Selected this hotel from TA and found the recommendations spot-on. This December weekend was bound to be busy but calmness and efficiency prevailed throughout even though there were 2 functions on the Friday night and 1 on Saturday. I never expected the excellent quality of food for residents when the kitchen must have been a war zone whilst catering for the functions but they excelled themselves not only with the food but also the service. A 3 course meal was just under £20 per head and worth every penny! Not once during our 3 day stay did we see a member of staff without a smile on their face and a readiness to help. The 'superior double with seaview' (room 34) was large but the single radiator struggled to keep the room warm and the heated towel rail would have helped more if it hadn't been on a timer somewhere. The carpet was badly stained and reminded me more of a working mens' club but everything was spotlessly clean. All the facilities were available and well presented. A plentiful supply of hot water for a bath and very good shower was always available.
One gripe - charging £1.50 in the bar for a bowl of peanuts which I would have expected to be complimentary. We will be returning in the summer to see just how beautiful the extensive gardens look when in full bloom.
Already looking forward to that weekend! Well done to everybody concerned!!!
- 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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