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Village Hotel Bournemouth
Ranked #29 of 66 Hotels in Bournemouth
Reviewed 7 December 2013

Me and my partner only wanted a short stay and this hotel was perfect for that but would also be perfect for any stay. It had everything - leisure facilities (free to use) including swimming pool, steam room and sauna, Starbucks coffee, it's own pub and restaurant! The room was lovely and breakfast in the morning was good too! The hotel had free wifi too which was a bonus! The hotel wasn't too far away from the beach (about 5 mins) and wS close to a shopping centre (about 2-3 mins). I will definitely be coming back!

Room Tip: The standard rooms are nice enough but the sound of the upper deck rooms sound even better with sky...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 November 2013 via mobile

Great 2 night stay, staff extremely helpful and friendly, free wireless, had food in pub which was tasty and great value for money £3 for Friday special. Fantastic use of leisure facilities at no additional cost. Hotel is a £10 taxi ride away for town centre or you can use a bus that stops outside hotel from hospital opposite

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

We have stayed here before and it is always a good standard. The reception staff are friendly and helpful and seem to work extraordinarily long hours. The room is clean and warm. Spacious would be too much, but it is serviceable and one can move around with reasonable comfort when the sofa bed is out. However, our kids are now 9 & 7 and I would suggest that the sofa bed is too small for them to share and the boys are not gargantuan merely average size, so it is unlikely we would stay again but only for that reason.

The food is good, service in the restaurant is friendly if a little haphazard. The breakfast is fantastic.

Any problems were rectified with efficiency and minimum fuss. We managed to lose a key, required extra pillows (only 4 provided for 4 people in the room) and our bath plughole needed unblocking.

Tea and coffee is provided in the room and hanging space is good. Although could have done with some hooks on the wall behind the door for coats. The space is there and would have left more room in the wardrobe for other clothes.

The pool and leisure facilities are great and overall the hotel is great for families with smaller kids than ours (only for the bed situation).

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

Used this hotel for one night stay and sunday lunch, as always great service good food,great pool/gym would always stay here. this hotel is 15-20 mins drive to the beach but very easy to drive to.if you want to upgrade to the upperdeck you get more in the room and a higher room.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

We stayed here on 8th to 11 Nov as we have family in the area. We have stayed here may times and always found it very good. It is really easy to find, just follow the hospital signs. The staff were very polite to us all the time. The rooms could do with a little makeover but they are very adequate. Breakfast is a buffett and you need never go hungry. You can go to th buffet as many times as you like. We used the swimming pool as we took our grandchildren as you would expect Saturday afternoon was very busy, but we had a good time.

This is a good hotel to use as a base when in Bournemouth.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 237 you are overlooking a flat roof so have no view.
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

We stayed at this hotel for 1-night in November as I was due in Bournemouth for a meeting. I didn't want to stay in the centre so we decided on this hotel.

The check-in procedure was excellent, Matt (I think that was his name!) was really warm and helpful which was a great start. Our room was a decent size but we had no view - just a flooded roof.

We decided to eat at the hotel in the evening as there was nowhere within walking distance to choose from (other than a Tesco Café!) but the choice of menu was poor. The price of £29 total for 2 people was a good offer but even if you chose not to do this offer the choices didn't increase.

Breakfast was ample; choice of continental and full English but the bacon, eggs and sausages were cold. I would return as there was nothing wrong with the hotel but it was just average - I wouldn't eat there though next time unless they add some options to the menu!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 November 2013

I tend to find the review coverage here on Tripadvisor a bit....patchy and alarmist if I'm being honest so in retrospect it was very silly for me to be worried about the De Vere Village Hotel in Bournemouth on the basis that I'd seen that a number of people had given it one-star reviews.

If I'd actually read those scathing reviews, I'd have seen that the hotel received them on account of varied and diverse failings as 'slow service in the hotel bar' and 'the wifi's prehistoric' (and yeah, the internet connection is pretty slow, but it does work eventually and you don't have to pay for it, not like some places I could mention....TRAVELODGE....). And then I wouldn't have had to worry so much about having booked it.

