Hotel is in a great location, on hill looking Boscombe pier. There is a direct access by a green walk down the hill from the back of the hotel to pier and beaches. It takes around 3 minutes. Hotel staff is very friendly, extremely helpful. Hotel has nice gardens to relax, nice swimming pools both outdoor (shame it was closed due to season) and indoor. Nice restaurant with a sleek design and sea view. Nice child play room, our daughter loved it. We will probably come back to this hotel. From the hotel, it is around 30 minutes beach walk to Bournemouth pier, where the main attraction is. There is a small train on wheels from Boscombe pier to Bournemouth pier, you may want to catch it instead.
It is very difficult to go up and down to hotel from/to beaches if you have a baby and a pushchair. Especially climbing up can be very troublesome. Elevator in the hotel is a very old style, we had to fold the pushchair every time. Also, in order to go to garden or swimming area, you have to carry pushchair yourself as there is no elevator access. Depending on your room location, you may need to take extra stairs too. Breakfast could be better. Restaurant is popular in dinner time, nice but keep in mind portions are small. Worst thing about this hotel is parking. There is a parking area in front of the hotel but lines are drawn so narrow it is difficult to go out of the car. And, now I have a bad scratch on my brand new car, that I blame on the parking area design.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfectly positioned overlooking Bournemouth’s Surf Reef at the edge of West Overcliff. The Chine Hotel is set in three acres of secluded, mature gardens, with magnificent unspoilt sea views and within easy access to the beach and reef. ... more less
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