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Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel, Bournemouth

4.5/5  - basé sur 3221 notations.
West Hill Road, BH2 5PH, Bournemouth, Great Britain - See map
Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel - connaught hotel grounds and hotel The Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel is ideally located in the center of Bournemouth. Come and experience our hotel near the major tourist attractions. Best price guaranteed and exclusive deals.

Be blissfully happy beside the seaside at the Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel. This picture-perfect hotel in Bournemouth is centrally located on the West Cliff, close to the town center and an abundance of shops, cafes, clubs and bars. The Pavilion Theatre, BIC, Lower Gardens and seven miles of golden sandy beaches are also wonderfully close by. What more could you ask for? This divine 4-Star hotel and spa boasts beautiful and spacious accommodation, and superb facilities. Built in 1850, the Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel has lost none of its original charm. in fact, its appeal only increases as the hotel gets better with age. The hotel is celebrated across the UK and has been awarded a Silver Shield by Green Tourism for Business and three major awards by Bournemouth Tourism. It seems we really are the very best place to stay in Bournemouth, and that’s coming from the experts! A delightful garden terrace, excellent spa and leisure facilities and gorgeous food will make sure your stay is a most memorable one, as four fabulous restaurants can be found at the hotel. Blakes, our fine dining restaurant headed by Chef Ben Nicol, so you can be assured you’re in the very best of hands. Ongoing building work next door – possible noise // work to take approx. 2 years

Best Western Plus

The Connaught Hotel

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Hotel advantages

  • Restaurant
    Restaurant
  • Cocktail lounge
    Cocktail lounge
  • Free parking
    Free parking
  • 24-hour front desk
    24-hour front desk
  • Safe deposit box
    Safe deposit box
  • Onsite laundry
    Onsite laundry
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"Good hotel with parking close to the sea front."

5
09/11/2018

Everything good with our stay in November for a work conference. Booked eight double rooms. All of us managed to park on site Friday to Monday. Nice pool facilities etc Nice bar/restaurant with a quite environment allowing good conversation. I have stayed before with my wife two years ago and I note that standards haven't dropped as it was the same then. Very likely stay again.

"Fab hotel and highlight was the Airshow which was amazing, viewed from Bournemouth Beach on our last day"

5
07/11/2018

Nothing really bad to say about this hotel, everything was pretty much perfect, even the small bedroom was forgivable because we had a balcony. From the safe deposit in the wardrobe, the delicious breakfasts every morning, to the large indoor pool and relaxing jacuzzi (nice and clean spa area) there were no real complaints. A bit pricey maybe but only to be expected when it's August, the airshow is on and hotel only 5 minutes from the lovely Bournemouth beach. Plus parking was free and so was the pool area use; also breakfast was included in the price we paid. Bedroom and bathroom were tidy, comfortable and clean and maintained daily and efficiently. The hotel bar looked very quiet mid-week and we did not use it during our stay except for a bucket of free ice! A special mention to the head waiter at breakfast, he was lovely but I can't remember his name sorry (!) Just one bit of feedback, a small table would have been a nice touch on the balcony, even a cheap one, as the bedroom was too small to have a seating area like many hotels do. This would have encouraged us to use room service too, probably, as we would not have really wanted to have sat on the bed with trays. Overall an outstanding stay, can highly recommend, and what we saw of Bournemouth was fab too!

"A pleasant and comfortable stay!"

5
06/11/2018

This hotel was in a great location, it had a comfortable and clean room, spa facilities were good and the breakfast was good too! Staff were very friendly and there was always a member of staff on hand if there was anything we needed.

"Mrs"

4
05/11/2018

We had an excellent stay at Hotel. Thoroughly enjoyed all the facilities, staff and service was first class. Breakfast was superb. Would highly recommend this hotel.Plus location was extremely central to both beach and town.

"Business trips to so many hotels"

4
04/11/2018

This one was one of the best. The staff were lovely. The food superb. OK, the beer on offer was not the best. But there are loads of lovely pubs in walking distance. And obviously, there was football on the TV. But I can ignore that.

"Fab hotel"

5
01/11/2018

A great hotel, in a great location. Nice and clean/tidy. All the staff were very friendly and the breakfast was lovely. We had had a long journey down to Bournemouth and were so glad to be met with friendly staff, that even upgraded our room.

"Great stay for ladies weekend"

4
30/10/2018

From the moment we arrived we we treated with respect and warmth. The two ladies at reception were both polite and professional. The entire team for the gala evening could not be faulted, with every attention to detail accounted for. My fellow ladies weekenders May ask why I marked such a negative feedback as helpful, well here is why.. I work very closely with my team at work on attitudes and behaviours enhancing and driving performance and outcomes. Without a shaow of a doubt I will be highlighting to my team how this one persons attitude and behaviour could have influenced the outcome of the weekend. Thankfully their efforts did not come into fruition and a most amazing weekend was had by all.thank you both hotel and hosts.

"Our Stay at the Best Western Plus The Connaught"

5
30/10/2018

My parents and I stayed here to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary. What a result! I can't recommend this hotel enough. Rooms were amazing and very clean (2 x Superior Double). All the staff were consistently friendly and helpful. The food was exquisite. We enjoyed a wonderful evening on Saturday in the restaurant accompanied by some carefully chosen live blues music just at the right volume to make this a great addition without being at all intrusive. It was great to relax in the spa which is free and part of the hotel. Breakfast was what an english breakfast should be in my opinion and very relaxed. If it's possible to feel at home in a hotel, this is the place to go!

"Grande dame of Bournemouth "

4
29/10/2018

We had a lively one night stay at the hotel. Reception was friendly and efficient. We arrived early and our luggage was stored while we explored the city. It was a bitterly cold day at the seaside! Hotel room was ready ahead of schedule and we checked in. A lovely touch from hotel reception was to give us a call a couple of minutes after we were in our room to check if all was fine, which it was. Had some problems with TV remote that evening and the next morning found that 2 of the Nespresso pods in the room were already used...an oversight in the rush to clean the room perhaps. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the stay...possibly a bit too expensive for what was on offer. Excellent Sunday breakfast!

"Relaxing Stay"

5
28/10/2018

Booked a suite in the lodge very spacious and next door to the main hotel. Rooms have quality furnishings and extras. Restaurant food excellent and have kids menu. Relaxing lounge and bar area. Limited availability if you want to take a child.

"2 night break."

4
26/10/2018

A nice hotel with very good facilities and close to the town and beach. We can recommend the spa. The pool is good and the treatments excellent. The hotel is divided between main hotel and lodge but both are fine.

"Midweek Break."

5
26/10/2018

On arrival, could not park due to conference, annoying as had been stuck in traffic for over an hour driving here. However, eventually sorted out and ate in hotel restaurant. Breakfast excellent, with Mr Nicky Rodriguez working his socks off, with good humour. Restaurant seemed understaffed. Lovely leisure club. Would stay again.

"Day in spa"

5
25/10/2018

Day visit to use spa on 25 Oct to use pool, have a massage and lunch. Will be visiting again, staff friendly and helpful, greeted with unexpected light refreshments whilst completing forms to use facilities. Excellent lunch with friendly service again. Wonderful massage and pool a decent size - I recommend trying lunch here.

"Ladies Festival Weekend"

4
25/10/2018

ElaineKent Our stay at this hotel was lovely while attending a Ladies Festival Weekend from the 19th to the 21st of October. The staff was welcoming and friendly. Our room was clean and comfortable. There were coffee and tea facility and free secure safe. Lovely spacious public areas with comfortable seating. The Gala Night was excellent with good food, lively DJ, good music. Free WiFi and parking. Pampering and Beauty treatment was excellent. Hotel is a short walk from town and the beach. Would recommend this hotel.

"Fabulous hotel for Ladies Weekend event"

5
24/10/2018

We attended a Masonic ladies weekend 19th-21st October 2018. We had a fantastic weekend and it is such a shame to read a negative review for this event. From the moment we arrived at the hotel the staff were accommodating and friendly. We were given information on the hotel and it's facilities and a map to show local attractions. Bournemouth town centre and beach are within walking distance. The pool, spa and gym areas were all clean and well situated. A nice treat to have these additional luxury's at no extra cost. (Treatments at a charge as expected) The rooms were clean, spacious and presented well with adequate wardrobe space and additional pillows. We had heating and a fan to accommodate all weathers and climates. The bathroom was clean and had lovely toiletries for our use. The Saturday night gala was excellent! Superb service from all of the staff and compliments to the kitchen staff for the fabulous dinner. The event was well attended and all guests had a fantastic evening seated together around beautifully presented and decorated tables. All additional touches such as table plan, menu cards, order of the evening booklets, toastmaster, pianist and DJ were provided by the hotel. I would highly recommend this venue for a Masonic event, wedding, special birthday or overnight/weekend away. We will defiantly be returning again soon. Thank you to everyone that helped to make this weekend an enjoyable, memorable experience.

"Short break"

5
18/10/2018

Very nice hotel, good location for visiting the new forest as well as Bournemouth itself. Lovely welcome by reception staff on arrival with comprehensive details about the spa restaurant etc. We stayed in a superior room which was very well appointed, couple of little points about the bathroom, there were a couple of floor tiles not where they should be and the bath panel was shabby, otherwise very clean and tidy. Basket with tea coffee etc kept well filled, and bottles of water provided along with bath robes. The breakfast was buffet style kept well supplied with good choices of everything you would expect. The swimming pool and jacuzzi very nice and bright and clean, there is a gym , sauna etc but we did not use.The only negative is the parking is a little tight.

"Holiday"

4
16/10/2018

This is a very good hotel, I never give 5 stars as nowhere is perfect , we have no complaints , most places there are some little moans, the staff are good as is the food, put it where there is a view and maybe another star

"Don't be put off by the location."

5
16/10/2018

The location is good for beach. and shops, but it's a shame the surrounding environment is not better. As once inside, the hotel is really excellent. Lovely plump armchairs and sofas to relax in while having an afternoon tea or late morning coffee. It has the wow factor when you walk in which is so important. We booked room 50 a standard twin with a balcony overlookng the terrace. The room was a good size and is bigger than the standard twin. We were given an upgrade for our 60th birthday celebration.Breakfast was also very good, plenty of choice and lovely hot food selection. i requested poached eggs on toast and they arrived beautifully presented and cooked to perfection. Blakes Brasserie was also very good, with a varied menu, reasonably priced. The jazz singer on Friday and Saturday made a lovely ambience to the evening. Her singing was not intrusive at all. Spa is also very good, with a large pool and a jacuzzi plus steam and sauna rooms. Our treatments were well applied.Would be happy to return.

"Staff friendly and helpful. Room comfortable, quiet and clean."

4
13/10/2018

Great staff and excellent breakfast, plus lovely room. Location excellent for conference centre, town centre and seafront. The hotel was in a quiet residential area which was good for working and sleeping. Finally the spa and pool were wonderful.

"A little gem"

5
09/10/2018

If you're looking for a lovely comfortable hotel within walking distance from the sea and town, look no further. Breakfast is wonderful. Possibly I would suggest a room with a balcony if your budget allows, as some rooms can be a tad on the small side, but still great for an over nighter.

"Average at best"

3
04/10/2018

Gets good reviews however whilst the staff are great and breakfast also good, the rooms are very tired and noisy. Standard room was very small and as wooden floors all noise transmitted Bathroom outdated and toilet very close to wall!

"Thank you for making our stay special"

5
03/10/2018

We have stayed here several times and have always had a great weekend. Staff are very friendly and nothing too much trouble. Food excellent rooms spotless and as it had been our special anniversary we had a very nice card welcoming us in our room. We thought this a lovely extra touch .

"Amazing Weekend!"

5
01/10/2018

Stayed at the Connaught for 3 days for a Spa break. Hotel was lovely and clean. Staff were very polite and nothing was too much trouble. The Bluewater Spa was amazing!!! So clean, staff were really nice. Treatments were fantastic. Pool, jacuzzi and sauna (especially the menthol room!) was lovely I would highly recommend. Special mention to Kevin the bar manager who made some great gin drinks. Would definitely come back to this hotel.

"Poor visit"

2
30/09/2018

This hotel is a particular favourite of mine and i often visit with my family to use the Bluewater Spa followed by lunch or afternoon tea. However the most recent visit was extrenely disappointing. I have no complaints with the spa facilities as these are always first class. This time we were disappointed with lunch. Initially it was a surprise that the hotel did not have their bar menu any longer, only serving sandwiches, which forced us to use Blakes Brassarie. All i can say is this menu was not enticing whatsoever but as it was a birthday celebration my family and i eventually managed to select something for lunch. Without going into too much detail my daughters lunch was totally disgusting which she had to send back and mine, half was not cooked properly and raw which resulted in me having food poisening. The hotel in my opinion did not deal with this in a couteous, understanding and sympathetic manner. Only one female member off staff showed genuine care and did offer an afternoon tea to compensate. This i did not accept as i did not initially raise a complaint to receive something. I have to say that the two senior members of management who dealt with my complaint thereafter in my opinion were very condescending and did not deal with my grievances in a professional or truthful manner. Trying to turn the blame back onto me! Suffice to say that this hotel brassarie has now lost one customer for sure! ( or should i say entire large family)!

"Luxury hotel"

5
29/09/2018

Very friendly helpful staff. hotel immaculately clean. beds comfy.luxury rooms. Lovely disabled bathroom. Breakfast lots of choices. Outside spaces to sit down and eat. Overall 9/10 very satisfied with everything.

"short break"

4
25/09/2018

we stayed here 4 nights in september instead of going abroad.. Hotel is in a good location, short walk down to the beach and pier, not too far in to town for shopping or eating out. Very pleased with our room and bathroom, good breakfast, we sat in the garden a couple of times.

"Lovely, chilled stay"

4
24/09/2018

We had a 2 night stay in The Connaught Lodge, part of the Best Western Plus. The reception staff were very polite and helpful. Our room was on the first floor, it was a bit of a squeeze in the lift. Our room was nicely decorated, a nice large double bed, decent bathroom, tea & coffee facilities, no air con but a fan available. The breakfast was great, plenty of choice, cereal, fruit juice, fruit salad, croissants, English Breakfast and tea, coffee and hot chocolate. The evening meals were lovely, again with a number of choices for starters and main courses. The service was a little slow and the main restaurant was hot as there was no air con. The waiters/waitresses were very polite and helpful. There is a spa. We only used the pool and jacuzzi. Overall, a very enjoyable stay and we would definitely return

"comfortable stay"

4
24/09/2018

nice hotel with an easy 10 minute walk to the seafront, uphill on the way back! we stayed for an event at the BIC so was extremely handy. staff very helpful. breakfast very good lots of selection. did not use the spa as all the treatments were fully booked so advise booking well in advance of a visit. bed was comfortable. rooms a little tired.

"Best hotel in Bournemouth"

5
24/09/2018

Thank you once again Team Connaught for an amazing weekend. Once again you delivered a superb weekend package for our annual charity event. Food was incredible as always.Spa facilities are lovely and we loved the new rest room. Rooms are clean and comfortable. Special thanks to Simon for looking after us so well. Elkin for just being Elkin, Cristina and team on reception, Kevin and not forgetting the wonderful Nikki (no, you may not retire). We love this hotel, you will struggle to find better. We have made the mistake of staying at cheaper hotels in the area but none live up to this fantastic hotel, the team are fab. Thank you :)

"Nice hotel but nothing special "

3
23/09/2018

Pleasant hotel in an ideal location near the seafront. However there is nothing particularly special about it and I feel it's quite over priced. The spa is basic with pool and below average jacuzzi. The breakfast was tasty although a buffet and we never received our pot of tea or toast on the second morning.

"Reasonably good hotel"

4
21/09/2018

Car Parking is tight (narrow bays) unless you book a Premier Room and get an allocated space. Reception was OK and was cheerful. Had a room on the third floor with a balcony which was comfortable but nothing special. Breakfast was busy and appeared to be organised chaos but it worked. Tables were cleared quickly and re-laid ready for the next guest. Food in the Brassiere was served quickly and was of a good standard.

"Car parking"

2
19/09/2018

Couldn't get parked in the hotel car park even though there were spaces available which were blocked with a fold down post. We were told these were for the more expensive rooms only but these rooms weren't even occupied, this hotel has an absolutely ridiculous system for guest parking. Tried to park in the immediate area of the hotel but all roads had parking restrictions so had to pay £10 to park in a car park some distance away. The streets around the hotel are filthy, we have never seen so many discarded cigarette ends plus a few dodgy looking people walking around. Definitely would NOT use or recommend this hotel again, in fact would not visit Bournemouth again. Also only one receptionist on due so long wait to book in even though there was another member of staff in the room adjoining reception who didn't bother to help. Receptionist didn't seem to care about the car parking once we had paid for our room at the start of our stay, not at the end. Hotel is obviously class orientated & caters for the more affluent guests this is very noticeable. Also had to que & wait for breakfast seating whilst the head waiter took a breakfast to a guests room who probably had a parking space as well.

"Definitely not 4 Star, Would not stay again"

3
16/09/2018

My husband, my daughter and I stayed Friday night, when booking I made it clear that my daughter was 18. The bed provided was a sofa bed which she did not sleep very well in. When I complained the receptionist explained that the sofa beds are only suitable for children up to the age 16. We were also woken up by the noise of shower pumps, the cooked breakfast was not to my taste. The bacon was too thick and the sausages were not very nice. When we checked out the receptionist did not seem bothered so we will not be staying again

"Visit made very good by the staff"

4
15/09/2018

Just home after stay at the hotel and the help and service from all staff was excellent. This definitely makes a holiday enjoyable. Breakfast was more than adequate and we had several meals and snacks there couldn't fault anything. Some parts of the place need a little attention but as I believe the present owner has only been there for two years it all takes time. We had a very enjoyable stay and will most certainly be going back. Would book direct next time though.

"Lovely hotel, just don't have room 19 if you want open windows!"

3
13/09/2018

Booked an executive room directly with hotel to ensure we had parking. Hotel itself is very clean and the food is excellent. Staff cannot be faulted, and were all very helpful and pleasant. The room we were in, 19, overlooked the front corner of the hotel, so unfortunately we were woken at 5.30 the first morning by a, I think, laundry collection, and at 4.10 the following morning, by the milk delivery, but both mornings there were constant deliveries after being woken until about 7am, but the room was too warm to have the windows closed. At this point we went to reception and asked if there was any chance of being moved, but there were no equivalent rooms, so we made the unhappy decision to cut our holiday short and come home. Good hotel, and lovely staff and food, just a shame that this particular room had those issues.

"Wonderful service in excellent hotel"

5
13/09/2018

Stayed before and would stay again - excellent service from all the staff, great room with everything you would need and very conveniently located. Breakfast and evening food is top notch....would highly recommend this hotel (don't forget togo downstairs and visit the pool / gym / spa facilities - one of the nicest pools I have been in)

"Best Western Plus Connaught Hotel"

5
13/09/2018

Husband &Myself stayed here in March Lovely hotel Comfortable Bedroom Receptionst very helpfull Dining Room Manager and Staff very Helpfull and polite Close to Bournmouth Shopping Centre and ammenities Would recomend it

"Four star it's not"

3
12/09/2018

Firstly we were disappointed that there was not a AA 2rosette restaurant! Only a small brasserie with a limited menu. This is served just off the main bar area. I had a chicken Caesar salad minus anchovies!! I did complain. My husband had macaroni cheese, it was o.k. but nothing special. The dessert was fine as was the cheese and biscuits. However a far cry from the 2rosette restaurant we expected. The accommodation in an executive suite was fine for us. The breakfast was also ok. This was served in what was the 2rosette restaurant. The staff were very good, we explained that we were unhappy about the advertised restaurant and they said it was closed down due to lack of dinner bookings. We think their web site should be updated. We did suggest this to the reception staff. Apart from a few gripes, it was a pleasant stay.

"Group Event"

5
11/09/2018

We visited for a weekend as part of a Group of 46, booked through the Events Manager (Maria). The hotel provided many attractive touches such as decorating our Group Dining room at no extra cost. Maria was full of constructive ideas to enhance our stay. Our rooms were comfortable and well serviced. The quality of food was excellent. A number of our Ladies used the well equipped Spa facilities and were delighted.

"Recommended hotel"

4
07/09/2018

We really enjoyed our stay at The Connaught. The hotel and spa facilities were clean and well maintained. We loved the swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. The spa had a range of treatments with a variety of prices - I thought reasonable for hotel prices. The buffet breakfast was enjoyable, and there was plenty of choice, both continental and full English. The location is good - a short walk to the seafront. We visited the Oceanarium whilst there which was good value. I would definitely recommend this hotel for a relaxing short break.

"wonderful stay"

5
07/09/2018

we have stayed at this hotel before and this it is an exceptional hotel the facilities are excellent the food was amazing the breakfast was of a high standard well located to town centre about 10 min walk 5min from the beach and the staff are very friendly and professional I will be back again next year thankyou

"Exceeded expectations. Spa lovely. Close to everything. Lodge is just as good as hotel."

5
31/08/2018

Could of been happier with staff, room, facilities, and spa. Only minor error would be pillows used on bed, as they sink in, so my front facing sleep position wouldn't like it. Other than nothing else to add.

"Lovely relaxing time"

4
28/08/2018

The service was excellent (as always) its nice to see a lot of the same staff. We had a lovely relaxing time.It's a shame the main restaurant was closed in the evening and did not like all the changes to the menu.It is still our favourite hotel in Bournemouth.

"Wedding"

4
27/08/2018

Relation had a wedding here. Lovely venue, lots of nice rooms downstairs and several bars. Staff were all very helpful. Only downside was the number of park parking spaces (managed to get one) but if you don't there are several within a 5 minute walk. Didn't get to see the rooms upstairs as we booked into another hotel. Food was very nice at the wedding though and drinks were reasonable priced.

"Lovely weekend break"

5
25/08/2018

The hotel staff were very helpful and the room was lovely. Breakfast could have been better but that is not the primary reason for staying in a hotel. Rooms are light and spacious and the location is perfect

"Good hotel shame about the breakfast."

3
24/08/2018

The hotel bedrooms are nice, bed comfortable, good shower - although it's an over the bath type and overall a good standard of accommodation. The pool and sauna/steam room are very nice and the gym is adequate. So far so good. Breakfast is another matter. The food on offer is OK and typical of a guest house/small hotel anywhere in the UK. In staying in a 4* hotel I would expect a proper continental breakfast ie a selection of cheeses and cured meats and I would expect eggs benedict/eggs royale and not have to pay an additional surcharge to have salmon on a muffin. This penny pinching ensured that I didn't have dinner there so a loss to the hotel.

"Weekend away"

4
24/08/2018

Great stay at the Connaught. Lovely decor in public areas however rooms could do with some updating as are old fashioned and don't really tie in with the rest of the hotel. Spa facilities were all good and immaculately clean. Great full English and breakfast selection. In good location for the town, bic and beaches. Would definitely return.

"Great hotel! Fantastic location."

5
18/08/2018

Great, clean and friendly hotel! All staff were very attentive and welcoming. Breakfast was delicious- well worth the extra money! The spa was amazing! The pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi were all free to use. Myself and my partner we definitely return!

"Perfect location for a short trip to Bournemouth"

5
18/08/2018

Only five minutes from the seafront, this hotel and the lodge next door is an ideal location. Rooms were clean and beds very comfortable. We stayed in the lodge which is only next door to the main hotel, so no big deal. Please make sure you eat in the restaurant, food is really good. Great attention to detail, excellent selection and attentive staff, plus not too pricey. We also had the afternoon tea which was well presented with sandwiches,cakes and scones and well worth the money.

"Great location and good hotel"

4
16/08/2018

We stayed 3 nights in the hotel, although to be accurate we actually stayed in the Lodge, which was a very short walk across the patio. The hotel is a nice hotel,decorated to a good standard,the breakfasts are excellent , the staff very helpful and courteous It is in a good location with an easy downhill walk to the centre, although the hill is not as easy coming back! There was good quality entertainment in the bar area which was reasonably busy each night. The only niggle which prevented a five star review was the size of our bedroom, which was tight.it was clean, housekeeping was excellent, it was just small. It wouldn't stop us staying there if we went back to Bournemouth. One final thing, the car parking is tight, but it is not bad. It is off street and in a seaside town like Bournemouth that is a big plus.

"great hotel, great srvice"

5
16/08/2018

always stay at this hotel is a pleasure,all the staff is a great value because they always are attentive and nothing is a problema to them Breakfast is a plus with an incredible service.we come back as soon as possible

"Close to the beach and resturants"

4
15/08/2018

The staff were very helpful and the restaurant was good, the hotel has a spa,gym and an indoor pool and although the hotel is old it was comfortable and if you get the top floor there is aircon. the breakfast is very good. the only issue I had was small rooms and a hard bed but I stayed there twice within two weeks

"Can't knock this hotel "

5
15/08/2018

Stayed here two nights for out 15th Yr anniversary. First impressions on entry are good, fabulous surroundings inside and quality furniture. We arrived early(12noon), room wasn't ready which was fine aa I had no plans to go straight to room anyway. We left the car in the carpark after checking in and giving registration. Saved us parking fee's!. The room was clean, tidy and a comfortable size ( larder double, sofa and en suite),, good linen and comfy mattress. We didn't use the restaurant for food only breakfast, which was top marks, they catered for the wife who is gluten free, large choice aswell for her on gf standards. Used the pool and jacuzzi twice which was lovely and warm. My only negative is in the men's changing room, previous guests obviously aren't as clean as others and the floor needs cleaning regularly. I didn't complain at the time but I'm sure others would. Overall very impressed and happily will return. We'll done to the staff who were excellent!!!! ?

"Great Hotel, great service and great value"

5
15/08/2018

The hotel was lovely and all the staff were a pleasure. Will definitely be staying here again. Everything you need is all in one place. Rooms were of good size and very clean and the food was incredible.

"Warm, comfortable, spoilt rotten!"

5
08/08/2018

The staff were all really polite and had lovely smiles on their faces most of the time. Really approachable. The room was clean with lovely decor. I can't fault anything........................................................................................................................................................................I would go back in a heartbeat!

"Run down and unkept"

3
07/08/2018

My room had ripped curtains and I don't think the window had ever been cleaned. The steam room and the jacuzzi were not available due to maintenance and my car was damaged in the car park which was reported to the police and I am still waiting for a call back after staff were meant to be looking at the cctv.

"HOLIDAY BREAK"

4
07/08/2018

Excellent front desk and bar staff. Room was comfortable though shower was on small side. Central location for easy access to town/beach. Breakfasts very of average quality and a little lacking in range.

"Short break in Bournemouth"

3
05/08/2018

We have used Best Western hotels many times and always find them to be of a high standard, with pleasant helpful staff. The staff at this hotel were no different, always available and ready to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. We had booked The Lily Suite as we needed a bit more space to spread out and it did look lovely on the web site. The room was a good size and the spacious bathroom was a joy. However, in common with the rest of the hotel, it was all a bit tired. The 'English Brown' furnishings didn't help the look of a hotel that is overdue a makeover. The other slight issue we had on arrival was that none of the staff seemed to know the Lily Suits existed. It is actually Room 37. Other suites have name plates outside, the Lily Suite does not. A suite comes with a reserved parking space which is a bonus in Bournemouth. However, the spaces are very narrow for modern cars and the one we were offered had vehicles parked either side on their white lines so it was impossible to open my car doors when I was parked. Please be courteous people. An alternative was found that was still narrow but useable. As we only went out in the car once in the four days of our stay it was not a huge issue. The Lily Suite has a large Jacuzzi Bath which does look very inviting on the web site. Be aware that the instructions are not very helpful and after getting the tap turned on we gave up filling the bath having only got 2 inches of water in 20 minutes. If you want a Jacuzzi, plan ahead! On two nights we were awoken by delivery vehicles and bin men as the Lily suite is on the corner of the hotel nearest the road. Noisy trolleys, crashing bins and repeated 'This Vehicle is Reversing' at 3am is not good for the beauty sleep! The Leisure suite was very nice, the pool was clean and bright and the Jacuzzi and Steam Room were excellent. We didn't have any spa treatments but there seemed to be plenty of people who were. We stayed bed and breakfast and the breakfast were excellent, with plenty of choice. We can't comment on the evening meals but the menu looked perfectly satisfactory. The Hotel boasts a 24 hour bar if you are there to use it, but on the one night we were in the bar late the barman called last orders at 1am. The maid service was a bit hit and miss with glasses and coffee cups not replaced every day. The Suites offer complimentary water but on two days we had to ask reception for it as it wasn't replenished. In conclusion, this hotel is well sited for walking into town and getting to the beach, having on site parking is a plus, but it is in need of modernisation. We did not go into the 'annexe' part of the hotel but understand this is more modern. Best Western, you can do better.

"a credit to best western"

5
04/08/2018

stayed here for 3 nights,on arrival we were shown to a very nice room in the building next door to main hotel but the gentleman from reception who showed us was a bit concerned as my wife has walking difficulties so he showed us 3 other very nice rooms in main hotel we decided on the executive room which cost us a bit more but was well worth it,the gentleman was call Elkin (i hope ive spelled it correctly )he is a credit to the hotel,but i must say all staff were very nice and helpful,breakfast was great and the pool and saunas were very nice,great hotel,oh and close to restaurants and town center

"Mrs Brown "

5
03/08/2018

Thoroughly enjoyed my overnight stay in this lovely hotel. I last stayed there back in 1992 whilst on holiday with my parents and my two daughters and I remembered how good it was then too.... my late Mum always had good taste!!!

"Fab weekend away"

4
01/08/2018

Having stayed at this hotel twice, I have no complaints. Good, clean rooms. Comfortable bed. No air conditioning, but there was a fan in the room which did the job. Hotel is in a good location, not too far from beach, town, restaurants and bars. The breakfast buffet was very good, didn't eat in the restaurant for dinner but bar area was sufficient, though I was a little disappointed they didn't serve cocktails. Generally a very good hotel and would stay again.

BW-Connaught, General Manager at Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review Joey, I was pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us - air conditioning is available in our Balcony Rooms, they may be more to your liking on your next visit. I hope we have the pleasure of welcoming you back again soon. Kind regards, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Bournemouth Wedding"

5
31/07/2018

Stayed 2 nights for a friends wedding. This was the hotel the wedding party stayed at. Very spacious twin room. Enjoyed a lovely meal and drinks downstairs too. Only regret is didn't have time to use the pool. Definitely considering visiting again

BW-Connaught, General Manager at Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review Samantha, we were delighted to have the wedding party staying with us and I was equally delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay. I hope we have the pleasure of welcoming you back again soon. Kind regards, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Lovely hotel"

4
30/07/2018

Stayed for 4 nights and really liked the hotel. The room was big enough and had the benefit of a balcony was overlooked a courtyard (room53). There was also a safe which was free of charge. The bed was clean and very comfortable,. The location was good for both town center and beach although the trip to the beach is not ideal as it is down a zig zag path. Alright going down a bit of a hike coming back up. Sound proofing not great, you can hear alarm clocks going off in other rooms in the morning. Would stay again .

