I was really pleasantly suprised by The Chine. Although only 3 star, it was clean, stylishly furnished, with good food, and the staff were universally friendly and helpful.
We stayed for 3 days during half term with our 5 year old twins, and shared a family suite in the West Wing (room 14). This consisted of a huge, recently refurshed room overlooking the gardens, with a small interconnecting room with bunk beds for the kids, and a modest but acceptable bathroom.
The hotel has lots of facilities for children including an indoor pool, soft play area, outdoor climbing frames, table tennis and snooker room. It also lays on children's entertainment during the school holidays, from 10am til 12 noon, and from 7pm til 9pm. This latter slot was perfect, as the kids were well entertained, allowing us to enjoy a lovely meal in the restaurant - the children were provided with their tea at 5pm, which always had a good choice of hot foods.
The location is spot on, with just a short stoll through the gardens down to the beach. This would have been challenging with a push-chair, as it involved quite a few steps, but for a couple of lively 5 years olds, the walk through the beautifully laid out gardens was a mini-adventure.
The staff were almost all foreign, but don't let this put you off. They were universally articulate, charming, helpful and always available. I couldn't fault them at all.
A few other reviewers have mentioned the high costs of drinks, especially coffee and wine, which is true, and slightly disappointing. However, coffee and tea making facilities were provided in the room for free.
Overall, I was very pleasantly surprised by how good the hotel was, and we would certianly go again.
- 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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