Britannia Roundhouse Hotel

, Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Britannia Roundhouse Hotel

, Bournemouth
3 star

Rooms: 127

1 Meyrick Road - Bournemouth - England - BH1 2PR - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 01202 553262
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8/10
This is my home from home
Submitted by: Dave in 23/03/11
  • Age Group: 4150
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Relaxation Seeker
I've read the other reviews on here and at other sites, and I can see the respective authors' points (for the most part). I have lived at the Roundhouse for the best part of 10 months, spending 3 or 4 nights every week within its tired walls (i.e. over 150 nights).

The truth of the matter is that this is a _cheap_ hotel, catering to the geriatric coach-based holidaymakers during the week while attracting the 3 night stag-dos at weekends. It is also true that some of the staff can be curt and unwelcoming, on occasion, but this is not the Savoy, remember. And I would acknowledge that some of the rooms (and I have stayed in probably 20 different ones over the weeks) are somewhat war-torn, delapidated and have seen better days. By modern standards, it's shabby.

However, I love it for all its faults. Almost all rooms have a great shower, are warm (with adjustable radiators), are equipped with a TV/coffee-making facilities/trouser press, and have plenty of space. If you're one of the lucky ones and get a good bed too, the £30-40 tariff is extremely good value, given the hotel's position, close to nightlife, shopping and restaurants. And when you're rewarded with an oversized jacuzzi on top of all this, well that's absolute luxury!

Don't write this place off. It's poor but it's not terrible. If you don't like the day staff, hang around with the night porters. And get there at 7am for the best buffet breakfast you can buy for a fiver!
2/10
Not value for money
Submitted by: A Travel Library User in 18/07/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type:
The Roundhouse hotel is certainly not value for money. The staff are unfriendly and unhelpful, the furniture is dated and the food is not very exciting (cooked breakfast was cold and would have been nice to have been offered a cup of tea as the long life milk in the room was sour and out of date). The drinks at the bar were very expensive and I certainly would not recommend it.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Britannia Roundhouse Hotel

Appalling Hotel

from Nicko2
Having to spend a night in Bournemouth on the 30th September 2005 and having had pretty dire hotels there in the past we found this hotel on the internet. It sounded OK if a bit pricey for £110 for a night in a 3 star hotel.
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 Room

from Nigel_Y
We booked direct via telephone after first reading internet reviews.
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 traveller

from A TripAdvisor Member
Having read some of the reviews published on this site I was nervous about booking into the Roundhouse.
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 awful

from Nunnion
This hotel is thoroughly disappointing. The staff were rude, the rooms are run-down, and our bathroom clearly hadn't been decorated for many, many years.

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 Fine

from A TripAdvisor Member
Due to the previous reviews i was unsure about staying here, but due to a lack of available bookings elsewhere, i was left with little choice. I'm glad to say i didn't experiance any problems previous users had. My room was clean, had a fresh smell. The staff were polite and bar was open till early hours of the morning. Breaskfeast was nice and found if i didn't see what i wanted, i just needed to ask. I would stay here again!!!

Absolutely fine.

from A TripAdvisor Member
After reading previous reviews I must admit I was concerned. 8 of us stayed at The Roundhouse while down for a golfing weekend.
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 here

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at this hotel for a week in July 2004. It was terrible. The bathroom was very unclean and I ended up buying anti-bacterial wipes to clean. The windows did not shut properly and the noise was terrible. The walls between the bedrooms are very thin and you could here all! The rooms had recently been repainted which I could tell as paint was dripped on the furniture, floors etc. The bedlinen looked like it was from a time warp and was all faded and holely. Do not recommend this at all.

Typical Brittania Hotel tat

from A TripAdvisor Member
The roundhouse is typical of all hotels in this chain. You walk in and it looks pretty nice - a bit tacky but that's OK. Rooms are always a reasonable or good size. But as soon as you scratch just a milimetre below the surface you realise what a shoddy operation they are.
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
I stayed at this hotel for one night. The room was nice, a good size, and the bed was comfortable. The bathroom was nice, although the floor was a little wet on arrival, and the spoons for the tea-making could have been cleaner. At night there was a lot of noise from the street and passers by from pubs and clubs and traffic noise, but unless you are a light sleeper it might not affect you too much. Staff were pleasant and friendly and it's in a good location for the town.

Hell Hole that is the Roundhouse!

from A TripAdvisor Member
we booked this hotel room through expedia for £75 and I didnt expect a castle for that price but this place made Faulty Towers look like The Ritz!Outside resembled a car park, rooms had paper thin walls, tap water was filthy, we were kept awake all night by the shouts from the interior windows (imagine a polo mint with your room in the inner cicle facing another room 5 foot away)Bed was rock hard, shouting staff members could be heard all night!Sleep in the kentucky fried chicken outlet accross the road if you have to, BUT DONT STAY HERE!

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  • Address: 1 Meyrick Road - Bournemouth - England - BH1 2PR - United Kingdom
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