Stayed for one night with husband and 2 boys aged 8 and 10. Arrived Saturday before 3.00 pm and was greeted warmly and told our room was ready. Asked if there were any functions and was told there was a Grease Tribute Night, but we were on the 4th floor so would not be disturbed by any noise. We had a sound night with no disturbances. Room was clean and spacious, bathroom spotless. After dumping our bags we went down to the Victory. It was about a quarter full and only one staff member so after having read the reviews I was a little worried about what might happen in terms of food/service. Staff member was polite and friendly and our food order arrived freshly cooked, hot and with no delay. The boys pronounced their burgers as the best they had ever had and they are comparing them to proper homemade or the sort of premium burger you would get in a restaurant chain such as Gourmet Burger Company. My husband enjoyed his burger and I had chosen ham, egg and chips on the premise that even the worst cook couldn't mess it up too much. I needn't have worried, it was fine. The standard of the food is that of normal pub food. Its not haute cuisine and does not aim to be, but what we had was well cooked and freshly prepared. The staff member as well as serving behind the bar, taking and serving food orders, also cleared the tables - all speedily and efficiently. Went swimming later in the afternoon and found the pool and changing areas to be clean and large. The pool area was sectioned off so that families could play in one half and the other had lane swimming only. There were toys and floats for the kids and a bright glass conservatory area with loungers where people could sit and read. We booked a table for dinner at the Verve Grill. I asked if it was busy and was told that a party of 20 had made a booking for 6.45 pm so with advice from the staff member decided on arriving at 7.45 pm so that the kitchen would have had a chance to deal with them first. When we arrived we were seated promptly at the table we had requested. Menus were brought immediately and we were also offered the children's menu as well. This turned out to be great value, for a main course, dessert and drinks with unlimited refills for approx £5.50. Again the boys enjoyed their food - mini chicken fillets in breadcrumbs with chips - bog standard kids fare, but the pudding was a proper, grown up chocloate fudge cake with ice cream, which was delicious. My husband and I shared a whole camembert baked in its box with freshly baked baguette and a very tasty chutney - delicious and more than enough for 2. I had grilled chicken with mash, gravy and veg which were all cooked well and my husband had sirlion steak which he enjoyed. The service was prompt, polite and attentive. My only criticism would be that the steaks are overly expensive. Again, this is not haute cuisine, the dishes are neither complicated or rely on very expensive ingredients and I think that these prices suggest a more upscale meal/experience than the restaurant is set up to deliver. Breakfast was excellent. Again we were seated promptly and the food was fresh and restocked as soon as the dishes were empty. Coffee was waiting for us before we had sat down after fetching our food. Tables were cleared and reset quickly. On Sunday we had a carvery lunch, which had to be the highlight and biggest bargin during our stay. The food was very well cooked, especially the vegetables which can be a bit hit or miss in this setting. The carver also brought out a fresh side of beef, without prompting, as when he offered me a slice I said that I preferred it rarer than the joint on offer. As at breakfast, staff did not keep people waiting and cleared and reset the tables quickly and were scanning the room on a regular basis to see if they were needed by any of the diners. Lunch service was busy. I had requested a late check out which meant we could have a swim then go back to the hotel room to shower, dry hair and pack at leisure before having lunch. This was well worth the extra £10. Some of the negative reviews made me think twice before booking, but the location and price proved too tempting and I initially thought we could always eat elsewhere, but as you can see from the review above it exceeded every expectation.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- De Vere Village Bournemouth Hotel Bournemouth
- Bournemouth Village Hotel