We stayed 3 nights at the Menzies East Cliff Court in the middle of May.
The room, number 3305, was large, comfortable and well-appointed. It offered views over the beach and the pier. The bar/lounge area, overlooking the swimming pool, was elegant and relaxing. The reception staff were helpful and efficient. The hotel is situated very near a path to the beach and at an easy 10 minutes'walk to the pier.
We had booked on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. Breakfast was buffet-style and included a full range of the usual hot dishes as well as cereals, fruit, yoghourts, etc.
For the first 2 nights, we ate in the dining-room. We found the food of a generally unsatisfactory quality (especially the tough roast beef with dry yorkshire pudding). A number of waiters were present but there seemed to be a lack of organisation. Part of the problem stemmed from the fact that most of the staff had only a limited command of English and some seemed unfamiliar with the requirements of service in a dining-room of a four star hotel.
We spoke with the Manager and asked for our 3rd night to be changed to bed and breakfast only. The Manager was helpful and accepted our criticisms.
We would be happy to stay at the Menzies East Cliff Court again, but ONLY on a Bed and Breakfast basis.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hallmark East Cliff is the perfect Bournemouth beach hotel, offering spectacular sea views, a bright, modern interior and four star facilities. The hotel is pleased to have been highly recommended at the Bournemouth Tourism Awards in 2012 and again in 2013. Located on the quiet East Cliff, the hotel is just a few minutes' walk away from the seven miles of golden beaches in Bournemouth and only a ten minute walk from the town centre, BIC (Bournemouth International Centre), and Pavilion. The Hallmark East Cliff hotel, stands adjacent to its sister hotel, the Hallmark Carlton and just 2 miles away from the Hallmark West Cliff, and collectively, our Bournemouth beach hotels offer a truly extensive range of facilities including free car parking for all residents is the ideal location for business or relaxing getaways and offers. The hotel offers family rooms and direct sea facing rooms with balconies for a small supplement. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Menzies East Cliff Court Bournemouth Hotel Bournemouth
- Menzies East Cliff Court Hotel