BW-Connaught, General Manager at Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review Elaine, I was delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope we have the pleasure of welcoming you back again soon. Kind regards, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Poor service "

2
29/07/2018

There were some good elements of our stay - the lobby area is modern and pleasant, the location is good, the pool was a good size for the UK, but unfortunately the service was poor, particularly at breakfast. At breakfast we were asked to wait, sat outside the room for 15 minutes. We weren't called back despite us seeing a few vacant tables so after getting fed up of waiting, we went in and seated ourselves. Eventually were given tea, but no milk, and some sticky cutlery. We complained during the wait but were given no apology. The room was very dated and there was little sound insulation so we could hear any conversations in the corridor. The pillows were hollow and for the price we paid, I'd have liked bedding that felt even a little luxurious. There was a single bottle of shower gel, shampoo and conditioner in one, nailed into the wall. It was full of water (like it has been watered down). If you stay here, bring your own toiletries. In general, this hotel needs modernisation in the rooms as well as more staff during the summer.

BW-Connaught, General Manager at Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review MBezzle and for your kind comments regarding the lobby area and spa. I am was sorry to hear that you were disappointed with breakfast - the staff will always check the tables before seating a guest and offer tea and coffee etc as they are seated, unfortunately as you took a table without being seated by the team this would have meant the staff were out of the their usual routine - the majority of our guests comment highly regarding breakfast, I was sorry that you didn't have the same experience. Kind regards, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Great weeks holiday "

5
26/07/2018

I booked up 9 months in advance therefore achieved a decent price for this lovely hotel. The position is great, only a ten minute walk to the seafront and pier. My room was a decent size and the shower was spacious and powerful. breakfast was plentiful and service polite and speedy. The swimming pool is great, quite large for the UK and it had a hot tub too. Totally recommend ??

"the connaught hotel bournemouth"

5
25/07/2018

great hotel to spend the weekend . the hotel has an excellent gym , sauna and swimming pool, but out side the hotel, there is lots to do and explore the area. plenty of night life. lots of good eating places. highly recommended

"Avoid George"

4
23/07/2018

Beautiful hotel, wonderful food, fantastic room, air conditioned, comfortable and spacious. Lovely shower and facilities. Only downside was the bar tender in Blake's brasserie. I've never come across anyone so aloof I in such a great place. He needs a few lessons in customer service and smiling. Don't let this put you off though as the hotel and everything else is just perfect.

"Good Hotel"

5
23/07/2018

Nice hotel in a good position, good rooms great spa and pool. A short walk down the hill to the town, might have to get a cab back sometimes. would defo stay here again. parking was a bit tight but don't let that put you off.

"That swimming pool though !"

4
23/07/2018

This was a pricey hotel. I would expect to pay over £200 for a night in London but not Bournemouth HOWEVER the swimming pool was absolutely lovely I had an hour of peace and bliss which made my stay perfect !

"Lovely staff"

4
19/07/2018

Enjoyable stay excellent staff. Parking is very limited so would recommend booking a room that has a dedicated parking spot. Hotel,is currently battling with the effects of demolition works adjacent, which is tricky, but doing their best to ameliorate dust and noise. Doesn't affect indoors at all, but sitting outside is somewhat restricted due to dust.

"Disappointing breakfast "

4
18/07/2018

This hotel is a tale of two halves. The public areas are very nice and the ambience is one of peace and calm. The bedrooms however need updating as they are very old fashioned. We had an executive room which was a nice size but beware as some of the standard rooms can be quite small. Also please note there is a major building works going on behind the hotel which can be quite noisy; they do stop working at 4ish. It didn't bother us . We had stayed at this hotel before and I remember the breakfast being of a high standard. However, not on this occasion. I asked for a non runny fried egg but was told thus was not possible, also , the quality of the sausages was poor, the mushrooms were tinned. Overall it was a poor breakfast for 4 star hotel. What cannot be faulted though is the customer service, the staff on reception were very friendly and helpful in particular Petra. With the executive rooms you do get guaranteed parking but otherwise parking may be a problem. We used the spa facilities and they were fine. We ate in the brasserie and the food was outstanding and would definitely eat there again which makes me wonder why this cannot be achieved at breakfast given it's award winning status. Access into town is a 10 minute walk through undesirable areas - just be aware.

"Lovely relaxing break"

5
18/07/2018

We stayed at the Best Western Connaught for a weekend break, having stayed at the Wessex for the past 7 years we were unable to book it so we thought we would try the Connaught. The Wessex is now a pile of rubble. Anyway we were not disappointed. On arrival the reception staff were so welcoming and helpful. When we got to our room it was lovely and clean and the decor very tasteful but I thought the room was a little small, however the bed was really comfortable the shower was a good size and being very hot there was a very welcome fan in the room. The breakfast was lovely with a lot of choice and again very friendly helpful staff. We also had an evening meal which was again very nice and not too pricey. The hotel is within walking distance to the town and Bournemouth park on the West side and not far from the Bournemouth International Center. Overall we had a really lovely relaxing weekend in a lovely hotel. We will definitely being back Thank you everyone at the Connaught Best Western

"Suberb hotel with excellent facilities"

5
18/07/2018

The Best Western Connaught Hotel is a beautiful hotel walking distance from the beach. The reception check in was slick and responsive. The room very clean with a soft bed, very nice bathroom and adequate storage with tea and coffee facilities. Breakfast was good with reasonable choice of breakfast items. Hot breakfast served to the guests which was a nice touch. This hotel is highly recommended. Do book early through booking.com

"Marvellous hotel"

5
16/07/2018

Stayed at the Connaught for 10 nights. This was or 3rd year. Really nice room, clean and well equipped. One small point is that for a 10 day stay wardrobe was small and no pop ups available. WiFi in bedroom very poor but according to the manager it was unusual. Disappointed that the restraunt had been recently closed due to customer requests. Bistro does serve a wide variety of good food but not as "special" as Blakes. Breakfast was excellent, freshly cooked and lots of choice, all served up by Kev, a very pleasant and professional cheerful man. All staff were good and manager Kevin very pleasant and extremely helpful. Also a special menation to Christina (breakfast) who was efficient and always smiling. Hotel is well located ,good car parking and comfor able. Would highly recommend.

"A really relaxing stay - fantastic staff"

5
10/07/2018

Stayed here with my wife for a short break last weekend, I can honestly say we had a fantastic time. The biggest positive being the staff, the manager, the waiters everyone was so helpful and friendly. The car park is quite small, but if you can't find a space turn right & right again and there is another car park outside the lodge. The check in was quick and the receptionist took time to explain where everything was. The rooms a little tired and to be honest if the staff hadn't been so good I may have knocked one point off the ratings. However they were clean and the superior & balcony rooms have aircon which was most welcome. The food is great and reasonably priced, the spa is clean and the pool is lovely. Will I be going back? without a doubt! Top tip try the afternoon tea it is really good. We had a pamper package with prosecco and chocolates in the room which was well worth it.

"Cheer Weekend Stay"

4
09/07/2018

We used this hotel as our base whilst attending the BIC for our daughter's annual cheer competition. It was very pleasant, the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. I would thoroughly recommend their full English Breakfast. I would like to have made more use of the spa facilities but ran out of time, although my husband did have a full back massage and would recommend the spa.

"Comfortable stay...apart from the heat!"

4
08/07/2018

Stayed at the Connaught for two nights and had a generally comfortable stay. However, it was during a heatwave and despite the (rather noisy) fan, the room did get uncomfortably hot. This was not helped by the towel rail in the bathroom being stuck on full heat when we arrived. We asked for this to be sorted and although someone came promptly, their efforts made no difference and I had to turn the valve with a wrench I had in the car. Other than the heat (and to be fair, that wasn't the hotel's fault) the room was good. The staff were very good, and we enjoyed the food from the bar. The pool was a bonus, but a bit busy with a visiting party of students when my wife tried to use it.

"Short break"

5
08/07/2018

Booked Connaught Lodge at short notice. Wasn't quite aware it was part of the Best Western until we arrived. Room was great, clean and roomy. Car parking good and the breakfasts were excellent. All the staff we encountered were excellent. Would definitely stay again.

"Great Short break!!!"

4
07/07/2018

We chose this hotel for 2 nights as it is 5 minuets walk to the beach and 10 minutes to town. Car park is there for free of charge if you find the place otherwise it is a struggle. There is a Spa facilities. Good size pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room and air con in Gym. All staff work hard and always polite, helpful and friendly. Breakfast was very good and had choices for hot and cold. I like that when as soon as you arrive for breakfast, they make toast and tea for you and they are so quick too thanks breakfast team!!! I would recommend this hotel to anyone. Not bad for 4 star. ?? We had a courtesy call after we settled in our room and toilet handle needed a bit of fixing and maintenance fixed it straight away. Hotel just needs a little bit attention on carpet in lift, room and on stairs including going to Spa Keep up the good work and well done to all staff!!! Petra, the receptionist is quite cheerful and helpful.

"Great Food"

5
06/07/2018

We had a most enjoyable stay, rooms clean and air conditioned, staff were without exception very helpful and obviously well trained. Food was excellent especially deserts. A good breakfast with plenty of Toast!

"Superb!"

5
04/07/2018

This is a super hotel a 10 minute walk to the town centre and the beach. The staff are all lovely, the rooms are spacious and there is free parking. There is a big indoor swimming pool and a treatment spa. I enjoyed a full English breakfast served by the most friendly staff. Recommended!

"Weekend"

4
03/07/2018

Short stop in Bournemouth. The hotel was beautiful, free parking, great location, good food, luxurious spa facilities. Staff were very polite and friendly. There was a wedding during our stay so wasnt able to see how the bar was. Overall we enjoyed our stay.

"Weekend stay"

5
26/06/2018

This hotel was lovely not far from the beach to walk lovely rooms ours had a balcony and because of the heat we could have the balcony door open through the night the food was delicious all staff were very friendly and helpful bed was so comfortable the shower was very hot and nicely powerful

"Close to beach and Centre"

5
25/06/2018

Room was beautiful and very clean. Breakfast amazing as usual. Parking sometimes a struggle. Very stylish hotel. Spa facilities very good. Especially enjoyed eucalyptus steam room, very good for aches and pains. Staff are very courteous and eager to please, nothing is too much trouble. This is the second time we have stayed here and will definitely return.

"hotel cose to centre"

3
21/06/2018

hotel is block from cliff (steep walk down to beach) very limited parking. staff friendly, rooms small but clean and well equipped. bathroom was small (as in a lot of town hotels). great hot chocolate in tea/coffee.

"SIXTH STAY"

4
20/06/2018

As the title indicates we have stayed many times before, some times 3 or 4 days others like this one for the night. We were going to a concert at the BIC on the Sunday so ate out on this occasion but can recommend Blakes or Brasserie for their food offering. Breakfast is a good choice and when busy as it was Sunday am there is overflow seating in the Brasserie. A lot of people use the Spa so dont be surprised to see them sitting in the Brasserie in their dressing gown sipping Prosecco at lunchtime! We will return at some stage Im sure.

"Return to Bournemouth"

5
20/06/2018

Excellent location; good local bus service to Centre, Westbourne, Poole and Swanage. Quality food in restaurant and brasserie served efficiently and courteously. Staff friendly and helpful. Everywhere immaculately clean.

"2nd visit"

5
20/06/2018

The staff make this hotel lovely place to stay so will be back.The hotel is in a good location and even a bus from town centre to West Hill Rd. We ate in the bar and food was good and able to dress casually. Although building work in progress next door we heard no noise.

"A lovely stay at our second home!"

5
20/06/2018

We LOVE this hotel and never stay anywhere else in Bournemouth. The friendly and helpful staff, the service, the location and amenities all contribute to making this a Hotel that we keep returning to time after time, year after year. On this visit, we extended our stay by another day to take advantage of the lovely summer weather.

"Don't worry about the weather its always good to be here"

5
11/06/2018

I had a two night stay at the Connaught staying in the Tulip suite (room 17), the room itself is large and well appointed with 2 seating areas both of which have very comfortable chairs. Although there is no balcony you can sit on there is a nice Juliette balcony. The bed (as with all the beds at the hotel) was incredibly comfortable and I had a great nights sleep both nights. The bathroom is very well appointed with a roll-top bath and a stand-alone shower into which you could fit a five aside football team if that was your thing. The soaps and lotions in the bathroom are of excellent quality and both the bathroom, bedroom and sitting room were spotless. The staff throughout are amazing, helpful and friendly and the service could not be faulted. I ate both nights in Blake's and everything was cooked fresh to order and was of excellent quality. I will be back soon as I just find 2-3 nights here are all I need to be refreshed and able to face the everyday realities of work and life.

"great hotel."

5
11/06/2018

My family stayed in this hotel and really enjoyed our stay. Good restaurant and overall amenities. Parking could be limited. The rooms we stayed were spotless and very well cleaned each day by a very cheerful and efficient Brazilian lady. All the staff where professional and polite but the kindness and willingness to help and please shown by this housekeeper made the difference. We will return and always recommend.

"Smart stay."

5
10/06/2018

I would recommend this hotel for the young and old. Great rates which you would expect from a Best Western. Friendly staff always ready to help. Great breakfast and the brasserie was just perfect all at a reasonable price. The pool was just fantastic. Had no problem with parking, a great weekend. Will return.

"R and R"

3
10/06/2018

Room not completely clean, we left a note in room last time pointing out dirty areas but believed housekeeping staff probably did not let management know we weren't happy. . this time I handed note to desk staff myself with three dirty issues but no contact and no apology. . we loved this place but cleanliness has let it down again. No more visits I'm afraid. .

"Lovely mini break"

5
10/06/2018

Lovely place to stay, exceptionally clean. Food was great. Pool area was really good, one of the spa receptionists needs a little help with her attitude but all other staff were friendly and helpful, we had a great stay and look forward to going back

"Fantastic"

5
08/06/2018

My husband and I booked the Connaught Hotel for our wedding after viewing it. From start to finish we have had the best service possible. It made our day the best it could be. All the staff during our stay there were extremely accommodating and helpful. I would visit this hotel again for a stay, the rooms are lovely and clean and the suites are beautiful.

"Bank holiday Thurs to Sun stay"

4
07/06/2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay over the bank holiday. The hotel was fabulous as were all the staff we had contact with from start to finish. We had breakfast each day which was fresh and wide ranging and dinner one evening in Blake's which again was lovely.

"Very good staff, pool and comfort"

4
06/06/2018

Excellent staff. A well run hotel, great facilities including 2 restaurants. The breakfasts were a delight. 1 concerns: air conditioning was not available in our rooms, however, more than adequate fans were. The staff really were very helpful.

"Our Wedding Day"

5
04/06/2018

Me and my husband got married here on the 7th April and we can't say enough about the hotel and everyone who worked over the weekend of our wedding. From the moment we arrived we were treated like royalty and all our guests who stayed throughly enjoyed themselves, the staff on the Friday night were incredible even when we practically took over the brasserie. We couldn't have asked for anything better on the Saturday the communication was amazing and everyone was very attentive to us and even told me off for trying to do too much to ensure I enjoyed myself to the fullest. The food at the hotel is incredible and even the breakfast on the Sunday helped us carry on our celebrations. The function rooms themselves were stunning and the hotel looked very modern. We would like to thank Simon and everyone who worked over the weekend as they made our day so special we will never forget it.

"Hotel review"

5
04/06/2018

Pleasure - attendance at family get together which take place fairly often.. The hotel is placed in a good position in the town - pretty close to shops and beach. Also well placed to visit relatives. Journey to and from resort is easy

"excellent stay"

5
01/06/2018

my room breakfast and facilities were all excellent i stayed on my own and felt comfortable and safe staff were lovely very helpful the pool facilities i really enjoyed the bar area and the the whole hotel was very well kept and the staff were very friendly

"Nice hotel "

4
01/06/2018

Me and my partner stayed here for one night . Reception staff very friendly and informative . Room was nice and cleaning with all you. Just a shame bathroom wasn't bigger and had a window as it was so hot when in shower . We used the pool . Changing rooms clean and all nice , pool was nice . No issues. Had a late checkout of 12 at no extra charge .

"Great hotel"

5
01/06/2018

Loved this hotel. Were it not for the hills of Bournemouth we would go again. Comfortable clean rooms. Friendly helpful staff. I am disabled and the bathroom was a wet room for which they provided a seat. I had no problems with access around the hotel.

"Fabulous spa day."

5
30/05/2018

My friend and I have just spent a lovely day at the blue water spa. All the staff we met were professional, polite and friendly. We enjoyed a delicious lunch and plenty of facilities that we could use in the spa. We chose a facial for our treatment,this was excellent, the best facial we've had. A thoroughly enjoyable experience from start to finish, well done everyone and thankyou.

BW-Connaught, General Manager at Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review Liz, I was delighted to hear that you enjoyed your spa day and I hope we have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Best Western Plus NO SLEEP AND NO CUSTOMER SERVICE"

1
30/05/2018

This was a nightmare of a visit- I was awoken at 12.30am by noise and music from the next room-I called reception and the music stopped. An hour to get to sleep and then at 2.30am it started again!! I again called down to reception and it stopped again-another hour to get back to sleep and the at 5.30am the bin lorry came and emptied the bins again awoken me. When I challenged the night manager he replied well they did stop the noise completely missing my point of having no sleep. I have written an email to the general manager and he has failed to reply clearly showing how high he rates customer service!! Think very carefully before booking this hotel!!

BW-Connaught, General Manager at Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review Andy, I have tried to call you to discuss this directly and have responded to your email but haven't heard back from you to date. Once again we apologise that the room next door to you kept you awake with their music until the early hours. Please contact me if you would like do discuss this further. Kind regards, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"awful booked 3 night went home after one,please go somewhere else"

1
25/05/2018

I have stayed at alot of places in Bournemouth, and have to say this is literally the worse there is, after an awful start to the year i decided to book on the day to go to Bournemouth via booking .com, on arrival no receptionist she was out the back, when she did eventually arrive she went through the process of rooms breakfast etc, the room was for disabled people let me add we are lucky to not be at the moment, i will add some pictures, the bathroom was literally next to my husbands bed, if you want privacy on the loo forget it as the door has no lock and doesnt close fully, you have to order towels if you want clean daily, our shower which you dont know if you get a bath or shower,on booking we didnt the the bath or shower but the disabled wet room with cord, which flooded the floor and obviously left you sliding in water if you needed the loo later, as there was only your towels to mop us the water, we were asked if we wanted a wake up call which we didnt, however first thing in the morning we are woken by a cherry picker working on the building site next door, meaning paying for the balcony that looked at the council block unusable unless you like building machinery noise going all day, the television let me add is small, ours had a white mark coming through the screen obviously a problem with the screen or on its way out, so that was all you can focus on, the rooms are so close, that every time next door lets their door close you are woken up, my husband a light sleeper had literally no sleep, room service we didnt try after looking outside and next door who ordered sandwiches had a few bites and left to be taken away not a good recommendation, we went down to breakfast the staff were pleasant, the breakfast is ok but nothing special the New Hilton does a great breakfast there a huge selection, would recommend the food there far better, the balcony what can i say nothing like the royal bath balcony, this was poor, the seats need sanding and repainting as the splinters are there, it was pretty sub standard, after doing our shopping, and the fear of no sleep we decided to leave two days early, it was that bad, all i can say is people are very easily pleased with the reviews as i booked after reading them and i will not be going back, i looked online before going to see if they had any suites available with bath, and they didnt, we left early no i didnt complain as i was tired and fed up with such disappointment, we had the same person on reception as coming in she was uninterested, never asked was there a problem with the room nothing, said oh i better check you havent had extras, as if, and we left late in the evening, i emailed the manager on returning, and have to say i was not impressed he told me i wasnt entitled to a refund as i have to give 48 hours notice, as i booked it a few hours before arrival this was impossible so clearly he didnt look at the booking, otherwise he would not have bothered to type that paragraph, he said i left for personal and family issues, make your mind up? if this is your attitude then i am amazed they are open, we have a food business if someone dislikes a meal you refund them if someone books for 3 days a room with balcony and leaves within one night, there is a problem, i would say do not book the hotel next door is being taken down you wont get a lay in, the restaurant is closed for refurb, the place is dated with no privacy, I am extremely disappointed with this place the biggest waste of £519 i have ever paid if i could give less than terrible i would, there are some real gems in Bournemouth and this isnt one of them.

"Incredible experience!!"

5
24/05/2018

So my fiance parents come over from Venezuela to visit us. I've decided to take them and her Nan for a meal they will never forget in their lives.I chosen The Connaugh hotel as it had great reviews and comments. It was simply beautyfull meal full of flavours dancing in the mouth. From mine Pork Cheek risotto (which was tender, moist and smooth at the same time) to Scallops and Twice bake blue cheese Suflet that was soft fluffy and tastefull. Main courses and deserts was an treat to all of us we enjoyed it so much we did not left an crumbs on the plates! The staff in the restaurant were incredibly professional, poliet, friendly and they speak in difrent languages which was verry helpfull. Overall the diner was great food was amazing and we will definitely come back there highly recomending!!

"Great location, lovely food and value for money"

5
24/05/2018

Only stayed for one night and chose a “single” room as was on business. The room was very well appointed and although the en-suite shower room was a little small it was more than adequate for one night. I dined in Blake's restaurant in Connaught hotel (the main hotel next to the lodge) and the food and service was really good and it was reasonably priced. Breakfast was great also, and I liked the fact that the staff served you your choices from the buffet English breakfast. Great value for money and would stay again as it is close to the front (although the walk up the hill might be a bit much for some people,??)

"Stay at Connaught Hotel Bournemouth"

5
21/05/2018

Lovely overnight stay at this hotel. Very pleasant courteous staff. Beds are very comfortable. We had a room with a balcony overlooking the garden which was very nice with the sun shining on the balcony in the morning. Breakfast was very good. Plenty of choice and the cooked food piping hot. Would definitely recommend a visit.

"Fabulous"

5
20/05/2018

Stayed for 3 nights in May. Hotel staff very friendly hotel very clean. We were in room 3 found it needed better overhead lighting as the room had dark furniture and only a small window. But to comment on this issue was probably being picky. We ate in the hotel, menu quite extensive if you like fish. We would have preferred more meat dishes but the fish and chips were to die for.all in all a very pleasant stay and would return.

"Long weekend to Bournemouth..."

5
16/05/2018

The Connaught is very clean, in a brilliant location & staff were very friendly. We had a double room with a balcony on the third floor, it was very clean and we had plenty of space for our long weekend. The facilities at this hotel are second to none and I wouldn't hesitate recommending it to anybody! 10/10 Connaught Hotel...thank you for a wonderful weekend ??

"Quality Hotel"

5
15/05/2018

An excellent hotel, with super facilities and attention to detail. Food and service exquisite, very good location quite close to sea front. However, this does mean the location is quite cramped when it comes to parking and, if possible, would recommend leaving the car and travelling on foot around Bournemouth for it might not be easy to find a free space again.

"IMPORTANT - check the rate before you book"

3
14/05/2018

Big difference in rates being charged at this hotel, do make sure you check all rates via the internet and direct with hotel. Expect the balcony rooms to have been used by smokers (understandable). Upstairs and dining room look tired compared to the reception area and brasserie, and Saturday nights may be very busy and car parking difficult if a wedding reception or event at the Connaught Lodge (sister hotel) is taking place.

"Great hotel"

4
14/05/2018

Only given the hotel four stars because we only stayed for B&B. Rooms great, very comfortable and very clean only downside was no air conditioning but big windows that could be left open. Will be coming back to stay again.

"Good hotel choice"

5
13/05/2018

Our friends found & booked our two night stay here. I realised I had stayed in the Connaught many years ago on a ‘lads' weekend away & it was good then & still is now I've grown up & can appreciate it more. The location is ideal for a short walk into town (despite the hill coming back up) Breakfast, drinks & the staff were all fabulous. Our first nights sleep was disturbed by a random noise in our room 53 which the night porter tried to deal with but unfortunately couldn't. However we were offered another room the next night, no fuss was made & it was really appreciated by my wife & I, especially as they seemed full.

"Business trip in Bournemouth"

5
09/05/2018

Reception manager was very efficient and friendly. She gave me a local map to have a walk after I checked in. I forgot my toothpaste and toothbrush so they send me one to my room. I got lucky with parking because I got the last space. Room is very spacious and soft. Bathroom high quality with a bath. I had a balcony. Street a bit busy but not too much. Tomorrow morning I'll go to the pool before breakfast. Highly recommended and a beautiful town.

"Beautiful Bournemouth"

5
08/05/2018

As a small group of lady friends, we like to get away from the family every now & again. We decided upon The Connaught, and we weren't disappointed. The hotel was lovely. We were greeted by a very friendly receptionist, and this theme continued through our weekend stay. In fact, every member of staff we saw at any point across the weekend always had a friendly smile even if it were just in passing. Of course we frequented the bar & spa at various points during our stay and again the staff in the bar and the spa were extremely welcoming and so helpful...they couldn't do enough for us. At breakfast we could also find no fault and once again the staff couldn't have been more helpful. As for breakfast, it was everything you hope for when staying at a hotel. There was a wonderful selection that should satisfy all tastes. They included cerials, yougart, fresh fruit, croissants, toast and of course a very tasty cooked breakfast assortment. In addition, there were fruit juices and hot beverages. A bonus was a lovely terrace area attached to the restaurant, where you could eat. This was wonderful, as we were lucky enough to have a weekend full of sunshine. The hotel surroundings were very pleasant; very clean and modern, with plenty of seating areas, both inside and out, where you could spend time. Although we didn't eat in the evening at the hotel, the food that passed us on its way to those who did looked very nice. Had it not have been for us being in the spa all day and not having stepped out into Bournemouth, we would happily have used one of the restaurants. We would definitely stay here again and happily would recommend it to others.

"Lovely stay"

5
03/05/2018

Spent 2 nights at this hotel, very reasonable double room through booking.com. Room was nicely decorated, seperate bathroom and toilet, very comfy bed. Used the spa which was a nice way to relax after a day out. Breakfast was buffet style, good choice. Bacon and sausages were good quality, waiter/waitress polite. Will return enjoyed our stay. Oh! And free parking which was a bonus

"Weekend break"

5
30/04/2018

Visited last weekend for a 3 night break. Not been to Bournemouth for years so chose the Connaught and we weren't disappointed. Lovely clean comfortable room with small balcony. Ensuite with power shower was a definite plus. The hotel has 2 restaurants both serving excellent food with very helpful and accommodating staff. The jaz evening was very entertaining which we enjoyed with a few drinks from the well stocked bar. A wedding took place on the Saturday but this didn't impact on the other guests who still received an excellent service. With a lovely swimming pool, Spa and gym we couldn't have wanted anything more.

"Great Spa Day"

4
30/04/2018

My friend and I spent the day in the Spa. We used the swimming pool, the steam room and sauna and had a fantastic full body massage. Afterwards, we had the most delicious lunch which filled me up until the next day!

"Really nice place "

5
30/04/2018

We just come back from nice weekend away at this hotel . We stayed in the lodge on the 3rd floor .Room was very nice and clean .our bed was nice comfy . Tea coffee provided . Water to . We had lunch in brassier and it was very nice indeed . Hotel staff really friendly and helpful . Pool and steam room much enjoyed .very Clean and towel s given for use of pool .. Our car stayed parked in car park all weekend as beach and town all walking distance. We will return in the near future . Top hotel / lodge ..

"Nice Hotel"

4
30/04/2018

Booked for the weekend, chose the Hotel from its reviews and it didn't disappoint. I booked an executive room, so had all the mod cons. Nice size room, just a shame there was no air con in this one and leaving the windows open wasn't really an option due to the noise from the main road. The decor was also a little tired which is the reason for a 4 rather than a 5. The facilities are very good. Lovely pool and Spa area, plus the benefits of an excellent gym. Great breakfast served on both days, by friendly helpful staff

"Lovely room"

5
26/04/2018

We stayed one night, we arrive early and the receptionist welcomed us and allowed us to leave the car, room was ready by 2. We had a superior room which was lovely! The service at the bar was excellent, extra staff was draughtier in when needed as lots of customers went in after having been to the BIC! Lots of parking available but it is advisable to park near the entrance as other cars park in front of parked cars if spaces are not available and it takes time in the morning to move them all round! We weren't affected! Only one small problem which is a temporary one, our car was covered in dust from the demolition site behind the hotel !

"Perfect base"

4
23/04/2018

We were in Bournemouth to see the Roy Orbison Hologram concert - amazing (but that's another story). The hotel was conveniently placed for the BIC and the beach. We arrived on the hottest day of the year so that was a bonus. Hotel parking was adequate but I think we got the last parking space. The staff could not have been more welcoming and our first floor room was very good, although one of the bedside lights needed a new bulb. Breakfast the next morning was superb - everything you could ask for - and the service was efficient and friendly.

"Short break"

4
22/04/2018

Stayed for 3 nights after a concert at the BIC. Excellent staff very welcoming and nothing too much trouble. We booked a superior room which was ok but a little on the small side, the room was hot as no AC, I would imagine very hot in the summer, the furniture needs some updating. Breakfast very good, plenty of choice and cooked food not greasy. Close to BIC and town centre. We would stay here again if we came to Bournemouth.

"Relaxing and enjoyable stay"

5
22/04/2018

A great place to stay. Near the beach and town centre. We had fantastic weather and were able to have breakfast outside on the patio in the sun! Bed extremely comfortable. The upstairs is about to be updated and refurbished, which should eradicate the tired and dated look there. Excellent meal in the brasserie. Staff all very friendly and nothing is too much for them. Parking is available in their car park.

"Okay but could do better!"

3
19/04/2018

Booked this hotel mainly because of the spa area and swimming pool. Our room on the third floor was okay apart from the bedside lamps that if you didn't get them on at the first try had a habit of turning off! and had wonky shades. Went to eat in the Brasserie but due to staff shortages there was a 45 minute wait, went to pub instead. Front staff very helpful and friendly as were breakfast staff apart from one morning it was chaos,to many people at one time. Couldn't use the pool or spa as I've slight mobility problems, no access to pool,Very disappointed. This wasn't stated anywhere.

"Beautiful public spaces, less so for the bedrooms"

3
19/04/2018

This hotel clearly has clearly added to its fortune through its spa, and day visitor trade. What they have failed to take on board is how that detracts from the experience of the hotel guest. From the fact that there is nowhere to park during the day, to the insufficient staffing levels in the restaurant for the influx of staffing guests, they are clearly trying to fit too much onto the site. The secondary nature of their overnight trade is re-inforced when you get to the bedrooms. You move from the lovely boutique interiors into rooms that clearly have their origins in the 80s and 90s, from calming greys and greens to dark wood and scary red.

"Disappointing"

3
18/04/2018

We have stayed here many times and have always found the staff friendly and the service excellent. However, on this occasion we felt that the upper rooms (bedrooms and landings) are looking tired and need updating and refurbishing. Our bedroom was in need of a thorough clean and the carpet replacing.

