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“Poor welcome”
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Hotel Miramar
Ranked #12 of 66 Hotels in Bournemouth
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 August 2014

There were 2 reception staff and although we were waiting behind 2 other guests, only the friendly girl checked guests in. We were given our room key and met by a horrible stale smokey smell when we opened the door. I rang reception and reluctantly was offered a small double. I refused and the housekeeper was sent. She confirmed that guests had been smoking in the room. Eventually we were given another room - BUT never at any time was an apology given.
A pity as hotel has a good location and some of the staff we're accommodating.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

I stayed here as part of a family holiday in Bournemouth along with my husband and toddler. Upon checking in I was met with the most arrogant and rude attitude I have ever come accross. By the time I was finished checking in this woman had completely ruined my whole upbeat holiday mood. She did not smile once! This is not an exaggeration!
As I was still determined to enjoy my holiday I ignored her and we made our way to our double room.
To say it was a box room is not an understatement. It was hot and stuffy and it was a hot day with NO air conditioning in the room or even a fan. My toddler had no room to move around and cried most of the stay.

The glass tops of the cupboards were loose and I had to remove them all to stop them from crashing on my toddler.

The whole room was dated and had a very depressing feel about it as our view was a Brick wall of the next building.

The travel cot provided (at an extra £10 cost!!!???) had vomit marks on each side and was filthy.

Every member of staff I came accross was rushing about with no smile or welcoming manner.

All in all I would say this is the most dated looking, unwelcoming , and unchild friendly hotel I have ever stayed with!

I will be returning to the Park central hotel next year which has always been impressive and welcoming.

Stayed: August 2014
8  Thank Ipek1980
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

We booked a short break to Bournemouth and unfortunately booked the wrong Hotel - please see my review of the Menzies Carlton Hotel.
On our second night we booked an evening meal at the Hotel Miramar. We received a warm welcome and were directed to our table. The management of the restaurant was exceptional. The service provided by our waiters was attentive and efficient, despite the restaurant being quite busy. Our youngest Daughter was feeling unwell and ordered a starter and then went to the garden with me for a walk. After we returned our starter was ready and we were approached and asked if our Daughter would like to order a main course. It made a very pleasant change to be offered an opportunity to a select a meal which was not included on the menu in order to meet her needs. The starters and main courses were beautifully presented and served in an appropriate quantity to meet the requirement of each guest. There was a selection of desserts which all looked so wonderful it was almost impossible to choose. There were 7 of us in our party and we had not one recommendation for improvement. We were offered the opportunity to take coffee in a comfortable lounge area, again the service was exemplary.

Aside from the exemplary dining experience, the Receptionist, Hannah, was friendly and approachable. All areas of the hotel that we saw were immaculately clean and accessible to all guests.

We would like to say a HUGE Thank You to the Managers and Staff we met during our visit, you demonstrate how a 4* Hotel should treat its guests. We hope to be able to return for a holiday with you soon. Our only regret - we didn't book our recent holiday with you!

Room Tip: We did not stay overnight here but the rooms look lovely in the brochure and I think I would have en...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank deborah o
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

To David Bailey the Owner and GM

I'd like to say how enjoyable it was to have the Ambassador Suite for 3 nights to celebrate my retirement and 65th Birthday

I was a little disaapointent to find no sunbeds on the balcony. Luckily went back to our local home to get a sunbed.

The housekeeping in the room was excellent and the room was fantastic. However I would like to point out to you that the heated towel rail on the en-suite comes on at 11pm and stays on all night. It must have been 90 to 100 degrees in the bathroom. Perhaps a thermostat to save you some more money.

Tuesday night we booked the restaurant for a meal. We sat near the window where the dead waiter is. We were served by a tall waiter and a lady pony tail at the back she kept dropping things around us and on the dead waiter behind us. I had Sirloin steak for my meal which when it arrived it looked lovely. Before that we had soup and a roll each and butter. Then we had a roll with our dinner so we asked for more butter. The male head waiter said to the lady waiter please can we have some more butter for this table, she replied rather abruptly "I have already taken them butter!" where she had not. Harry had the steak and Matthew had the Duck. When they brought the vegetables some of it fell on to our lap as they were rushing. When it was all on the plate I said I would like some French Mustard. I asked the waiter for this.

