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The Bull Hotel
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Bridport
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 September 2008

For anyone looking for a long weekend venue- I reckon this is a top spot
Initially, I was cynical of the overly professional website but on arrival was really suprised and genuinely pleased by the whole experience.
The hotel fulfilled its promise by delivering -
a great room , comfy bed - a belter of a shower too!
super toiletries ,towels etc
superb dinner and suprisingly good wine list and beer choice- all good and a very relaxed atmosphere.

But the big difference for me , beyond every other hotel (be it corporate or "boutigue chic" )is the quality of service and staff- and here its 110%- from the front of house greeting through to the lovely breakfast staff who made porridge , without a grumble!
I'm happy to recommend the venue to family , friends and to you too- give it a go!

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 August 2008

Stayed in the Red Poster Room for 2 nights this week. I was won over by the boutique style of the website and have to say the room was lovely and nicely decorated. However, extremely noisy at night and room got very stuffy when windows were closed. Overpriced for what it actually is as there is something missing from the hotel. More like a glamorous bed and breakfast than a boutique hotel. The bar and outside courtyard was nice for evening drinks and the dinner and breakfast was gorgeous.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 August 2008

Booked the Bull hotel off the back of its inclusion on Mr & Mrs Smith website. Phoned on the off-chance on a sat afternoon to stay on the sunday night, and by all accounts we were lucky to get in. All they had was a "petite double", which while indeed petite, wasn't unworkable as a room. I've stayed in smaller rooms and they do warn you its gonna be small, and the price tag of £85 was suitable. If you were older or less agile that me you might have a problem getting in and out of bed on the radiator (right) side. Bed was still comfy and large enough for 2 bed hogs. Problem with small rooms like that is its difficult to add lux touches, without it looking odd, or tacky. They did a fairly good job and hopefully you can see the pictures to illustrate. The bathroom was clean and spacious.
"Shabby chic" is their own admission in the info book, and it certainly is that. I guess that's the best way to refurb an old building without spending millions ;-)
We investigated the upstairs bar, via the "ballroom" (which is an imrepessive suprise for a Dorset market town). The ballroom had decks and a rather large soundsystem, so i pity anyone staying there if there's a party going on (and you're not invited). Perhaps thats just for wedding receptions (seems like a good place for that if you can book the whole hotel).
The upstairs bar is tucked away at the back of the hotel - well decorated and funkily furnished, but due to its location at the rear (acorss a very wet courtyard) it was devoid of staff, or punters, or atmosphere, so we didnt feel like having a drink there. With only 16 rooms I cant really see how it would ever be busy unless there's a function going on.
Downstairs from the bar is a games room, complete with Wii and table football (nice touch if you have kids). This room opens onto the courtyard, which our room backed onto. The courtyard is a bit "shabby", and i can see why some people would find it a bit of a mess, but we thought "homely" is more the mood there, and it is a bit like an untidy patio garden, with homemade bunting and nice flower tubs. It was teeming down all evening, so there were no people outside in the couryard to make any noise.
The downstairs bar is too small to work well. With only one sofa, you have to sit at a dining table if that's taken. They are clearly getting a good reputation for the food, and it must get busy. I think they've put more dining tables into the bar area as a result (thats what it looks like anyway) so lounging around is not much of an option, which is a shame - that's what we had planned on a wet sunday evening. Like i said we didnt want to sit on our own in the other bar.
The food was good - nothing amazing, but good. Other people seem to have had better experiences. Breakfast was excellent - a generous full english, well made and delicious - and included in the price.
Someone else commented on the lack of staff and it was noticable. The staff are clearly multi-tasking - I had to ask at reception for a drink, and it was clearly not an option to have service in the other far flung bar. They are super-friendly though and eager to accomodate. The laid back attitude is fine with me, if you dont mind having to ask for what you want, and go find someone on occassion. Overall you end up with feeling like you're at home (not in a hotel) and thats what we like.
If you've been Cowley Manor (nr Cheltenham), you'll know what I mean when i say the Bull seems to have taken a few tricks from the Cowley deck - but without the millions spent in doing so. The result is NOT a poor imitation, because they dont seem to be trying to be another Cowley. We thought they'd done a pretty good job in creating a nice place to stay. It is indeed a bit "shabby" - so dont expect to be waited on hand and foot, and excuse a few chips and cracks, here and there.

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Reviewed 5 August 2008

We recently had a 2 night stay in the Gold Room at the Bull Hotel which was fabulous. On arrival we were made very welcome by the friendly receptionist who carried our bags to our room.

The Gold Room is a simply gorgeous contemporary style enormous room with the most comfortable bed and the attention to detail is fab with Frette bedlinen, flat screen TV, robes and Neales Yard toiletries, tea & coffee facilities. The decor in the room is amazing and It felt like you were staying somewhere special opposed to your regular could be anywhere in the world hotel room.

