We stayed over for just a night at this hotel but it left quite a bad taste in the mouth.
We saw at least 5 rooms on bookings.com before we walked in, but on approaching the reception we were told none were available. So we walked out into the parking lot, booked a room on the website and came back to the reception. The booking had been confirmed. On asking the person at the reception, they made up a story that it must have been a very last minute cancellation. It all sounds very strange to me that a hotel doesn't know itself what rooms it has available.
The hotel has a very dated look to it - straight out from the 70s or 80s but the rooms & the interiors have been done up much more recently so that's a good thing. We booked a "sea view" room. But honestly, unless you want to stick your head out the window and look to the left, you probably won't see the sea. Moreover, the room was so small that you had walk over the bed to go from one side to another.
We managed to get over all this and decided to enjoy the one day we were at the hotel. And next morning we called up the reception asking for a possible noon check out - the regular time being 11am. The guys refused even to extend it for an hour without charging us for it - something quite strange to me as it was Sunday and if the hotel wasn't booked out on Saturday night, I am tempted to think it wouldn't have been on Sunday either.
Also as a side note, the breakfast is extremely average & not worth buying here. Probably best to go into town.
It's supposed to be a hospitality industry but none of the hospitality seems to be on offer at this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Designed in an Art Deco style, Some rooms are connected to the main building by covered pathways. All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, en suite bathrooms and tea/coffee making facilities, as well as a safe and fridge. All rooms are accessible from outside walkways, which you may sit along to admire the view of the bay. There is a Leisure Centre equipped with a sauna, steam room, gym and both indoor and outdoor pool. (Outdoor pool seasonal only) Which will be included in the price. Set in Bowleaze Cove the Riviera Hotel is just 2.5 Miles from the town centre. Also nearby are the Sealife Centre as well as Lodmoor nature reserve. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riviera Hotel Weymouth, Dorset