009

A visit to Marlins included a very warm welcome from some of the best hoteliers we've met, very friendly and filled with local information. We stayed in cozy room number 11, at the top of the hotel, it was clean, quiet and benefited from some really nice touches such as wireless internet, flat screen TV with dozens of extra channels (more than the usual offering at more expensive establishments) a bathrobe, extra pillows, double glazed window, hair dryer and biscuits. The 'big breakfast' is wonderful, served fresh and hot with amazing sausages! If you are not in the mood for a full English there's warm croissants, a selection of cereal and lots more besides. From the wealth of brochures in the reception area to the attentive breakfast service, a high standard is apparent throughout Marlins. Its ideally located, within just a few minutes walk you can be at the beach or in the town centre. The number 50 bus operates every 30 minutes from the stop just outside, an open top service which runs through Sandbanks to Swanage via the ferry, one of the best ways to see the region. We highly recommend a visit to Marlins.

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Reviewed 11 August 2009

really helpful staff on arrival. although i was early than supposed, room was ready. and i was offered coffee in the public lounge area.
I was staying at the top of the hotel in a very comfortable and cosy room.
Hotel is well located close to the beach and most important night life is nearby....
Neil and Michael made my stay remarkable.
would definitely recommend the hotel to friends and relatives.
Extra: free WIFI

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled solo
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Additional Information about 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 133 B&Bs / Inns in Bournemouth
Price Range: £55 - £120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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