I'm always skeptical when I see businesses heralding themselves as being originals, exclusives, or the 'most' or 'best' at something. Nevertheless, I salute the owners in their marketing enthusiasm and self-promotion. First, I'm not particularly excited by earth-tones (part of their chocolate theme). The room I had was a mixture of browns, tans, and muted blacks. It reminded me of people wearing Hush Puppy brand shoes in the seventies. The reception was nice and friendly, my room clean, although a bit smaller than I anticipated. If I needed to stay longer, I'm sure I would have asked for a larger room. Having travelled extensively around the world, my recollection is that the Hotel Hershey and Spa (Hershey Chocolates), in Hershey Pennsylvania is the oldest chocolate centred hotel, even offering a rather unique pure chocolate immersion treatment and the Hotel Chocolat in St. Lucia are older. Nevertheless, you cannot deny the fact that the owners have the promotion of chocolate on their minds.
We travelled on the Oriana last year. The hotel's owner and his daughter happened to be on the ship as well. I gather this is where their interests really lie - in travelling and promoting chocolate themes.
If your focus is on chocolate and you need a room bathed in earth tones, in the Soho area of Bournemouth, for one night, then this should do for you. But with the vast range of other accommodations in Bournemouth, you might like to sample some of its variety.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestling in Bournemouth's fashionable Soho quarter, the Chocolate Boutique Hotel is the perfect place to unwind. Here you'll find a warm, friendly welcome, cosy chocolate-themed rooms and chocolate galore. ... more less
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