We waited quite a while he then told the lady to bring it. Before I knew what had happened she had a big spoon and she put a big spoon dollop of Mustard onto my plate and was about to put another huge dollop on! As we had quite a few Christmas's with you we were both very suprised at this. We also had my 60th in your Library Room. I did want to say somthing that night and complain at the table but Matthew asked me not to as he does not like to upset people and did not want to ruin our last night.

I would suggest asking the Restaurant Staff to be less rushed! They kept knocking into customers and makings lots of noise. Perhaps some more training of common courtesy? Thank you

We were going to have dinner there Thursday evening but after our awful experience of Tuesday night in the Miramar. Restaurant we decided of course not to. Instead we had a bar meal on the outside seating area overlooking the sea which was fantastic which much better staff.

The receptionist was fantastic. This experience had not spoilt our enjoyment of coming to the Mirarmar.

I just thought we would point this out to you as we did not want to make it awkward for breakfast.

The garden is fantastic. We met some lovely guests as well.

Thank you very much all you did for us and hope to see you again very soon as we love your Hotel.

We noticed the painter and decorator was doing the windows, then when they watered the balcony plants the mess went everywhere.

Some fruit in the room or some touches like that would have made all the difference.

Overall we enjoyed our stay.

Hope that all goes well for the airshow and that you will be very successful. We hope to use Room 114 the Ambassador Suite again in the future.

Thank you.

Room Tip: Make sure to choose the Ambassador Suite everytime you visit this Hotel as any other room would be d...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Jane_C807
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

Generally very good, suffers a little from employing non English staff but never the less they try very hard to please. The room we had overlooked the car parking area but with the windows open we were able to manage through the hot night without any air con. The food was very good both for breakfast and diner but it felt old fashioned but difficult to put my finger on it. The public rooms were spacious and comfortable and the gardens were well kept and with the good weather lovely to sit out in, even more so for the view. My main problem was with the dish washer as there was either cutlery or crockery that had to be changed pretty much at each sitting.
They obviously are doing something right as they were very busy even though mainly with the older generation. Would be more than happy to go back.

Room Tip: room 110 was very comfortable with all the facilities working except the shower was a bit weak. Flat...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

10 of us ladies visited the Hotel Miramar for afternoon tea on Sun 20th July - we did book beforehand. As soon as we arrived in the car park, we were greeted by a lovely man that helped organise car parking, as the hotel can get extremely busy. We were seated outside on a lovely decked terrace which overlooked their stunning gardens and the sea! We were blessed with beautiful weather, but our long table was also covered with big garden umbrellas too, which I believe would probably be shower proof. The food was delicious and when asked, we were happily served with additional hot water and milk at no extra charge - yes, some places do charge for this. Our waiter were very friendly and nothing seemed too much trouble. The milk was originally forgotten, but then came quickly after an apology. I would actually now like to stay at the hotel, as well as have another afternoon tea there!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Linda M
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

My friend and I visited this hotel for Sunday lunch recently.

It was such a shame that the potatoes were tinned, the swede was diced and obviously previously frozen. The quality of this was poor and it was inedible.

When it came to dessert there was virtually nothing left; it just looked like a big mess. One diner was actually helping himself to the dessert, and was using his hand to hold it whilst cutting it with a knife! Charming. Who would want to eat that after he had been pawing it? I explained this to a member of staff but she was non committal. She enquired if there was anything else but was told no.

Although my friend and I decided not to have a dessert because the choice was so limited, we were still charged for it. I think this is a cheek. We were also charged for the coffee. Double cheek.

There are not enough staff to serve the customers in this hotel and you are often left waiting for a long time to be served.

We won't be returning. Customer care and satisfaction is completely lacking in this establishment.

Room Tip: Ask for a room without the air conditioning unit outside. It will keep you awake all night.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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5  Thank BournemouthBiddie
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Additional Information about Hotel Miramar

Address: East Cliff Drive, Bournemouth BH1 3AL, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Bournemouth
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Business Hotel in Bournemouth
#7 Luxury Hotel in Bournemouth
#9 Romantic Hotel in Bournemouth
Price Range: £59 - £159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Miramar 4*
Number of rooms: 43
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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