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old world charm but shows signs of fading service in Oscars restaurant fell well below expected standard
It was a disaster. We could not stay. We were given a room next to their waste hold area. The window would not open because all the rubbish bins were just outside. The room was tight and horrible. We left immediately. See our comments of 'what we liked'. Terrible hotel. Needs total modernisation, as location is good. Need new staff, training, etc. avoid staying there at all costs!
The buffet breakfast was superb, especially the honeycomb. Im the first room we were given the central heating was not wotking and we had to move to another room, but nobody came to help us with our luggage and we had to carry it all ourselves - not what one expects from a 4-star hotel especially as my wife and I are in our late seventies
good customer service rooms quite small
The hotel was very comfortable. The service in the restaurant for breakfast was not good.
The breakfast was very delightful, lot of choices and they do cater for vegetairans and those who use soya milk. The spa facilities were good. However, I would say that the hotel needs refurbishment and some area needs modernisation. Being told that we are limited to one towel each by one particular member in the spa club. This was not the case with other staff members.
Nice spacious room and spacious general areas staff were very obliging. Could not control temperature in room which got very hot. But in fairness that is a problem a lot of older hotels have.
I liked the atmosphere, facilities and the staff who were most helpful and friendly. I did experience some problems with accessing my room with the card that was provided to me. It often didn't work and this caused me some inconvenience. I would have been much better off with a good old fashioned key! However, the staff made every effort to resolve this problem by upgrading me to a different room with a sea view. I considered this to be outstanding customer service.
Received room upgrade. Very good service
A very comfortable bed having to wait in line to get a breakfast table
Leisure facilities £15 to pay for car parking. No mention of this until we had arrived. Staff could be a little overzealous. We received the bill for our evening meal before we had had our dessert and coffee and our table was cleared while we were getting our cooked breakfast
Location was great. Very close to restraunts, parking, the Bournemouth Pier and Bournemouth Park However, if you are looking at the cheaper rooms you be better served by Premier Innnext door. Service was poor at the front desk and breakfast and breakfast whilst adequate was not at the quality I would have expected. Staff were very disjointed; my pregnant wife asked for some decaf-tea for our room and was advised "the bar might have some". Would have expected them to sort it out. Room location was in the back of beyond with stair only access. Cheaper rooms at this hotel not recommended.
a up grad of room free of carge noizy nabbears but was lookd aferter
Everyone was helpful & friendly.An ideal spot for all locations in the area.
The staff and the breakfast were superb. The bedroom smelt, believe it emminated from the mattress. Arrived late too tired not until next day the smell had ingressed into clothing. Decor poor and needs complete refurbishment.
This hotel offered free WIFI & Parking, and the room only cost £32! The receptionist was very helpful and friendly and I got a free room upgrade. The food in the diner was very good and well priced. Can't really work out why people were moaning, the price is fantastic and everywhere is very clean. Yes, the hotel is a bit dated but its comfortable and the cheapest around so well worth it for a short break. everyone stop moaning and pay more if you expect 5 star services At best, the floorboards outside my room were a bit creaky and there was no blind in the bathroom, which didn't particularly bother me
Central location very limited carparking hotel needs a make over, quite dated
when handing in my key the receptionist could not give me a receipt for the room have requested copy but by 6th July still waiting
Decor very very tired (corridors & bathroom) It was a typical old fashioned "seaside" hotel... the bathroom hasn't been changed since the 70's (nasty pink suite) and had a mouldy/damp smell. The room also felt extremely draughty and cold, despite the heating being on! The staff were friendly enough though. So to sum up, it is OK for one night.
Welcoming staff for English speakers but noticed lack of skill at reception for foreigners ie rapid, complex sentences, given once, no body language or reference to local town map etc. I saw two foreigners bemused despite being given instructions which only I could just follow. A little bit ot raining might help! Just a friendly observation - not meaning to be too critical!
we found the location ideal for the shops and theatre.The breakfast was very good and the staff very polite and friendly. creaky floorboards and the housekeeping staff started vacumming at 8.30 in the room upstairs. Also building work taking place although this was probably reflected in the price we paid.
the pool and sauna .breakfast the room was an insult ,bathroom outdated and very dirty shower unfit to use . plugs loose on walls wallpaper a disgrace ,torn and dirty.
Friendly hote. Superior double was nicely decorated with little balcony- can't expect 'views' as surrounded by other hotels. Restaurant very good. Staff particularly friendly. Near enough to both prom and town. Would go back.
Great staff and comfortable hotel nothing
lovely hotel,great staff.good position, food very enjoyable.this was our second visit and it defenitely wont be our last!! bar prices.
