Royal Bath Hotel, Bournemouth
Reviews - Royal Bath Hotel
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- From: United Kingdom
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- Age Group: 26 - 30
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Business Traveller
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Excellent Stafffrom TWR01
The Royal Bath is a 4 star hotel, but please bare in mind that it's quite a large, old hotel and has a lot of people going through it, therefore I felt the decor to be a little tired (chipped doors, paintwork etc).
The room itself was adequate, but again, the bathroom was in need of a freshen up and also quite small. We paid for a seaview and was rewarded with one, that was definitely worth that little bit extra. One slight quibble was that the radiator wasn't working and therefore the room was a little "chill".
We purchased a package with food included on the first night and ate in "Oscar's". The food was excellent and again the service was exemplary. Be warned that there is a "No jeans, T-shirt or trainers" dress code in both restaurants, but this does add to the ambience of the establishment, which does feel very British and very Middle/Upper Class.
The attached Health Spa has gym, steam room, sauna and pool. Health Treatments are also available (e.g. Massage, Aromatherapy etc) and we certainly recommend them to anyone who stays.
For variety there is an excellent restaurant opposite "Sixty-One", which is moderately priced (expect £40+/head for dinner) and the quality of food is amongst the finest I have sampled in this country.
As stated before, the hotel does require a little "freshening up", and is definitely at the lower end of other 4 star hotels I have stayed in, but the quality of staff here far outweigh any disappointments that the physical characteristics of the hotel may bring.
terrible hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The food tasted like cardboard and all four in our party left with upset stomachs after dinner, the star rating is wrong this can't be a four star hotel, i have stayed in better F-1 hotels and travel lodges, infact I'd rather have slept in a trench on the front line!!!!
hotel appeared on skeleton staff and dinner served was left over from xmas lunch, better food at the pig farm
This hotel needs renovation and a complete revamp, both food service and quality of room (apparently an executive suite) were very much lower than that of a travelodge.
Ignore the bad reviews..... it was brilliant!!from A TripAdvisor Member
As i think my review shows there was nothing wrong with the hotel and i definately recommend it.. go as soon as you possibly can!!
Good for a weekend away!from enyce085
Upon arrival to the hotel were were greeted by the warm friendly staff, and a posh reception area. After a quick check in, we made our way to our room. This is a large hotel, and has lifts for those who are unable to use stairs.
Room - Large and spacious for a standard double room. Comes equipped with satelite TV, tea and coffe making facilities and plenty of wardrobe space with an iron and ironing board.
Restaurant - Our stay at the De Vere included a free three course meal. Please note that this is a smart dress restaurant for fine dining (No Jeans and T-shirts) Although one of the meals was cold, the staff were quick to change the meal.
Swimming Pool - The pool was quite small, yet it never got really busy. It was kept clean, and complimentary towels were also avaliable. There is a massage room, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and changing room facilities. The pool overlooked the gardens to the rear of the hotel.
Location - The hotel is in an excellent location i relation to Bournemouth town centre, Its is less than a 5 minute walk to the pier and town centre.
Parking - Not avaliable at this hotel, although there are various carparks located within close vicinity.The hotel located next to the hotel can be quite expensive in peak season. We would therefore recommend parking in the BIC (Bournemouth International Centre) car park - baring in mind its a short stroll!
Staff - Helpful and friendly.
Additional Charges - BE AWARE!!! Upon checkout, we were charged for our "Complimentary breakfast". It was agreed by the staff it was their mistake, and any charges were waived. Be aware that if you decide to flick through any of the the premium channels on your TV (Even if you dont watch them!!!) you will be charged!!
Overall, the hotel was in an ideal location although maybe a little expensive for a young couples weekend break!!
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One to miss at this pricefrom GavStrad
All the rooms with my family were like Turkish baths and very small at that for £150 per night! So hot and you could only open the vent window to get a change of air. Hey, but they supplied a very small fan to circulate the hot air… How they can get away with this price, I just don't know.
My sister stopped in one of the executive suites... Because it was her day I didn't say a word, but I've stayed in better Travel Lodge's than this place! Great view, but that was it. She had air conditioning units that looked liked they were from the 70’s and sounded like they were as well! They couldn’t sleep with them on, because they were so noisy. And they don't even have a mini bar in the rooms, just an empty fridge!
I'm sorry to say that I really do not recommend this place and would advise looking else where in Bournemouth... Too expensive for what you get and they’re just trading on the name ‘De Vere Royal Bath Hotel’. If only it was as good as it sounds!