The restaurant menu included a fantastic choice of fresh local seafood and we were especially pleased with the quality, presentation and variety of food at dinner. Breakfast was just how you want your weekend to start off with good fresh food and coffee and a bundle of newspapers.

Several reviewers have commented on the noise and whilst we we advised at checkin that our room faced the street and that the markets would be setting up the following morning we didnt find it a problem and in fact wasnt until we pulled the blinds the following morning did we remember and saw the activity below did we remember about the markets.

The Bull has ticked all the basics - good bed and bath, great friendly atmosphere, helpful and accommodating staff. I would recommend this hotel and definitely go back.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 August 2008

This hotel falls short in lots of ways. I have to agree with earlier reviews that eating at the Bull is better than staying there. The icing on the cake with this hotel needs to be put on quick because if they keep getting this kind of review then they need to action the icing maker now. I found even booking a room was not reasurringly easy due to not receing call backs and confirmation emails when promted.
We arrived at the rear of the hotel and I thought we had not entered the right one due to the courtyard being scruffy, tacky and really not nice. The rest of the hotel was like it had had the boutique hotel make-over team in, with the usual trendy sofas and ikea tables. You have to be good at this level (£170.00 per night) and expect customers to be picky, they want a good feel good factor from the moment they step over through the door.
The downstairs is small and cramped, the reception table had previous customers credit card details, security number, name and address on view to anybody and later that day, others were displayed all over the reception desk (not attended).
On to the room: we had the family room (106) which looked over the courtyard. Firstly the pictures on the website of the rooms make it look much more luxurious, bigger and better. Never trust trendy taken pictures on a web site. The en-suite never had a shower, just a separate old-style torpedo bath with a shower attachment so you couldn’t stand up and take a shower. A shower over a bath is a basic requirement for me. The windows were open but couldn’t be locked which meant anybody could climb onto the flat room just below our window and enter easily. The noise from the courtyard is bad as earlier reviews say. This is a family room but the wardrobe is a single small version which hasn’t the length to even take a suit bag. The kettle cannot be plugged in at table level because there aren’t any sockets so you have to plug in under the table using the tv socket. Not good if you had small children.
We eat on one of our evenings and found the food to be very good although you got the sense all the staff seem to be everywhere, the two blonde haired sister act who worked there seem to serve, be on reception, take orders. People need to know who does what, need to feel that a hotel is running properly with the right people doing the right thing. No one seems to know about wine, what the food is like, just a lot of staff thinking that its ok to be so laid back, just give em the right chairs and pictures on the wall.
Breakfast food is good, its fresh but again the feel good factor is not there. I like having a cafietierre or jug of coffere but they just pour you 3/4 of a small cup and you are lucky to get a second due to only one member of staff being around. A bit picky you might say but I have stayed at a lot of hotels and you know what works and what doesn’t.
This hotel needs some experienced person to whisk up some icing, to give it some feel good factor and get the cherry firmly on top.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank CreativeHampshire
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Reviewed 25 July 2008

i had booked a petite double for 2 nights. it was so petite that even the electric kettle looked huge (nowhere to plug it in without furniture removal to reveal electric socket at head of bed). the room overlooked an inner courtyard which was used by people using the bar and restaurant. the noise was deafening and certainly not reduced at 10 p.m. as promised in information file. there was no hot water at all. i was moved to another room at the front of the building. this had hot water and was quieter due to double glazing. however it was very hot since if i raised the double glazing to open the windows i was disturbed by traffic in the main street outside.

i was then informed that the next day i would have to return to my original room as the one i had been moved to had been booked. when i returned to the petite double there was no cold water - warm water even came from the cold tap.

breakfast on my last morning left a lot to be desired. there was only one waitress who was doing her best. the breakfast table had not been replenished, there was no cutlery and no papers. most tables had not been cleared. i waited half an hour for one piece of toast with a poached egg. then suddenly at 10 a.m. everything kicked off with 3 people clacking back and forth clearing tables (why not use trays?).

all the above aside, i have no complaint about the food - the dinner we had on our first night was delicious - but everything else was a great disappointment..

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 July 2008

I have been staying in The Bull Hotel for over a month. The service is totally professional and at the same time they manage to make you feel comfortable and at home. The staff are more than happy to assist you with any additional requests which you may have in order to enhance your stay.

Although my stay has been purely business, my stay has been luxury, relaxing and enjoyable.

The rooms are elagantly decorated, individual and extremly comfortbale, I would recomend this hotel to anyone who wishes to feel comfortable and at home whilst away from home.

I think that Richard has got a great team and I will be back to enjoy the comforts as soon as I can.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled on business
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Thank lewis_tunnicliffe
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Address: 34 East Street, Bridport DT6 3LF, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Bridport
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Bridport
Price Range: £82 - £214 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Bull Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 19
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