We first stayed in the Balmoral Hotel in April this year. We were looking at getting married on the beach and we booked it due to its competitive price (due to ongoing refurbishment) and good trip advisor reviews. To us, the most important thing we look for in a review is cleanliness, good service and location. The Balmoral Hotel scored highly on all accounts. It was explained up front (and apparent in reviews) that the hotel is going through some considerable refurbishment which is evident given that rooms are tired but very, very clean, with crisp bed linen and bright white towels. Breakfast was excellent, full English with cereals, yoghurts and fruit supplied.
The absolute delight of this hotel is its location. You are located right near the seafront, with a short walk down the road to the cliff top (with steps/lift down to the beach) and the town centre. You are nowhere near any hotels that house the stag and hen parties, and we found the location quiet in relation to where it is situated.
We were impressed with this up and coming hotel so much that we have decided when we get married in Bournemouth next June we want us and our guests to stay here. On our second visit last weekend, we have seen the second bedroom that is being refurbished and to be honest, we are very excited about spending our special weekend here. The television room and bar areas are so quaint and yes, they've had issues with water leaks, but the grandeur of the place speaks volumes of what it will be one day with the TLC it is receiving.
So if you are thinking of staying here, read the reviews. It's a great place but don't insult the owners by moaning about the rooms because you have been forewarned. If you actually get to know Margaret, she will tell you the story about buying the hotel and the dreams she has for it. We can't wait to visit again! :)
Andrew and Jayne (and girls!)
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