Quick and courtious service no smoking but will just have to get used to it as it will soon be law
Both the staff and food were excellent. The bathroom needs modernising.
Meal served by friendly staff Room quite cramped
We booked a superior room, but we would rate the room as standard. The shower was poor, the bathroom tiny, the door wouldn't lock, and overall just a standard room.
TV did not work
The Hotel was excellent, within easy walking of the BIC, and plenty of parking. The staff were excellent, very friendly, and service was very good. Our room was comfortable and quiet. A super selection for breakfast, overall a most enjoyable stay.
Freindly & comfortable
The bed. The view of sea. The alfresco eating around the pool The abcence of a shower. The lack of promised sauna in facilities advertised in sister hotel.
Sea view, pibic areas had been extensively refurbished. the bedrooms were not of a similar standard as the public areas and are in need of refurbishment.
Good location, great view from room with balcony and very friendly staff.
The room was fantastic and very comfortable Breakfast was very disappointing, not very edible
yes as previous reviews - lift scary. hot water very hot and could not cool down shower. cold water warm. toilet cistern took long time to refill,
Hotel and room clean and warm and adequate. Breakfast good Although a warning was given water took a long time to heat up (more than 10 minutes for shower) and then only luke warm
Relaxed atmosphere, helpful staff, good meals and good value for money Food portions a bit small
Location was excellent and great value for money. Luxury stay and would definitely stay again. Added bonus of being upgraded but that shows the excellent customer service provided, would definitely recommend to friends and family
The shower was cold,in both rooms that i booked, & the radiator did not work in room 203
Opulent public areas, excellent staff
The breakfast was very good The room was in the basement so no view. had to park your car across the road not in the car park in the hotel - even though you have to pay extra. the deal you had for booking on line was the same price if you booked on the day - not really a deal!!
The hotel was very clean and the location was perfect for the beach and shopping.
Very friendly and helpful staff. The room was excellent with a sea view. We would definitely stay here again and I will be recommending the hotel to family and friends. Thank you very much for a very enjoyable stay whilst I was celebrating my special Birthday!
It was directly across the road from the BIC where i was heading for an event, and it was an amazing feeling being able to have an amazing night out, and then to walk across the road and come home. Room was beautiful! I loved the mirror in the bathroom. No complaints, only to say that the parking is not behind the hotel, its over the road in the shopping mall centre - however saying that, the hotel give you a key and you can park in a secluded area.
Plasant, good dealings with staff - very satisfactory from that side of things. Room was in good condition, very clean, but so small moving around was difficult.
Nice room veiw, nice bed, Lovely bar! no bad experiences!
Reception staff friendly and helpful, good sized room, clean, excellent sea view. Lovely breakfast and attentive waiting staff. Very good location. Found a good price through booking.com
Staff was excellent; when the heated towel rack in the bathroom didn't work, they upgraded our room. Bed was very comfortable. Shower was excellent (not in all rooms, but in the upgraded room). Wonderful location, with its view of the English Channel and a one minute walk to the pier. Five minutes to walk to the heart of a shopping district.
Location, comfort, cleanliness, good food and friendliness of the staff
Too short a stay to make comments worthwhile Ordered a taxi - it didn't arrive on time and I had to ask again!
Nice location, nice bar/grill
Hotel is in a wonderful location with wonderful views and is up to the usual Marriott standard of rooms which we like and have become accustomed to and with such comfortable beds On Sunday we were shocked to hear that they had run out of most things from the bar menu because they had been busy over Xmas!!! Surely the Catering Manager knew Xmas was coming! A section of the restaurant had been closed off that night so we were unable to get a table and had to leave the hotel to go and find something to eat which was most inconvenient as my wife was not feeling too well and it was freezing outside. Also found out when having drinks at the bar that you had run out of crips/nuts for a few weeks - again surely someone can go down to the local supermarket!
Food good but very small meau for dinner
The hotel position by the sea front Piped music was very irritating
Location is great for beach, walks, cafe, restaurants and shops.
Service of staff really very good.
defineetly i will come again............wonderfull place,nice staff
Olha fiquei um pouco chateada,pois não tem frigobar nos quartos,todos os hotéis que já passei do pior ao melhor hotel e todos me ofereciam um frigobar.
A simpatia,o conforto,a localizacao,a prontidao do staff,a higiene,o espaco,o spa,os servicos.foi tudo optimo. Os chuveiros dos quartos precisam de ser substituidos.certifiquem-se se o pessoal que arumam os quartos,se ,sao,ou nao confiaveis.e até que ponto....mais variedade e mais opcoes no breakfast.frutas e sumos naturais.