"Not value for money"

3
15/04/2018

The bedroom was large with a large shower room/toilet with sliding door just off it. We were right next to the lift which was quite noisy in the morning. The shower was not working correctly & flooded the toilet area. Breakfast was served in an old fashioned style from chafing dishes but most of the items being served were cold- the staff did offer to reheat the items! we declined. The spa was ok but really needed to be checked more regularly by staff as there was lots of clumps hair in the pool area. Good location for town & the beech. The staff were very helpful & friendly especially the trainee receptionist on our arrival

BW-Connaught, General Manager at Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
This review is from the same booking as below. Kind regards, Simon Hartwell General Manager

"Unpleasant stay"

1
15/04/2018

We arrived after having booked a double room with balcony. The hotel is advertised as a 4 star property. The room was small and quite dirty. The bathroom was obviously for wheelchair access and the sink very low. There was no bath just a large shower area. We wNt to the pool which was pleasant until we found clumps of hair floating in the hydrotherapy pool. We then noticed clumps of hair on the walkways surrounding the pool. We decided to leave. We found Blakes to have a limited menu and over priced. The brasserie was bland and unappealing so we decided to eat out. In the morning we were unable to shower- the shower head was filthy and broken. When the shower was on the water shot out in all directions and quickly flooded the bathroom and toilet area, We went for breakfast and the staff were helpful. We were offered coffee and toast plus the continental breakfast. We had the coffee and decided to have just the cooked breakfast. We went up to see what was available and were disturbed that we were unable to serve ourselves! We had to ask which items we wanted. we sat to begin our breakfast which wAs cold. We advised the waitress and she asked if we would like it reheated!!!! Dangerous if nothing else. We declined On departure we advised the receptionist of our disappointment. She refunded our breakfast cost but nothing for our disappointing room and shower This is a hotel that should not have 4 stars. We weren't told of the noisy building work next door . We wouldn't want to visit again

BW-Connaught, General Manager at Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review Peter. The majority of your complaint made to reception on departure and with me was in respect of being allocated a room with a disabled adapted wet room. I am sorry that that's wasn't to your liking and as we have previously corresponded, had you asked we would have gladly shown you alternative rooms. The majority of our guests comment very highly regarding the cleanliness standards and overall service and I am sorry that you did not feel the same way. Breakfast is served to keep the area clean, tidy and topped up, not to stop people from taking too much as per your email to me. I have already been in touch with you direct following from you stay. Kind regards, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq f

"This an old, classic hotel, very traditional but great staff"

4
11/04/2018

Old hotel with some modernisation. Small room but adequate. Limited and tight carparking. Excellent staff, thank goodnes for Europeans. Blakes restaurant expensive for what it was (liver and mash £18)

"Golf Weekend"

4
11/04/2018

Great staff very welcoming. All was very good only thing that let it down was Blakes restaurant, food was not up to scratch and over priced. Breakfast was good and there was actually plenty of parking. Stayed in the annex which was fine

"Birthday weekend "

5
10/04/2018

Stayed at this hotel 6th 7th April and must say this is the best hotel I've stayed at in the Bournemouth area ! Normally stay at the Haven but after disappointing visit in Feb this is great replacement . Was very pleased to arrive to birthday card and wine lovely gesture ( my partner did not got this in Feb at Haven ) This hotel is so clean and staff are the most pleasant from the minute you get to front desk ( Petra was great ) Jazz in the evening both nights was fabulous as I love jazz . Spa was really good nice and warm clean etc . Food was lovely and head barman very helpful . Probably 10 min walk to beach but not a problem for us . 10/10 from us and will be back in the summer .

"Shogun's Palace"

3
10/04/2018

The hotel is well situated and very convenient for sightseeing and a great selection of bars and restaurants from around the world. Breakfast is a well orchestrated operation with staff knowing their duties. Self service continental plus cereal bar with the addition of a waiter severed hot buffet bar. Food is excellent and as much as you want. Table service for toast and tea/coffee. Vegetarian options can be ordered and are delivered straight from the kitchen. My understanding is that the bedrooms are mostly different, ours No 14 was small, very small and an even smaller shower room and toilet. Every floorboard creaked just like the palace of the Shogun. Certainly no one could creep up on you without clear warning. After saying that the whole hotel is spotlessly clean and inviting and the staff are all well presented. Whilst the weather was sort-of-ok overlooking a garden terrace could be noisy in the summer. We spent 3 nights but longer would be an issue in such a below par room. All the staff without exception were polite, pleasant and efficient which is typical of East European workers we're pleased to mention. Senior members of the staff have contacted me since our returning home apologising for the creeky nature of our room which they informed me they were unaware of, this really surprised us that no previous occupier or service staff mentioned it, hard to believe. All-in-all we enjoyed the stay but it could have been better.

"Great value and friendly"

4
08/04/2018

I stayed a few nights - and used swimming pool and sauna - really excellent - I wanted to shout about about Jared who was extremely helpful first night I arrived - i must have seemed a picky american but he provided extra lamp and slippers in darkish room :-) - some of the other reviewers said there are small bathrooms - yup, they are small - if I'd gone with my partner as I'd originally planned, it would have been a nuisance but even for one it was. But that was really the absolutely only thing - what bathroom there is was clean and perfectly serviceable ... beach nearby, and front desk friendly and helpful getting me around (good bus service for example) - really wonderful

"Afternoon tea and one night stay."

4
05/04/2018

We had a Champagne Afternoon Tea as a gift and having booked the day we decided to add a night in a Superior Room, and took up the breakfast deal (that only costs a teeny bit more than just a room). The afternoon tea was pretty good - the only downer was having to ask for the champagne at the end of the meal as the waitress had forgot to offer any! We went up to the room after the tea and found it a bit smaller than what the online pictures would suggest, but it was clean and tidy. The air-con was good and comes with a remote control (that was a lot clearer to see than the worn out TV remote). The shower isn't separate to the bath and took a strangely long time to get warm (minutes rather than seconds). The bed was clean and comfy. We didn't do the pool etc but it looked nice and it was quiet when we looked (around 3pm). The breakfast was very nice with the usual selection of foods served at a decent temperature. They supply toast rather than one of those toasters that never do a good job so that was a bonus. Overall we enjoyed the break - there's a few niggles but I have definitely had worse stays!

"Two night stay."

5
05/04/2018

Room was lovely, clean and fresh looking as was the rest of the hotel. Breakfast was excellent, great choices and plenty of it. Staff were all very helpful, friendly and polite. Leisure facilities were lovely and clean. Overall a lovely relaxing stay for two nights.

"Amazing Spa day!"

5
05/04/2018

My Mum and I had purchased a group on voucher for a spa day including a prosecco lunch and well ... what a day! We were greeted by two friendly receptionists who guided us to the lounge where we were given tea and coffee and then escorted down to the spa. The hotel entrance was very grand and the service already shown was excellent. The staff seemed very proud of their work place and asked our opinion as we walked through. The spa entrance was also very grand and we were very impressed by the size of the pool which could be seen through a large glass wall prior to entering the changing rooms. We were the offered a double treatment room which we gratefully accepted and were then escorted to the changing rooms. We enjoyed an hour of swimming and used the steam room a few times and luckily arrived at a quieter time with no trouble finding a space in the steam room and at times had the pool to ourselves. We then enjoyed a lovely two course lunch accompanied by a lovely glass of bubbles all served by a very friendly waitress. We then indulged in a back, neck, shoulder and scalp massage in a double room which was the best massage we have ever received! Evie and Linsey were exceptionally kind and caring and really worked on the areas we specified in our questionnaire prior to the treatment. We then spent a good 45 minutes in the relaxation room and felt incredible! (Couldn't help but have a nap the loungers were that comfortable!!) The facilities were very clean, spacious and glamorous and the staff were beyond helpful and were clearly proud of the work place. Two very happy and very relaxed customers... thank you! Jenni

"Ok stay but nothing to write home about!"

3
04/04/2018

We stayed in the lodge side of the hotel for 2 nights from Easter Sunday. We had booked in advance on a special deal a few months ago and found the week before there was a massive price discrepancy with our room. I contacted the hotel and they duly rectified this and gave us a refund which i appreciated. They also gave us a voucher for 2 free glasses of wine in the bar as it was our anniversary which was nice. On arrival parking was easy, there were a few spaces available but i can see how it can become crowded very quickly. We checked in at the reception in the main hotel quickly (which did look impressive) and then made our way over to the lodge. The lodge doesnt have its own reception but it is key card entry. Our room was 209 which i highly recommend if you can get it! We booked a double room so i am unsure if we were upgraded or that we were just lucky but it was a big room with a separate sitting area. The bathroom was huge with bath and seperate shower. The bed however was not comfortable and a bit too soft for us and we both woke up with backache! One of the main reasons we booked this hotel was the spa facilities. I was so disappointed to find that the steam room was out of order with the door taken off! Yes there was a sauna but i always make sure there is a steam room as its what i prefer. At no point did the reception staff or even the spa staff inform us that the steam room was unavailable. It had obviously been like it for a while and we did not see any attempt for it to be fixed whilst we were there. The rest of the spa was ok but by no means the best that we have been too. It was rough around the edges and the ceiling could do with some attention. I was disappointed we didnt get robes either which most other spas ive been to give you. I cant comment on the treatments or treatment area as we didnt have any. Breakfast was ok. It was hot but like someone else has said the fried bread was like rubber from sitting too long under the heat lamps and the toast was also rubbery! Overall we did have a good stay and the staff were polite and cheerful but i wouldnt stay here again due to the small niggles we encountered.

"Wife anniversary "

5
04/04/2018

I want to thank everyone in the hotel by the service and care they gave us but en Carina that is special in the spa to husband the chef Antonio and breakfast chef Henrique to all recommend to any couple all good facilities very well furnished very clean has plenty of room to pass good times

"Excellent Stay"

4
27/03/2018

Great value for money. An excellent hotel & Spa with a lovely comfortable double bed, fabulous breakfast and the staff were very efficient and courteous. The decor of the hotel was also really impressive. Our only disappointment was the fact their appeared to be too many asylum seekers by the hotel late at night which isn't a reflection on the hotel, as our stay was outstanding. We have never been to Bournemouth before and was surprised to be stopped by so much by beggars, which is a bit off putting.

"Good Hotel"

4
26/03/2018

We stayed two nights here in a very small room with one of the tiniest bathrooms I've ever encountered in a hotel! The shower was so small it was close to impossible to bend over to wash your feet! But everything worked well and the bed was comfortable, although it was very hot, with a thick duvet. The weather was cold so it was surprising it was so hot - there was a fan in the wardrobe so it must get really hot in the summer. The wi-fi worked well. I wouldn't have wanted to stay any longer in such a small room. We had a nice dinner in the restaurant (the brasserie was full) one night and breakfast both mornings. On the first morning we were told butter was on the tables, but there wasn't any on ours so we had to hoover up leftovers from used tables for a while before we could find anyone to ask. There is apparently usually fruit salad available but not this day as it had all gone. All this was rather surprising as we had been told when checking in that the hotel was not terribly busy. The second day's breakfast was completely different - despite the dining room being much fuller and busier, everything was there, butter, fruit salad etc and some lovely cooked things, including fried bread, which I like and can't understand why some hotels say they can't provide it on request. The best thing about this hotel is the big swimming pool & sauna. My husband loved this and it was hard to get him out of it. Worth going back just for that. A good location, with the town centre reasonably close and we had a good stay, but another time I would ask for a larger room.

"First time stay - great hotel"

5
25/03/2018

Despite many holidays at many hotels in Bournemouth - this was the first time we had stayed at The Connaught. On our arrival we were given a friendly welcome and a swift check-in. Our room was on the third floor and had a small balcony. Breakfast was very good and we also dined in the Brasserie one night where the food again was very good. All staff from all areas were friendly and professional. Housekeeping was excellent. We highly recommend this hotel.

"Great staff and facilities"

5
25/03/2018

Staff are very welcoming and helpful. They couldn't do enough for us. Our rooms were comfortable and reasonably spacious and breakfast was generous. Spa facilities were excellent and our massages were heavenly.

""Anniversary Break""

5
23/03/2018

We visited this hotel during the worst possible weather at the beginning of March for the second time to celebrate our special day, we received a lovely card and complementary drinks at the bar. Staff were very professional and attentive, food to a very good standard, drinks at a very reasonable price, my wife had a Swedish massage which she really enjoyed. I would like to thank the hotel for contacting us on our arrival back home to let us know our lap top charger had been left in our room and without charge posted back which we received. This hotel is must when visiting Bournemouth we visit in a regularly for weekend breaks.

"Can recommend"

5
22/03/2018

Very clean, comfortable hotel, within an easy walk down to the sea front. Not so easy if you want to walk back - it's steep! Excellent staff and very good food. There is parking but this could be limited at times.

"Overnight stay in the Orchid Suite"

5
21/03/2018

A very comfortable one night stay in The Connaught Hotel, where each and everyone of the staff were professional, friendly and helpful. The choice at breakfast was varied and plentiful and the service swift. If I find myself in Bournemouth again I will look to book into The Connaught Hotel as a first preference.

"A birthday treat for my partner"

5
21/03/2018

A visit to our favourite hotel is always a pleasure, and our stay at the Connaught last weekend was again a wonderful experience, made even more special by the very attentive staff, the high quality food and service. We are already looking forward to our next visit.

"Two night stay"

5
18/03/2018

Every single member of staff were amazing, friendly, helpful, always welcoming. We left this morning, after a dreadful snow fall and there was a member of staff brushing off the snow on cars. I was really concerned as to how I would cope clearing it as my husband is in a wheelchair, gold stars all round. Only one small down side, the lift is incredibly small, I couldn't get us both, and luggage inside, so had to use it separately, might be a bit unsettling for some disabled people. Also, no indication as to how we would have exited in the case of a fire. If you don't want a full meal in the restaurant, the bar ‘snacks' are very comprehensive and good value for money.

"We enjoyed the spa,"

4
18/03/2018

Lovely breakfasts, plenty of choice, both full English and continental. Our room was in the lodge, we specifically asked for this room as we had stayed in it twice on previous occasions it was very quiet, a bonus as I am a light sleeper. Only problem was the key cards failed on three occasions and we had to go back each time to the main hotel to get the cards re assigned to our room code. We did feel that guests did not get as much attention on nights that a function was held in the Blake's restaurant, not a fault of the staff, as there seemed to be no extra staff to deal with the function and other residents in the lounge.

"Great stay "

5
15/03/2018

Baring a few hiccups when we first arrived, we had our room up graded , we had a lovely stay the staff are polite friendly and helpful, the spa is excellent we would book to stay again it's within walking distance of the front

"Relaxing stay in quiet and comfortable hotel"

5
14/03/2018

Located close to beach and with close access to several restaurants. Bedroom was clean and comfortable and quiet. Staff were helpful and the 18m swimming pool was excellent. Parking is limited but I was able to find the one remaining space on arrival. Breakfast was good. The main restaurant was closed as it was a Sunday but I was able to find a good Italian restaurant close by. Very good value.

"Perfect"

5
14/03/2018

Lovely hotel and spa facilities, staff very helpful and friendly and room and bathroom very clean. Food was excellent would be very happy to stay again. Really enjoyed the spa facilities with a decent sized swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi and steam room.

"Nice hotel"

4
12/03/2018

We stayed 3 days, lovely large room with large bathroom with a deep bath and seperate shower. We used the swimming pool and spa which was relaxing after all the sight seeing we did. We also ate in the bar first night had a great burger. Staff were very friendly.

"A relaxing break"

4
12/03/2018

Hotel food , spa and cleanliness very good. Excellent location for beach , shops , restaurants. Nice staff , special thanks to Jake very pleasant helpful young man. Only negative room presentation not good , dirty stained and also broken light shades not acceptable for a 4 Star hotel.

"Day spa - gift voucher"

4
03/03/2018

Excellent value for money for this gift voucher. You are welcomed with tea or coffee, relax in the relaxation room or by the pool, have a lovely 2-course lunch with a glass of nice dry white champagne, and enjoy a 55 minute treatment. Friendly staff, clean premises, very tasty food. The minuses were that the pool and jacuzzi area were overtaken by a group of 7-8 young males who seemed to feel like owning the place, and there were only 6 loungers available around the pool. Also the toilets were quite away from the changing rooms (which included showers, so I wondered why the toilets couldn't be added too).

"Great short break for relaxing."

5
03/03/2018

My daughter and I had a very relaxing weekend at this hotel. We had both had a very busy few months and had not seen each other for ages for a good catch up. The staff were welcoming and friendly and the spa area was very nice, and always clean and well maintained, and we spent a lot of our break there relaxing in the sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and pool. It did get a bit busy at times so we checked before we went so that we picked less busy times. We had hoped to book a treatment or a package but they were fully booked - we will book ahead on our next visit! We liked our room which was clean and comfortable and we had a balcony, and we did brave the cold weather for a couple of short periods when the sun was out and it was nice to sit outside with a glass of prosecco. The walls of our room were a bit on the thin side so you could hear your neighbours in the next room, which was the only negative to our whole stay, so we got disturbed a bit, but wouldn't put us off coming again. The breakfasts were good with an excellent choice of buffet and hot food. There were 2 gluten free cereals for Coeliacs. I think there was gluten free bread for toast but I didn't confirm this as there was so much other gluten free food available such as yoghurts and fresh fruit, and food from the cooked section. There was some queuing involved at busy times for a table but this was mentioned in the in room brochure so we were prepared for this and it was worth the wait both mornings. We spent our last few hours after checkout, and using the spa facilities again, in the lounge area for our final few hours of relaxation before getting back to reality. This was a nice quiet area to sit and just chill or read. The hotel is a long walk from the train station up and down hills, between 30 and 40 minutes depending on your pace and fitness, and I would recommend either a taxi or bus, though we did walk both journeys and it would be fine without a suitcase or heavy baggage. The hotel is quite close to the main shopping centre. Looking forward to our next relaxing break at this very welcoming hotel.

"Excellent Value"

4
02/03/2018

On arrival Heidi on reception couldn't have done more to welcome us. We booked as it was my Husbands birthday and he wanted to have a Spa, the facilities are clean and the pool and steam room were very relaxing, the staff were very helpful nothing seemed to much trouble, the room was lovely and comfortable bed. Breakfast has plenty of choice staff very pleasant, very good value for money, we will be back in a few weeks. Thank you for making my husbands birthday a happy one.

"Amazing hotel!"

5
02/03/2018

Only stayed here for one night but what an amazing time we had! Excellent staff, couldn't fault any of them. Free use of the heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub! Food was amazing quality with alot of choice ang again great service. Hotel and rooms are spotless. The beach and town center is an easy 10 minute walk away! Only fault is we didnt sleep well, the beds and pillows were not good comfort but thats just our opinion! Either way we will deffinatley be returning again in the future!

"Excellent stay in the snow"

5
02/03/2018

Amazing hotel, we stayed in room 9 which was a huge, had a nespresso coffee machine which was a nice touch, great staff, especially the front of house manager who was very helpful, The breakfast was excellent, with good quality crossants The spa was great, very clean and relaxing Will be back in spring when hopefully the weather will be a bit warmer

"My visits "

5
01/03/2018

I am here one night per week and everytime me and my colleagues arrive we are greeted by the most wonderful receptionist called hadi, not just that the ribs are something else haha, all round brilliant I'd say!

"Amazing everything"

5
28/02/2018

Everything about the Connaught Hotel is first class .all the staff are so helpful, not anything is to much trouble. The only place to stay 100% everything . A short walk to the sea & the wonderful park & the shops are very near & amazing

"A breath of fresh air...."

5
28/02/2018

We booked to celebrate my birthday and we were not disappointed. Our room was comfortable and immaculately clean. The bed was very comfortable and we both slept soundly. Our room overlooked the garden and it was very quiet and peaceful, we didn't even hear the traffic on the adjoining road. The staff were all friendly and hospitable and I was surprised to see a birthday card from the hotel when we arrived. A nice thoughtful touch was the invite to two complimentary glasses of wine. We had not stayed here before although we do use Best Western Hotels when ever we can. We have always had good service and the rooms have more than come up to our expectations. We had a good breakfast and there was a good selection of items to choose from. We would definitely book the Connaught on our next visit to Bournemouth.

"Well located for short breaks"

4
26/02/2018

I've only stayed here for short one or two day business trips in the middle of winter, so the hotel wasn't at it's busiest, but I was pleased with all aspects of my stay. The rooms are neat, clean and tidy - staff are attentive. Restaurant staff were very smiley and helpful and the cost was reasonable. They have good looking spa facilities (not used) One potential problem to be aware of - parking at the hotel and in nearby streets is scarce, so sort something out ahead of your visit.

"Short break to recouperate"

5
25/02/2018

Booked to help wife recover from an operation (and a Christmas present). Opted for being able to change the date which was helpful. The superior room was great with plenty of room and chairs. Bottled water and tea and coffee facilities were all good. Walks to the zig zag to the promenade (5 minute stroll) and then a gentle walk to coffee shops along the front ( both directions) really helped recovery. Thank you staff and great food!!

"Brilliant hotel GREAT staff!!!!!"

5
22/02/2018

Having just read the last review by a 'joanna d', I can't believe she can slag of this hotel for something that was her fault (silly women)??. I work in this industry and it does beggar belief that some, not all customers will blame the caterer for their own cock ups. The staff here were superb, they made sure that everyone was looked after, the rooms were very good and the rosette standard food brilliant. Big mention to Karina for being attentive jokey and fun to chat to. I wouldn't hesitate to come here again the next time we want a few days away. WELL DONE ALL AT THE CONNAUGHT!!!!

"Customer service"

1
21/02/2018

The stay itself was ok, we booked as a group booking for a ladies weekend, the service was ok while we were all spending a considerable amount of money however, when I arrived home things changed. I left a pair of jeans and a very old shawl in the room by accident and did not realise until 2 weeks later. I contacted the hotel to be told they had found them and tried to email me although the email they had was not mine therefore I didn't receive it as such it is hotel policy to dispose of the items after 7 days. In my opinion 7 days is not long enough to keep lost property. No attempt has been made to contact the person who made the group booking and the way the staff spoke to me on the phone was dismissive at best and nearing abusive at worse. I have lost an irreplaceable item that belonged to my mother. This 7 day lost property policy is not in the hotels ,t&C's nor advertised anywhere in the hotel. I feel more effort should have been made to contact our group. Stay there with pleasure but don't leave anything behind unless you are prepared to loose it forever

"Lovely staff "

4
21/02/2018

Had a lovely nights stay at The Connaught, we were in Bournemouth for Paul Weller at the BIC, we had lunch at the hotel before checking in and the food was delicious, as was breakfast. The room we stayed in was very clean, bed was comfortable .The staff were all very helpful and friendly and we said we would definitely stay again if in Bournemouth.

BW-Connaught, General Manager at Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review Maureen, I am delighted you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best wishes, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Fabulous! "

5
20/02/2018

Stayed here for one night with my partner to see a concert at the BIC. Friendly check in with all the information we needed, lovely bar staff, only had a sandwich but was delicious! Really nice to be able to sit by the open fire and have a drink, all in all a great stay and would return.

BW-Connaught, General Manager at Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review Catherine, I am delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and I hope we have the pleasure of welcoming you back to the hotel soon. Best wishes, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"The Warmest Welcoming"

5
19/02/2018

I travel all around the UK on a weekly basis surveying fire safety within buildings, so staying at a nice hotel is a great way to end a had day.... There has been times when it has been difficult when dealing with front of house staff who are not happy, do not smile and do not help. Not with the Best Western, The Connaught Hotel. There is nothing better than a nice friendly welcome to a hotel, The front of house staff a polite and helpful lady by the name of Hadi, she was very polite, explained all the hotel services and made our stay very enjoyable. The following week I returned I decided to return and still received the same excellent service. I did have an issue with Wifi but that got resovled and there was an issue with a staff memeber at the pool - slightly rude but overall highly recommend it!!!

BW-Connaught, General Manager at Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review Will, I am delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and I hope we have the pleasure of welcoming you back again soon. Best wishes, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Relaxing weekend "

5
13/02/2018

My husband and I have just come back from the connaught and had the most relaxing weekend, our room was small but had all we needed amazing big bed so comftable, lovely bathroom with bath and over shower, tea and coffee in room and nice sized tv. Check in was quick and efficient and all staff that we met were very professional and attentive. We had breakfast each morning in our room which was a £3 tray charge but this was nothing as we didn't have to leave our room ?? the breakfast had so much choice and was 10/10 we had so much that we had to go for a long walk after, spa facilities were 10/10 which include gym, sauna and steam room and pool, only downside was not enough loungers but we could see that space was the reason for this. We had Swedish massage and that was also 10/10 staff were very nice and attentive. All in all a top lovely hotel and we shall be back very soon. Thank you very much for a relaxing weekend to all ??

"Nice hotel, convenient location, great staff"

4
12/02/2018

Just back from a long weekend at the Connaught. Free parking although a little tight on space. Check in was quick and we were able to get into our room early which was extremely helpful. A nice room with a small balcony. Bed was very comfortable. Lovely and clean with free wifi, hairdryer, tea and coffee making and bathroom toiletries. The dining and bar area was nicely furnished with a lovely warm fire. Breakfast was excellent, lots of choice and great service. Staff were very attentive. We also used the spa briefly and had 3 treatments which were reasonably priced. Nice pool and Jacuzzi with steam room and sauna. The hotel is well located within easy walking distance of the town, restaurants and beach. The only negative we had was that we found the walls to be thin so could hear noise easily from the adjoining rooms.

"Thank you"

5
11/02/2018

It was our first time to the connaught. It was my partners birthday and I thought he deserved a treat as I had been working long hours. I am now in his good books. Excellent welcome from Chridtina. Executive room met more than our expectations. Fantastic shower and very comfortable bed. We used the spa facilities, amazing gym and swimming pool along with the steam room and sauna. We timed it well as the facilities were quiet. Breakfast gets 10 out of 10. We had to walk it off. Beach is just a few minutes walk away. We would recommend this hotel to everyone. Great location and service. We will be back. Thank you to the whole team at the Connaught.

"Super Value"

5
09/02/2018

Beautiful hotel, had a junior suite for £71. Staff efficient and friendly. Food was plentiful and of good quality. Swimming pool and spa a good bonus. Quiet and good value. Only 300m from the seafront and plenty of free car parking.

"Great hotel staff were amazing"

5
06/02/2018

We stayed for two nights had a great time room was good very clean . Staff were very helpful . Breakfast was first class, very near to the town . Will definitely be back . Never used the spa didn't have enough time.

"Masonic Ladies Night"

5
06/02/2018

Basically, we organised the above function, however the hotel did ALL of the hard work for us and gave us a completely stress free occasion/weekend. We and all of our 68 guests could not praise the staff and the hotel enough. All the staff from The Reception, Bar Staff, Waiters, The House Keeping, Porters and not forgetting Simon the Hotel Manager and Maria The Front of House Manager were absolutely fantastic and NOTHING was too much for them. Our function was a 100% success and we will be returning next year. Now onto the food, which as you can imagine again was top class. Breakfast was superb with probably the best sausages I've ever tasted at any hotel I've stayed in and plentiful. Blake's Restaurant again was excellent. We had The Tulip Suite and had everything you could want from a hotel room, lovely. The swimming pool and other amenities were great too, my wife used the Spa and again absolutely not complaints only praise.

BW-Connaught, General Manager at Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review Mick - we were delighted to read just how much you and your guests enjoyed your weekend and, thank you for your kind comments regarding the staff and in particular Maria, who I know very much enjoyed working with you in the lead up to your weekend. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best wishes, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"The Connaught Hotel, Bournemouth"

5
05/02/2018

Excellent staff and hotel. Room - while the view was of the car park the room itself was great. Leisure suite - Very nice, pool was great. Location is not the best but you are a short walk from the town centre and sea front.

BW-Connaught, General Manager at Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review JafA, I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and hope we have we have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon. Best wishes, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Terrible Room - bad night sleep!"

2
05/02/2018

We stayed 2 nights as attending a function on the Saturday evening. Arrived early Friday afternoon and was allocated Room 2 on 1st floor. Very disappointed - room was very small, dark and very dated. Ceiling light gave off a yellow glow and with dark furniture this didn't help. Bathroom looked quite new and clean but had shower over bath with shower curtain. Floorboards creaked everywhere and you could hear them moving around in room above and walls must have been thin as you could hear everything in the corridor, people using the shower & toilet. The room must have been over the bar as we could hear people quite clearly - and we went to bed late both nights! It wasn't till I heard from others what their rooms were like that we found out that ours must have been the worse. Our friends even came to take a look to see how bad it was! We did mention on check-out and they asked if we wanted to talk to manager but as the queue for check-out was long we didn't bother. We just won't return - am sure Premier Inn would have been better than this! On a positive note the food we had in restaurant and function room was good. Didn't use leisure centre. Parking is bad so you do have to get there early and people do double-park.

BW-Connaught, General Manager at Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review PinkFizz, I was sorry to hear that you didn't like your room - I understand your friends were in the Orchid Suite and you were in a Standard Double as allocated by the Masonic Lodge, so there is indeed a difference in the rooms - if you had asked to move during your stay we would have been happy to accommodate you - however as you didn't mention anything until check out there is little we can do unfortunately. Your group are in the process of booking again for next year and I hope we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back. Thank you your positive comments regarding the food throughout your stay. Best wishes, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Weekend stay"

4
04/02/2018

We stayed recently, just for the one night for a function that had been arranged at the venue. The staff were very good, ever so helpful and could not do enough for you. The rooms were lovely, not as dated as some of our precious stays in Bournemouth. Very clean with a very nice bathroom. Unforuntatlwy we did not have time to use the spa. Only critissm was that we were out in a function room for breakfast and was very cold, but food was excellent so that made up for the cold. Parking is terrible (which is standard in Bournemouth), and everyone had already double parked by the time we had got there. Luckily we found a car park just around the back of the hotel which was £10 for 24 hrs.

BW-Connaught, General Manager at Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review Bernadette, I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and hope we have we have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon. Parking is at a premium in Bournemouth and I am sorry that on this occasion there wasn't a space available for you. Best wishes, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Great weekend away Hotel"

4
31/01/2018

This is our fourth visit to this Hotel and the good standards have not dropped. Great service with a smile from all staff,with a good bar at reasonable prices and a great breakfast included. Although fairly quiet when we stayed the food in the restaurant was outstanding and well worth a visit for that special meal where you want great service in comfortable surroundings. The Bedroom was a bit old fashioned with very dark furniture but spotlessly clean throughout - this was only reason for not rating outstanding.

"Blissful weekend"

5
31/01/2018

Booked two nights at the connaught hotel and also treated myself to a massage. I paid to have breakfast included and it was worth every penny. I was full up til tea time and that's saying something for me, as I am normally hungry every two to three hours. The cooked food was delicious and great quality and the fruit salad was mouth watering. The spa facilities included were great. Good size pool, with a Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna as well. Relaxing atmosphere too. My massage was pure bliss. The couch was so comfortable I could have quite happily have slept there til morning. The lights were like fairy lights and candles added to the effect. The room smelt of beautiful oils and it was just so serene being there. The masseuse applied just the right pressure. Firm but not painful. The whole treatment was unhurried and done with the clients relaxation as priority. All the staff, bar staff, reception, waiters etc and even the maintenence man were cheerful and very helpful. Always happy to stop and chat and ask if there's anything they can help with. The hotel is central, near the BIC, Pavilion, beach and shops. There's bus stops a stone throw away for those who can't make it up the hill on the way back. It's a fabulous hotel and deserves the "plus" at the end of "best Western".

"My stay at the Hotel"

4
30/01/2018

Me and my family have had a great stay at the hotel this weekend. The staff were very friendly, helpful and informative when we arrived. Once we settled into our room we received a call from the reception staff to confirm everything was to our satisfaction. The hotel, rooms and the facilities in the were very clean and well maintained and the food was also enjoyable and tasted great. I would highly recommend a stay in this hotel.