It's a perfectly acceptable, if slightly soul-less, hotel in Bournemouth, far away from the town's seaside attractions, but very conveniently located for the town's ring-road, and thus within very easy reach of the New Forest - which is why we selected it. Yes, the selection of TV channels available in the rooms is bewilderingly limited - have they never heard of Freeview at the De Vere Village Hotel, we have to ask ourselves - but if you grew up in the 1970s, like I did when there were only the three channels ever to choose from, you tend to still be thankful when you find there's even a couple more than that (incidentally, the De Vere Village non-pay-per-vies TVs seem to receive about 15).

Being out of the centre of Bournemouth means you also avoid the absolute nightmare that is trying to park your car in central Bournemouth; having spent hours and hours driving round the centre of Bournemouth on a wintry Saturday night trying and failing to find somewhere to park, I feel we should all as guests be kneeling down and kissing the tarmac of the De Vere Hotel's capacious and free client car park on that score alone.

The rooms have what you'd expect hotel rooms to have in them (including tea and coffee and a kettle etc. - it's tidied away in the cupboard under the desk). It's generally clean and well-maintained - we noticed a streak of something dubious-looking on the loo seat shortly after we arrived, but reception sent someone to deal with it while we were out and then it was all fine.

This incidentally, was the first and last evidence we saw of any room maintenance staff having visted our room. We saw them in other rooms and out in the corridors all right but no-one attempted to come into ours after that - not a disaster in our case as we did only have a two-day stay.

So, the rooms haven't been freshly decorated, but neither they nor their furnishings are falling apart and everything's perfectly fine - and after some of the quirkily charmless independent alledged 'boutique hotel' holes-in-the-ground I've stayed in over the years, I find large, if maybe a bit souless, hotels like the De Vere Village much preferable. It has a pool, which the kids enjoyed immensely, a hot-tub that they also enjoyed until someone booted them out on health and safety grounds because apparently kids shouldn't go in hot tubs for some reason, and an all-you-can-eat breakfast served daily in a restaurant that's entriely too small to cater for the clinentel of a hotel of this gargantuan size if it's running at anywhere near full capacity. Expect queues at popular times at the weekend! But once you get there, like I said - all you can eat. And the brekky's varied with a selection of cooked items as well as other options, and I would say good.

The downside of the hotel that we found - and it is a very minor one - is it's a bit tricky to find if you're going for the first time. You drive in as if you're going into the Bournemouth Hospital (it's on the same site as the hospital, really) and the hotel's the big building up on the right. I could have avoided even this minor difficulty if I'd consulted a road map.

We went to the infamous slow-service bar and found it reasonably priced, not especially slow, and also perfectly all right.

I would certainly stay here again - and intend to do so in future.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Village Hotel Bournemouth

Address: Wessex Fields Deansleigh Road, Bournemouth BH7 7DZ, England (Formerly De Vere Village Bournemouth)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Bournemouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Bournemouth
Price Range: £34 - £102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Village Hotel Bournemouth 3.5*
Number of rooms: 116
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Village Hotel Bournemouth is a short drive from the town centre and boasts 7 miles of sandy beaches that Bournemouth is famous. Conveniently located just 3 miles from Pokesdown Rail Station and Bournemouth International Airport. Village Bournemouth is ideal for business and leisure travellers alike. Nearby attractions include Monkey World, Castlepoint Shopping Centre, New Forest and the Oceanarium. Village Hotel Bournemouth has 116 bright and modern bedrooms, a choice of stylish dining or a traditional pub, Starbucks Coffee Shop, a relaxing Spa, state-of-the-art Health and Fitness Club, Swimming Pool, Meeting and Conference Centre, Live Party Nights, Wedding Licence, free parking and free wi-fi throughout the hotel. ... more   less 
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