Near to BIC for the concerts
We only stayed for the one night, but the hotel was very welcoming, friendly, comfortable and the room we had was well worth the booking
It had a bed where I could sleep I was disappointedin additional sums added to my bill I stayed there because there was an offer a friend joined me at breakfeast and beacause he had smoked salmon and scrambled eggs £ 20 was added to my account which I thought was steep
The room was well appointed although felt the conservatory needed a face lift. The staff were very un welcoming and no one smiled.
The hotel is clean and comfortable. The staff a re friendly and helpful. My room was well equipped (the enormous corner bath was an unexpected treat!) and peaceful.
only one night but most impressed with the retention of the architechture,comfort,value, the breakfast possibly one of the best experienced due to little "touches"mushrooms best ever!!!room very good too.Cant wait to come back. nothing
Our room was situated next to the lift and as a result we had a disturbed night with the doors constantly banging and people coming and going.
It was central. The lifts were poor, and there were signs that the hotel is tatty and in need of a refit.
Very pleasant staff, comfortable, clean room. Excellent location. Incredibly squeaky floorboards! Luckily I am a heavy sleeper :)
The use of the leisure facilities and evening entertainment.
lift too small
Location, parking, nice big room. The evening meal was spoilt by a foreign gentleman sitting next to our table who obviously had a cold, and with no regard for fellow diners, kept sniffing and making 'pig' like noises. In addition, some of the food was obviously microwaved and was very poor. The waitress also asked me to pay for the wine at the table! I've never had that before in a hotel restaurant. A bad meal all round.
very good staff, excellent breakfast. the rooms were very dated and tired looking. bathrooms need to be updated
The position of the hotel was very near the seafront and the centre of Bournemouth. The breakfasts were excellent and the swimming pool was very clean, warm and pleasant to use The hotel seemed over warm. It would benefit from an extensive update although it was all very clean, just dated and tatty (apart from the reception/bar area)
Use of the leisure facilities. The breakfasts The friendliness of the staff. Walking through the smoking zone when entering/leaving the hotel
comfort of bar area etc n/a
The room was clean and the bed was very comfy.Lovely swimming pool!!! Yes, the time of check-in- 2p.m., rather late.
I travel to Dorset once a month and I always stay at the Wessex. Provides good value for money and its location is ideal for my purposes place is now starting to look and feel a bit jaded and could do with a bit of tlc
Room facilities were excellent N/A
Staff were very friendly, and the excellent breakfast.
Staff were pleasant. Nice comfy seating areas. Dood breakfast. Bar prices were too expensive. Five pounds for two cups of coffe and a Snickers bar.
Friendly, efficient and comfortable. Good hot buffet style English breakfast. Constant low background noise from air-con plant throughout the night.
Crowds of people smoking on hotel reception steps, this was intimidating and made access very difficult as stepping over people seemed to br the only way to get into the hotel.
Spacious room even for 4 of us(3 beds not bunk). Breakfast. Swimming pool. Friendly staff.
Good breakfast, clean room value for money Bathroom badly needed updating, bath very rough and sealant needed re doing i would not like to bath but shower was ok
Staff was nice Room too dark, tern coulours
The service was excellent and the staff friendly and polite
Helpful staff, delicious breakfast The bathroom was very shabby, seemed to be limited parking, the walls in our room were so thin we could hear the conversation in the room next to us
The breakfast was very good, excellent selection and the waiting staff were helpful. We chose this hotel on the basis that it was advertised as disabled friendly & we specifically made a request for a room with disabled access. We were placed in a room on the third floor which was quite large but to get to it involved using two lifts and two ramps one of which was far too steep to be negotiated without assistance. My wife uses an "Acitive" wheelchair which is smaller than most and yet it would not fit through the door of the bathroom in our room. If you are a wheelchair user I would strongly recommend that you look elsewhere for your accomodation. We tried to lodge a formal complaint whilst at the hotel but were advised to do so in writing which is what we will do.
The spa, pool and fitness facilities are good. Location is very convenient as within walking distance of town centre, seaside and shops. Bed very comfortable and heating good. Public areas, especially conservatory area by the pool and bar, really nice. Room too small. Not enough storage. Wardrobe far too small, not with only 5 coat hangers. Shower a bit temperamental. Restaurant average. In general, we felt that it was not up to 4-star standard.
frindliness of staff room temperature difficult to control
Lack of heating in the hotel on one of the coldest weekends of the year
staff very frendily room was comfortable spa was tranquil and restful had a very pleasant stay. thankyou no not realy
Helpful staff Old tired and scruffy
Good size room with great TV. A very professional Hotel with friendly staff and relaxing atomosphere Coffee in the Bar was bitter - only a very minor point
the spa facilty we struggled to have a hot shower
We really enjoyed the swimming pool, spa, sauna & jacuzzi.