"Fantastic Hotel"

5
30/01/2018

Fantastic hotel - modern with a traditional feel Very clean, great service and attentive staff Bedroom small but clean and had everything in it we needed , including complimentary water Have to mention good quality quilted toilet paper Powerful hairdryer with a socket by the mirror Close to the promenade and walkable into Bournemouth town centre (uphill coming back!) Absolutely great stay

"Fantastic Stay - AGAIN"

5
27/01/2018

We (my partner and I) have stayed here three times in the last few years and each time the hotel and its staff deliver faultless service. The hotel is pristine, it's staff are well trained and knowledgeable and an easy, relaxed ambience pervades. The pool is lovely, the food is good and the location is convenient.

"Great welcome and great stay"

5
26/01/2018

A really welcoming and comfortable stay: staff very helpful indeed. Room just right and a window I could open. Food in the Brasserie was really good...had fish of the day and it was perfectly cooked. I will stay here again

"Comfortable room, nice spa and good food."

4
25/01/2018

When I checked in, I was greeted by a very friendly receptionist, Hadi. She was engaging, thorough, professional and couldn't have been more helpful. She advised me about the hotel's spa and other amenities, gave me directions to the venue at which I was performing, found me a parking space when I returned from the show and even recommended a great place for a late night snack! I wish more reception staff were like her. The hotel room was very comfortable, if a little warm at night and I enjoyed the spa facilities. The breakfast was good and the staff who served me friendly and attentive. I am very grateful also to the cleaner who found a very valuable item in my room which I had left on departure and alerted Hadi to contact my office before I had gone too far on my journey! I look forward to my next visit.

"Lovely hotel near the centre"

5
25/01/2018

Stayed here for a few days. Found the hotel and staff welcoming. It is a short walk from the beach and town centre. It is well decorated and relaxing. The bedroom was a good size as was the shower room. Breakfast was very good and plentiful. All staff were very presentable and friendly. Well worth a stay.

"Betty s"

5
23/01/2018

Stayed here for my 60th birthday with my husband we had a great time and the hotel and staff were fantastic,food great, rooms very comfortable all around a lovely stay,big shout out to Elkin the night manager what a lovely guy nothing to much trouble and a great personal touch made our stay extra special also Karina and Segue behind the bar really lovely and made my stay so enjoyable, going back in June to see them all can't come soon enough,a little touch of paint here and there and some new carpet in places would not go a miss.

"Rather, disappointingly dull"

3
21/01/2018

For the money spent, I was expecting a room that came considerably closer to that in the web advertising. Sadly, the obvious upgrading of the public facilities did not stretch to the bedrooms which still dwell in the 1960s

"Not my first rodeo"

5
16/01/2018

I have stayed several times at this particular hotel and for good reason. As with my other reviews, I'll lay this out in the same way: Exterior: The outside of the hotel is lovely. Nice car park, well spaced and unfortunately an abundance of car park blocking bollards. However these are easily dropped. The hotel staff are happy to help with this. Being so close to the promenade I can understand it as I am sure the carpark will suffer abuse from people trying to park in the area... Check in: Every single time I have checked in here and believe me, as the title suggests it's not just once or twice, I have been greeted by friendly, warm, genuine staff. No complaints whatsoever. I am a member of Best Western Rewards and hold Diamond level. This has never not been noted; in fact my most recent check in I was offered more than the usual free 'posh' coffee of my choice at the bar/lounge. This time I got offered extra reward points A lovely touch. The room: I have stayed in several rooms at this hotel and some of them have been inclusive of problems. These things happen, I understand this. The point I am trying to make is not that the hotel has faults - all do - but more how the hotel handles these situations. First stay, the hot water - nay, ALL water - failed to function. No toilet flush, no shower, no cuppa - nothing. One call to reception and within minutes the staff were up and checking what the deal was. It couldn't be resolved instantly so with much apologising I was asked if I would mind moving rooms. It was midnight, but I wasn't sleeping so this was not a problem in the slightest. I was moved to a suite (from a balcony room, so I lost the balcony but it was winter - who cares!) which was absolutely fantastic. I would definitely recommend these rooms. My original room was lovely though, I have to say this. Had it not been for the water failure I would happily have stayed here for the duration. On another visit I had a room with a faulty air conditioning unit and rather than risk me having a few drips on the desk, the reception and engineering team moved me into another room again! Honestly, this kind of service, I can't fault in the slightest. It really felt like the team would go out of their way to ensure my stay was without problem. I hasten to add, with the water issue there were no repeat calls to ensure it was fixed. One call, and everything was dropped to ensure my stay was enhanced. Same with the air con, one call and everything was done instantly. Brilliant service. I also MUST state that I have stayed here many other times and experienced no issues at all. The restaurant: I haven't eaten here but I have seen the menu and have spoken to other guests who have sang the praises here however as I haven't experienced it myself I cannot review. Moving on to the brasserie, where I have eaten! Brasserie/Lounge: I have eaten in here frequently and while the menu isn't great for veggies, there at least is some choice. Good beer selection and not bad for spirits. Sadly they supplier changed so they've stopped selling hobgoblin but the ones that have replaced it are pretty good. The staff are all very friendly but I must give a special mention to Karina (hope I got that right), who has a great attitude with all kinds of guests, and goes way above and beyond to ensure everyone including staff are happy. She's a credit to the hotel and has definitely added to my positive review. This isn't to say other staff aren't up to scratch - far from it - but Karina is definitely stand out. Check out: I've checked out at all times of the day/night and have yet to experience a problem. Great staff again and as yet, every bill has been 100% accurate, which when staying for business is a must. Have and will continue to return here. I wish you all at The Connaught great success.

"Another greatr New Yeart"

5
13/01/2018

We have been going to the Connaught now for a number of years. Despite the change in ownership the basic concept remains the same. It was great to see a large number of returning guests again this year. Food was great and the staff lovely and helpful. If I had a moan it would be with the Band on New Year's Eve. Sometimes the music was flat (one guitarist in particular) and we did not rate the new female singer. It did not affect our enjoyment and have booked again for next year

"Must try harder"

2
11/01/2018

Stayed one night on business. Single room with tiny shower toilet annex. I actually stayed in the lodge which has all the hotel facilities available, you just have to walk through the car park to get to them as the indoor corridor is locked! How does this make the customers experience better? Ate in the Brasserie, food ok but service abysmal. Bar staff chatting to each other ( I was one of three diners) whilst I stood waiting does not endear me as a customer. Breakfast was a cook once affair so couldn't actually cut into the bacon as it was tougher than leather. Service here was kind and excellent. Shower sadly did not work so could not take a shower as intended. I did report this to the team. In summary this was a hotel that needs to up the training of some of its staff and look at the quality of its offering. The market is competitive and you need to attend to the details. Not the worst I've stayed at , not the best , your choice.

"I really think that this hotel has lost it's way under the new ownership."

3
10/01/2018

We stayed at this hotel for the Christmas package as we have in the past ,but I am sorry to say we were very disappointed this year .It has lost that certain something that made this hotel special.the little touches that make you think YES we must come again next year . The hotel was very clean and the staff excellent.BUT and a very big but has to be the food .Christmas lunch was dire ,overcooked and cold.This meal is after all the star of the show on Christmas day and what a let down. I would say the best meals were the excellent buffets on Christmas night and Boxing day lunch.I did fill in a feedback form sent by the hotel but it was not replied too..So come on the Connaught buck up your ideas and lets get back to wanting to stay with you again. Chris & Shaun

"OK, but with a little thought and care could be so much better!"

3
07/01/2018

First impressions....... 1) the setting is very 'urban and is surrounded by cheaper hotels, boarding houses and small businesses. Not the most attractive area. On a positive note it is 10 minutes walk from the shops. 2) excellent parking 3) polite and efficient check in 4) room - freezing cold! ...no radiators were turned on ( 3rd January!!!) and only one worked ..... however the management quickly sorted the issues out but Couldn't they have checked the radiators before we arrived? 5) the room is called a 'suite' but the sitting area is more of a corridor.... 6ft wide by 12 ft long with a sofa against the end wall (see photo)! Little attempt to make it a pleasant place to sit- we used it to store cases etc and used the bucket chairs in the bedroom. Second impressions 1) Room clean and well maintained......warm after we got the radiators working 2) corridors fairly narrow and 'shabby' - beige carpets, beige wallpaper, beige ....... 3) public areas, mostly slick, modern and well maintained. 4) Staff excellent! Polite, professional and know their jobs......probably the best thing about the hotel. Food and drink 1) The bar refused to serve a 125ml glass of wine-even though it's a legal requirement that all licensed premises should do so!!! 2) We ate in the Restaurant ('Blake's') on our first night but the menu choice was limited to five or six dishes in each category ( starters, mains, deserts) and didn't appear to change so, fine for one night but one likes a little more variety over 4 nights! Although the food was well presented and delicious, we only ate there once.....Service was excellent and the Wine was very good and well priced. 3) the Brasserie is open all day and will produce anything from a cup of tea to a full meal in modern ( purple lighting?) surroundings - again excellent staff! 4) Breakfast ( in my view the meal that makes or breaks a hotel) - oh dear! Orange juice from concentrate - fresh orange juice wouldn't break the bank! The hot buffet appears to be stocked once at 7am to last until 10 am - so the sausages were cooked to inedibility, the bacon was almost impossible to cut ( blunt knives or overlooked bacon?), and the fried bread was uncuttable so after the first two days I skipped the full English ( a real first!). There was a good fresh melon salad, the croissants were excellent and, as ever, the service was attentive but unobtrusive. In conclusion I'm sure that this hotel works for a one night stay but it needs to up its game for 'repeat' leisure guests..... the saving grace of the hotel is the staff who were without exception ( apart perhaps from the barman who refused to pour a small glass of wine) cheerfully polite, helpful and can-do. A little thought for the guest in the rooms, a larger menu and some investment in breakfast would work wonders....little things I know, but on a holiday break, they make all the difference.

"Wonderful Staff, Comfortable Hotel and a most enjoyable Christmas."

4
06/01/2018

Simon, general manager and all his staff made our Christmas stay at the Connaught so enjoyable. Our suite was clean, big and very, very comfortable. The public areas were clean and very festive. The spa was clean. The whole of the management team were on duty over Christmas and were friendly but very professional. Whoever is the training officer for staff does a very good job.

"New Year 2017/2018"

5
04/01/2018

We have stayed here on many occasion, decided to push the boat out and booked the New Year celebration package 31st December to the 2nd January, we were not disappointed, we had a fabulous time from start to finish, the staff from reception, bar staff, house keeping, servers, to the duty manager all very professional but attentive friendly and most helpful, with the large amount of people sitting down for the meals the food was great and well presented, enjoyed the music of the lady who played the flute and sax, all very well organised with a relaxed atmosphere, the room perfect as always.

"A lovely short break"

5
02/01/2018

My Husband and I stayed here for 3 days and found the hotel excellent. The service was very good, the room spotless and the bed very comfortable. It is in an excellent location, just 10 minutes walking distance from central Bournemouth. We only ate breakfast and afternoon tea here; both of which were excellent. We used the spa and had a massage and used the pool twice. The spa area was spotlessly clean and massage very nice. I would recommend this hotel.

"Christmas Party - 10/10"

5
02/01/2018

Executive room chosen - worth it because we had our own car parking space - bonus. Staff went out of their way to be helpful. Food good for Christmas party - DJ bit slow to start with but gave him a list of songs and from then on it was great - most of us were up dancing so could not criticise him. Lots of Christmas parties the DJ just put on the same old songs but this one was good with old and new hits and I'm 65!! Many thanks to Maria Ruiz for her professionalism.

"A well run establishment, friendly asmosphere who's staff delivered an excellent service."

5
01/01/2018

Like walking into a pair of your favorite slippers. You feel at home the minute you walk in. Welcoming staff, great food in both resturaunts. The leisure facilities have been updated and up to the mark. Rooms are very comfortable and kept clean and tidy by the the staff. Another great stay and look forward to our next visit. Steve

"After Christmas Break"

4
31/12/2017

A really friendly hotel,staff and receptionists efficient and pleasant. Our room was a little tired and could do with a refurb, also the room became very hot even with the radiator turned off, had to open the windows to get some cool air on the other hand the bathroom was cold even with the red hot radiator on. Nevertheless the room was spotless and the bed really comfortable. The brasserie, dining room and bars were very clean. Breakfast was delicious and we ate in the Brasserie which was very good, thought the menu was limited. All the serving staff were excellent. We enjoyed our stay here especially as the weather was very kind to us. Would return.

"Christmas 2017"

5
29/12/2017

We have just returned from a 3 night stay at the Connuaght Hotel. This was our 6th visit at Christmas after a 3 year break. To our delight everything was a good as before. The food was fantastic all the staff work so hard and nothing is too much trouble . It was lovely to see so many returning guests. We enjoyed use of the pool facilities on Christmas afternoon and Boxing Day which we found really relaxing. Thank you to all the staff for making our Christmas great. From the Pott and Denny party.

"connaught hotel and lodge"

4
25/12/2017

A good quality hotel in a good location 10 minutes walk away from the town centre or beachfront. Hotel has an excellent bar, brasserie and main restaurant. There is also an excellent pool, sauna etc in the basement. Have stayed in both the main hotel and the lodge, which is next to the main building, room quality excellent in both. Large car park. Food quality extremely good

"Enjoyable stay"

5
23/12/2017

Used this hotel for a 2 day midweek break. The staff were friendly and helpful, the food in the Brasserie was very good and was able to change things on the menu without a problem (don't like peas and changed for salad). The WIFI is free and a good speed. Used the SPA and all areas were clean and well looked after. The hotel was within easy reach of the town centre and the cliffs with wonderful views out to sea. First night we had a larger room with a good size bathroom but the bed was too firm, spoke to reception and changed to a different room with a softer bed, the compromise was a slightly smaller room but the bed was the important thing to us.

"Lovely staff and great stay"

5
21/12/2017

Very professional and pleasant staff throughout the hotel e.g. reception, restaurant, bar, housekeeping and spa. Spa massages relaxing, facilities great and very clean. Food in restaurants a good quality and service excellent. Breakfast had a fruit salad, good range of cereals etc. Hot food buffet style but served to you. Could of been warmer, but good quality.

"The Connaught hotel Bournemouth "

5
20/12/2017

Again a very pleasant stay service second to none. It good to see the same staff time after time who recognise you have have a warm welcome and time to have a chat just like old friends would highly recommend a stay at this hotel Tim

"Always a joy to visit"

5
15/12/2017

Friendly greeting. Great exec room number 9. Fabulous breakfast. Service as always was outstanding. Love the two bars and the spa. One of my favourite hotels anywhere and by far the best on Bournemouth.

"Short 3 night stay"

4
13/12/2017

Enjoyed the weekend food was good standard and beds were nice and comfy. Breakfast was nice and good service by pleasant waitresses. The hotel pool looked ok but we didny use it. Parking was tight and we had to park in next doors for one evening. Was nice enough to go back although we dont tend to go tho the same hotels twice. Couple of decent pubs nearby and very reasonable prices compared to in the town lower in bournemouth. We sat in the courtyard one morning to have our breakfast

"late work stay"

5
12/12/2017

Had to stay over due to work - found this hotel close. Very nice place. Very professional staff, very comfortable room, excellent dinner & breakfast. The swimming pool looked inviting but no cosie with me. Very happy to return if I need to

"Great customer service"

4
12/12/2017

The room was spotlessly clean, food in the Brasserie was tasty, reasonably priced and the customer service throughout the hotel was superb. The express check in online was a bonus on what was clearly a very busy day at the hotel. The parking is limited and double parking was necessary but it didn't cause us any problems as we weren't in a hurry to leave.

"Birthday break"

5
06/12/2017

Excellent position with first class staff and facilities. Had dinner in the restaurant on Saturday night and would highly recommend for both quality and service. Used the spa facilities and these were excellent also. Would definately return here.

"Week end visit to Bourenmouth"

3
06/12/2017

The hotel and the spa facilities were very good but I was very disappointed in the availability and quality of the food presented over the week end 2-4 Dec 17. We received an email before the weekend advising us that there were two Xmas parties on the Friday and Saturday evening and it could be a little noisy and did offer an option to move if we thought our room may be affected. However, on our arrival we were informed the Blakes Restuaraunt was not serving food on both those nights. The only choice was the Brasserie menu which we selected from on the Friday dinner. My meal was passable but my wife was served a scampi meal, which was not cooked fully and was tasteless. We did complain and the meal was not charged for. We selected the hotel based on the reviews of the Blakes resturaunt, which trip advisor gave good reviews. My complaint given to the desk staff was that were were not advised in the email that the award winning resturaunt was not available for us to use. The Xmas party of a large number of customers took presidency over staying guest and I would not use this hotel or a Bedt Western hotel if this is how they treat their guests.

"One night for a visit to the B.I.C."

4
06/12/2017

Very nice hotel, staff all friendly and efficient, parking good. Room was pleasant but the bathroom just a little bit too small! Thoroughly enjoyed our stay, good breakfast and we would certainly come again , next time we will use the spa facilities which look excellent.

"A very nice break"

5
05/12/2017

I have stayed at this hotel a few times and recently spend two nights in the Orchid suite. Although there are not really any great views from the hotel, it is in a good location and is only a short walk from the cliff tops, beach and town centre. The hotel in general is very nice. Of particular note is the pool, gym and spa area. It is an excellent way to relax. There is a nice homely feel to a lot of the hotel.....the warming fire and sofas in the reception area are a good example of this. The Orchid suite itself is a nice room with a nice bathroom. The balcony particularly is very nice. Although I have gone for '5 stars' as I think the hotel deserves it - I was certainly a lot more relaxed when I left than when I arrived - there are a couple of small issues to be aware of. There are a lot of steps in the hotel and although there is a lift it is very small, so if you have limited mobility this may not be the place for you. There can be a fair amount of road noise in some rooms in the mornings, and finally....there is obviously a method that you need to know to make the coffee machines work properly. If you don't know it....you will crush a lot of the capsules and obtain very little coffee. In summary.....if that's all I'm 'complaining' about....it must be fairly good. I certainly enjoyed the stay and I will visit again.

"Staying over for Status Quo"

4
05/12/2017

Charming hotel. Managed to park in the grounds. Clean room. No shower cap, but the lovely chambermaid ran after me, as I was leaving (!) to give me one. Sweet. Breakfast was good and when I asked for very strong coffee, I got it, which is unusual.

"Fantastic hotel"

5
30/11/2017

This hotel was fantastic. We stayed in the lodge next to the main hotel. The room was great and very reasonably priced. The breakfast was exceptional. Fantastic choice and very good. Location was great. 2 minute walk to the sea front, 10 minute walk into town, however quite a steep hill to climb on return walk. Overall it was a fantastic stay and we will defiantly be returning.

"Winter getaway"

4
29/11/2017

This hotel has some areas that are a little tired looking. The first room we were given was next to an air vent and the road noise was quite loud. When we asked if there was another room free, we were shown three more, the reception was lovely and understanding and couldn't do enough for us. The room we settled on was lovely and quiet, but we didn't realise that one of the radiators would not turn off. The room was stiflingly hot but after covering the radiator with a big fluffy towel the temperature was then bearable. We did tell the receptionist, but as we were only there for two nights it was not fixed in time for us. The breakfast and the meals in the bistro were very nice indeed, and the staff were great too. This hotel is a lovely strolling distance from the beach and piers.

"Good stay "

4
29/11/2017

Stayed one night. Lovely hotel. Was a short walk to where we were going. Short easy walk to pier/beach and the high street and an easy route back to the hotel. Room was clean and nice. Bed was comfy and had a good night sleep. Staff seen were all polite.

"One nighter"

4
29/11/2017

We were booked into Connaught Lodge next door to hotel, the room was really big and massive bathroom as well. Very clean and quiet location which was good. We had to dash through the rain to have breakfast next door at hotel, so a covered walkway would be better! Breakfast was good and great value as included. Bed was a little hard and pillows too soft, but the Hotel is very central to town so ideal. Would return.

"Brilliant Bournemouth"

5
29/11/2017

Me and my partner decided to have a random romantic night together in Bournemouth following a stag do he had been on, I drove down to meet him on Sunday! Our room was in the newer lodge part of the hotel, it was spacious and simply but tastefully decorated with a lovely huge bathroom with large bath and shower. The rest of the main hotel was lovely also and the spa facilities (which we always opt for when available) were really nice! The value for money was great £80 for a decent double room, beautiful full cooked and continental breakfast and use of the spa facilities, with free parking too!! Great deal and genuinely lovely hotel, friendly staff too! Highly recommended and would definitely consider (only consider as I quite like trying different places) staying here again!

"Relaxing Stay"

5
22/11/2017

Return visit to the Connaught Hotel. On this occasion stayed in the lodge. Preferred our room in the main hotel but room was still comfortable and clean. Again all staff very polite and helpful. Great facilities with restaurants, spa, gym and pool.Ideally located for town centre and sea front. Will stay again.

"Comfortable"

4
19/11/2017

I had a fall in our room(my fault)! I was carrying the teapot,and when we returned later that it was all cleaned away,staff were just concerned that I was OK.Location great for all amenities. The suite was very comfortable and warm,staff excellent.

"Great stay"

5
16/11/2017

Good location for both the beach front and walking into the town centre. Reception staff very helpful and efficient nothing to much trouble for them to sort. Good choice at breakfast with the head waiter making sure that all ran smoothly. Rooms very good size , beds comfortable , shower hot. We will hopefully make a return visit.

"Spa Lockers - Security"

1
16/11/2017

I had a lovely stay in a beautiful hotel and spa till it came to the lockers which obviously need replacing as all keys appear to fit all lockers therefore a serious breach in security which was witnessed by the spa staff and other guests. When I raised this with management I and the spa staff member were called liars. So I would suggest firstly you don't use the lockers unless you want other guests to be able to get into your locker with their key. And secondly why woukd you want to pay for a stay to be called a liar. Their customer service is appalling.

BW-Connaught, General Manager at Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review, Jan. As you know, we were only aware of a problem with the lockers only after you reported it to us and we have immediately taken action, as was reported back to you. At no time were you called a liar by the person who dealt with your initial complaint and this was confirmed to you by Best Western who independently reviewed your complaint and also by myself. I reached out to you several times to resolve this matter and am only sorry that you wouldn't let us know how we could resolve this. To anyone reading this review, please note that this customer did not have anything taken from their locker and their complaint is based solely on the fact that a few of the keys would open multiple locks in the ladies changing room, which we weren't aware of until that point and they have subsequently been taken out of circulation. Kind regards, Simon Hartwell General Manager

"Excellent stay."

5
14/11/2017

A very well run and comfortable hotel. Reception staff and the head waiter at breakfast excellent. Plates cleared away promptly. Pool and Sauna/Steam room very good. Car park space limited but on arrival we were lucky!

"Average"

3
13/11/2017

There is nothing wrong with this hotel but as the title says, we found it to be average and have stayed in much nicer hotels for the same price. The decor in our room was nice but things like pillows need to be updated as they were very worn. It's also extremely warm at times with no way to adjust the temperature in your room without opening the windows. Some notes for management to consider.. very loud hedge trimmers outside our room window first thing in the morning is not ideal, perhaps upkeep like this could be scheduled for the afternoon. Breakfast was very busy and seemed understaffed. Long waiting times for eggs, toast etc on the first morning and we had to wait 20+ minutes for a table on the second morning as there wasn't enough staff to clear the empty tables on time. The staff were lovely and breakfast was nice but I wouldn't expect such a wait when the hotel knows how many guests they have and should have the appropriate number of staff members. The pool, sauna etc are nice, clean and relaxing. Short walk to the beach and town centre. We always got parking but can see why it is a problem and also difficult to get out of the side car park especially if there is a van parked there.

"ORCHID SUITE"

5
11/11/2017

Great location near to beach good views and very exceptionally good stay expensive but worth it to stay here bedrooms bathrooms large luxurious and very clean great housekeeping coffee machine tea biscuits and toiletries all good quality very large bed in our suite and nice views. Expensive to eat drink in this rather delightful hotel but worth paying more for super luxury comfort and decor and service highly rate. First time in Bournemouth as I am from North England but have travelled a lot during my life and seen the best and the worse of hotels stayed in some 2 to 3 star rundown resorts and stayed in some 5 star business styled hotels which were in my opinion 4 star but most hotels I have visited have been first class 4 to 5 star both abroad up north down south and in the city countryside and seaside even though on a budget like to push boat out and love spa jacuzzi pool and massage treatment in health spas or mud rasuls wraps. This hotel has not just exceedingly nice restaurant fine dining bur has brasserie very good wine list drinks abd attentive hard working staff all personable well trained and nice tk converse with and know a lot about hotel and area and great places to dine out and visit.

"Ladies Weekend in Bournemouth"

5
06/11/2017

A most enjoyable stay in Bournemouth. Good food, great accommodation and super staff over a 2 night stay. Problems with a radiator solved in half an hour and the next day a battery change in the room safe equally speedily resolved. We will happily stay there again.

"Wonderful weekend"

5
06/11/2017

What a wonderful weekend spent here. The hotel is lovely, the service we received was great. The staff where very helpful. So near to a great shopping centre, easy walking distance, also so near to the beach which is beautiful. If visiting I would highly recommend this hotel. The breakfast and evening meal was absolutely lovely. Such a great hotel. Enjoy

"Wonderful stay"

5
05/11/2017

The hotel was well situated for the town and beach. The staff were very welcoming and helpful. We stayed on the first floor and the room was very good. When we arrived we were allowed to leave car in car park even though we were too early for checking. The town was a short walk with many restaurants to choose from. We also enjoyed using the hotel spa facilities during our stay. We would definitely stay here again.

"Best hotel in Bournemouth"

5
05/11/2017

This is our third family visit to the Connaught Hotel. There have been a few occasions when it was full and we stayed in another hotel and I regretted it. We love the junior suite, kids get their own room and TV. The room service food is just awesome. The main attraction for us is the pool & gym. We were limited this time with new rules about children in the pool at certain hours. The staff are always friendly and accommodating. The junior suite in the lodge is immaculate. The coffee machine makes a top espresso and the iPhone docking station/sound system is a nice touch. Robes and slippers standard. I was surprised that Magdi was not taking the old £10 notes, they are still legal currency for a good few months, put me in a bit of a pickle. The breakfast is just great. Best sausages I have had in a long time. Hope to return ASAP for our next short break.

"Smallest cubbyhole single room EVERand the internet is sporadic"

3
01/11/2017

Tiny wee single room with tiny wee shower, loo and basin. And sporadic internet - VERY frustrating. Got a spa though if you like that kind of thing. And the receptionis on arrival had clearly been employed for her looks rather than ability. Real trouble finding the right buttons to push for the room keycard and the phone - or was it her finger nails?

"Just a great choice of a hotel in Bournemouth. "

4
30/10/2017

This is just a well located, well run and convenient hotel to stay in whether you are in Bournemouth for business or leisure. It is not a five star chain hotel and it's much better for it. Nothing wrong with my room and the bed was comfortable. Nice touches like a Nespresso machine and bose sound dock in my room. (Rose Suite). The sitting room was laid out in an odd way but had a decent desk and chair so if you booked this room whilst working it would be perfect. However the sofa was by the window and you couldn't see the wall mounted TV from the sofa. The desk and sofa just need swapping round to sort out this issue! For the size of room (Suite) the bathroom was small but functioned perfectly. A good selection of toiletries were included. The towels were also very good. Breakfast. Probably the most disappointing aspect of my stay. Actually there was plenty of everything but there was just something missing. Absolutely nothing wrong with the food. Perhaps just the way it was laid out and served?! Would I stay here again. Absolutely I definitely would. A great building. Great location. Good staff. Better than average room.

"Excellent"

5
30/10/2017

Near beach, clean, friendly staff, excellent onsite restaurant (best meal we have had in a long time). Would highly recommend to friends and family, would definately return for another visit and book some spa treatments.

"Not the best in Bournemouth by far!"

3
29/10/2017

Unless you get a budget room price don't bother there are much better hotels in Bournemouth. My experience was a fairly tired hotel that needs a renovation rather than the partial tart up its received. Perhaps I was unlucky with the room? Reception looks nice and fresh but beyond that the decor is aged. Carpets and furnishings are very dated in places. On the positive side all staff were friendly and efficient. The duty Manager offered an air freshener after I complained about the smell of cigarettes in our room which was supposed to be ‘no smoking' (there was no option to change as all other rooms were booked out). Booking an executive room was a total waste of money; There was nothing executive about the room it was just big, not particularly clean (dusty carpet edges) had some dated furniture, a small knackered bed that was very uncomfortable and a jacuzzi bath that was malfunctioning. Not forgetting the smell of cigarettes. We got a £30 rate reduction but I would rather have had a better room, paid the money and prevented the hassle and disappointment. Another positive was that I got a guaranteed parking place for no additional all cost with the ‘executive' room rate. I comment because the car park is tight in places. Blake's restaurant was very good with efficient staff especially Nicky the restaurant manager. We had well presented food which somewhat made up for the rough room. The hotel is busy and to my surprise gets better reviews than this so I don't suppose my honest revelation will be noticed. As a regular traveler to Bournemouth (2 x monthly) I thought I would try somewhere different but sadly this was my worst experience to date.

"Friendly staff"

4
28/10/2017

I stayed her with my daughter for one night. Staff were friendly and welcoming. Room was small twin with a shower only in bathroom which was fine. Very clean room. Only criticism was towel rail permanently on so made room hot. We had breakfast included it was a decent breakfast with lots of choice and again staff friendly. Great to have free car parking unusual for B'mouth. Thank you to all the hotel staff who work hard it's not an easy job

"Mid term break."

3
26/10/2017

We booked for the Connaught hotel, but on arrival were sent next door to the Connaught Lodge, unsure if there is much difference. The indoor swimming pool was in the hotel but if we wished to use it, we would have to exit into the courtyard and enter through the hotel dining room, or walk around the car parks this was not ideal. We prefer twin bedded rooms but unfortunately none were available, so we booked a double room. The double room was clean, the bed was very comfortable but the room was unbearably hot the radiator was not on, so no means of cooling the room - even with the two windows opened all night, possibly because the room was quite small. The bathroom was also very tight, and would have benefitted as a shower / wet room. Breakfast was excellent with good choices and extremely happy helpful staff. Car parking is quite tight in both the Hotel and the Lodge although we always managed to find a space, summer time may be a bit more difficult.

"Fantastic "

5
26/10/2017

My wife and I have just returned from celebrating her birthday at the Best Western Connought Hotel . Absolutely fantastic ! The hotel is first class . Very very clean . Brilliant staff . Beautiful rooms and the spa facilities are great . The breakfasts are very good as you can tell they use quality produce . The next time we return to Bournemouth this will be the only hotel we look to book .

"Short break"

4
25/10/2017

Came here for a couple days for my wife's birthday. Receptionist was not particularly cheerful or informative. We were early and our room wasn't ready, so we checked in and then went for a walk into town. Upon return the reception was covered by a different receptionist, there was a couple infront of us and she gave them all sorts of info about the hotel and spa, which we did not initially receive. Our room was nice, bed comfortable and the bathroom was excellent. Breakfast was outstanding and the staff were excellent.

"Short break "

5
23/10/2017

After lovely holiday abroad, we still had some days left so decided to come back to our favourite hotel in Bournemouth. We are never disappointed, everything clean and comfortable, able to relax and enjoy. A bath would have been nice but that is down to the availability of certain rooms I think. Breakfast is outstanding. All staff friendly and helpful, especially Beata on our check-in (hopefully I have spelt her name correctly). Less than 10 minutes walk to town and beach. Weather not so good this trip but did not spoil our enjoyment. There are lots of hotels in Bournemouth but would highly recommend you stay in the Connaught.