Lacks classfrom RPM3
The food was poor - we had poor quality sandwiches made with cheap supermarket bread accompanied by stale crisps for lunch one day. Dinner in the evening was distinctly average - it seems they get help from Bernard Matthews given the look of my wife's turkey. Breakfast was a scrum -it's completely self service, with all the food laid out in a cramped area behind a screen.
I was surprised at the type of guests the hotel attracts - based on a trip a couple of years ago you should stay at the Marriott if you want to be with nice people. I do not want to spend time with people who leave their kids unsupervised to run riot in the pool or ride around the lounge on a micro scooter! The smoking policy in the lounge was unclear - smoking was allowed at certain tables, but these were spread all over the lounge - so the chances were you ended up next to a smoker, particularly given the nature of a lot of the guests.
On the positive side, our room was clean and spacious and the staff were friendly.
Stay at the Marriott instead.
Phew pass the fanfrom wingate
t get the detail rightfrom pjt05
The other side, sea facing, is quite nice. Seems to consist of the superior doubles and the suites. My wife, 4 mth old baby, 2 year old toddler and nanny stayed here for 2 nights on the bank holiday weekend. The superior double was defnitely too small and narrow. One window looked out over the sea and that was nice. I'd recommend the suites - most seem to have balconys and certainly had more space. The single room the nanny had was tiny - only in England would it be termed a single room as opposed to a closet!
The hotel seems to cater for a large number of older guests and lots of big functions - wedddings, birthday discos etc.
The decor generally needs updating. Lots of old carpet and wall paper. Service is ok. The dinner in the evening is actually quite nice. A pretty good childrens buffet is avail (veg as well as the usual fish finger / chip fayre). There's also a rather formal looking french place called Oscars. Indoor swimming pool good, though needing some updating. Large kiddy pool which is 80cm high in terms of the water. My 2 year-old, who is quite tall, loved it.
For families I'd definitely recommend the suite.
The hotel is 5-10 mins walking from pretty much e/thing in Bournemouth - beach, park, amusements etc. For the beach, I'd recommend driving east for 20 minutes to the Southborne area - much quieter and still very nice
Tough steak at Wilde restaurantfrom A TripAdvisor Member
t always believe what you read.from A TripAdvisor Member
I also read that the rooms fronting the main road could be very noisy but this was not the case.
The food was magnificent, both at breakfast and dinner, although I have to add here that my father is 80 years old and on occasion requested food from the children's menu which caused no problem at all for the staff. They were very glad to be of service.
I was very concerned about the valet car parking service before I arrived and have to say that I did think £10 a day was rather expensive, as other hotels I have stayed in have all had free car parking but on reflection I think this service was excellent and worth the money. The cars were always there ready for us to use whenever we wanted them and on returning to the hotel they were quickly moved to the parking area.
The pool was very good with a nice seating area looking overlooking the beach for drinks and snacks.
There were of course some problems. We had a flash flood one day, which could not have been anticipated and water did seep through parts of the hotel roof which meant that some of the corridors had a musky smell and it also caused problems with the computers and lighting for a short period of time.
On a couple of occasions after ordering drinks and snacks from the bar, the bill was not always accurate but was always ammended so be careful of that.
There was a change over of staff in the restaurant mid week which caused a delay in service at dinner which I did find very frustrating.
I have to add here that there were two Bulgarian waiters who were fantastic.
On the whole we found the staff to be most helpful and very cheerful which could not be said of some of the guests who in my opinion went out of their way to complain about everything.....some coming from their rooms and expecting breakfast at 10 a.m. midweek.
I would definitely stay at this hotel again but would ignore some of the guests and the head waiter with a welsh twang in his voice.
Top Local Tips for Bournemouth
Late night revelling Living in Bournemouth we try not to get involved in any of the night scene on a Friday or Saturday night. The town is then filled with students and youngish people as well as loads of stags and hens. It is not worth it for locals such as me to go to these places. There are lots of nice restaurants around the suburbs ie Boscombe, Poole, Christchurch and Southbourne where you can have a much better evening on these nights. Check out cinema listings and events at the BIC and Lighthouse in Poole if you like shows - they are often on and tickets are usually available until quite late. The Russell Cotes Museum is a real gem that is overlooked, it has an amazing samurai exhibition as well as many touring ones. Also dont miss Compton Acres gardens where you can get stunning views and meals and snacks overlooking Poole bay, dont think this is just for geriatrics it is truly beautiful!! Bournemouth square and gardens are always worth a walk through as there is usually a lot to see too.
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Good value Taxis are very reasonable being under £5 from the railway station to the hotel.
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- Address: Bath Road - Bournemouth - England - BH1 2EW - United Kingdom
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