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“NEW YEAR 2011/12”
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Hotel Riviera
Ranked #29 of 66 Hotels in Bournemouth
Certificate of Excellence
Richmond
1 review
“NEW YEAR 2011/12”
Reviewed 6 January 2012

I took a coach party of 47 from our Royal Naval Association Hanworth Twickenham and everyone without exception enjoyed their stay at this lovely Hotel Riviera.
The welcome was homely and the rooms were clean & comfortable.

The food was excellent and plenty of it, well done to the staff for looking after us in a most pleasant manner, they couldn't do enough for us, that's why we have already booked for the same again next year. Terry Lowden

Room Tip: Sea view on top floor
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 December 2011

We had a very comfortable stay at the Hotel Riviera. It was very clean (very important) & the staff were very friendly & helpful, as Melvyn B stated it "exhudes friendliness", a lovely relaxed atmosphere. The food was very enjoyable, lots of it & am pleased to say it was hot too. It has a great location, we had a seaview view which was wonderful. The hotel also has a lift to all floors. We strongly recommend this to all. You are only a slow 15 minute walk away along the beach front to the pier & town shops. I must just say if you do not know Bournemouth, please note that is hilly, but unless you have problems with your mobility, this is not a problem, in fact great exercise. To get to the beach from the hotel, there is a zig zag slope which makes going down the cliff easy - there is also a cliff lift further along the cliff top if needed.

Room Tip: For me a seaview is best.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 December 2011

The staff were friendly and very helpful. The room and facilities were very clean and the bed extremely comfortable. I would recommend it highly andI will definitely stay there again when in Bournemouth

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Ilford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 December 2011

This is a family and friends run Hotel that exhudes freindliness. The food was plentiful, varied and a very high standard. We, (that is forty something coach trip), had evening entertainment that had a high proportion of us elderly folks up and dancing. All together the service was exceptional, and most of us have been in far more expensive hotels. There is a lift to all floors.

Room Tip: My wife and I love a sea view, from this Hotel you have brilliant views. My kind regards to those...
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

We found the staff to be extremely friendly and the food was excellent and plenty of it.We are a large group and they fulfilled all of our requirements.

Room Tip: Most rooms have a sea view
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 October 2011

We have just returned from a very enjoyable stay here at the Hotel Riviera. We stay for 2 nights (3 days) every year and we always return to this hotel.
The rooms are very comfortable and warm- I shared a twin room (17) which had a beautiful view overlooking the sea and the rest of my family had room 16 which also overlooked the sea. The rooms are lovely and quiet- We couldn't hear the wind (more like a tornado!) outside at all. The rooms are rather dated but that didn't bother us as we only ate and slept in the hotel. The food is lovely, a full english breakfast in the morning (with cheesy music in the background!!) and a four course dinner in the evening (with posh cheesy music in the background!) Sam, the waiter did a very good job of keeping every table well served and the chef produced delicious food. If you ever have lamb shank on your menu, I totally recommmend it- the meat is cooked so beautifully and it just falls off the bone. The banoffe pie is gorgeous too!!
The parking is unfortunately limited due to the closeness of surrounding property and you have to give in a spare set of your car keys at reception in case you're not there and your car is blocking someone.
Another amazing point about this hotel is that it provides free passes to the swimming pool/sauna/steam room/gym at the Marriott just down the path and it is worth a visit of you have time!!
So overall, we really enjoyed our stay (as usual) and look forward to returning next year.

Room Tip: Sea views are worth the extra cost!
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 October 2011

Second year with the Harefield Transplant Club Annual get together at this lovely Hotel.
Couldn't be more helpful. lovely staff.
Buffet breakfast - everything you could have wanted and kept hot and refreshed.
Dinner excellent selection and served hot and with a smile.
Great place to stay.
Excellent value for money.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Hotel Riviera

Property: Hotel Riviera
Address: 5 West Cliff Gardens, Bournemouth BH2 5HL, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Bournemouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 66 Hotels in Bournemouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Riviera 2*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The dating-from-the-Victorian-era hotel overlooking Bournemouth Bay is under-8-minute walk from the nearest beach and from Bournemouth International Centre conference and entertainment venue. The colourful, low-key rooms offer TVs and free Wi-Fi, plus complimentary tea and coffee. Most rooms feature bay view. Parking is free. A cosy bar and a sea-view lounge, plus a garden are all included. ... more   less 
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