Menzies Carlton Hotel, Bournemouth
Reviews - Menzies Carlton Hotel
- Age Group: 31 - 40
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Family Traveller
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You must be jokingfrom LondonNw9
As regular visitors to Bournemouth and in various hotels, we decided to splash out a bit after getting engaged and decided to go to the Menzies Carlton after reading good reviews.
Maybe I am being a bit over the top, but am I mistaken or are there two hotels of the same name in Bournemouth ?
For nye on £200 per night for bed and breakfast you would expect to be in a top hotel. (Another example of how hotels in the UK are ripping off punters like us. Take note that hotels in Ireland and the Mid East are of greater quality for less money.) The experience that we had in this hotel will stay with us forever.
When you walk into reception it looks welcoming. Unfortunately the reception staff are far from receptive. (Apart from Sheila who you will hear about later.) No eye contact. Short answers with no interest about finding out about their client. No offer of help with hotel or area information. (With the Red Arrows appearing in Bournemouth on the Friday you would have thought that they may have enquired if you knew about it or were down there for it.) No detail about when or where breakfast was served. A curt " the lift is down there" when asked how we get to the room.
The lift to the room after a long walk looked like it would fall apart. A truly disturbing experience.
Then the room. Hmmm. Where to start. I knew there was no air conditioning but you would have thought in the current good weather we are experiencing that they would air the room. Nope. It was like a furnace. Peeling wall paper. And horror of horrors, blood stains on the throw on the bed and the valance sheets. Stains on the carpet and dated scratched furniture.
The one shining light came in now. Sheila on the reception managed to move us to a different room in great haste and was truly sorry. Nice room in fact, shame about the plumbing. If you want a bath be prepared to wait for an hour for it to fill. If you want a shower be prepared to have to turn it on and off unless you want to flood the room. The shower tray takes about 10-15 minutes to empty.
Breakfast. If you like your cooked breakfast cold and nearly raw then this is the hotel for you.
Possibly one of the worst hotels that we have ever stayed in and will definitely not be returning.
Fantastic weekendfrom Fryer
Good on a dealfrom A TripAdvisor Member
This is an old-fashioned hotel. Waiting staff wore rather ill-fitting and dated jackets. Food was good - the main course is 'unveiled' from underneath those covering bowls.
Wine is expensive. Coffee was poor.
All in all good for a treat if you can avoid paying full price.
Great value winter breakfrom Lizveall
We took a walk into Bournemouth town centre, its a nice 10 minute walk along the seafront, cliff edge really, you're quite high , but it slopes down. The center has the usual high street shops and not many restaurants other than the usual pizza hut and bella pasta type thing, so I was glad we were on a dbb rate. Back to the hotel for a couple of hours in the spa before dinner. The gym was small but functional, 2 treadmills, 2 bikes, free weights and one of those multi gym things. Small indoor swimming pool and jacuzzi and a very hot sauna. We didn't try any of the spa treatments, but they seemed reasonable.
Dinner in Fredericks was excellent, although we did order off the a la carte menu and paid a supplement over and above the dbb rate (it was my birthday). The food was very well prepared, all ingredients seemed super fresh. I love warm rolls and crunchy vegetables, just little details that make a meal. A good winelist to suit all tastes and pockets and the service was faultless. Mostly Eastern European, very attentive and pleasant.
Breakfast in bed was excellent too, we ordered a hot breakfast, which was a bit much after the meal the previous night, but I always feel cheated if I have the "continental". It arrived on time and hot and was eaten with the sun streaming in the window - beautiful.
All in all a great experience, perhaps being a sunday night in January helped, it was not busy and very reasonable. I would definitely go back.
Christmas at Carlton Menzies was greatfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Should be 5 starfrom A TripAdvisor Member
o.k for the discounted tarriff, not for the usual tarifffrom A TripAdvisor Member
We had a room without a sea view, but the room was large and tastefully decorated, with 3 large bay windows. And although our room had no sea view, it looked out on the garden which is pleasant enough. The bathroom is a bit dated, however (I would at least expect a tile floor in a 4 star hotel and a hair dryer would have been nice).
We had a meal in the restaurant, the food was good but the restaurant is a bit pricey- £27 pp for a 3 course set-menu. We would have preferred to enjoy an a la carte main course, but this was not available when we were there (+_ £18 per main course). Why they have it in a menu and state its an a la carte restaurant also I dont know. The last orders are taken at 9:30, which is ridiculous considering it was a Saturday night. This despite the fact that the hotel guide in the room stated that the restaurant closes at 10h00 (which is already early). No food is served in the lounge or bar after 9:30 either.
We also wanted to go for a swim in the pool at 7:20, but were told it closes at 7:30 (all the lights were off already)- again despite the hotel guide stating it closes at 8:00. Which is annoying.
I did not find the staff too friendly and got the impression that they would not go out of the way- but I suppose one can expect this only from a decent 5 star hotel.
Overall we paid £90 for the double room for the Saturday night (through lastminute.com)- which is a good price. But I would not pay more- definately not the hotel's usual tarriff off £75 per person per night.
What a gem of a hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Relaxing breakfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Despite these minor quibbles would return again.
Loved the Stains on the Bedding .......from A TripAdvisor Member
On arrival in the room - it was a good size. The bathroom was ok - it had obviously just been renovated, but only partially. There were still what seemed to be 70's fittings in an otherwise modern bathroom- I mean if they are going to refurbish it at least do a complete job !!
The only good thing about the room itself was the size. The bed was dirty (stains on pillow, mattress, cover etc etc). There were also stains over the carpet which needed a good clean. Old fashioned smelly chairs and furniture in general. The TV was awful and the remote control for the TV had obviously seen better days (yeah it was dirty also)
Unfortunately the hotel (even after its obvious refurbishment) was not up to scratch. A little money had been spent on the room when it was obvious that EVERYTHING in the room needed to be stripped out and renewed.
Disappointing to say the least. At between 80-150 £ per night this is one place to stay clear of.
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- Address: East Overcliff - Bournemouth - England - BH1 3DN - United Kingdom
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