Thought i had bagged a bargain when i booked this hotel for a two night weekend stay mid june. Booked it because we wanted to take our dog, and this came up on the search for dog friendly hotels. Two nights, (executive room) dinner both nights with a bottle of wine, breakfast both mornings, and surcharge for the dog came in at just under £250. Then i read the reviews and started to dread our upcoming visit.
We arrived at 6pm on Friday 13th june and only just managed to park on premises ( last car space). We had already learned that the £3 fee per night was extra, so came as no shock.
Went up to our 4th floor room and a bit disappointed it was so small, especially for an executive and with dog, but a lovely sea view all the same. Later asked at reception why it would be considered an executive room and said i felt it was too small, straight away he was looking to find a larger room that would be more suitable. We moved to a bigger room on 3rd floor, same sea view. ( his words were thank you for letting us know. If we don't know, we cant help).
Dinner was lovely, not a vast choice, but as a buffet, plentiful. Had a comfortable sleep, and thankfully a beautiful sunny Saturday to walk down to the beach. Nearest dog exercise beach (high season) was about two miles away, but dogs were allowed on leads on promenade to get there, Just not allowed on the beach from May to Sept. (A dog owner would generally know such restrictions take place.) We had a wonderful day and in an excellent location ( for able bodied - my disabled mother would not have been able to enjoy this visit). Another smashing dinner to return to, and a plentiful breakfast both mornings.
10am check out was a bit early, but when i asked for an extension, (due to a noisy overnight stag party) it was no trouble to stay on until 11am.
I do feel that the negative reviews have been unfair.
Yes, its a very tired hotel, carpets threadbare, and the dining area was more reminiscent of school dinner hall than a restaurant, but do you know what, if i wanted the Ritz, i would have paid for the Ritz. You get what you pay for.
Would i stay here again, probably not, as i like to try different locations and granted, it wasn't the nicest of hotels. But i needn't have been as worried as reading the reviews before my stay made me feel. It was comfortable, but not exceptional.
We didn't try the spa or swim, but the pool looked welcoming. Having booked the hotel for two reasons 1-the dog and 2-a spa, it did choke me to learn that we would have had to pay extra to use it. As we had the most beautiful weather, thankfully we didn't feel the need to kill time in the pool!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Britannia Hotel Bournemouth has its own garden and terrace for guests to enjoy and is ideally situated close to the striking East Cliff beach and Bournemouth town centre. The picturesque countryside of the New Forest and Dorset is also within easy reach making this one of the best hotels in Bournemouth for facilities, location and competitive pricing. ... more less
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- Bournemouth Britannia Hotel