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Safari Bistro Hotel
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

I read the Trip Advisor reviews before going to this hotel for a 4 night stay with my husband. We were slightly taken aback by the reviews and wondered whether we had made the right choice. When we go there- I exclaimed to my husband that the reviewers must be all mad (seriously no rudeness intended there).

Hosts: A lovely husband and wife couple- could not do any mre for us. Were very polite and welcoming and really got to know us rather than just ignoring us they gave us a lot of attention

Room: Lovely- clean, modern, beautiful -everything catered for

Breakfast: A fantastic range of breakfasts. My husband and I had a great time choosing a different one each day. Very filling and when asked for more was given it no quible

Location: 2 mins to seafront- fantastic

Price- Amazing bargain for what you get

I am a professional person in her twenties and so is my husband. We have travelled a lot and been to a lot of hotels. We loved it here and would 100% go again. We are already planning it. We stayed in Room 14 a great room and hope to go again soon.

Lovely- i truelly believe everyone who is slatting it should book themselves in the Waldhorf Astoria next time- because for £250 for 4 nights we got an awful lot more than we expected

Angela B

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank ANGIE1234London
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Reviewed 24 October 2011

I bought a hotel in bournemouth which was described as sea view best available family room, we paid £85 for this, and are absolutely disgusted with what we were met with, firstly the place smelt of dogs, when commencing to the room it was the most disgraceful room you could ever experience we could not even book anywhere else as the money had already been spent on the room and there was nowhere else anyway. The place was filthy the carpets were not even walkable with no shoes on, the shower come toilet which was more like a cupboard was filthy. It was my birthday night out and we didnt even want to get ready in there it was so bad. . When i spoke to the owner about the seaview room he said that he knew nothing about this and laughed saying he knew nothing about this, well there was no sea view whatsoever.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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4  Thank diamondgirl35
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Reviewed 16 June 2011

Stayed for a weekend at the Safari Hotel. A last minute decision to visit Bournemouth left a limited choice of hotels to stay in so we picked this because it was one of the cheapest (but still pretty expensive for what we got) and had availability.

Location: Excellent. A short walk from the town centre, a short walk from the beach. This was the best thing about the hotel.

Arrival and check in was quick and efficient but the limited parking meant we had to park on the road. We were very lucky to find a (very tight) space around the corner, but I can imagine driving around for ages trying to find a space.

The room was dated but it was clean, so can't really fault that. There was a kettle, tea, coffee etc, a new TV and an electric radiator that did come in handy as the room was cold. The room was cleaned each morning, the bed was made and fresh towels left in the bathroom which was excellent. Free wifi available which we didnt use but it's a nice touch and something that the big chains should take note of. However the most frustrating thing regarding the room was the use of blankets on the bed instead of a duvet. Why?!!! Itchy old blankets have no place in hotels nowadays. Never.

We slept fine, no complaints there. But another frustrating point was serving breakfast from 7-9am. We came for a weekend away from our hectic jobs and just a slight lie in would be nice. This was particularly a problem on the Sunday as we'd eaten breakfast by 8:30am (to avoid the rush at 8:55) but nothing opens until 11 and it was raining, cold and wet so we had nothing to do!

As for breakfast - we were not particularly impressed. The choice was excellent but the Full English was average - the bacon was possibly the fattiest I have ever seen in my life. There was more fat that meat. And the advertised homemade sausages had a very strange chewy texture that I didn't find all that nice. The American Breakfast - waffles and syrup was good but even that came with the nightmare bacon. The breakfast room was nice, clearly it has been recently decorated but it's just a shame the breakfast fell short.

Overall you get what you pay for. If you get it at a cheap price it's a place to put your head down in a great location and the staff are friendly. Breakfast could be great but was a let down. Would we stay there again? Probably not. Unfortunately we paid more because it was a last minute booking and therefore feel like we didn't get value for money. If you can get a good deal then stay there but don't expect much.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank DriftingPilot
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Reviewed 21 April 2011

I stayed with 3 friends in a family room (3 adults) at the Safari hotel while we visited Bournemouth to go to a wedding in a nearby hotel. The room cost us £92.50 for all 3 of us, including breakfast which we didn't have because we were all too hungover.

Lets be honest, it's a cheap B&B in the middle of Bournemouth which is ideal if you are spending the majority of the time out and about and only need it to lay your head. Items of furniture are a bit odd, and the bathroom is teeny tiny. But we just used the room to sleep in and brush our teeth and went the following morning. The rooms are clean, the linen perfectly starched and the off the wall owners accommodating.

I would recommend the hotel for people looking just looking to rest their head after a night out in Bournemouth. An acceptable price and it does the job nicely.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank cad1023
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Reviewed 2 March 2011

stayed here for one night,that was enough.you get greeted by a musty,stale smell that gets worse in your room.the room could have done with a bit of a revamp to make it look nice.a good clean would not go a miss,having said that the towels were soft and fluffy and breakfast was lovely.the car park is ok if you don,t mind being blocked in and dont want an early start the next morning

Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
2  Thank pink017
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