"Bday break"

5
21/10/2017

Great hotel, friendly staff, great food and service, room was clean and bed was comfy and big, good breakfast and the facilities were great, we lived the jacuzzi and the pool. Local and a shirt walk to the beach and the town

"Great weekend"

5
19/10/2017

We enjoy a great weekend at a Masonic Ladies Festival Weekend and are unable to fault the hotel in all aspects although no sea view the room was well turned out and the same with all public areas, the staff couldn't be more helpful, last but not least the food nicely cooked and plenty of it. Our banquet was out of this world the presentation beautiful. GREAT WINE LIST.

"Unwelcoming"

3
18/10/2017

I got a taste of what was in store when an email that I sent after making the booking was not replied to until I chased it up. When we arrived the check-in was efficient but unwelcoming. I almost felt like apologising for taking up the receptionist's time. My wife found a similar attitude from housekeeping when she asked for hand-towels that had apparently been forgotten. We decided not to use the restaurant in case we found the same attitude there. When we checked out the attitude of a different receptionist was if anything even more off-hand than when we arrived. The room itself was large because that's what we paid for. It was clean and everything worked OK, but the decoration was rather Spartan and the bathroom was small. I note that other reviews state how friendly the staff are at this hotel. All I can say is that this was not our experience. I don't feel that I can rate this hotel any lower than average as there was nothing that we considered bad enough to justify a complaint. However we did not enjoy our stay and will not return.

"Best hotel in Bournemouth "

5
17/10/2017

We have stayed at The Connaught a few times now and have always found it to be excellent service and very friendly Staff. Our room which was number 50 was a very nice room with a balcony. Breakfast and the evening meal we had in Blake's was excellent. We will definitely use it again when returning to Bournemouth. Unfortunately we didn't get time to use the Spa.

"Comfortable smart hotel with great pool"

5
15/10/2017

5 mins from sea; rooms vary in size but very comfortable beds. Smart lounge and bar areas Breakfast ample with friendly service. Spa area good and very clean with decent size pool you can actually swim in! Quiet street and parking

"Good hotel but some things need attention"

4
12/10/2017

I stayed at this hotel for one night in an executive room. The room was clean and well equipped but was in need of updating although the bathroom appeared to have been refurbished. The breakfast was of good quality with a good selection unfortunately I had put out my request for my breakfast to be delivered to my room but when it hadn't arrived at the time I requested I found it still hanging on my door!!! The public areas of the hotel are well kept and the reception and restaurant staff very polite and helpful. If you are expecting a hotel with a view this is not the place for you my room looked out onto the backs of other buildings and the front looks out onto a road. My other gripe is that the marked car parking spaces are very small I was only driving a small hatchback but when I parked I had difficulty exiting the car even though the cars either side were parked centrally in their bays and I also found out that I could have got a reserved parking space if I had booked direct with the hotel and not through the Best Western website (don't really understand that). Overall a satisfactory stay but as I have said some things need attention.

"Great stay"

5
11/10/2017

A great hotel is only as good as its staff and this is a great hotel. Staff are without doubt some of the best. From reception onwards the staff were friendly, helpful and pleasant. Always cheerful and welcoming. Food is really good and the staff in the restaurant are well ‘marshalled' and efficient. Room was very nice with plenty of space. Really enjoyed our 5 days and would not hesitate to return. Thank you everyone.

"opinion"

4
10/10/2017

Everything was very good with the exception of parking which was not good This would not have been if I had booked direct with the hotel and not through Best western I found this hard to believe but it was so

"Lovely place"

4
08/10/2017

The staff were lovely, friendly and helpful at all times. Limited menu in blakes but food was excellent in both restaurants. Room was comfortable and adequate. Plenty of hot water at all times. Car park spaces small, especially for larger cars. Will certainly visit again.

"Short break"

5
08/10/2017

A very nice hotel, conveniently situated. Breakfast was amazing. Would definitely recommend a superior room though. Good Spa facilities. Very clean. Staff were extremely helpful. Whilst the hotel doesn't offer much of a view, the seafront is just a couple of minutes away. I would definitely return.

"Small niggles slightly spoilt a good holiday"

4
02/10/2017

Our room had a lack of drawers for socks , underwear & jumpers . The shower did not have any grab rails . The bedside lamps gave a poor light for reading in bed . We only have a continental breakfast and found the bread , the croissants and fruit salad poor . We booked a room with a balcony so that my wife, who is disabled , could smoke without leaving the hotel but the balcony was non-smoking . The evening meals were excellent and the staff friendly and helpful . The room was very nicely decorated and clean .

"Check your bank after checking out!!!!! "

3
29/09/2017

Disappointed. Upgraded to balcony rooms. Far to small and balconies are tiny and need maintenance. Don't ask about the view!!! The whole place is living in the past and needs upgrading and is far to hot. The staff however where lovely. This hotel quite obviously caters for the older guests and is why they have a good rating. Not suitable for young families. Food was average. Be prepared NOT to get a parking space. Always full. Paid my bill when I got home, £140 had been taken on top of what I paid, without prior notice and discussion. There are better hotels in Bournemouth for a lot less money. Feel sorry for the majority of the staff.

"Exceeded my expectations"

4
28/09/2017

As a solo traveler(to celebrate my birthday), who booked a single room I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the room as I expected something so much smaller . It was the ideal size with en-suite and a powerful shower! It had tea/coffee making facilities and a TV. On my first night the room was so hot (and although there was a fan, I still was so hot). When I mentioned it to staff the following morning, they were very apologetic and helpful and provided me with another smaller double at no extra cost. My second night was relaxing, I found a birthday card on my bed, and I was given a glass of wine on the house!! Every member of staff was friendly, smiling and helpful. The food and facilities are great. I had two treatments at the spa to top up my amazing break. I had my birthday dinner at the Blakes restaurant, the food was delicious, the service amazing and the dessert is one of the best dessert I have ever had!

"Slightly annoying for a 4* hotel!"

4
27/09/2017

Stayed here a few times as the staff/service is always excellent - this still stands. Facilities and food available.also excellent (food is perfect and less expensive than typical 4* hotels offering similar quality and range). HOWEVER... On this stay, two slightly annoying issues arose! Firstly, the shower tray in our room took FOREVER to drain away, meaning we stood in ankle deep water. On mentioning at Reception, the matter was reviewed and 'attended' to immediately.....but to no avail. My husband and I noted that the matter must have been raised before as the cupboards in the bathroom clearly had been immersed previously, suggesting the shower tray had overflowed for previous guests! Second annoyance was only 2 bottles of water were provided - we drank them on the first night, but they were not replaced during our 5 night stay (until we specifically asked, but this had to be done every day). In summary, this is probably the 'best' hotel in B'mouth, but still could do with little touches to stop annoyance. Rooms are well presented and clean, it is mobility friendly, (parking is a nightmare if the hotel has any business event!!), Reception is unmanned before 7 am, Spa facilities are very good (if small).... But overall this is, in my view, a 3*+++ (3 star plus) hotel rather than 4 star, but with a 4 star price tag. The staff, however, from the room maintenance, bar, restaurant, spa, grounds maintenance staff.....all get a 5 star plus from me! I have not experienced better customer service anywhere in the world (and I travel alot!)....Connaught....get the annoyanes sorted please - i will still come back!

"Perfection"

5
27/09/2017

On arrival at the hotel the receptionist was extremely friendly and helpful. She checked to make sure everything was ok after reaching our room. The breakfast was excellent and fresh. Buffet style but tea, coffee and toast was brought to the table to order. The cooked food was plated for you to requirements. We ate in every night and food was made freshly to order.All staff were extremely friendly and worked as a team. Cannot fault this hotel.

"good breakfast"

4
24/09/2017

hotel was nice with a good breakfast in the morning where you were shown to your table and tea or coffee and toast brought to your table .we used the spa every day this was good always nice and clean and nice shower and changing rooms they gave you towels to use which was nice .the room was very nice with tea and coffee making in the room but no fridge .we always found a car parking space at the hotel .the staff were very helpful .we went to poole and got a boat trip along the jurassic coast to swanage and then a steam train to corfe castle this was a lovely day out

"Lovely hotel with excellent breakfast."

4
13/09/2017

Stayed for 2 nights. Bed and breakfast. Convenient location 10 minutes walk to pier. Good choice of full English breakfast. We had a room with a balcony but weather was not too good so couldn't use it. The balcony view was poor. Just looking on the back of buildings. We would recommend this hotel and would stay again. The only negative was the car park. Not enough spaces and no available street parking.

"Really lovely welcoming Hotel with Spa."

5
10/09/2017

The staff were friendly, helpful and appeared to really enjoy looking after the guests. Nothing was too much trouble for them and they always had a ready smile. The Hotel was very clean and welcoming with lovely flowers in the reception area. Really enjoyed the excellent spa facilities but think that possibly the lockers could have been better maintained. Would definately stay there again.

"Very good BUT"

4
08/09/2017

We loved everything about this hotel; the room, the restaurant, the service, the pool, the location all worked for us however the IVY covering the walls all around the building may look nice to some but we hated it as it makes it impossible to open the windows properly and invite many CREEPY CRAWLEYS into the rooms. Would like to stay there again but the ivy creeping into the windows is a serious issue.

"visit to bournemouth"

5
08/09/2017

Booked this hotel in Bournemouth for a short break. Found this hotel to be clean professional and a lovely place to stay. All staff very polite, helpful and looked professional throughout the whole of our visit. Added bonus was that we had use of the free car, park swimming pool etc. Breakfast was included and that was waiter service. Very nice. The only down side was Bournemouth itself. I do not think I would visit again. The shopping centre was not great and somewhat tatty. Also not much to see and do on the promenade area - also looking scruffy now. We spend most of our time in the Poole town and harbour area - which was quaint, appealing to look at and had many old pubs and lovely restaurants in which to visit. We got a 48 hour tourist bus pass to Poole which was well worth the money. Apart from that I would recommend this hotel

"Recent wedding"

4
07/09/2017

I recently worked at this venue covering a wedding so I've no feedback on the rooms however I can say that the staff are really friendly and helpful throughout the day. Parking is a little tricky at this hotel however this was arranged for me again by the helpful staff. The hotel is clean and very well maintained to a good standard and I'm sure this is also reflected in the rooms.

"Very pleased to be back!"

4
07/09/2017

31/8/17 to 5/9/17 Our third stay at the Connaught but first for 6 years - our last stay was during the 'great flood' of 2011 (or was it 2012). The hotel is very well placed to the epicentre of Bournemouth, the gardens and the pier, and if you don't like walking up or down hills the cliff railway is just 200 metres away (but closes about 6pm). The refurbished reception and dining areas are a great improvement and very welcoming. Our room (33) was on the second floor, and is a little old fashioned, but very comfortable and spotlessly clean. Our only problem was that we found the room was very warm, despite the windows all being open and the fan being used: everything else about the room was good. The breakfast was excellent, with plenty of choice, always hot (or cold depending on your choice) and although the hotel was very busy over the weekend, there was only a minor delay in getting a table at 9 am. Personally I love black pudding (not an option, sadly) but the sausages were excellent and the fried bread a real treat. We ate twice in the Brasserie and the service was very good indeed, and the choices on the menu (including some from the main restaurant) varied and to suit most tastes. No need to book, but always a table available despite being busy. The adjacent lounge area is very comfortable, and the bar service attentive and timely. The musical entertainment on the Friday evening was far better than some we have experienced on our travels. The Blakes Restaurant is a step towards fine dining, with a menu to match, and once again the food was excellent, especially the monkfish and prawn curry. The grilled hake was also excellent. Service was great and nothing was too much trouble for the staff. While chatting to other guests (as you do) we found that our view of the hotel was echoed by all, with the majority on their second, third or in one case tenth visit - a very good indicator of the standards achieved by the hotel team. The Connaught will remain our default choice for any stay in the area around Bournemouth.

"My wonderful Hen Day at this Spa Hotel"

5
06/09/2017

My besties and daughter organised a Spa day for me at this hotel. First we swam and laughed together, then I had 2 relaxing treatments. Then I had a manicure. We finished the day with a Champagne Afternoon Tea which was scrumptious. Lovely jubbly.

"Airshow weekend"

5
06/09/2017

We have stayed at this Hotel before, excellent service as always, staff very friendly and food very good.Used the spa facilities so felt relaxed and the Hotel is well situated to get into the town. Staying there again very soon.

"Excellent,as always"

5
05/09/2017

Short stay at the hotel for the airshow. Visited The Connaught many times before and never tire of the fantastic staff who can not do enough for you, always friendly and helpful. Food is always amazing, the best breakfast sausages by far! Spa amenities are well received after a busy day out and about. The management are always on hand to ensure your stay is pleasurable, nothing is too much for them. Highly recommend this hotel.

"Very Good Experience "

4
31/08/2017

Visited for 4 nights. Staff incredibly attentive and helpful, nothing was too much hassle. Brekkie - excellent and worth the extra ££ if you can't get a deal. It is selef service but hot items are served and this adds the personal element. You can order special requests such as porridge or poached eggs; Spa - clean and Jacuzzi is great, good steam room. Room - double bed but small. Although a little dated was very clean and well stocked. Overall all hotel is nice downstairs and offers 4* service which cannot be said of other hotels in the area that say they're 4*. Would definitely return here!

"Exelent hotel with exelent service"

5
30/08/2017

Exelent hotel with very friendly staff at reception, restaurant in Brasserie and exelent spa with all fazillities. Exelent breakfast and good value food in the Brasserie. The Spa has swinningpool. Sauna Steamroom and Gym, you can have various buty tretments as welll.

"Relaxing weekend"

4
29/08/2017

Stayed here recently the hotel was beautiful the room was really well decorated with the bonus of a balcony.The spa facilities were great . We weren't impressed with our meal in the evening it was absolutely tasteless we told the waiter , only to be asked if we would like to order dessert. This was very disappointing as we loved the hotel and would stay again but not waste almost £40 on a meal that wasn't worth £10 and almost inedible.

"The Tulip Suite "

5
29/08/2017

This hotel was wonderful. We booked the Tulip Suite which had a separate lounge, huge bathroom with 2 sinks, shower & roll top bath, and a huge king size bed. We felt the standard rooms would be too small for us so decided to upgrade. From what we saw of the standard rooms they were small. The staff were all very friendly. The breakfast was excellent! Lots of choice, full cooked, fruit, continental & also gluten free options. We ate in the brassiere on our first night & the food was very good. The spa was also excellent! The pool is large but quite chilly! The spa pool was really hot & relaxing. On the Friday afternoon we had the whole area to ourselves but it was very busy on the Saturday. We didn't have any treatments. Overall a really excellent hotel & we will return to the Tulip Suite soon! If you book direct with the hotel you get a designated parking space with a key so if you do go out in the car you can lock it up. Parking is available but the car park is small.

"Lovely staff"

4
27/08/2017

We stayed as a couple for a long weekend. Parking was a slight issue on the first night as space is limited. We managed to squeeze into a space with a couple of inches between our car door and the next. Luckily, the next car owner was considerate (so no annoying door dinks). The second day we went into town and couldn't park when we came back, so staff opened up the Lodge car park for us....wow, we thought the first car park was tight!! Practice reversing skills before parking here! Hotel was slightly tired in the common areas and the room was pretty small. Bathroom was lovely but had a shower curtain (pet hate). The bed was pretty small and air con noisy. The good bits were the lovely staff, the amazing restaurant and breakfast. The staff serve you with hot food and give VERY generous portions. There's a lovely room for drinks and there is a lovely, relaxed feel to the place. The swimming pool, spa and sauna was lovely, one of the best we've had included in the price of the room. The area around the hotel isn't the best (but not much they can do about that), it's a short walk to the beach and there are some nice restaurants and a great shopping centre within walking distance. Would definitely stay again.

"Birthday weekend"

4
22/08/2017

We return to this hotel every year. On booking in the receptionist couldn't have been more helpful. We were early but were able to book in and leave our luggage and went off shopping. The room was clean and tidy. The facilities are great. I had a pedicure which I would recommend and we used the pool each morning before breakfast. The buffet breakfast was fresh and tasty. There was a jazz duet on the Saturday evening which was really good. Had a great stay. Only a few things I would add to improve - Balcony could do with a table to go with the two chairs. Bed wasn't that comfortable as we both felt like were going to fall off each side. The Steam room lights only had one working. These are just minor things as the whole stay was great and we will be back next year.

"Very disappointing"

2
21/08/2017

Our 3rd experience of a Great Western. All disappointing. Expectation was high given the room rate but failed to deliver. Room noise was bad, woken before 6am on first morning as we were feet from the kitchen, bins and delivery area. Next room was noisy due to breakfast prep and noise of extractor fan and shower from next room and doors slamming constantly. Miserable waitress at breakfast Considered as non resident and charged accordingly for breakfast due to us not specifying at booking!!

"Anniversary stay"

4
20/08/2017

Just returned from a two night stay for our wedding anniversary. Our room was on the third floor with a small balcony. The room was really nice, the bed was clean and comfortable. The bathroom was clean but only had a shower, not a problem for us but others might prefer a bath. We found all staff to be really friendly throughout the hotel. The pool area was really nice and relaxing and the pool is a good size. It's a 5-10 minute walk to the beach front or town centre . There was jazz on Friday evening which was great to listen to whilst having pre-dinner drinks. We didn't eat at the hotel as had already booked elsewhere so can't comment on evening meals. Breakfast however was really good with a wide range of items available and we were able to sit outside as the weather was good which was nice.

"Lovely hotel very well situated near beach front"

5
18/08/2017

Excellent hotel. Clean, friendly & professional. Well situated. Would use again if need arises. Blakes restaurant was nice in evening. Food was superb & staff very helpful friendly & professional. My mum & I were made to feel very welcome by all staff we encountered & nothing was too much trouble. Check in & out was efficient & easy. Would recommend

"Great Hotel!"

5
18/08/2017

We stayed for 3 nights and enjoyed our stay. The food is great (so top marks to the chefs). All the staff were very friendly. We went in the spa pool which is a good size. This hotel is not far from the beach about 10mins walk.The hotel was very clean we have been the last 2 years and will definatley go again next year!

"Mr Alan barry"

3
17/08/2017

Hello will we visit this hotel for 16 August for my wife's birthday and the staff was brilliant ever so helpful the day staff and the night staff apart from one night staff which told us lies he told us that he lost the key to the bar then it was white mastic a white from bar only to find out in the morning he accused us of been drunk so it wouldn't service and as we arrived late we was faced with this person that lied about we been drunk and also told us to go somewhere else for a drink which spoil the holiday but the following day everyone was really helpful really good friendly staff we had a meal in the restaurant which was a very nice meal and very helpful rooms with beautiful could've been better but clean and tidy yeah anything that Lucy is this hotel down is there is no communication between staff to staff that I can see is the night porter accused us of been drunk I don't think you should be in this job as he was telling lies

"And relax!"

5
17/08/2017

Spent two nights here for a girlie escape and it was fantastic! The location is just perfect, five minute walk to the shops and five minutes to the beach in the opposite direction. The staff could not have been more helpful, the hotel was impeccably clean. Lovely breakfast and the bar menu was great ... we both had the praline creme brûlée with pistachio ice cream for dessert and it was fabulous!!! Highly recommend this hotel!

"Short weekend break"

3
16/08/2017

Just came back from 2 nights at The Connaught Hotel,with myself and wife. Hadn't been to Bournemouth for years so I chose this hotel...mainly because it had a balcony, as we both smoke. The hotel itself was quite impressive inside. About 10min to shops and the same to beach. Very expensive at this time of year, same as all the others...£365 for 2 nights with breakfast. Other hotels go up to £600 for 2 nights and no food.You can understand why people go to Spain for a short break. Breakfast ok, English and continental, though not help yourself with English breakfast. Use of indoor pool and fitness room which I can't comment on as we did not use. Beds comfortable, room clean..would probably come back at a different time of year.

"A few days away in bournemouth"

5
16/08/2017

This Hotel is a lovely hotel with an amazing spa. We stayed in the Lodge and the rooms were clean and comfortable the shower was amazing. The restaurant and bar area were warm and welcoming with a good outlook. The menu was a little limited but the food that we had there was of a high standard and good value. The only downside was that the bar shut at 11pm which in our view in high season this was a little early.

"Another excellent stay"

5
10/08/2017

I stay at the Connaught at least once a year and it never fails to please. As I booked late I was in the lodge just behind the main hotel. I had a good comfortable room with a good bed and spotless bathroom. Breakfast in Blakes restaurant had a good choice of dishes and the staff were friendly and most efficient. the reception staff are also welcoming and helpful. The two gyms are very well equipped and I made use of rhe sauna and the swimming pool. I do like the hotel's location. it is a short walk into the town centre and also to the beach. There is a comfortable lounge in which to read with a gin and tonic from the bar in the evening and on arrival I had some sandwiches and a drink from the bar. The hotel is smart and well appointed. I recommend the Connaught strongly and I look forward to my next visit.

"We enjoyed our stay here and can say the staff were the best we had in a hotel for a long time very professional."

5
10/08/2017

Lovely hotel clean and well attended excellent food, very good service and reasonable prices. we will go again. I loved the professional and friendly way of the staff, efficient and nothing was to much.

"Good Hotel"

5
09/08/2017

Good hotel, quite and in a good location rooms were clean and spacious staff friendly and so was the breakfast. best o have parking reserved or could be a issue. very close to the beech . Not a great selection of food at the restaurant... shower could be a bit powerful For what the price was it could have been a bit better. They do not supply children bed which was a bit strange

"Fabulous!"

5
04/08/2017

We spent a week at the Connaught Hotel which I had chosen because it had a swimming pool and ratings were good. It didn't disappoint. The welcome that we received was very friendly and helpful, and similarly by all the staff throughout the hotel for the duration of our stay. Breakfast was an especially enjoyable experience staff were lovely and the food excellent. The room was cleaned to a very high standard every day, the swimming pool and changing facilities were great and three evenings we stayed in for an evening meal which was top-notch. Overall, it was perfect, despite the dreary weather!

"Great staff, great hotel."

5
04/08/2017

We enjoyed our stay here and can say the staff were the best I've ever had at any hotel I've stayed at in the past. Well done staff! the breakfast was excellent although would recommend getting there before 9am as can get busy. We were always there about 8.30am and the place was mostly empty. The restaurant manager was great and always asked how everything was and was very friendly and very professional. The thing we liked was they brought you out fresh toast to your table and none of those horrible toast machines. The spa was excellent although the only small point that was not so good was the lockers in the changing room only took the old pound coins so take some with you and if that's all I have to moan about then it shows you how nice it is here. Didn't have any evening meals here as eat out but the food we saw looked good. Take no notice of the moaners who put in bad reviews as from what I could see was that most of the problems they had they brought on themselves!

"Great stay "

4
26/07/2017

Lovely hotel Friendly staff Ample parking Very good food with fast service Comfortable room Ideally located to town, about 5 minutes down hill Good pool facilities available to use, decent size with good sauna

"FOUR STAR ?"

3
26/07/2017

Spent 5 nights at this hotel where the staff were very polite and friendly. We stayed in a superior room with a luxury bathroom, and whilst the bed was very comfortable and large, this was not the case in the bathroom.Lack of space around toilet area, cracked tiles, and had no feel of luxury about it at all. Bed linen changed on first night, and that was it. Room was clean at eye level, but no so in other areas, cobwebs under coffee table, top of skirting etc, all clearly visible. Not enough storage space for a 5 night stay, even extra pillows and quilt stored on top of wardrobe, which on moving pillows a lot of dust followed. Lobby area and breakfast room very clean. Breakfast was fine with very good service. But a bit expensive if you paid full price. Leisure club very good in all respects. Be aware that there are more rooms than car parking spaces, and parking is at a premium in local roads. Overall a plesant experience, but over priced. Stayed in many 3 star hotels which were just as good if not better, and more sensible priced.

"Very comfortable, a country house hotel by the sea"

4
26/07/2017

Very nice hotel. Recently refurbished, looks good, attentive service from helpful staff. Comfy rooms. Nice pool. Very good full breakfast and we enjoyed an excellent dinner one night. Noise at night from courtyard but it stopped at 11.00 so I slept well. Good location for the convention centre and decent free parking available

"Weekend stay"

4
24/07/2017

Comfortable, clean hotel with excellent service and very friendly staff. Good quality breakfast and lovely public areas. More suited to couples or families with older children as children not allowed in the pool between 12:00 and 18:00 hours.

"Connaught Lodge needs a face lift"

4
22/07/2017

Hotel situated on a street with a few dodgy looking lodging houses. Noted people who looked like either they were homeless or maybe had a drink problem sitting on the steps of properties opposite Connaught Lodge. The lodge had a skip full of rubbish at the entrance during our stay. The car park is poorly laid out and difficult to park in. The key card for the room is unreliable. The general areas are shabby. The lift is tiny and a little scary, the stairs are very steep and when you are on the third floor and the key fails it can be most annoying!! The rooms are ok, the bathroom is nicely furnished although the sink is tiny. The wall plug sockets were not properly secured to the wall. The fans in the room were full of debris which fell onto the floor when in use. There is no air conditioning and when we stayed it was very hot. The Best Western Hitel with which the Connaught Lodge is twinned is much better furnished although I did not see a room. The staff were very pleasant and obliging, breakfast was excellent. The leisure facilities are good.

"Wish I was there for longer "

5
20/07/2017

Chose to stay here recently for the sadly cancelled blink182 gig however dispite the obvious disappointment the hotel was fantastic very comfy clean room and the facilities in the hotel are outstanding. If I go back to Bournemouth I'll be looking to book here again.

"Super hotel"

5
20/07/2017

Our first visit to Bournemouth for some years and our first stay at the Connaught. We were very impressed with everything about the hotel: cleanliness, accommodation, food and efficient and friendly staff. Unfortunately on the second day of our holiday my wife broke her ankle in Bournemouth town centre which entailed a lengthy visit to Poole A&E.On our return to the hotel at 11:00 pm we received a very sympathetic welcome from the duty manager (Elkin?) following a difficult few hours..Right away he organised food and drink for us as we had not eaten for some time. Although this was not the kind of trip we planned (our intended 3 day break became a 2 day break) we are planning to return to this excellent hotel and have no hesitation in recommending it.

"Nice weekend stay"

4
18/07/2017

Very nice staff, excellent breakfast, decent pool and whirlpool, walk to beach and town easily. Bar with pleasant garden nice in the summer. Cons - car parking tight, executive room not worth the extra cost.

"Great for a weekend away"

4
18/07/2017

Lovely hotel for a weekend trip to Bournemouth - beautiful pool! Very convenient position, good breakfast and bar menu. Jazz on Friday and Saturday in the bar. Comfortable bedroom, spacious shower room but sadly no fridge and car parking is a little tight.

"Favourite hotel"

5
17/07/2017

Second visit, reluctantly gave 3 stars last time as I knew it could easily be a 5 so it didn't stop me rebooking. WONDERFUL visit. Perfectly sized hotel, neither too big you lost nor so small you feel watched. Room was excellent, food amazing, pool/spa very good and service exceptional. One of my favourite hotels.

"Relaxing visit"

4
14/07/2017

Had an great two day break in Bournemouth. We booked the hotel direct and saved money as the staff explained what packages were available so I also booked a spa day for my wife and wine in the room. Upon checking in we were upgraded to a better room and there was a nice card along with a completely drink voucher. The weather turned bad so we made use of the excellent facilities in the health centre and relaxed away a couple of hours Breakfast was great a brilliant selection of fresh fruits and the full cooked was also good quality products. We ate lunch and that was fantastic if you're hungry have a cream tea the couple next to us did and it looked brilliant (they even gave them a doggie bag for the cake they couldn't finish) All in all we had a brilliant couple of days and I would definitely recommend this hotel

"Confidently comfortable."

5
13/07/2017

The superior room was extremely clean and adequately spacious, and the food very well prepared. Outdoor areas available in good weather for dining/drinks. Good location, only 12 minutes walk to town centre, or 4 minutes to sea front. Close to bus route to Poole. Staff always friendly and helpful.

"Relaxed stay in comfortable surroundings. "

4
12/07/2017

Stayed for three nights and enjoyed it. Hotel is well appointed with choice of lounges, restaurants and outside terraces. Near to sea front but not with sea views. Very friendly and helpful staff. Ate in the brasserie twice which has an added choice of menu selections from the more formal fine dining 'Blakes' restaurant. Enjoyed the duck breast from the latter's menu which was succulent and tender with well judged vegetable accompaniments. The chef's dessert selection to share is outstanding; more than enough for two with with warm chocolate brownie, creme brûlée and mango mousse. Breakfast is well organised with good choice of the usual fare. Toast is delivered along with tea and coffee and there are cooked to order extras such as smoked haddock and kippers. All in all a good hotel. Rooms not huge but do have air conditioning. Had we wanted to use the spa then dressing gowns would have been a welcome addition to room facilities. Parking a bit limited but reception staff very willing to help.

"Lovely Stay at this great Hotel"

5
12/07/2017

Spent 4 nights her during the hot spell. Very pleased our room had air conditioning made the stay even more enjoyable. Great staff really make this place what it is. The public areas are well maintained - no air con yet!. Breakfast buffet style but OK

"Another good stay."

4
12/07/2017

Stayed at the Connaught twice before and we were lucky with a room with Air conditioning this time although the trade off was a very small bathroom (room 48 Executive room.) Facilities are good and the cleanliness of the hotel in general is superb. Service and food to a good standard and although we did have a couple of issues they were dealt with quickly and professionally. They do need to think about upgrading the decor of the rooms very 90's style and put in Air conditioning as rooms are stifling hot and the changing rooms around the pool area. Love the fact they have parking with exec rooms makes life so much easier. I will be returning.

"Book else where"

2
05/07/2017

Booked a 2 night stay for my partners 30th birthday... parking was an issue, managed to persuade the receptionist to let us have a private spot which was lovely of her after driving 4 hours. We paid £310 for a standard room inc breakfast. Room was very small, bathroom was smaller... had to move the bathroom bin out just to access the bath. Air con didn't work... luckily there was a fan. Was woken up my the kitchen staff every morning as kitchen was adjacent to our room. First day a breakfast, went to refill our drinks and our full plates of breakfast and pots of tea were cleared before we got back- literally 40 seconds! Felt like they wanted to rush us out. Ended up having breakfast down the road ... no apologies for that. 2nd night my pj's were found shoved at the back of the bed on the floor. Went crazy looking for them... alerted staff ... said our staff don't tough anything. Overall over priced, over dated... European staff, not great English ... managers response to my unhappy stay was that he will upgrade me ... hmmm don't think I'll drive back 4 hours to this hotel. Oh and please do tell your maids not to scrap outside in the corridor in the early hours.

"Quality stay on the south coast"

5
04/07/2017

As a frequent traveller both in this country and abroad, it was a pleasure to stay at the Connaught Hotel. The level of service was of the highest standard, from front of house to the bar staff and restaurant staff, it was refreshing to be greeted with a smile and a polite manner. All areas of the hotel are of the highest standard and coupled with professional staff our stay was memorable. If in the area again I would not hesitate in making a reservation at this hotel Great hotel in a lovely area.

