I was very fortunate to find this place when researching in Australia for accommodation close to family in Bournemouth and I wasn't disappointed with the stay.We were looking for somewhere convenient to stay whilst visiting family in the area and it proved to be the right choice.
I'll rate this accommodation in categories of comfort, friendliness, value and service, so here goes.
COMFORT & ROOM FACILITIES
We had two separate visits (different rooms) over a three week trip to England. The first room (#16) was a bit on the small side, but very clean, tidy and compact and we had 3 nights. To be honest, it's not a room you would want to spend all day in, but the bed was very comfortable (King size) and the décor was quite modern. The second visit was for 2 nights (#13) was much more comfortable, same large bed but generally quieter and larger with the same type of décor.
Facilities in the room were a bit Spartan (no fridge) but after all it is England, so not every accommodation cater with a fridge, particularly if you are only staying for a short time. The Lodge rooms are probably designed for visiting sports enthusiasts (particularly golfers) I suspect it's not a place normally customised by tourists, but I'm glad we found the place, it suited our needs perfectly
This is the best part, from the moment we arrived until the morning we checked out we were greeted and treated by exceptionally friendly staff. Nothing was too much trouble, from delivering an ironing board and iron to the room to personally supplying us with more milk and coffee sachets - the staff went out of their way to make sure we were well catered for.
We found the Pulse Café staff particularly nice, very friendly and the staff actually remembered our names between visits - that's a big plus, they made us feel right at home. The breakfast was very good for the price and on this point I'd like to mention that they also cater for vegetarians as well. I'm not one, but on the strength of the menu I decided to try it one morning and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised - if you didn't know it was a vegetarian sausage, you wouldn't have guessed it, and the serving was actually bigger - thumbs up all round for the food, breakfast lunch & dinner (for the dinner, I had the best Broccoli & Stilton soup I have ever tasted)
VALUE & SERVICE
Some would argue that it is a bit pricey for an above-average budget accommodation, but I certainly had no complaints. The Lodge doesn't profess to be top of the range, but it is a great place to stay for enthusiastic sports minded people such as golfers, as well as visitors to the Bournemouth area looking for somewhere to stay while touring the area or visiting family and friends in the region
This is where the Lodge came into its' own - the staff were extremely friendly and accommodating to all our needs. On this point, I couldn't find any fault - from reception, housekeeping and bar staff - nothing was too much trouble
I would not hesitate to stay again at the Lodge and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for somewhere to stay whilst experiencing a tourist visit to the region.
ANY NEGATIVES or TIPS
Traffic noise can be a problem, particularly on the lower ground floor rooms, but only if you have your door open. As for tips, it would be wise to be selective about parking your vehicle - it is a sporting venue so be aware that day visitors to the complex may inadvertently block vehicle access (but only for a short time) but being fore-warned is fore-armed - pick your parking spot carefully, just in case you have to come and go, otherwise you shouldn't have a problem.
I would also suggest that access for the physically disabled is difficult to make sure to point this out when inquiring about accommodation options
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