We certainly had a good time at this hotel. Check in was easy and we were allowed into our room half an hour early. Parking was easy too as it was a Thursday when we arrived there were not too many people there. The receptionist were friendly and efficient especially when I had trouble with the remote control on the TV not working it was sorted out within five minutes - they sent someone up to our room to sort the problem out. The reception area was nicely decorated and welcoming. We had a room on the top floor and the receptionist asked if I wanted help with my luggage, which I didn't. The lift is small but has character with the kind of doors you have to pull by hand when getting in and out of the lift. The hotel is very clean on all floors and well decorated. Our room was superb, very large with a large king bed and a TV (flat screen 32 inch) on the wall opposite the bed so you didn't have neck ache. There was a sea view from Boscombe Pier to Sandbanks from our window which also included the hotel garden. The en-suite facilities were clean with complimentary shampoo and shower gel and included a bath/shower. Where we were placed it was very quiet, no traffic noise and there is no main road by the hotel just a small road. Breakfast was served from 7am to 9.30 am weekdays and about half hour later at the weekend. The breakfast was good with good quality food, sausages, bacon, eggs, etc. and plenty of it so we were not hungry for most of the day. The serving staff were friendly but unassuming, efficient and professional and did a good job helping to make the hotel experience good. One night it was raining fairly heavy and the hotel laid on a staff member to guide people into parking spaces and take their shopping into the hotel something I've never seen before - nice touch. There is a gym, swimming pool, etc. which looks good but we did not use it - too much effort. The garden is well kept and there is plenty of it and it is interesting with a fountain and waterfall. The garden leads down to the beach so we ended up near to Boscombe pier where there is surfing and watersports and a Harvester if you want to eat nearby. The hotel is three star but it is quality.
- 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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