Comfortable beds and good location for the beaches and town centre After climbing to the 3rd floor my key card failed to work so after trudging back down and back up again it let me in the room to find another couple already in there? Eventually managed to find me my own room! It worried me that if i went out someone might be let into my room. Food very poor in restaurant, especially the price paid, if you like decent portion size go elsewhere, if you eat pidgeon portions you will be happy!
Accessability to the beach. Use of the facilities - but unfortunately we couldnt get any treatments as they were fully booked
It was overall an excellent stay. The room was simply lovely, the food was delicious and so was the wine on their list. The hotel is very stylish and offers a homly feeling right away when one enters. That I coundn't stay longer... ;-)
clenlyness Menu a bit limited
A luxurious room with a roll top bath in the window alcove, very attentive and friendly staff and excellent food in the restaurant, what more could you ask for. Plainer biscuits with the room service cheese !!! but thats all.
I wanted to experience a "Green" hotel. I was very impressed and felt well informed about their efforts to be as eco friendly as possible. The hotel has been restored beatifully, fabulous beds and great food.
the bed was nice as were the pillows,towls nice and thick would have liked more chose of food from menu at night,only the taster menu on offer which was over priced
quirky decor, good parking, spacious public areas, very pleasant restaurant, friendly reception, good last minute room rate, excellent location. had to have breakfast one morning in less pleasant nearby sister hotel; mattress rather thin
the setting and breakfast sqeaky floor boards and windows were hard to shut.
went to a show at the b i c
We stayed at this hotel to attend a wedding and reception. The Orchid has excellent facilities for both weddings and wedding receptions and the staff are very friendly and helpful.
Good Scrambled egg and service at Breakfast.
The organisation of my sons wedding was great. The ceremony and the facilities we used made it very special. Some areas needed to be refurbished..... which was a shame.
It was very clean and modern and the staff were very friendly No food in the evenings. There was no sound proofing in the room, when the people came into the room above it was like they were sat in the room with us
Friendly staff. Value for money Nothing to dislike
The reception and lounge area was very attractively decorated and inviting. All the staff we dealt with were very pleasant and helpful. The bedrooms were very basic and the blinds in our room were broken in places. The room was also at the front of the hotel so was quite noisy, however it was clean and warm.
Everything about the hotel was excellent, friendly staff, good facilities and very clean, I will definitely return again and recommend this hotel to everybody. nothing
Besides excellent standard of facilities (shower/heating/TV/wifi/workarea) the hotel has a simple, modern fresh design throughout.
The hotel was comfortable and the staff were friendly. It was rather noisy during the night. We were disturbed at 2am by a couple arguing loudly and again at 3.50 am by people returning from a night club trying to access our room. So consequently we hardly slept on the first night of our stay. This was the only thing we did not like about the hotel.
On Business Would have liked more choice of evening meals
Breakfast was good , and the showers were excellent. Reception staff were very friendly the air con wasnt working , ordered a sandwich and 30mins later still not arrived
rooms slightly over priced.
nothing too much trouble watered down orange juice at breakfast
The staff were very polite and welcoming, the rooms were modern and tidy and the breakfast service was very good.
The cleanliness and convenient location
Location, excellent value for money Pillows too hard
you where made very welcome, and the service and helpfullness was second to none,
Friendly helpful staff gave the hotel a welcoming feeling
Efficient booking process and V. friendly proprietors, who called me back within a few hours to answer an online query and were very helpful when we left something behind on checking out. Bed very comfortable. Over-decorated room inc. The beaded cushions which found their way back on to the bed every day after we removed them. Three steps up to the en suite shower/loo
The staff were very accomodating, beds comfortable and breakfasts excellent. Great location. The decor was a little dated.
Made to feel very welcome with lots of information and reccomendations about the area. A two minute walk to the town centre. Nice hot, fresh breakfast. Excellent would definately stay again.
Very clean,friendly and comfortable plus the food choice was very good None
The host and hostess were extremely helpful, nothing was too much trouble. The hotel is comfortable and clean.
the friendliness and homely atmosphere was just great they made our anniversary really special.
The owners made us really welcome. The house was lovely and warm and comfortable and we could not fault it! The only bad point was walking up the hill to the hotel after eating out!
We thought the owners were very friendly and welcoming and we really liked the breakfast. The location is great with a short walk to the town and the BIC