"Good but not perfect"

4
04/07/2017

Stayed here 4 nights whilst visiting relatives in the town. We booked a standard double and chose the hotel as we had stayed in the lodge on a previous occasion. Rooms in the main hotel are considerably smaller than in the lodge and command a higher price. The convenience of being in the main building did not represent value for the premium price. The room was very warm and although the air con worked it was a bit over efficient and noisy to use throughout the night. Generally the hotel is good, with very efficient, attentive and friendly staff. Food is very good too though we only had breakfast. Parking was generally ok but allocated spaces are blocked for exec rooms so can reduce available space. On the one occasion we had a problem parking the concierge unlocked one of those spaces for us so we didn't go without a parking space. We enjoyed our stay and would be happy to recommend.

"Lovely staff, hotel very over priced"

3
03/07/2017

We stayed this weekend. We were so disappointed with the room. It was very basic with hardly any facilities. The room was very tired looking and in need of updating. The stairs had not been cleaned in days and the carpet was thread bare. The staff though were very helpful. Breakfast was good.

"Great Hotel but the Lodge is a bit too noisy"

4
03/07/2017

The Connaught Hotel is without doubt a lovely hotel and had we stayed there instead of the Connaught Lodge I would given 5 stars. The Lodge is clean and tidy and there are no complaints there - it's the noise! The rooms are big and echoey and you can hear everything that happens in the next room - and I mean everything! With regard to the hotel the food is excellent and the service - though a trifle slow - is worth waiting for. I can recommend 'Blakes' and by the amount of guests frequenting the restaurant so could others. Bournemouth is a lovely, safe UK place to visit and although the weather closed in on us later in the week there is a retail paradise of great shops to compensate .

"Good night"

4
28/06/2017

A one night stay which was pleasing. The room was well equipped, clean and the bed comfortable. We had an evening meal in the bistro which was tasty and well presented. An early morning departure meant we were unable to try the breakfast. The only criticism would be that in a 4*+ hotel we would expect a fridge in the room. On a hot night, the ability to have a cooled drink would have been a bonus

"Nice hotel poor service in Restaurant"

3
26/06/2017

we ate in Blakes Restaurant on two evening,thee food was exellent, but the service was not very good not very attentive, they made apologies about the delay but the where busy in the other restaurant and also with a coach party, which was not our concern, suggest they employ more staff when they are busy, rather disappointing

BW-Connaught, General Manager at Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review Livans and apology for the delay in service for your meals. All of our meals are cooked fresh to order and does take time to prepare and serve and as you say we were very busy on the nights you dined which caused delays. I hope you choose to stay with us again some time in the future and give Blakes another chance, I am sure you wont be disappointed on your return visit. Best wishes, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Short Break"

5
22/06/2017

After having stayed elsewhere in Bournemouth we arrived at The Connaught and received a very warm welcome. As we arrived earlier than expected the receptionist said that she would ring us as soon as housekeeping had prepared our room. Great location for both the beach and the town. My wife booked and had a manicure at he spa which was excellent. Lovely room. Large bed. All very clean. Lovely bathroom with shower gel / shampoo Hand wash and Hand and body lotion . Lovely large fluffy towels. Breakfast was exceptional. Sat outside in the restaurant courtyard. I hadn the Full English and my wife had the Smoked Haddock one morning and smoked salmon with poached eggs the second. Both had a supplement attached.but worth every penny. Staff throughout our stay were exemplary. Nothing was too much trouble.

BW-Connaught, General Manager at Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review Karen, I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay overall and hope we have we have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon. Best wishes, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Disgusted! "

1
21/06/2017

Enjoyed up to when we where told by staff we had lied about our booking. We explained we called there reception staff after booking on line and was told it's absolutely fine to have our one year old child in a travel cot in our room . When trying to use the swimming facilities we where told children can't use the swimming faculties between certain times. (Which is fine) but then told you didn't mention about your child staying in the room with you. (That's after we all checked in with our one year old a pram and travel cot in tow) you can't stay in that room with a child and was basically told to leave. I found the way we were dealt with disgusting and ruined our time away. The reception staff certainly need to go on a customer service training course and maybe a trip to vision express if they can't see a child and travel cot passing there reception desk. I certainly will never use this hotel again

BW-Connaught, General Manager at Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review Private1981. We have a limited number of rooms which can accommodate children and unfortunately yours wasn't one of them - I believe that you booked via Best Western, not direct with the hotel, so if you had a conversation with them they wouldn't necessarily know the full details of each of our rooms, I apologise if they gave you the wrong information. Our reception manager gave you a full refund when you asked to leave and also offered to help you find alternative accommodation. Best wishes, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Good Best Western"

4
20/06/2017

We only stayed for one night and was very pleasant as the weather was good we ate outside food portions good and cooked nice we had a balcony room with aircon which was good hotel very clean and staff very polite

BW-Connaught, General Manager at Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review David, I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay overall and hope we have we have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon. Best wishes, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Wow"

5
19/06/2017

Booked in for 2 nights little unsure of what to expect but the stay far exceeded our expectations. We ate in both restaurants and the second night we were lucky enough to eat outside the food in both was very very good. Both mornings tables were laid outside for breakfast so we took full advantage. The staff throughout the hotel were very friendly and efficient. With the weather being so good we did not have time to use the spa etc. We will be back to The Connaught later in the year. The only downside is there is no Air Con on the second floor so our room was very hot even though there was a fan in the room.

"Return after many years"

5
17/06/2017

We decided to have a last minute break at this hotel as the weather looked good and it had been at least twenty years since our last stay! The hotel was always good and continues to be so. Obviously updated and very friendly staff who were very obliging and upgraded us on arrival to the Tulip Suite. Thank you very much. Having an allocated car parking space is certainly a bonus as the parking has always been a bit hit and miss. Everywhere is spotless,modern and comfortable. The food in the Brasserie was very good, hot and plenty of it. The staff again very friendly and professional. We shall certainly be returning. Well recommended.

"Very comfortable stay in this lovely hotel"

5
12/06/2017

Had a fab room - top floor of the main hotel with balcony overlooking the courtyard dining area. Room No. 50. Staff were attentive, rooms were spotlessly clean and the breakfast was fab. Parking was easy and free too. All the ingredients for a perfect stay with good friends.

"Good hotel. Lovely meals. Friendly staff. "

4
08/06/2017

Lovely hotel. Had one of the rooms with the balcony so was nice and comfortable. Swimming pool was nice to use! Good size! And the hotel has 2 small gym, which to be honest I didn't use. Meals nice. Spent one day at the restaurant and the meal was delicious even though I had vegetable spring rolls! The tuna for starter was also excellent. The staff are very friendly. I was short of paper one day as needed to do some printing and the staff kindly gave me some. Parking good too. Thank you for a most enjoyable stay.

"Nice place"

4
08/06/2017

Nice place to stay, with good quality decor and facilities. our room was a bit on the small side but adequate. Breakfast is great and dinner in the bistros was lovely too; basically you have access to same menu as Blakes without all the formality and stuffiness. The pool and sauna facilities are all very nice too. Parking however is a nightmare and not enough spaces.

"Costly Connaught"

3
06/06/2017

My family and I stayed here last week May 26th to June 3rd. We booked two rooms, one an executive room to accommodate my son, his wife and 10 month old daughter, and the other a superior double for my husband and myself. The cost of these rooms for seven nights bed and breakfast was an eye watering £2,364 pounds. The reason for our visit was because my daughter in law thinks that our granddaughter is too young to fly. Our rooms 33 and 29 were tired and in need of modernisation. Both rooms were very hot and even the air conditioning in the executive room was poor. There are no baby changing facilities in the hotel.Children are not allowed in the swimming pool between the hours of midday and six pm due to spa visitors. Mmmm spa day guests do not pay as much for their visit as hotel guests but get preferential treatment. Indeed spa guests are allowed to eat at the brasserie wearing robes and slippers. I do not want to eat my lunch with half dressed people. The car park is a nightmare unless you have a very small car. A car space is included when booking an executive room directly with the hotel. Be aware that the space is linked to your room number. There are repeat hotel guests who book a specific car park space rather than a specific room! The food in both restaurants is good but not outstanding and the service in both is very slow. The best meal of the day is breakfast which is excellent. All of the staff are a credit to the hotel, in particular the head waiter whom we must single out as being exceptional. We are of the opinion that the hotel must decide if it is to be a spa hotel or a family hotel. At the moment it is trying to be both.

"Xmas shopping"

5
04/06/2017

What an amazing place,staff were very friendly and helpful and the food was A1. We stayed in the lodge and the rooms were very comfy and I must say had a great nights sleep even the wedding reception did not wake us. In my opinion I think the Tv should be a little bit bigger on the wall. Had a great meal in the evening whilst a saxs player played,spot on . So like you say thanks to all the staff gor a fab weekend will Deffo be back

"Night away"

4
03/06/2017

A lovely hotel , very close to everything you need in Bournemouth Everything is a short walk away Nice comfortable rooms We didn't have dinner here but the Breakfast was very good Staff all very friendly and helpful

"Good Hotel, helpful manager!"

4
30/05/2017

I am in a powered wheelchair and requested a shower on booking (online), we were phoned by the hotel immediately to check that the shower would be okay as there was a small lip into it. We had checked that the hotel was accessible for me and that it had a lift. I've now learnt to ask for the size of the lift as my chair only just fit into it!! We were able to check in early and on first glance the room (16) was good but very small. We went to The Brasserie within the hotel for a late lunch and the staff were all very nice and service was good. The food was excellent. We then went for a lovely walk and back to the room for a nap.... it was then that we realised the vent from the kitchen was right outside our window, the noise was a constant rumble as if a 747 was preparing for take off! So we requested a different room, the manager happily showed us a room (54) that was available on the third floor which was specifically for disabled customers with a large wet room style bathroom, a higher toilet with rails, and a grab rail in the shower area. This room was much bigger than room 16 and also had a balcony. And best of all no noise from the kitchen vent!! He said there was no extra charge for the upgrade. (We couldn't find a reference for this room on booking, but were told if we telephoned we could have asked and booked it, however it would have been an extra £30 per night which I resent having to pay for a disabled access room!) The room is next to the lift, which although handy for me we did hear it a few times. Also the walls to other bedrooms proved to be paper thin as we could hear every word the other guests said!! We had another lovely meal in The Brasserie that night, and breakfast in the main dining room the next day was good. Parking was tight, a few disabled bays but all very small.

"Worst meal ever ...lamb almost raw."

2
29/05/2017

Small room.no air conditioning.how did this hotel achieve 4 stars ...?apparently have a chef.i can,t cook at all but even I could not have served a worst meal, 2 carrots ,4 pieces of broccoli some sort of potato ,the potato was cooked,but the broccoli and carrot,not,probably all al dente,as chef,s like to describe it,,!!very drab bedroom.have been in better B and B,s.wish we had not come here ..definitely will never again. like to

"On song for the weekend"

5
29/05/2017

My wife and I stayed in a small double (Room 36) which was very clean and comfortable. Other rooms were larger but I had no complaints. Glad we were not adjoining the lift. The breakfasts were first class and so was dinner on the evening we ate in Blakes Restaurant. The staff were all helpful and friendly: we had no complaints at all. Nicky runs his restaurant with a can-do attitude and I noticed that when anyone asked for something, he could sort it and was helpful. We didn't use the pool, which was quite large for a hotel, or the spa but other friends who did said it was ideal. a walk of 12 minutes to the BIC for our singing Convention was all downhill and not too far to be a problem except for non-walkers! Free parking was a bonus. I would definitely stay again.

"Great Hotel"

5
28/05/2017

We are staying for two nights and cannot fault this hotel. The staff are so warm and friendly. Check in online was a great bonus! We advised it was our anniversary and we were delighted and touched to find a lovely card and token for a complimentary glass of wine each! Location is spot on and brilliant value for money. Would recommend and would definitely stay again.

"Great hotel"

5
28/05/2017

Lovely hotel. Very clean. Staff fab and very attentive, nothing was too much trouble. Breakfast was excellent with a great choice. Perfect location for all amenities with just a short walk to beautiful sandy beach, pier, cafes, pavilion, gardens, shops . Will definitely stay here again.

"Family Mini Break to seaside"

4
25/05/2017

This hotel is about 5 minutes walk from beach. Staff very friendly and efficient, food very good but a bit expensive to have dinner there. Breakfast excellent. My room in main hotel was quiet and clean and my 3 relatives stayed in the Lodge which was spacious and quiet. Spa is very nice and I had a very good pedicure. Afternoon cream tea was lovely. We were lucky to have hot sunny weather.

"Nice Place but Unfriendly Staff"

3
24/05/2017

I went here last year, and the place was very nice looking with good qualities, but the staff were not as friendly as I'd have wished. The spa was good, and the food was great. The surroundings were pretty and nice. Not too far from the beach and parking available. Free wi-fi. Just staff need to be not so snobby - I know it's an expensive hotel but not all of us are snobby about money! I felt as if I wasn't welcomed.

"Nice Visit"

3
24/05/2017

Stayed here for two nights with my partner. On arrival we didn't like our allocated room due to being overlooked by another room. The receptionist I think her name was Natalia, was really nice about it and showed us three other rooms to choose from. We had a superior double. The room was an OK size but we felt the decor was very dated compared to the modern decoration downstairs. Our desk lamp didn't work and vanity mirror falling apart. We asked for a turn around on the second day. But all they had done is make the bed and hang our already used towls back up again. They didn't replenish the tea, coffee, milk or water. We made use of the spa which was a nice area. My only criticism was that we went down there to relax and have a casual swim but it was filled with people doing fast lane swimming. Got the feeling that the people in there wernt guests at the hotel?? Breakfast was good. A nice selection of full English and fruit/cereal and our waiter Nicky was really nice and attentive. The hotel was in a really good location. 5 min walk to the shops/restaurants and cinema and then 5 mins in the other direction your at the beach. There is a lift close to the the hotel if you don't fancy the steep climb back up.

"Pleasant short stay"

4
19/05/2017

Stayed for a couple of nights before getting the ferry to France. On arrival was a bit confusing at the entrance due signs being not quite right, ended up in the other car park & trying to enter the wrong building....was told to go through the restaurant to reception with two suitcases, all very strange. Eventually got checked in & has a pleasant stay. Ate in the restaurant on the evening & had a nice meal with good service. Next afternoon enjoyed the spa which again was good & relaxing

"Mums treat "

5
15/05/2017

Great hotel. Lovely clean room and good to have complimentary bottles of water in room. Great location for BIC, beach and town. Great choice at breakfast with very attentive staff. Would definitely return.

"Amazing spa day"

5
10/05/2017

Went for a spa day package with a party of 5 people. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it, could spend all day in the pool, sauna and steam room while waiting for your treatment. Staff were so friendly and very knowledgeable and skilled at the treatments, made you feel very comfortable, the whole day was so relaxing. Would definitely go back again and this time would consider staying a night at the hotel.

"Spa day "

5
09/05/2017

Myself and a friend spent the day here after being given a red letter day voucher, we did top up though. From arrival to departure the service was excellent. We had a back shoulder and massage with a 2 course lunch included. The massage, by Laura, was superb. The spa facilities were good, not excellent, steam spa, sauna, jacuzzi and pool but all very clean. The lunch, I had a flaked salmon salad to start, this was delicious, the dressing was to die for. I plumped for fish and chips for the main, but what a choice, the freshest battered cod I have eaten in a long time. The only downside to the day was on departure we had to wait for staff to move vehicles so we could leave. I am sure they have extra parking nearby, so I would definitely advise checking the parking out before you arrive. I would definitely go back and intend to stay the night next time.

"Ideal mini break"

5
09/05/2017

Had a 2 night stay at the Connaught Hotel Bournemouth and was not disappointed. Booked a standard room which was very nice but next time will upgrade. The hotel is immaculate throughout with lovely areas to relax inside and outside. Really nice spa area with 2 gyms and swimming pool and sauna, really enjoyed these and were included in the price. Fantastic breakfast with a wide selection to suit all dietry needs. The hotel is ideally located in a quiet road with a 2 minute walk to the beach and a 10 minute walk to the pier and town centre. All of the staff were absolutely fantastic which really made the stay all the more enjoyable. Would definately recommend and will be returning.

"Friendly Hotel, with excellent facilities, close to the centre of Bournemouth"

5
07/05/2017

We had a Standard Twin room for two nights, which was perfect for our needs and was very clean. The swimming pool and spa facilities are outstanding and you could end up spending your whole time in Bournemouth with a towel around you! You are spoiled for choice when it comes to eating - the Brasserie provides excellent informal dining and you can opt for a more formal experience in the restaurant, Blakes. Breakfasts are hearty, with plenty of choice. Above all the whole staff from Reception through to waiters and room cleaners are friendly and efficient. I will definitely be coming back.

"Lovely Hotel and Spa"

5
07/05/2017

We chose this hotel for a short break over Easter purely on the basis that it had a Spa and previous reviews were good. I must say that firstly all the staff we came across were extremely friendly and helpful. The hotel was situated a short walk from the beach and within walking distance to the Town centre. It was very clean, and even though there were a few things in the hotel that needed updating, on the whole it was a pleasant surrounding. We loved using the Spa which apart from treatments, was free to use for guests..This included ,Swimming Pool ,Sauna Steam Room and Jacuzzi. As well as these there was also a Gym but we never used this. The Breakfast was excellent with plenty of choice including the Full English. The only real negative was that the Room was very warm at night and the aircon didn't seem to work that well.

"Lovely hotel and a great weekend!"

5
04/05/2017

We had a great time at the hotel, our room was clean, spacious and comfortable. The swimming pool/spa facilities were also excellent. All staff seemed very friendly, professional and keen to help if needed. The hotel was in a brilliant location for both the BIC (for a concert we were attending) and Bournemouth town centre, and we found both of these walkable distances from the hotel. We didn't eat breakfast/dinner at the hotel, but had a couple of drinks in the bar which was very stylish. Would definitely recommend and come back!

"ALL THE STAFF WERE nice pleasant and helpfull"

4
03/05/2017

we enjoyed our three night stay at the connaught all the staff were very nice and very helpful our room was clean and the hotel in all areas was kept clean and tidy . breakfast was very good, and as I have to eat gluten free there was gf cereals bread/toast and if you asked they would get you a gf sausage

"Very nice and enjoyable stay"

4
03/05/2017

We had a great time at this hotel. Very clean and nice sized rooms (standard). The spa was great and definitely worth a visit as the treatments/staff were great. The pool is a very good size and facilities are nice and new. The only main criticism I would have is that the room did not have a fridge.

"Mrs B"

2
02/05/2017

We have just checked out of this hotel after spending only one night of our planned two night stay. The staff were exceptionally helpful and the public areas of the hotel are smart and pleasant. The room ( booked as a superior class room) appeared tired with old furniture and a large crack running down one wall. The toilet/shower room was small and quite tired but the sink tap exploded water on us when the cold was run and the showers pressure very poor. The bed linen, towels and robes smelt stale and had a heavy odour which was very unpleasant. We decided to leave after a terrible nights sleep and were refunded one nights charge and were told we were fortunate not to be charged for the full two might stay as we did not give them the required 48 hours cancellation notice. They did offer us another room after we had already packed up to go as they had originally told us they were fully booked up over this weekend. After some lengthy debate the manager made it clear that we were not entirely believed and so we felt this was a poor way to treat guests with reasonable expectations based on previously published reviews and ratings.

"Small noisy room"

2
01/05/2017

I saw some good reviews for this place before booking so was very disappointed. The price of the room I had the smallest double bed I've seen in a hotel. My boyfriends 6"6 so it was almost comical the both of us trying to fit in it. You could also clearly hear the conversations going on either side of our rooms (kept us awake) We were out in another wing of the hotel. To get to the swimming pool and all other facilities including the bar and restaurant you had to walk through a dingy car park. Neither of us wanted to walk outside in our swim ware so for that reason didn't even use the leisure facilities. When I asked to for a room in the main hotel they said it was an extra £80! To top it all off we realised in the morning our room didn't even include breakfast! I'm sure you can find much better places to stay for the same price. I won't be returning.

"spa break"

4
27/04/2017

room, clean and well appointed has a small balcony number 43 teasmake flat tv with freeview channels hair dryer the usual shamp. and soap dispensers.House keeping every day .Lift to all floors.Two places to eat , Blakes and a Brassiere in our opinion the brassiere is much more relaxed Staff know there stuff would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone

"Relaxing few days"

5
24/04/2017

Lovely stay as always, great hotel, clean, comfortable with great staff. The breakfast is great with lots to choose and will set you up for the day. Bedroom was a great size, with a bath and shower, very clean and comfortable.

"A very pleasant stay"

5
24/04/2017

Our favourite place to stay in Bournemouth within close walking distance to West Cliff and town centre. Excellent facilities including health spa and great food in both the Brasserie and the popular Blakes restaurant.

"Disappointing experience"

3
22/04/2017

First visit to Bournmouth and based upon the good reviews of this hotel on trip advisor, decided to book a room for a trip to the BIC on Friday. Due to late booking, there was not a lot of availability so had to settle for a standard double. I can only assume that the room was/is a single as there was very little room and despite the high ceilings somewhat claustrophobic. I have stayed in larger single rooms. Bathroom small due to the arrangement and needs updating. We decided to eat in the brasserie which we were then informed was was not open due to a function later, but were directed into a small curtained off section of the hotels Blakes Restaurant,which we became aware was acting as the brasserie for the evening. The brasserie experience was a bit surreal and reminded me of Faulty Towers. bit randon, disorganised and painfully slow service despite on our arrival there was only one other couple seated. However the food was better than the venue. Onour return to the hotel later in the evening we decided on a night cap in the bar but with the function in full swing and a very enthusiatic quizmaster on a PA system we decided to retire to bed. Unfortunately our room overlooked the function room so were unable to get to sleep as the quiz continued. Made worse by needing to open the bedroom window as we decided being droned out by the quizmaster was a better option than suffocation. At least we are much better equipped if we decide to enter a pub quiz in the future. On a plus note, staff very friendly in particular the senior waiter who could not be more attentive at breakfast. Attending another event in September at the BIC but will most definately plan ahead and chose an alterntive hotel.

"Spotless"

5
21/04/2017

The staff were very friendly and courteous. The cleanliness of the hotel was excellent as was the standard and presentation of the food. I can highly recommend this hotel. Our room was large with a high ceiling but very well presented. The bed was a super king and the bed was comfortable and the bedding was immaculate. The bathroom was also very clean and well presented. The breakfast was superb. The choice was endless and the staff were smiling and helpful. I would like to stay again in this hotel in the future.

"Excellent"

5
20/04/2017

We stayed for three nights. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The rooms were ok and clean but the shower a little small and quite a high step in on ours. The spa was good. Breakfast had a good selection to choose from. Would stay again.

"Spa Day"

5
18/04/2017

Can't wait to go back and treat myself to another Spa Day! Absolutely fantastic from start to finish. Lovely hotel - very clean and modern with extremely helpful staff. The spa facilities are great and my massage was unbelievably good. Next was lunch - 2 courses and a glass of Prosecco included. My tuna steak salad nicoise deserves 10/10 as does my fruit salad and icecream for dessert. Relaxed with a coffee in the lounge afterwards to finish off a perfect few hours. Thank you Connaught Hotel!

"First class hotel"

5
14/04/2017

What a fantastic hotel this is. I have never stayed anywhere where all the staff were so welcoming, polite and helpful. The hotel was spotless and beautifully decorated. The swimming pool was beautiful and a decent size. Parking was no problem. The staff went out of their way to provide me with gluten free options for breakfast which we had in the garden in the sun. My only gripe was the room was quite stuffy....air conditioning would probability be beneficial. Otherwise a wonderful and relaxing stay. We will definitely return.

"Great Stay, Great Room"

5
14/04/2017

Stayed in the Connaught for two nights, booked the Orchid Suite direct with the hotel, so were assured a free parking space at all times. The Orchid Suite was absolutely lovely, with two sitting areas an wonderful bathroom with both bath and separate shower, plus the all important king size very comfortable bed. The chambermaid did the most thorough job of cleaning the room, and as well as having the usual facilities for making tea, there was also a nespresso machine. We stayed on bed and breakfast basis and the breakfast were great. We were also pleasantly surprised that the drinks in the bar were very reasonably priced. Would certainly use this hotel again.

"Blue Water Spa & Leisure Day..."

5
14/04/2017

Wow...Wow...Wow... this time last week (7th of April) my wonderful friend Anne and I treated ourselves to a Spa Day at the Connaught Hotel. Well, from start to finish it was worth every penny (Special Groupon Offer). From the warm welcome and coffee from Magdi to our really top quality lunch served outside in the sun... WITH BUBBLES...followed by our divine and luxurious Back,Neck,Shoulder, and Facial Massage I could have died and gone to heaven... these were done by the lovely Laura and Isabel... Only one thing missing was a socket in the ladies Changing room. put this right and you will be 5* all the way. Barbara Fowler.

"Wonderful hotel"

5
13/04/2017

This was our second stop at the Connaught and we would stay again! We stayed in a superior room which was large, comfortable and had all the amenities needed. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the pool/spa are fabulous. It is in a great location, near to town and just down the road from the beach. Recommended.

"Good location and value for money"

4
13/04/2017

Last minute booking for a work trip. Was roomed in the lodge, which is next door. If I had a choice I would stay in main hotel as easier for using spa facilities and dining. I had a single room so small but perfectly adequate and well priced. Breakfast was a very good choice and I found all staff to be very pleasant, I would stay here again

"Lovely break in a very nice hotel with great staff and good spa facilities "

5
13/04/2017

We really enjoyed our stay. The rooms are good enough and very clean both in the room and en suite. The spa facilities are good with the gyms being ok. The food in the restaurant is really good and the breakfast is excellent. Best of all are the staff who are very nice and helpful, especially the restaurant manager. Thank you.

"Very pleasant place to stay"

4
12/04/2017

The staff were very welcoming and friendly. We were in "Rose Suite" which had 2 rooms, one with a very comfortable double bed, and one with a rather uncomforable pull-out sofa bed. Plus a shower room. Everything was in good condition and looked freshly decorated. We pre-paid for breakfast which was very good. Full English cooked breakfast available (bacon, sausage, eggs, fried bread, tomatoes, mushrooms, baked beans); toast; cereals; croissants; jams; marmalade. Fruit. The style of the hotel is quite old-fashioned. We ate in the restaurant on our first evening. The menu was interesting and we enjoyed the meal.

"great hotel in bournemouth"

4
12/04/2017

excellent room with balcony so nice to sit in sunshine Restaurant was very good as was the spa definately recommend and would stay again. The location is good and is 2 minutes walk to the cliff and 2 mins down the slope to the sandy beach (1 word of warning for the less mobile) the slope is steep so might be an issue. On leaving the hotel we had missed the 10am breakfast cut off but were offered sandwiches for the car journey home..a nice touch and end to waht was a great stay

"Lovely hotel in Bournemouth. "

5
11/04/2017

We stay in this hotel when going to a show in Bournemouth. Whilst it is part of a chain, it doesn't feel like it. All staff are accommodating and friendly and the food is very good. Lovely lounge area and a choice of two restaurants. Breakfast is very good too. It is convenient for walking to the BIC or Pavilion, with the path overlooking the sea.

"Connaught lodge , Bournemouth"

4
10/04/2017

Stayed in the adjoining Connaught lodge. Booked with Booking. com so got a very good price. Very friendly and helpful staff. Very nice breakfast included. Had a lovely evening meal in the restaurant. Location was great, just a short walk to the beach, restaurants and shops. Did not have time to use the spa facilities downstairs. Unfortunately the swimming pool was not available for use. Would highly recommend this hotel.

"What we expected from a Best Western..."

4
09/04/2017

On arrival we had no problems parking in the car park, however check in was very slow - otherwise we were very happy with our basic room which was a decent size, with a comfortable bed and a bright light bathroom too, we weren't worried about not having a fridge as we stayed just the one night, but I think it would be missed in the height of the summer. Breakfast was good, and the restaurant had an area outside where you could eat, which would be lovely in the summer, and the staff were helpful and friendly. Great location just a couple of minutes walk from the sea, and 5/10 mins walk from the BIC too...would definitely stay here again.

"Over priced, bigger and better rooms at a Premier Inn"

3
28/11/2016

I paid a bit extra for a superior room but honestly have to say it was not worth it. The room was very small, the grout in the shower was mouldy in places and there was a lack of basics such as a shower cap, shampoo and conditioner. Not many parking spaces available. I would not recommend this hotel for value for money

"Comfortable stay, excellent staff."

4
28/11/2016

Overall a very good hotel for the money. Located close to all the amenities we required. 5 to 10 minute walk into the towns shopping area and the BIC. The one criticism we did have was that the bathroom in our room was tired so could do with a refurb.

"Beautiful hotel fantastic staff"

5
24/11/2016

Stayed here for 2 Nights on a family reunion.our room was very nice although the bathroom was tiny.my sister in law s room was tiny but comfortable but her bathroom was bigger than ours ! The decor throughout the hotel was modern and very well done . breakfast was really good nice hot plates! We ate in the brasserie on the second night which we all enjoyed the restaurant staff really looked after us.we would highly recommend this hotel.

BW-Connaught, Public Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review CPL24TAN and for your comments on the staff and the hotel in general. I hope we have the pleasure of welcoming you back to the hotel soon. Best wishes, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Stayed with my wife for her 60th birthday"

5
21/11/2016

The hotel was friendly and helpful. We stayed in the Lily Room, and have to say, it was wonderful. We eat in the hotel and I tell you, it was first class. Blakes Restaurant or the Brasserie are good. Good choice for breakfast as well.

BW-Connaught, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review John, delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your stay, particularly as it was such a special occasion. I hope we have the pleasure of welcoming you back to the hotel soon. Best wishes, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"very good place to stay"

5
21/11/2016

We had a very good stay .every thing was first class as always the Conaught I the place to have a good stay every time.nice and handy for both beach and town centre shopping and resterants ect .all so very good bus links to seconding places

BW-Connaught, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your "first class" review Maurice, delighted you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Great hotel and good location "

4
19/11/2016

Great hotel although was there for football and we lost! Room very comfortable and good nights sleep, breakfast was very good. Only reason for four stars not five was they failed the breakfast tea test! Both wife and I have tea, we were given same size teapot as a Couple who had tea and coffee. Would definitely stay here again though

BW-Connaught, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review Mr Biff, delighted you enjoyed your stay more than the football match! Delighted to hear you would stay here again, please ask the restaurant for extra tea on your next visit and they will happily oblige. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Wow..."

5
19/11/2016

We had read previous reports and decided not to use our new car but travel in our Smart car so that parking would not be a problem. We arrived on Monday and found the car park half empty. What a fab hotel smart, clean and a fantastic room (number 54) with a wet room as requested. Our 4 night stay was so good. We eat in Blakes restaurant the food was excellent, the wine very good and the staff friendly, helpful and chatty. We have already started to find an excuse to go back.

BW-Connaught, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review Michael, both here and for our restaurant, Blakes. Delighted you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to your next visit. Best wishes, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Over night stay"

4
18/11/2016

An excellent venue for an overnight stay when going to a concert at the BIC. We were grateful for a room upgrade and the staff were welcoming and friendly. Breakfast was beautifully cooked and added to the overall enjoyment of the stay.

