We returned to the Miramar in January 2014 for our first wedding anniversary as our family had enjoyed it so much when we all went following our wedding the year before. We were sad that Sue from reception had retired but it was nice to see Martin and Jane B and Lyn and a few more familiar faces were all still there and very welcoming as usual. We were concerned to hear that a wedding was taking place on the Saturday, as we have had bad experiences with wedding parties and their guests in the past, but this was a "Well-behaved" wedding so we were able to enjoy our stay. The only thing that did make things difficult was a funeral party in the Terrace Lounge on the Friday afternoon. This meant that any residents staying around the hotel and several people who had booked in for lunch and afternoon tea were all squashed around the bar area. This is the only drawback with using the Terrace Lounge for functions during the day and it would be great if the hotel management could come up with a solution for this. More space needs to be found for residents and outside bookings for lunch and afternoon tea if functions are in the Terrace Lounge. It was bad enough for us but, if I had specially booked lunch or afternoon tea (particularly at the hotel prices!) and then arrived to find that I wasn't in the elegant lounge but was squashed around the bar area, I would have been asking for my money back. The Miramar staff are so lovely and the hotel does the day-to-day service for residents so well that it's a shame that the management seem to let the side down by trying to cram as many functions in as possible to the detriment of holiday guests. That was the one reason that we didn't choose the hotel for our wedding last year-we know how often guests are inconvenienced by a function. Come on, Miramar management, get your act together! Either confine functions to the Restaurant, Library and Garden Suite or make some more space!
If you are staying there and there isn't a function on, this hotel is excellent and the front of house staff are some of the best that we have ever encountered. The food is lovely and the service good. It's in a brilliant spot within walking distance of the sea-front and the centre of Bournemouth.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Hotel Miramar is an Edwardian building featuring Roman inspired pillars and curved balconies that overlook the sea and the landscaped gardens. Located less than a mile from Bournemouth town centre and offering free Wi-Fi and free private parking. The award-winning chef serves such delights as Tempura Prawns and Roasted Cannon of Lamb from the seaview restaurant, as well as a traditional Sunday lunch. Afternoon tea including sandwiches and scones are offered from the Ocean Bar and Terrace, as well as a lighter lunch menu. All rooms at the Miramar offer either sea or garden views and some room types feature large private balconies. All rooms include a flat-screen TV with Freeview, tea/coffee making facilities, as well as a seating area and a tiled en suite bathroom. Bournemouth Rail Station is located within a mile of the hotel and the sea front can be reached within 5 minutes on foot. Sandbanks, a popular and prestigious peninsula in England, is just a 15-minute drive away. This is our guests' favorite part of Bournemouth, according to independent reviews. This property is also rated for the best value in Bournemouth! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city. We speak your language! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Miramar Hotel Bournemouth
- Bournemouth Hotel Miramar
- Miramar Bournemouth