Britannia Roundhouse Hotel, Bournemouth
Reviews - Britannia Roundhouse Hotel
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- Age Group: 41 - 50
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Appalling Hotelfrom Nicko2
As soon as we walked in at about 7 pm we knew straight away that this was not going to be a good experience. The reception/bar area was full of what I presume were building contractors labourers or similar making a lot of noise and the whole area was full of cigarette smoke.
As we were very tired we went up to our room to be confronted by the most awful smell of damp and sewage emanating from the bathroom area. The room itself had seen better days and was in a poor state of decoration.
(tiles falling from the wall, stains on the bedclothes, very small threadbare towels etc etc). The hotel was apparantly full so a room change was not available. We therefore decided to make the best of it. Having returned to our room at 11 pm we went to bed only to be woken up at 2 am by the noise of returning guests (I use the word lightly) making a terrible noise, shouting and screaming up and down the corridors, slamming doors and generally being obnoxious.
Then of course it had to be in the room right next to ours that at least 6 to 8 of them decided to party. The walls are paper thin and every word could be heard. Mainly the theme of their party seemed to be their past sexual conquests all dished up with very colourful language. Quite amusing if in a TV programme or not in the middle of the night. At 4 am they stopped and at last just about to fall asleep when the next lot arrived a bit further down the corridor. More shouting and yelling until we slept from exhaustion at about 5 am.
Breakfast comprised of 6 small and soggy pieces of toast, a pot of jam and a rock hard croissant with coffee which tasted as if it was a refugee from a prisoner of war camp.
We couldn't wait to get out of there.
This hotel should be removed from the Bournemouth hotel guide and is a typical example of Rip-off Britain. Having travelled the world extensively and stayed in some pretty awful hotels (Nigerian hotels come to mind) I can honestly say that this was one of the worst.
The following week we stayed in the 5 star Guadalpin hotel in Marbella with a 4 room suite for £ 109 per night!!
I am sending a copy of this to the Bournemouth Tourism Department and to the hotel itself.
Good Clean Roomfrom Nigel_Y
The room was clean and well maintaned. Reception very polite and helpful.
Breakfast not very well organised on the Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday,
i.e. No Milk, No glasses for fruit juices, just attention to detail really. In their defence we were there at the offical opening time (my son's an early riser).
However on Tuesday we arrived a little later, there were more staff and the whole experience was much more pleasant.
Experienced travellerfrom A TripAdvisor Member
However, as a journalist with many years' experience of hotels and travelling, all I can say is that the reviewers who have ben unhappy with their stays must have little experience of how to book a hotel room. I have now stayed at this hotel twice this year (2005) and have no complaints.
If you do not want a 'noisy' room don't ask for one at the front of a hotel overlooking a main road! -- ask for a room at the back of the hotel, or just ask for a quiet room. If your room at the Roundhouse was not 'up to scratch' you must have booked a cheap economy, rather than a standard room. The standard rooms are quite spacious. Most hotels have small, cheap rooms available. But don't book the cheapest room and expect luxury.
One reviewer has complained about the quality of the toilet paper. I booked into a very attractive hotel in Baltimore, Eire, recently but was told that neither toilet paper, nor soap were provided! Not only that there was nowhere open to buy any. Luckily, I always take some soap and toilet paper with me when I travel.
On my first visit to the Roundhouse I could not get a table for an evening meal in the restaurant as all the tables were booked. That doesn't suggest that the food is of poor quality. I thought the help-yourself breakfast was very comprehensive.
The hotel provides free car parking in an integral covered secure car park. I could find no problem with the lifts.
Re: staff rudeness. There are just some people using hotels who quite frankly are just the dregs themselves. The main problem with hotels are the objectionable people who use them. If staff are 'rude' to you, then it's possible that you are the problem.
Absolutely awfulfrom Nunnion
Disturbingly, the windows had no safety catches, even on our 6th floor room, and were rather dangerous if you have children. The breakfast, I suspect, had been reheated from the previous day, and I was told off by the waiter when I asked for a second cup of coffee!
It is hotels such as this one that give tourism in the UK such a bad name. Please, do not spoil your stay in Bournemouth by booking into this hotel.
Pefectly Finefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Absolutely fine.from A TripAdvisor Member
I needn't have worried. Yes, the walls to rooms are a little thin, but everything else was fine. The room was spotless, and cleaned to a high standard daily, the shower was absolutely fantastic (much appreciated after a round of golf), the food in the hotel perfectly adequate, and the staff helpful and friendly. The bar could be a bit better stock wise, but on the whole, great, and I would definitely recommend.
t stay herefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Typical Brittania Hotel tatfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Every aspect is done with as little cost as possible, the bottom line rules everything. Small things like the 1p a roll toilet paper and the sachets of indescriminate "Coffee" are annoying, but bigger things like the re-re-re-conditioned lifts are just appaling and quite frankly and accident waiting to happen.
The food is like a little chef only worse. It's not cooked badly, its just that the ingredients are of a very poor quality.
The staff are polite and friendly, but the equipment and the processes they use are cumbersome and out of date, and so service is slow.
Everything in the hotel (and all other britannia hotels) looks like it has been fixed at least 1/2 a dozen times. TV's, furniture, plumbing, lifts, you name it. And that just about somes up Britannia hotels. They suffer from a massive lack of investment in the areas that really make a difference to customers.
The roundhouse isn't a hotel, it's a bunch of rooms with beds, and unfortunately Britannia hotels don't seem to know or don't seem to care that there is a difference.
t stay at the weekend!from LittleEmma1978
Hell Hole that is the Roundhouse!from A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Bournemouth
chinese restaurant We went to the only chinese restaurant next to the pier and apart the high price the service and the food were good.
Other names for Britannia Roundhouse Hotel
- roundhouse hotel
- hotel britannia roundhouse
- britannia roundhouse bournemouth
- Address: 1 Meyrick Road - Bournemouth - England - BH1 2PR - United Kingdom
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