BW-Connaught, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review Paul, I hope you enjoyed your concert at the BIC and hope we the pleasure of welcoming you back to the hotel soon. Best wishes, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Anniversary "

5
17/11/2016

Booked a two night stay for our 6 year anniversary & was given a voucher for a free glass of wine each which was a lovely touch. Hotel is very nice if a little warm, but weather has been very mild recently. Staff very friendly & helpful. Used the spas pool & jacuzzi which was very nice after a stroll along the sea front. Only a 5/10 minute walk to the beach so hotel in a good position. Lots of choice at breakfast defiantly a good start to the day. Would defiantly recommend this hotel to others & yes I would come back myself. Thank you for a lovely two nights.

BW-Connaught, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review Karen and congratulations on your anniversary. I was delighted to read your comments regarding the staff and spa, hopefully we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back to the hotel soon. Best wishes, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Nice hotel in good position"

4
16/11/2016

Had a two night stay as a pre-birthday treat, lovely hotel in good position on West Cliff. Warm welcoming atmosphere and good decor in all public areas. Only downside was a distinct lack of toiletries in bathroom and the temperature was so high as to be uncomfortable. Breakfast was very good, as were both Blakes and The Brasserie, excellent well cooked food. Will definitely visit again.

BW-Connaught, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review Chris, I hope you had a good birthday following from your stay at the hotel. Delighted you enjoyed the food during your stay liked the atmosphere and decor in the public areas, thank you. I hope we have the pleasure of welcoming you back to the hotel soon. Best wishes, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Continued quality and excellence"

5
16/11/2016

A return visit to this hotel I repeat myself saying continued quality and excellence, but it's true, friendly helpful staff, serviced clean warm cosy room, a very comfortable bed, a good selection for breakfast, and parking available, we will return in the not too distant future.

BW-Connaught, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review "givenupwork" and your fantastic comments regarding the "quality and excellence" at the hotel - we look forward to your next visit. Best wishes, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Excellent Service"

5
15/11/2016

The staff at the Connaught could not do more to make our son's twenty first birthday weekend a really special event. Decorating his room and our table for dinner. Everyone made him and his girl friend feel very special during our stay. A really dedicated set of individuals, helping at every opportunity. My wife and I had a massage, we can thoroughly recommend this to anybody who stays, and the accompanying spa day cream tea is a treat. The hotel is clean, fresh and the rooms were very comfortable.

"Anniversary stay. "

3
15/11/2016

Stayed here for our anniversary got 1 glass of house wine. For a 4 star hotel it was average. I would say more 3 star. The service was really good though. Breakfast was great, no shampoo or conditioner in the room, in fact nothing in the bathroom but a glass... spa was nice. Expected a bit more for four star have stayed in nicer 3 star hotels.

"great hotel"

5
15/11/2016

Great service from a well managed team.Room just what you need for a short break. Food in the bar you can have any thing you want ,staff great. Lovely pool very relaxing.Lots todo only astroll away.weather all ways mild in bournemouth

"Very pleasant stay"

4
14/11/2016

Well run hotel with efficient and friendly staff. Good breakfast and attentive service in both restaurants. Executive room was spacious and well furnished with a very comfortable bed. Good size pool in the spa with sauna and steam room and beauty treatments competitively priced. Good location 5 minutes walkfrom West Cliff and 10 minutes to main shopping area. Limited free parking.

BW-Connaught, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review Diana and for your kind words regarding the food and service at the hotel. I was delighted to read how much you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel for a return visit soon. Best wishes, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Good hotel with spa, pool and gym"

4
14/11/2016

This is a good hotel and clean. Great facilities. Only reason I haven't given 5 stars is there are no sockets close to a mirror and good lighting. Definitely worth staying here and would stay again. Breakfast as worth having too!

BW-Connaught, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review Bonita, I will look at your the room your stayed in and see what we can do to improve the power sockets close to the mirror. We look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel for a return visit soon. Best wishes, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Friendly Hotel"

4
10/11/2016

We stayed last night whilst in Bournemouth for our daughters graduation ceremony. They managed to get us the early check-in we requested, and we found all the staff very friendly. The room was very comfortable, although a bit too warm, and the controls were not working. Breakfast was excellent, and again the staff were very attentive and friendly. Excellent location for the BIC, easy walking distance down hill in a few minutes. Would highly recommend!

"Short Relaxation Break"

5
09/11/2016

This was a very good hotel located away from the noise of the town centre but within easy walking distance, 5 to 10 minutes. The hotels atmosphere was very relaxing with attentive staff and clean rooms which is what we were looking for.

"Fabulous Forty-Fifth Celebration"

4
09/11/2016

We chose the Connaught Hotel by looking at the AA Hotel Guide, Trip Advisor reviews and the fact that it has 2 Rosettes, as food is very important to us. It was a special occasion, our 45th wedding anniversary. First impressions were good. On arrival we found the Reception area most welcoming, clean and with modern decor and we were greeted enthusiastically by the receptionist, given our allocated parking spot, booked in very efficiently and our luggage was taken to our room by a cheerful porter. The room was lovely, clean, very spacious, lots of storage and a balcony (unexpected bonus) with nice furniture. Dinner on the first night was disappointing, although Maitre D' Nicky Rutigliano was superb and addressed the shortcomings with discretion. My husband's King Prawn Cocktail contained no Marie Rose sauce, there was a smattering of vinaigrette. He had the same starter 2 nights later and Nicky personally supervised the provision of a dish of Marie Rose sauce. The fat chips were not cooked sufficiently and were appalling, nothing like what traditional Pommes Pont Neuf should be. Overall these, and one or two other niggles made us question the award of 2 Rosettes. My dinners were more satisfactory, in particular the twice-cooked soufflé and the lamb, which was superb. Breakfasts were excellent, good quality produce well served, again supervised superbly by the ubiquitous Nicky. The spa facilities are excellent, good gym equipment, clean and tidy changing rooms and a really lovely pool. The staff are the jewel in the Connaught's crown, from housekeeping – so obliging, leaving messages for colleagues when we requested more creamers – to waiting staff, bar staff and reception. All lovely people who really make you feel special. We shall return to the Connaught in the future and hope that we can give the food the five stars that we give to every other aspect of the hotel.

"Chezza"

5
08/11/2016

Really lovely hotel and lodge , the food is excellent and staff very helpful and accommodating, pool and spa area was delightful. I will definitely book again , Gorgeous area too, fab shops and a beautiful coastline

BW-Connaught, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for such a lovely review Cheryl, we look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel for a return visit soon. Best wishes, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Good stay"

4
07/11/2016

Enjoyable comfortable stay. The room was pleasant, clean and well serviced. Breakfast was more than adequate with delightfully helpful staff. Spa facilities quite good, pool very quiet early am. The bar could do with an upgrade and on the whole the hotel is a little dated (apart from reception).But it was good value with free car parking and easy access to beach and BIC.

BW-Connaught, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Delighted to read that you had a "good stay" NICSEM, thank you for your review. I hope we have the pleasure of welcoming you back to the hotel again soon. Best wishes, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Helpful Staff"

5
06/11/2016

We found the staff very polite and helpful and happy to deal with any request however small. The Hotel was clean and tidy with comfortable beds. Perhaps better bedside lighting would help and the en-suite was well equipped although perhaps on the small size. The food in the Brasserie was excellent as was the breakfast food with a good selection to choose from. Good for parking and handy for the town centre and for the shows at the BIC.

BW-Connaught, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review "greenr102016", I was delighted to read your comments and I hope we have the pleasure of welcoming you back to the hotel again soon. Best wishes, Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Minimoon treat"

5
06/11/2016

Spent two lovely nights in the Lily Room at this hotel. Spa bath was a lovely treat, though the instructions didn't quite match the spec we had! Free glasses of wine and toffees in the room were nice additions. We ate at Blakes on the first night. The service was excellent and the food delicious. The hotel is a little way from the railway station but we would definitely stay here again when we next visit Bournemouth.

BW-Connaught, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review "ELC1976", delighted to read how much you enjoyed your stay at the hotel and in particular your comments regarding the food and service in Blakes. I hope we have the pleasure of welcoming you back to the hotel again soon. Best wishes Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Very good stay"

4
05/11/2016

It was Very close to the beach about 8-10 walk. Also the hotel has free car parking so that was a bonus. Also very nice and quiet Nice restaurants close by Very clean room Nice breakfast Excellent bathroom with shower and bath

BW-Connaught, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review "khd24" I hope we have the pleasure of welcoming you back to the hotel again soon. Best wishes Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"The Connaught Hotel, Bournemouth,"

5
04/11/2016

very good clean very good service through out our stay very good staff very helpful will stay there again easy parking and very easy to walk into town nice area with in walking distance of the bic centre

BW-Connaught, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review Neil, I hope we have the pleasure of welcoming you back to the hotel again soon. Best wishes Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Is this the smallest en-suit possible ?"

3
04/11/2016

Room is a standard double room...but the en-suite is so small. It is a tiny cupboard in one corner of a fairly average room. I did ask if this was typical, and we were offered a possible move, but we had just unpacked and were only staying two nights, so decided to stick with it. However, to pay normal rates in low season ( first week of November) did not seem much of a bargain. We were overcharged for a bottle of wine not a glass, but I did sign the chit without checking, and on leaving it was sorted out to our satisfaction. Not the best 'Best Western' room we have stayed in.

BW-Connaught, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review "boldopeter", my apologies once again for the error regarding the wine which we rectified on your departure - please contact me personally next time you're coming to the hotel so I can make sure you're more comfortable. Best wishes Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Weekend in Bournmouth"

4
03/11/2016

The Connaught in Bournmouth is a lovely hotel close to the town centre & beaches & the Bournmouth International Arena. from the moment you walk through the hotel entrance there ia a feeling of calm. rooms are good size with comfortable beds & nice furnishings. The Breakfast is good & we also had a meal in the Brasserie which was very nice. Staff polite & all looked happy in their work. we have stayed at the Connaught five times & will defintly stay there again

BW-Connaught, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review Chris, we look forward to seeing you again soon for another return visit to the Connaught. Best wishes Simon Hartwell General Manager Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Lovely hotel and helpful staff"

4
02/11/2016

Relaxing weekend in Bournemouth attending an event. The Best Western is a lovely hotel, the staff were very helpful. The Superior Double room was large, clean and the bed very comfortable. I was travelling solo and attending events so for convenience I ordered room service which offered a great choice and the food was of a good standard. The hotel isn't far from amenities and it was a nice walk down to the town. The entrance to the hotel is modern and the restaurants looked inviting with great menus - the only small change I would say is the rooms require updating to match the rest of the hotel. The furniture is a little tired looking but otherwise a pleasant stay. Recommend.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your "Lovely" review Emma and we look forward to seeing you again. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Fantastic Service "

5
01/11/2016

This Hotel is well situated for Bournemouth centre. The Staff are very attentive, nothing is too much trouble. The Spa facilities are amazing. Food is excellent quality and is cooked to perfection. Will be returning very soon.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you so much for your "Fantastic" review David and we look forward to that return visit. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Good stay, parking was an issue"

4
01/11/2016

Great hotel. Friendly and helpful staff, including the maids. Comfortable bed. Clean room. View from window is same as view from higher floor balconies. Parking was main issue. Unless booking the more expensive suite, parking is done on first come basis. Whilst we had parking, we were blocked in, and upon successful exit, would have lost space, so opted to use taxi service, costing us additional that was not originally budgeted for. Paid £120 for bed and breakfast for the 2 of us. This included use of spa - pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. Very nice breakfast. Would visit again, but only if arriving early enough to get parking and not needing car during stay until leaving.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Delighted you enjoyed your stay Dave and thank you for taking the trouble to write such nice review. Do remember we operate a valet parking service which means you can just leave the car keys with us and we park it when a space becomes available - makes life so easy!! Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Few days away"

4
01/11/2016

Excellent hotel with super staff in all departments. Room spotlessly clean lean but not overly large. Eat in both restaurants and food well above average hotel care. Leisure complex also very good a according to my wife but didn't use it personally. Location super for all Bournemouth has to offer.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you very much PK for your very kind review and we were delighted to know you enjoyed your few days away. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Fantastic Hotel, Great Restuarants and fabulous Spa facilities"

5
30/10/2016

Both Blakes and the Brasserie restuarant are excellent with great food choices. Recommend the liver dish at Blakes. The staff are really attentive and go the extra mile to ensure your stay is good. The Spa facilities are the hidden gem for this hotel and would totally recommend a visit. The rooms are very good, very clean and well equipped. One final comment on the staff, this hotel should be extremely proud of their staff whether it be room cleaners; restaurant waiting staff; bar staff; reception staff or Spa staff, all extremely friendly and do everything to make your stay memorable.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
We are hugely proud of our team at the Connaught Simon and we all thank you very much for your "Fantastic" review. We hope to see you again asoon. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"It's a Best Western"

3
30/10/2016

Stayed here for a night when attending an event at the BIC. Not sure what the rest of the hotels are liked in Bournemouth based on this currently being ranked number 2. Reception area appears to have been refurbished and is nicely presented. Rooms are a little dated and what you would expect from any Best Western. Parking is limited, but I was lucky enough to get a free space across the road. Staff helpful enough. Didn't use the Spa... maybe that is why the rate was so expensive for the room?

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review Lucy and I'm sorry we didn't tick all your boxes but to be fair, when attending an event at the BIC, you had very little opportunity to sample the delights of our hotel and in particular the Spa or the restaurants - perhaps you'll find a little more time on your next visit to Bournemouth. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Continues to remain " Simply Faultless ""

5
28/10/2016

My first ever TripAdvisor Review was of this Hotel in May 2012, entitled "Simply Faultless". I have been fortunate to return many times since then, enjoying every moment each time. The Staff, always courteous and friendly, stay very loyal to this Hotel, and faces change very infrequently, adding to the pleasure when returning, and many Members of Staff have now become firm friends. This atmosphere is created by David Miller, the owner and Managing Director, who is always " hands on " alongside his Staff.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Good to see you both as always Michael and thank you so very much for your huge vote of confidence. See you next year. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Wedding Anniversary"

5
27/10/2016

Had issue with room on arrival, however after speaking to reception, issue was resolved and our stay was absolutely excellent. Worth spending a bit extra to upgrade and have more space. Food unsurpassed - breakfast wide choice, and hot food actually hot. Dinner in Blake's maybe a little expensive but food cooked to perfection and in view of occasion well worth it. ALL staff exceptionally friendly and polite (nothing too much trouble). Car parking bays a little tight but serviceable. Would thoroughly recommend this Hotel to anybody for any occasion or even just for a break-a-away.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Delighted your anniversary celebrations were a great success GDL and we thank you for your most generous review. Hopefully we'll see you again next year. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Beautiful Bournemouth"

4
26/10/2016

Not been to Bournemouth for 29 years and pleasantly surprised at how it has been cleaned up, a beautiful area. Our few days of walking were made even more pleasurable having used this great hotel (with Spa facilities) perfectly positioned so close to the front and town centre. Packed full of facilities in what is a slightly cramped corner of West Cliff, the Connaught had very attentive staff, a clean well presented modern interior and a large pool and gym facilities. The smoking area is right by the front door and reception, great for smokers needing a break from their Spa treatments but right smelly for those arriving and departing. Other than that thoroughly recommended and up to BW high standards.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Bournemouth is improving every year Don as are we and I thank you very much for your "Beautiful" review. I hope it wont be another 29 years before we see you again!! Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Very Welcoming and Customer Focused Venue"

5
26/10/2016

Staff were very helpful from arrival to departure. The room was very comfortable, if a little warm, and the meal in the Brasseries was very good. The communal areas were very comfortable. Unfortunately didn't use the Spa so am unable to comment.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Good news Anne, delighted you enjoyed your stay and thank you very much for your 5 star review. Here's to the next time.... Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Excellent all round value for money"

4
26/10/2016

We had a very comfortable room. Comfortable bed. Friendly staff . The hotel is in a good location not far from the sea. We stayed two nights and our visit was for a large private event with an informal dinner on Friday and black tie banquet on Saturday. Both events were very enjoyable.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Many thanks Norfolk Seagull for your "Excellent" review - I hope we have the pleasure of your company again soon. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Great food, fantastic Spa, good room"

4
26/10/2016

The facilities and food were excellent. The staff very friendly and the room comfortable. The complimentary wifi was excellent, well able to stream live TV/ movie. We would stay again and recommend it others.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Many thanks MCSmith for your "Great" review - short, sweet, very much to the point and hugely appreciated. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Good location hotel and spa, clean and comfy rooms, could not recommend the Brasserie…"

4
24/10/2016

We stayed here a Sunday and Monday night on a short break and found the location of the hotel, it's general service and facilities excellent but our experience in the Brasserie eatery left us unhappy. Location is great for exploring Bournemouth being only a short walk from the seafront and from there you're in sight of the pier. Our room on the first floor wasn't massive but large enough for a couple of nights stay, tea and coffee makings are provided and the room was clean and comfy. The Spa facilities of pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room were very good, the pools plenty long enough to get some decent swimming exercise although we were just looking to relax after either travelling or being out walking all day. We ate in the Brasserie eatery on the first evening of oru stay and both the food and service were excellent but our second nights experience was way different. My main dish of steak was fine but I was indifferent to the large chips accompanying it. My partners fish and chips was accompanied by those same chips and these were very much undercooked. The batter on the fish was also underdone and when tasted had a strange taint we didn't initially identify. Then we realised it was a fillet of smoked fish, likely we guessed a piece of the smoked haddock which was on the breakfast menu so very strange flavour combination with batter and all but inedible. We didn't specifically catch any of the eyes of the staff serving tables and nobody came to query why the battered cod wasn't eaten until when our plates were being collected so we were disappointed by the level of interest the waiting staff showed in their guests. After returning the dish to the kitchen the server did offer and alternative main course but by then it was too late, a desert was offered and similarly declined but we did accept the token of a glass of wine on the house and weren't charged for the main course. All in all a pleasant stay and we'd definitely visit again based on the room and spa facilities but would be far more likely to eat outside the hotel.

"Really enjoyed our stay! "

5
24/10/2016

We stayed for one night, but wished we could have stayed longer! Our room was on the third floor with a balcony which would be lovely to sit out on in the summer. View of the car park, but on the other side of the hotel you would have a slight view of the sea as we were very close to the beach. Our room was absolutely spotless and quite spacious to say we just booked a standard twin room. The beds were super comfy and heating was on. There is air con available. The tv has all the freeview channels. Breakfast was excellent, everything very fresh and served to you buffet style. All the staff were so friendly and welcoming and made sure we had enough coffee and toast. The spa was lovely! Everything very modern and clean. We enjoyed the large pool and the jacuzzi. There is even a eucalyptus steam room which we liked. We didn't eat our evening meal in, instead choosing to go out, but next time we definitely will try blakes as it looked really nice. We are coming back to Bournemouth in Dec/Jan so would love to stay at the Connaught hotel again!

"1st Class Hotel with staff to match"

4
24/10/2016

We have stayed many times before as the experience is always the same - very good. All staff members are true professionals which insures your stay is a memorable experience. Nicki in the restaurant is always on top form with his attention to detail and his excellent team to carryout the excellent service.

"A delight."

5
22/10/2016

As we heard another guest at a neighbouring table saying " Nothing seems to be too much trouble for the staff here". Absolutely true. Charming, efficient and outgoing, the staff are uniformly intent on every guest having the best experience.

"Very nice hotel, with friendly and efficient staff"

5
22/10/2016

Hotel is in a good location for beach and town centre. Public areas are cosy and spacious. Excellent pool and spa facilities. Room spacious, clean and comfortable. We had a room with a balcony, and it was nice to be able to gave the door open for fresh air overnight! The staff are friendly and welcoming!

"roger and chris"

5
22/10/2016

This fantastic hotel goes the extra mile for all their guests. The rooms are spotless.Breakfast second to none. We had a birthday meal in Blake's and we were blown away by the excellence of the food. The young lady who served us, even brought out a plate of goodies complete with a candle.We would not hesitate to recommend this gorgeous hotel.Well done to your excellent team.

"Rest and relax week"

5
20/10/2016

Although we stayed in the lodge, we had a lovely room, nice decor, we only booked a week before so were happy to stay in the lodge, will book early next time and stay in the main building if possible. We were warned there would be weddings at the weekend, which was considerate as some hotels we have been in didn't bother. However they did not spoil our stay at all, and noise level was minimal. The staff were all polite and friendly. The hotel exceeded our expectations and we will definitely stay again.

"Top class accommodation"

5
19/10/2016

Stayed in the Connaught lodge for two nights. Spotless condition, lovely bed, spacious bathroom with large shower, no bath. Only ate here at breakfast time when food was hot with plenty choice. Staff were very pleasant and more than willing to be of assistance. Good location with the sea only a five minute walk away and shopping only 15 mins away. Ideal place for a break.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you so much Dod for your "Top Class" 5 star review which is very much appreciated. Delighted you enjoyed your stay and I hope we see you again soon. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Happy weekend"

4
19/10/2016

Stayed for a weekend and had a warm welcome car park small can use the connaught lodge car park which is next door but again if busy you may not get a place ask about booking a parking spot we didn't but otherwise hotel very clean room we had was a standard double good size bed very comfortable free WiFi had use of swimming pool and sauna steam room breakfast was good buffet style good choice staff all very helpful too would stay again loved it

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you so much Christopher and delighted you had a happy weekend with us. Here's to the next time.... Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Connaught Bournemouth"

5
18/10/2016

Wonderful hotel with very good staff. Limited car parking. Very easy walking distance to the wonderful beach. Not far into town either. Very comfortable bed and lovely bathroom and toiletries. The breakfast was wonderful.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you so much Jcr for your lovely review - delighted you enjoyed everything and I hope we see you again soon. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Autumn Break"

5
18/10/2016

We have stayed at this hotel on several occasions before and it never falters from excellence. The staff always helpful, service second to none, food excellent and everywhere is clean with nicely decorated rooms. Special thanks to Nick the restuarant manager and his staff.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Good to see you again Michael and thank you as always for your support and for your very fine review. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Another great stay"

5
18/10/2016

This was our 5th stay at the Connaught.We stayed in a executive suite which was a good size and now has the benefit of air con.For my wife's birthday we went to blakes restaurant.first class food and service. We made good use of the pool and enjoyed the cooked breakfasts .The staff as always where polite and helpful .with the ongoing programme of improvements the hotel gets better each time we visit .looking forward to our next stay.

"Above average"

4
18/10/2016

Booked this hotel for a long weekend due to its location and it had a pool. First impressions were good. Our room was adequate clean and initially appeared well equipped. No bath but no problem as a shower is fine, the shower had a good force of water but then I went to step out. The step out was very high and nothing to hold on to. I am over 60 but a fully active over 60 and I found it difficult. The toilet roll holder was so far behind the toilet we had to take the toilet paper off first. Towels were pristine white and thick and fluffy. Nice good quality toiletries. Outside our window was a huge extractor fan from the kitchens that was very noisy from 7am to 11pm. As the room was very warm, and we had the heating off for the full 4days we had to have the Windows open so noise was a big issue, and as there was a wedding on both Fri and sat night so not good. Good quality tea and coffee in the room. Pool and spa was lovely. Nice and clean and relaxing. Breakfast was ok. Good healthy choices but the cooked breakfast was not buffet. We did find out on our 3rd day you could ask for porridge or poached eggs but this was correlated from the staff,we found out from other quests. Toast was served in a basket and so goes soft. Please connaught purchase some toast racks. All staff were friendly and helpful. Parking is available but limited at busy times. Often need to double park and leave yours keys in reception. I would not advise room 16 due to the extractor fan outside the window. Overall not a bad experience but I felt a bit expensive for the few issues we had.

"Wedding day??"

5
17/10/2016

We had our wedding in the hotel this weekend just gone and I have to say it was the most amazing day ever. The staff were second to none and everything was planned with complete care and precision. Nothing was to much trouble for the staff there and the whole day went without a hitch. Rooms were clean and comfortable with a balcony to over look Bournemouth we could not have been happier. Kids were entertained in the pool in the evening and the food was stunning. Not only did we have the most beautiful wedding day our guests had a fabulous time. We cannot thank you enough for all you did for us and I would highly recommend this hotel for a wedding . Thank you to all the staff involved. Mr and mrs Rogers ??????

"Nice pool and spa"

4
17/10/2016

Our room was a bit gloomy and had only a shower although it was large and well equipped. We had been warned there was a wedding on and the kitchen was very busy but we did have a very long wait for dinner in the brasserie. The restaurant staff were very helpful and efficient. The public rooms were very comfortable and the breakfast excellent. We stayed in the hotel but one of our party was in the lodge which was noisy and a bit basic. I would definitely recommend being in the main hotel.

"First Class"

5
16/10/2016

We spent 4 days at this hotel and had a great time. We tried Blakes restaurent and the Brasserie and the food in both was very good. The room and bed were very comfortable, we had a balcony which at another time of year we would have used, but it was nice to get the fresh air.

"Poor cleanliness in bedroom"

3
14/10/2016

my room no's 34 had a few problems. Their were human hairs and mould in the shower cubicle also mould on the corners of the windows and when we used the fan that is supplied in the wardrobe we were showered with dust. I have taken photos of the items that I am complaining about .

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
We fully accept responsibility Stones and our apologies for this - suffice it to say this was immediately reported to housekeeping and has now been dealt with. However, why you didn't say something on the day instead of trying to extract a refund 4 weeks later, threatening to report us to TripAdvisor if we refused, is beyond comprehension - we could have moved you immediately to another room or at worst dealt with the problem. .Having just taken a photograph of a dusty fan why would you then turn it on and get "showered in dust" !! Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Convenient location"

3
13/10/2016

Couple, weekend away. Good location, 10 minute walk from sea front and town. Well worth being a Rewards member as we were upgraded for free which is always a pleasant surprise. Comfortable lounge areas inside and large seating area at the rear. Room was nice and had everything we needed.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Many thanks Mike - not sure why we warranted such a low rating given the lovey review. Hope to see you again soon. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"As good as you will find for the price."

5
08/10/2016

This is a well run, smart and comfortable hotel. Staff were all pleasant and helpful when necessary. You know what to expect with a Best Western hotel and this was no exception. I would thoroughly recommend it.

"Spa Break"

5
07/10/2016

We stayed for a few nights in September on a bed and breakfast rate. Our room was spacious, exceptionally clean, comfortable and peaceful. We used the Spa on our second day and it was all we had hoped for. The surroundings are of a very high standard and the treatments didn't fail to impress, so relaxing and enjoyable. Good level of chit chat from the therapist; not too talkative but just right. All in all it was just what we needed. We will definitely be back.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you so much for your 5 star review Steeletheshow. We were really pleased your overall stay and in particular your experience in the Spa were such a success - here's to the next time..... Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Doesn't feel like 4 star"

3
07/10/2016

Only booked this hotel as the friend I was traveling wanted a bit of luxury......there were lots of cheaper alternatives available. The good points; lovely helpful smiley staff, great breakfast, big room. The points that need some attention; very squeaky floors and doors, a bedroom carpet that really needs replacing and a bedroom furniture arrangement requiring strictly moves to get through the door which hit the desk sitting behind it and past the nightstand which the door also almost hit (despite there being at least 6 feet free space on the other side of the bed.....just move the bed please). My total bug bear though was 'shampoo for body and hair'.......so soap.....attached to the wall......and NO conditioner......in a 4 star hotel????? Apparently the spa is lovely, but I didn't get the chance to use it. The hotel is totally adequate, just not really 4 star.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
So sorry we didn't meet all your expectations Gillian and your comments have been taken on board, thank you. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"connaught"

5
06/10/2016

a great indpendantly owned hotel, been using for five years now gets better each year,staff,,service and food of best quality in over 25 years have stayed in most similar size and rated hotels in Bournemouth and all I can say is the cream always rises to the top .

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Good to see you again royap and delighted to know our standards are as good as ever and indeed getting better, thank you so much. We look forward to seeing you again soon.. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Spa day"

5
06/10/2016

Me and a friend had a fantastic day from start to finish. The staff were friendly polite and helpful. Facilities were clean and great. Would definitely recommend. Lunch was also amazing with a free glass of bubbly.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Hope to see you again Emma and maybe next time you will complete the experience and stay overnight and enjoy complimentary access to all the spa facilities. Thank you so much for your lovely review. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Short break at very good hotel"

4
05/10/2016

Stayed three nights in executive room. Convenient location in Bournemouth. Room large very good and clean, staff very attentive, Spa pool very good, Blakes restaurant excellent for evening meal and very good for breakfast. Special mention for the maitre de for his care, attention and welcome. Would definitely stay again

"Nice hotel with spa an added bonus"

4
04/10/2016

Visited in mid September for 1night. When we arrived (around 4pm) there were plenty of parking spaces however when we went out at 7.30pm the car park was full. It's about a 10minute walk to the pier. The spa is an added bonus, it contains a small pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. It was very clean and towels are provided. The breakfast was standard, a nice touch was that they prepared your toast for you so you didn't have to stand around waiting as with most hotels! Only slight niggle is that the bathroom door was very compact with a sliding door. There was about a 3-4cm gap which doesn't give you much privacy!

