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“As Ever....Excellent” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Royal Exeter Hotel
Ranked #9 of 68 Hotels in Bournemouth
Certificate of Excellence
Yeovil, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“As Ever....Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2014 via mobile

Stayed here many a times with and without the children and always Superb. Great family room (206) clean, big and comfortable. Big Lcd tv, lovely bathroom and plenty of tea and coffee. Friendly and good service by all staff, free parking and great location. 1812 and Bar So on site which helps complete your stay. Good deals to be had so I read on here for one night stay breakfast and 3 course dinner so be returning shorty as its our anniversary soon. Kids at Grandparents! Thank you all once again.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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south wales
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30 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

My wife and I stayed at this hotel for 4 nights during the Whitsun week. What a lovely break we had. The hotel is in the perfect location just 200 yards from the beach and opposite the BIC, we were on the 2nd floor and the room was fantastic, spotlessly clean with a superb shower in the en-suite. Breakfast, continental or full English (which was freshly cooked to order) set you up for the day. Tommy and his colleagues in the restaurant certainly looked after us during breakfast. Indeed all the staff were helpful and delightful during our stay. The hotel has the added bonus of a free car park, however please note the entrance is slightly tricky off a roundabout but we managed without any issues. Free wi-fi is also provided.

There is a night club attached to the hotel but it never caused us any issues at all during our stay. For evening meals we tended to eat out, there is a Witherspoons pub located 200 yards up towards town which was ok (cheap and cheerful), we also ate in Harry Ramsdens down by the beach which was superb. Other than that there are plenty of place close by to eat out.

The bottom line is would we stay here again ! you bet.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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chichester, England, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

stayed here for one night on 27th may (half term) we paid 65 pound for the night which included breakfast. our room was on the first floor 115 very large room with queen size bed and extra single bed. the room was very clean and bed was comfy, water for bath very hot, being an old hotel its all red and dark wood which does look nice . my only negative is the hotel has very creaky floors especially our bedroom but it is a very old hotel and I suppose that can only be expected,. breakfast was very good and cooked to order there was also good choice of cereal, pastries fruit juices and yoghurts with tea and toast brought to your table. all staff at the hotel where very friendly and helpful, free parking which is a little tight to get into car park. but they even let you keep your car in there past your checkout time which was a big bonus as we wanted to enjoy bournemouth for a few more hours,its location is amazing opposite the BIC, 5 mins walk from palidium and 5 mins from the beach and pier we would defitnely stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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halesowen
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26 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

Booked a 2 night midweek break during Easter school holiday through Travelzoo. Great value at £35 per person per night, incl full breakfast and fixed menu 3 course dinner. Very good location, opposite BIC, 5 minutes walk from pier/beach, lower gardens and town centre.
Tricky entrance to car park, immediately by hotel front door and off a quite busy roundabout. Free car parking a definite plus for central Bournemouth. Our 1st floor room was comfortable, clean and plenty big enough for 3. Room facilities all worked well. Hotel had plenty of character, being Victorian, lots of dark wood panelling, impressive staircase, stained glass windows, etc.
Breakfast good, continental items plus full English cooked to order. Dinner was OK, although portions quite small and main course lacked usual vegetables. Extra £3 for a small portion of veg and drinks were relatively expensive too. However not a major problem considering good value of overall deal.
Used small fitness room, which was OK. Staff were all helpful and service was good.
Would recommend, especially at the price we paid.

Room Tip: Rooms at rear, away from busy road, bar and main car park, likely to be quieter
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Lewes, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
120 reviews
76 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014 via mobile

Stayed for one night with a friend. Great location with free car parking. Hotel does need some modernisation. Two great bars attached. Music went on until 3am in one bar. We joined in so that did not bother us but if we wanted an early night the music was loud in our room and it did make the hotel very busy downstairs and accordingly there was no peaceful place to sit and have a drinks the evening. Free wifi. Tea and coffee making facilities ok. Reception staff were very friendly. We ate in So bar. Service slow but food very good. Cheap cocktails in both bars! Would recommend and we would stay again.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2014

I picked this hotel for its location and the reviews were reasonable. I paid more than I normally would for a hotel believing I would get better quality but in fact this hotel was a lot worse than many more modern and friendly b&b's that I have stayed in. The room was a pokey little attic room on the third floor where the windows wouldn't shut because the wood had swollen yet we needed them closed for the wind and the noise from the bar downstairs which went on beyond midnight. The decor was decades out of date and the walls and ceiling badly needed painting. The breakfast was awful as we were served a full English that had obviously been sat around for a while as it was all dry and overcooked. We found a table ourselves as there was no staff to greet us at the door. Avoid this hotel!

Room Tip: Don't stay here
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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London, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

We enjoyed a brief and thoroughly enjoyable stay at the Royal Exeter, which I would recommend it to anyone staying in Bournemouth who likes free breakfast and wifi.

The free parking and central location of this hotel gave a great first impression. The hotel appears quite old however the downstairs has been modernised with comfortable seating areas and a bar. Our room was fairly dated, but it was large and clean enough so no problems there.

We were warned on arrival that there would be noise that night due to the live music in the bar. This was not an issue for us but when we arrived back at the hotel at around 11:30 the music was still going, very loudly, and went on until midnight. I imagine that for anyone trying to sleep this would have been intrusive and annoying.

Free breakfast and WIFI made the morning very pleasant, Overall I would be happy to stay here again and recommend it as a good value but nice place to stay.. so long as you don't want to go to bed early.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Royal Exeter Hotel
Address: Exeter Road, Bournemouth BH2 5AG, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Bournemouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in Bournemouth
#22 Romantic Hotel in Bournemouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Exeter Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 54
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