I stayed at the Chine Hotel in September during a busy holiday period. It cost just over £100 which was a lot for a family room but we needed somewhere child-friendly and near the beach as I was involved in a sporting event and we needed somewhere close for my 20 month daughter to play.
The hotel is arranged in 'wings' which in reality are buildings separate to reception. This is handy as the hotel can place you away from evening entertainment. Don't hold your breath for a car parking space. Use local unmarked sections of road as there are only 8-10 spaces available in the hotel and a chance of getting boxed in.
The restaurant looks lovely for an evening meal but both bar and restaurant are expensive. For a special meal, I imagine it is a good choice.
The hotel was nicely presented. It may be a bit tatty in some places but our room was wonderful. The room was huge and although we booked a family room, we got a separate bedroom for my daughter within the same room where we could put our travel cot and have a peaceful night! So this was a very safe and very pleasant experience.
The shower was excellent, and there was a lot of space, sockets and the usual tea and coffee etc.
During the evening, we asked for some milk for my daughter and the hotel obliged at no cost which was a lovely gesture.
The breakfast was wonderful, much better than a Premier Inn or Holiday Inn. The restaurant looks great and overlooks the gardens. Loads of choice and lots of staff on hand. We did get up fairly early but nevertheless I was really impressed.
Reception were helpful, storing out luggage, and in general the staff was very accommodating, polite and friendly.
Overall, it isn't cheap and maybe I got lucky with the room, but it was a pleasant experience and I will definitely be returning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Chine Hotel is a charming and affordable seaside destination, just a stone’s throw away from Bournemouth beach. Set in three acres of tranquil private gardens where you can escape for the day with a book, or meander your way through to the golden sandy beach. The Chine Hotel is a humble setting by the sea. Offering outdoor pool and well-appointed bedrooms, most with sea and garden views. ... more less
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