"Great experience! "

4
03/10/2016

I have just spent two nights in the hotel as was staying over to run the Bournemouth marathon. Really enjoyed my stay. A comfortable single room, nice breakfast and a lovely spa within the hotel. This was really important for me as I needed to relax before and after the race. The hotel staff were all very friendly and very helpful. Would definitely stay here again.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Hope you enjoyed the marathon JS - it was quite a good temperature for such an event. Thank you very much for your "Great" review and we look forward to seeing you again next year, if not before. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"3 night stay"

3
03/10/2016

Having stayed at a number of Best Westerns throughout the UK, I always look for one near where I am taking a break or holiday. Having stayed for three nights over the Bournemouth Festival week, the hotel has many plus points, which one would expect from a four star hotel. The staff, namely the Restaurant Head Manager, and cleaning lady (Vicky?), were exceptional both in help and being extremely courteous. Other staff I encountered were also very pleasant which makes such a difference from hotels not willing to the extra mile. Wifi connection was very good, along with a very nice indoor pool. The hotel itself does not have any sea views and the 'garden view' rooms can hardly be described as such. Our room on the third floor (52), was quite small, with no bath, which was a little disappointing. Over the course of our stay, a small problem was encountered with the air conditioning, which was dealt with (and resolved) in quick time, by the attendant Floor/Maintenance Manager. Sadly, noisy other visitors in neighbouring rooms made sleeping not so good, especially at 1.30am!! However, the main issue with the hotel must lie with the car parking facilities. Admittedly the hotel was very full at the time of our visit, which made parking extremely difficult. Please be aware if you should stay at the hotel. Overall, considering this was a four star hotel, it would probably have been better with a three star attachment and a pricing to match.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
I was so disappointed to read your review David especially as the only problem you seemed to experience was the parking which will always be a problem anywhere when you come in the middle of a major festival - we have 66 spaces which is one of Bournemouth's largest car parks and the space is free, unlike most of the 4 star and some of the 3 star hotels. We are a town house hotel in the middle of a large town and do not offer sea views but you stayed in a fully air-conditioned balcony room overlooking quite a nice terraced garden which is very popular!! The size of these rooms is widely advertised and if you scroll down you will see that each category is clearly defined in terms of space. Not all hotels have 100% bathrooms and we are no different - if this was an issue for you perhaps a bath should have been requested when the booking was made by your partner or, at best, you could have asked to be moved to a room with a bath. We do stress that guests should always book direct with their hotel and not via an agent - the hotel knows exactly what the facilities are and this leaves nothing to chance!! Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Excellent hotel, fantastic staff, average rooms"

3
02/10/2016

The staff really make this hotel, they're fantastic and can't do enough for you. Good selection of quality food in the two restaurants. The pool/spa/gym area is well sized and well equipped. More admirable was the wedding there on the Saturday evening did not intrude on the other guests in the hotel, very impressive layout in this respect. Two things lets this hotel down badly. Firstly was the rooms. We had a Superior room above the kitchen and found it pretty basic and was ridiculously hot; neither of us had more than two hours sleep each night which is unacceptable given the basic aim of a hotel. Secondly the parking situation is poor and really needs addressing. That said, I would book again but I'd avoid the room we had (room 15) and arrive early to secure parking.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Many thanks Patrick for your very complimentary review and my apologies for the heat you experienced during your stay. The booking must be in your partner's name as I cannot trace it in yours - please drop me a note with your contact details and we will call you to discuss a suitable remedy. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Very nice hotel"

4
28/09/2016

Friendly and helpful staff, hotel and rooms very clean, stayed in a balcony room it was lovely. Enjoyed very much and will return. Excellent location. Food in the restaurants is excellent. Breakfast was great with lots of choices and buffet style. Pool and spa an added bonus.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
We look forward to that return visit Julie but in the meantime delighted you enjoyed your stay and thank you very much for your "Very Nice" review. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"The Connaught again at the top in Bournemouth"

5
28/09/2016

I stay in Bournemouth fairly regularly, and have stayed at most of the higher grade hotels. When I have a choice, I always stay at the Connaught - by far the best hotel in Bournemouth - and stayed there again last week. What a pleasure it was to be welcomed so warmly by management and staff, and to be made to feel so important. Dining in Blakes was superb, and my companions were greatly impressed. Well done the Connaught - you never let me down

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you so much for your fabulous, 5 star review John, it's a pleasure to see you as always. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Good position. No complaints"

5
27/09/2016

We had our second two night break at the Connaught this September. Once again it didn't disappoint. Friendly, helpful, efficient staff, we stayed in a comfortable room on the first floor. Facilities in the room were good-we even had a biscuit to go with our coffee which is rare these days. The breakfast was excellent and we ate good food in the bar in the evening. We enjoyed a swim in the lovely pool. The hotel is in a good position-just a pleasant walk to the town centre or beach. Admittedly, the rooms do not have sea views, but having read some of the poor reviews of other big, well known hotels on the sea front, we are so glad we chose the Connaught for the second time this year.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for choosing to stay with us again Debbie and also for your 5 star review - here's to the next time..... Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Worth Every Penny"

5
27/09/2016

Great Hotel. Good Location to town and beach and Restaurants. Even had a couple of good evenings in the local pub The Hop Inn. Good group there on the Saturday night called SOULution. Great Room with a balcony. Room was well equipped. Like the toiletries they supply.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Many thanks Lesley for your most generous review and we hope to see you again soon. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Our 4 day break at this lovely hotel."

5
26/09/2016

We stayed at the Connaught 12 months ago and thoroughly enjoyed our stay so decided to return. This time we had an executive room which was lovely and spacious and well worth upgrading. We ate each evening in the Brasserie where the menu was varied and food excellent.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Good to see you again Jane and delighted you enjoyed the break. Many thanks for your lovely review and we look forward to seeing you again next year. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Good location, great service"

5
26/09/2016

Lovely hotel very near the centre/beach area (steep short uphill climb back to hotel - good exercise). Great indoor pool. Lovely fresh breakfast menu - same every day but there is other stuff you can order, like porridge, ham, cheese, etc. at no extra charge. Excellent service all round. Everybody very helpful. Definitely recommend it.

"Excellent stay"

5
26/09/2016

Particularly impressed with breakfast staff. Unlike so many other hotels I have stayed at they actually cleared plates when they were finished. The rooms were spacious and comfortable and location was excellent for our needs, just back from the beach

"Smashing break"

5
24/09/2016

We had 3 nights at this wonderful hotel, the staff were superb, nothing was too much trouble, the rooms and public areas were as good as you would expect from a hotel of this calibre, would definitely stay again

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you so much Amanda for your "Smashing" review - we hope to see yuo again soon. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Great"

4
24/09/2016

Stayed as base for conference at BIC. Good location. Friendly staff, very welcoming. Good size room with windows that open (not found often enough nowadays). Good quality breakfast and worth the supplement. Didn't use spa facilities but seemed popular.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Many thanks Duncan for your "Great" review and I hope we see you again very soon. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Lovely hotel"

4
22/09/2016

The hotel is well placed once you get your head around where you are and is close to the seafront but down a steep hill. The room we had was fantastic, with a very large bathroom with a walk-in shower and the bed was very comfortable too and the cleanliness of the room was excellent. The Brassierie Restaurant was good and food of a high standard. Small criticisms would be that TV service was poor due to a storm a few days earlier (so we were informed but after three days it was still not good); this also meant no WiFi as we could not access the hotel page on the TV for the information but as this was only a little consideration we did not bring it up at the reception. Also the bottled water in the room was never replaced but we didn't miss this as it tasted very salty so we purchased our own. I would say though that the clientelle is mainly late 50s early 60s so it's quieter than some other hotels I have been to. I would recommend this for a quiet retreat and would stay there again.

"Even better this year!"

5
21/09/2016

Following my review of last year we booked for the whole family to stay this year and our expectations were met and exceeded. The hotel is streets ahead of the others in the vicinity and the service is as good as you'll find in many reputable international hotels. Rooms are spotless, cleaned every day by careful staff and the general atmosphere is very pleasant. The restaurant is good especially the breakfast (which has apretty outside terrace and there is a choice of bar area allowing for casual or more formal groups. the swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna are very good too. Prices are quite reasonable considering the category and location. Personally I would like to see a cold buffet for "continental" breakfasters however,and some "lighter" meals in the restaurant including a better vegetarian dish than that offered. The hotel notified us immediately of some small items we forgot which I thought wa a really nice personal touch.

"Anniversary treat"

5
20/09/2016

First visit to The Connaught and will not be the last! Enjoyed our two night break in a balcony room very much. Of particular note was the standard of cleanliness, the efficiency of the staff throughout and last, but not least the food! We ate in Blakes one evening and in the Brasserie the other. Both evenings dinner was superb....would highly recommend to anyone looking for a hotel with high quality cuisine.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Wonderful!! thank you so much Kme for your lovely, 5 star review and absolutely delighted you had a super time. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Fabulous week at this great hotel"

5
19/09/2016

This was our second holiday at this hotel, and we returned because we so enjoyed it the first time. We were not disappointed. From the booking, which we did from the hotels own website, to checkout it was a very professional and well run experience. Our room was a refurbished king, second floor overlooking the rear well laid out patio and garden. It was one of the quietest hotel rooms we have ever had the pleasure of, bright and well appointed. Breakfast each day was a joy, especially as we were able to enjoy it outdoors due to the unseasonably warm weather. We ate in the hotel bistro on three evenings and can only describe it as first class, the service from the whole team was quite superb.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you so very much Mark for your "Fabulous", very comprehensive review which is very much appreciated by each and everyone of us.. Until the next time... Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Wedding day"

5
18/09/2016

We had our wedding day at The Connaught Hotel on the 17th September. The hotel is absolutely stunning, the food was to die for, and the service from Fay, Kevin and all the wedding team was without fault and first class. We could'nt fault anything, nothing was to much trouble for them. We certainly chose the best wedding venue for us.. Our guests haven't stopped talking about the wonderful hotel and the Lamb Shank.. Thank you all of you for making our day so special.... sandie and Phil Grimshaw.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Happy days Sandie - delighted you had a wonderful day, one clearly to remember; we thoroughly enjoyed playing our part in making it such a success. Thank you so much for such a lovely review and our best wishes to you both. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"short stay"

5
18/09/2016

All aspects of this hotel are of a very high standard, and the personnel were also of the same high standard. We have reviewed our visit and there is nothing but a good report, from our arrival at reception to when we left to return home.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you so much Keith for your 5 star review. We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Surprise weekend away!"

4
18/09/2016

My friend booked this as a surprise weekend away, as a pre marriage treat. Arrived on the Friday evening, and greeted by the friendly receptionist, and checked into our room with balcony. Lovely room, view not great but nice little balcony with chairs to relax and have a glass of wine. We ate in the hotel restaurant that evening, good service and had a nice meal with wine. Breakfast was lovely, and again great service. Nice to speak to the Italian staff, as am going to Italy on my honeymoon! We used the pool, jacuzzi and sauna Sunday morning. A lovely break in a good hotel.

"Great 3 nights"

5
17/09/2016

1st stay at the Connaught Hotel, (3 nights) booked due to other revues and was not disappointed,great location, left car in car park and used local bus service which had a stop nearby,.excellent food and service,all staff were very helpful and pleasant,.perfect for anyone who require a peaceful holiday. Can recommend this hotel as definitely 4/5 star.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you so much Paul for your "Great" review and delighted you had a peaceful and restful holiday. Here's to the 2nd.... Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"A third come back"

4
16/09/2016

It was our 3rd visit to the Connaught. As we had two young children, we were advised to book a lodge suite ,which was very good. We like this hotel as it is clean, smart and very well situated being 10/15 mins from both the beach and the town centre. The staff are friendly. Breakfast food very adequate. Having a suite on the main road meant a bit of traffic noise morning and evening and a few unwanted making noises late in the evening at times. On the whole a very good stay.Parking a bit limited and always full.

"All excellent - location, room, staff and food"

5
16/09/2016

We had not stayed here previously, did not know the area. It was all absolutely perfect. Staff could not have been more helpful. The hotel was definitely up to 4-5 star standard and very clean. The swimming pool was fabulous and all the facilities were above expectation as was the entire hotel and staff.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Delighted we ticked all your boxes Dash and thank you very much for your 5 star review. I hope we have the pleasure of your company again soon. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Ms "

5
13/09/2016

Had a lovely couple of days at this clean and comfortable hotel...location was great and the staff were so friendly and helpful, especially Natalia and Elkin. Relaxed in the fabulous Pool and Spa area..will definitely be re-visiting!

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Good news Cheryl, thank you for your 5 star review and we look forward to that return visit. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Day visit in June"

4
13/09/2016

We booked this location for one day only as the start of a two weeks trip through England. Easy to find, good parking and pretty near the beaches, although it requires quite some steps down the steep Cliffs over there. However, half a mile further to the centre one can easily enter the shores. We used a junior suite, beautiful bathroom and large enough room. As it was raining (pooring actually) we stayed in the hotel for some time. Good spa, lovely treatments, small pool too. Did not leave for dinner but used the restaurant instead. Fabulous, great recommendation, see separate review. Breakfast was extensive. Busy, but more than enough space for everybody. Good start of the day. Certainly a hotel one can stay several days if the coastline is desired.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Many thanks Hans for your super review - I hope the rest of your trip was as enjoyable. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Bournemouth stay"

5
13/09/2016

I stayed in the lodge for 2 nights a fantastic stay staff very friendly and polite and couldn't do enough for you. The bed was very comfortable and room very tidy The spa facilities are great and the breakfast was freshly cooked with a large selection and waiting staff on hand 10/10 for the breakfast & service.

"One of the best spa days we have experienced"

5
12/09/2016

On arrival, and during the whole day, the staff were friendly and welcoming. The spa facilities were clean and well presented. There were plenty of hooks around to hang robes on which so often is not the case. Our 50 minute treatments were excellent as was the 2 course lunch that followed. Excellent value for money and one that we will definitely return to. Extra brownie points for the lovely chef who produced a plate of tasty petit fours for my friend with "Happy birthday" written in sauce.

"great location"

5
10/09/2016

Once again my wife and I have had another great stay here. Service of the staff and the rooms were excellent. only a 10 minute walk to the shops and bic so ideal if your going to a concert or just shopping. Hotel was fully booked but was very quiet in hotel. Will be back again in January For our anniversary and to see a concert at the bic.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Good to see you again DMB and thank you very much for your glowing review. We look forward to seeing you in January for your anniversary celebrations. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Outstanding hotel"

5
09/09/2016

This hotel is exceptional, the staff are amazing, very friendly, very helpful, the customer service is fantastic, especially in the Brasserie where the service was amazing, the food is just outstanding..Blakes resturant is also worth a mention because the food is stunning! the breakfast menu was also extremely good with plenty of choice. The room was clean and very comfortable, the only disappointment was the view of the fire escape, but it is what it is! I didn't find car parking a problem at all..I found a space when I arrived and didn't use the car, I didn't need it..the car park does get busy though.. The spa, pool and gym facilities are great. There is just a nice friendly atmosphere in this hotel and it is ideally placed I would recommend it..I will certainly be going back.. A very big thank you to all at The Connaught.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you so much for your "Outstanding" review and I hope we have the pleasure of your company again soon. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Short break for sightseeing"

5
09/09/2016

I found the Staff very welcoming, the room was a good size and well appointed, though I would have preferred to be in the main building. The shower room was particularly stylish though the shower would have benefited from a descale. I made use of the free WiFi in the room and found it reasonable speed for my purposes. The Connaught is well placed for a short walk to the seafront and the town centre. Because the Hotel is a block away from the cliff top there are no sea views and the views from the room I was in were not great as the window faced into the hotel complex. However, this did mean there was little noise from the surrounding roads. I had an enjoyable stroll along the front to Sandbanks and to Boscome, both of which can be reached in an hour. I would definitely stay at the Connaught next time I am in Bournemouth.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Many thanks Billybong for your super, 5 star review and we look forward to that return visit. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"One fine place"

5
08/09/2016

Stayed here several times now on business. Good quality feel about the place and staff can't do enough to help you. My room was of high quality and had everything I needed for a comfortable night. Breakfast is also of a very high standard. Buffet style with good choice of food. Look forward to my next stay.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Good to see you as always mrmasterreview and thank you so much for your most generous review. Until the next time.... Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Lovely place to stay in Bournemouth, close to everything!!"

4
08/09/2016

Overal our stay here was good, we arrived but has a stale receptionist, this didn't change throughout the stay and we were swiftly checked out with no conversation. However the rest of the hotel was lovely, spa and gym facilities were substantial and clean, hotel rooms cleaned and lovely position, close to beach, town, food, shops. The breakfast was well layed out and fresh, no matter what time you went, (one day we were there by 7.30, the next 10.00).

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Delighted you enjoyed your stay Amanda and apologies for the receptionist - your review which has been brought to their attention and hopefully when we see you again your impression will be more positive. Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for your generous review. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Lovely Spa visit"

4
07/09/2016

We found this hotel which offered day spa facilities. It is £25 for the day and it was a shame that we only got here late in the afternoon following a let down at another day spa. However, the facilities are great! A cardio suite with plenty of treadmills etc - and a separate weights room with a great range of machines and free weights. The pool area is lovely - not huge but big enough - the jacuzzi was good - again not huge but room enough - the sauna and steam rooms are very good. Changing rooms were clean and had good showers, hairdryers etc. Because of our short notice visit we didn't book any treatments but there appeared to be quite a few rooms - including one for couples treatment - so again very good options. Overall this was a really nice day spa and whilst we only used it for a few hours we were still happy to pay the £25. Would highly recommend for a day of relaxation - it would be nice to return and include some treatments next time. The whole hotel seemed nice so we would also consider staying here if we visit Bournemouth again.

"Tired looking hotel"

2
07/09/2016

We were very disappointed in our 2 nights B.B. at this hotel. We paid a total of £338 for the two nights and so were expecting a lovely room but unfortunately we found it to be tired and dated. We paid extra for a balcony room but were unable to sit on there due to the weather but even if it had been sunny the outlook was over looking other buildings. We were suprised to be charged £3 extra for a cappuccino at breakfast as if £174 for one night didn't cover this. Breakfast though was very nice with a good choice. Parking is limited unless as we found out you book your room with the hotel direct then they will reserve you a place. I'm afraid we will not be making a return visit.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Dreadfully sorry we didn't tick all you boxes Mrs Poole but given that we have just spent over £2m refurbishing the hotel I think we will have to agree to disagree - all the balcony rooms, including yours, have just been fitted with A/C!! Breakfast when booked on line is just £3 per head so not unreasonable to charge for items over and above the wide range of items on offer in the morning. Reserved parking is only available to guests who have booked the executive rooms or suites direct and is one of the benefits on offer but I understand you managed to find parking. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Long weekend at The Connaught"

5
06/09/2016

My husband booked The Connaught for our anniversary on our arrival the entrance was welcoming with hanging flowers in full bloom, clean, well maintained and the young lady with short dark hair, lovely smile, very professionally and helpful. The decor and seating in reception was comfy, stylish and colour coordinated throughout. Our room was very nice a bit on the small side but comfortable. The breakfast was excellent with staff very attentive and organised. Blake and Brasserie restaurants lovely ambience service and staff amazing. Friday and Saturday night was jazz entertainment which was enjoyable. The use of spa facilities was wonderful - pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room with showers and changing rooms included. The beauty treatments are extra I had a full body massage with Isabel which was brilliant. The beach was within walking distance lovely view from West Cliff and fantastic beach. Town is also very close by too so hotel is in a great location for most attractions. Would definitely visit again and recommend too.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
We were so delighted to read just how much you enjoyed your stay with us Angela and thank you very much indeed for your superb review and recommendation. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Lovely friendly hotel with an easy going attitude"

4
06/09/2016

We stayed here for a weekend in Bournemouth, the staff were very efficient and friendly, they made sure we had everything we needed and helped us out with places to eat etc and an umbrella due to the rain! The room was nice, we had a superior room in the main hotel, it was a bit dark and some noise from the lift but overall it was good. The toiletries were a bit disappointing, no conditioner and no shower cap, for this 4 star hotel I expected to see those things. However it was a pleasant stay and a comfy bed with a clean bathroom

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you so much Frances for your "Lovely" review and delighted you had a pleasant stay with us. Shower caps are so rarely asked for these days but they are available from reception or housekeeping - apologies for any inconvenience. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"A great short break."

4
06/09/2016

Friendly welcome,all questions answered.We had room 14. Obviously refurbished to a very good standard. Comfy King size bed.Had dinner in Brazarie, great service and food. Location on top of West Cliff was good short walk to beach and town centre. Lift down to beach.

"Not disappointed"

5
04/09/2016

We booked 2 rooms for two nights , arrived and very pleasant check in , were given rooms 24 & 25 , and very nice rooms they were , clean and very comfortable , bar staff very helpful , breakfast was Great . We used the pool , sauna and steam room and had it literally to ourselves in the mornings I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough and we will return if we are in the area Thank you to all

"short summer break"

5
03/09/2016

Wanted a couple of days away so returned to the Connaught and not disappointed. Stayed in the spacious Rose Suite with lovely comfy bed. Again had excellent food both in the Brasserie and Blakes restaurant and great service. Lovely sitting outside in the warm sunshine for breakfast. The hotel is great for waling to the beach and into the main town so did not use the car the entire time! Will definitely return.

"Bank holiday get away"

4
02/09/2016

We spent two nights at the Connaught over Bank Holiday, we had a lovely time. Cannot fault the hotel , from comfort of rooms , spa, staff, restaurant all met expectations. Only little moan , tea in both rooms and restaurants was very weak.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Many thanks Charmaine for your lovely review. Good to read you enjoyed the weekend in spite of the weak tea, sorry!! Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Enjoyed the short visit"

4
02/09/2016

I was only in the hotel for 1 night and it was one of the hottest days/nights of the year. I am sure when international customers check in, the first thing they ask is "does the room have air con?". I didn't ask this and I noticed a fan in the wardrobe that I could have used but I didn't! The hotel is in a quiet street high up in the West Cliff area but just a short walk from the path down to the seaside and a very nice beach front and promenade. I didn't have breakfast, I did go and look at the indoor pool which looked very inviting although quite busy with swimmers. Reception was friendly and gave me an early check in. The room was bright, everything functioning although I had fun and games with the remote control, I wasn't in the room to watch TV. The car park did get full, even the extension to the car park was choc-a-block! My friend who I was visiting, came to meet me and parked a couple of streets away! I would stay again and I recommend it for any visitors wishing for a stylish hotel with easy access to town and beachfront.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you so much Mark for taking the trouble to write your lovely review. We are in the process of installing A/C and so far the entire top floor has been completed to include all the balcony rooms - we hope to complete the task by next summer. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Very pleasant hotel where "service with a smile" is the norm"

5
02/09/2016

Parking and checking in was very easy and friendly. The decor and rooms were to a pleasingly high standard. An extra in our room was a quiet and efficient fan which on a very hot night was a real bonus. We had breakfast outside in a beautiful, peaceful courtyard and the breakfast team could not have been more helpful. We both enjoyed a variety of goodies and my coffee pot gave me 3 servings which again was very welcome. When we checked out, again the receptionist was friendly, helpful and the smile ran deep - it was not just duty, she enjoyed helping. A very pleasing experience and a super hotel.

"Geat Staff, Food, Room, Location."

5
02/09/2016

Stayed for two nights with my wife for a late summer short break and what a great Hotel would recommend to any one. Staff all excellent nothing to much trouble, Food was excellent with great choice, quality and excellent service.

"Mini Holiday "

5
02/09/2016

We just wanted to say thank you for such a lovely stay. From head porter to house keeping (who made max an extra bed) to bar staff and waiting staff - they could not have done enough. Your spa facilities equally a treat. A truly fabulous end to our summer holiday. Thank you for the warm reception and beautifully clean room! We will be recommending you to our friends X

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you so much Laura for your lovely review and for your recommendation. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Fantastic weekend away"

5
31/08/2016

The hotel is amazing! The rooms are a good size, but the facilities really stand out. Free use of the gym, pool, sauna and hot tub. Plus massages available for a good price. They also do spa days, which involve full use of the pools etc, lunch, a massage or two and a glass of champagne for £55! Great for a not so sunny day in England! If it's a busy time ie summer or bank holiday I would book a bit in advance, the spa days sell out!!! Breakfast was great, variety and plenty for any dietary requirements and not too far from the beach...maybe 10 minute walk! Cycle hire nearby too :) If you want to eat out on the sea front book in advance, couldn't get a table for the whole bank holiday weekend :) Overall just a really great, relaxing place to stay! Perfect for couples weekend getaway!!!

"Great weekend"

5
30/08/2016

Enjoyed the stay , room nice but lacking air con Parking was limited but we managed to get a spot. We ate in Blakes and the brasserie and enjoyed the food in both. Blakes was the award winning restaurant and the food was really good. The brasserie benefits from this as they obviously share the kitchen , food was great in there too there was a guy playing the sax on the friday night in the brasserie it was a nice atmosphere and added to the evening. altogether a great stay.

"Pleasant stay "

5
30/08/2016

This was a very good stay. The friendly staff, without exception were very welcoming. The lovely room had one of the most comfortable big beds and the bathroom was big and airy . Breakfast is served and there is a great choice. The great food at the bar was very reasonably priced . Would have loved to dine in the main restaurant but it was fully booked which isn't surprising. It all made it a good weekend for us. The hotel looks good from its terrace where we had a pleasant drink .Only one small niggle was the limited parking. Otherwise top rate.

"MIXED FEELINGS"

3
29/08/2016

Felt cheated - small musty room, no air con., (cheap fan in wardrobe) and limited, tricky parking. Not a good feeling to start your weekend with when the blurb and price had led me to think I was booking a high class hotel with plenty of free parking. Our evening was lovely - we met up with family and had a wonderful meal in the brasserie. The waiter was great even though he was new. The food was wonderful. In the morning we had a lovely swim in the pool and used the steam room and sauna before having a very nice breakfast in the sun drenched courtyard of Blakes restaurant. Then we had great fun getting the car out of the car park. Unlikely we will be staying there again.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for your review Sue. I was delighted you enjoyed your weekend in spite of the small room and issues with parking - sorry!! Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Summer Break"

5
28/08/2016

Spend 2 nights at the Best Western hotel from the 24th-26th of August, with an overall great experience. The reception staff were all lovely our room was not ready when we arrived but we were able to park and also store our food in a fridge whilst we went down to the beach for a few hours. The room was slightly dated but nice overall unfortunately the room we stayed in didn't have air conditioning and it was pretty hot but that cannot be helped. The breakfast was lovely with a good selection of food and tables out in the garden which meant we could enjoy the morning sunshine whilst eating. Visited the gym and spa area whilst there the gym was impressive for a hotel gym and the pool was clean and cool. Would definitely recommend this hotel to others its ideally located for the beach and restaurants also all staff we came into contact with were great and made our stay even better.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Many thanks for your lovely review and recommendation Ben, very much appreciated. We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"A smart, welcoming and comfortable hotel near the beach and town."

5
28/08/2016

I stayed at the Connaught whilst visiting the coast, friends and family. I have stayed many times before and the hotel always comes up the expectations. the politeness and helpfulness of all the staff is exemplary. Mt room was spotless and the bed comfortable. There was an excellent breakfast is in the smart restaurant, and given the warm weather, I ate out in the spacious garden on two days. Service in the Blades restaurant is excellent. I did not have dinner at the hotel on this occasion, although I have done in the past. I made of the gym which is very well equipped. I used the cardio room, although there is a weights room as well. I enjoyed the well appointed sauna and the large pool and e Jacuzzi. The hotel is only a minutes from the town centre and also the superb Bournemouth beach. I look forward next stay.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Good to see you again Robert and thank you very much for your most generous review about our staff and the facilities we have on offer and we look forward to your next visit. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Relaxing break "

5
28/08/2016

We booked 4 nights stay in late August which covered our wedding anniversary. On arrival we got the instant impression what a calm and relaxed atmosphere there was. Made good use of the Spa facilities which were great. Booked a meal in Blakes restaurant for our anniversary. The food was stunning and the service excellent. Would definitely go back when next visiting the south coast.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
We look forward to your return visit Wayne and thank you for your 5 star review. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Summer mid week break"

4
28/08/2016

Nice hotel, beautiful reception and entrance to hotel. Executive room was spacious and clean, nice coffee maker! Interior hallways could do with a little TLC. Spa and gym very nice, clean and relaxing. Breakfast was good, but the service could be better. The Brassiere was excellent, great ribs and service. Location 10 mins walk to the pier and beach.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Many thanks Matt for you lovely review and delighted you enjoyed your stay. Apologies for the issues you had at breakfast. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Bank holiday break"

5
27/08/2016

Gorgeous hotel with lovely room. Staff were so helpful and the swimming pool & spa were tip-top. Really enjoyed the leisurely breakfast in the Bournemouth sunshine on the terrace. Wonderful short break, thank you! Would definitely book to stay again. Located just outside the main town centre but close enough to walk. Spacious room with large bed and beautiful bathroom.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you very much Richard for your 5 star review and delighted you enjoyed the Bank Holiday break - you had the best of the weather!! Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"A summer mini-break"

4
27/08/2016

An excellent hotel, well situated, with pleasant and helpful staff. Breakfast was included in our room rate, and there was a wide choice of "continental" and traditional English food. The weather was good so we could eat outside. We enjoyed the local area and took local bus trips to nearby Swanage and Poole.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Good news indeed Robert, thank you so much. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Great Service and loved the spa"

5
27/08/2016

Stayed for one night with my daughter and found the staff and hotel excellent. We used the spa a number of times and it was clean and comfortable and not too busy as we used it during the day. When I mentioned to the receptionist it was my daughters birthday, a card and complementary drinks arrived within minutes and I thought that was a lovely touch. A short walk to the beach or the town so we found the location excellent too. Would definately stay here again

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Many thanks Nikmass and delighted your daughter's birthday was such a success. We look forward to seeing you again. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Short Break Again!"

5
26/08/2016

Lovely hotel and staff and great facilities with a pool, sauna and steam room (towels provided). Food was excellent and afternoon tea looked amazing. Great location not far from the front but you can't see the sea if your looking for that. Seating outside if nice and some lovely settees inside for you to relax and have a coffee, beer or just read. Nearby bike hire and if you disabled a scooter company will deliver and pickup from hotel so no worries about returning it. Staff very helpful and honest I left my Ipad on a table and they found us to return it (I did not realise it had not been picked up) We stayed in the lodge which has a lif but it is quite small so a scooter needs to be left downstairs and I do think it would be quite tight for a wheelchair so I would in future request a ground floor room as breakfast served in main hotel so a little walk if it's raining could be unpleasant, but if able bodied not an issue All rooms have a fan and in August on top floor it was needed

"best attention"

5
25/08/2016

every time I visit the connaught I feel I am in a wonderful hotel.The attention isa lways great, good rooms, good breakfast and the best restaurant in Bournemouth.The reception desk is always quick and ashen you arrive at your room you receive a call from reception askng for your first experience at room. and during all your stay the attention remain at the same level

"Last minute getaway "

5
25/08/2016

Found this gem on our way to Bournemouth via booking.com. Had visited Bournemouth but never stayed, but knew there were hundreds of hotels to choose from. Connaught importantly has car park, it's a short walk to centre of town. Swimming pool lovely and clean, breakfast very good, staff helpful and friendly. Stayed an extra night as it was so pleasant.

"A nice place to stay"

4
24/08/2016

We stayed here last week - specifically for access to the Air Show - for which the Connaught is ideally placed. Previous visit was in '08 since when there have been some subtle but noticeable improvements. Spa is a real bonus - pool is a seawater one and of a decent size. Its use by non-residents must I assume add to the issues with car-parking Selfishly it would be good to see it restricted to residents only but that's unrealistic. Nonetheless car-parking is not straightforward. Restaurant has been improved and food was superb - maitre de Nicky runs a very tight attentive staff and its a shame he doesn't also run the bar where we found the service a real disappointment. Sloppy presentation &brusque manners a contrast with rest of staff. Only other issue for us was the rooms do get very warm and a.c would be a nice feature to cool them.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Many thanks Downsview for your review of your recent stay with us. We have 66 Car spaces, which is more than most of the hotels in Bournemouth and they are free - the Leisure club members don't stay overnight so they are not really an issue. Apologies for the service in the brasserie which is quite rare but it has been passed to the manager for investigation. We recently installed a/c on the top floor of the hotel which includes all the balcony rooms - you might like to try one next time around. Just one correction, if I may, the pool is not a seawater pool, sadly!! Until the next time...... Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"One night in Bournemouth"

5
24/08/2016

My friend and I were most impressed with this hotel especially as I am a little worried when booking hotels in England as I have had bad experiences. From the moment u enter the reception area, which is beautifully decorated u r treated exceptionally well.The receptionist was very polite and helpful. We booked a room on the third floor with twin beds and a balcony and it was very good but on sitting on one of the beds my friend felt the mattress was far too soft - the duty manager arrived and insisted we look at one of the other bedrooms on the same floor and consequently we changed over - nothing seemed too much trouble. The room was very spacious with drawers and the bathroom shower was great. Did not eat in the hotel in the evening as we were meeting a friend but the breakfast buffet in the morning was exceptional. What was nice was that the hotel buffet was served to us.Did not try the SPA but it looked good. All in all we would definitely stay here again when we next visit friends in Bournemouth.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you so much LHC for your 5 star review and delighted we managed to get your accommodation right for you in the end and that your stay was such a success. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Close to the water front but..."

3
23/08/2016

I was disappointed in this Best Western "Plus" hotel. The room we had was dingy, old, tiny and not what I expected from a Best Western. We had a view of the fire escape, so don't pick room #8! Breakfast was pretty good but crowded, good selection and good tea. Staff were friendly and helpful. Parking is tight but the staff help you by taking your car keys and moving the cars around to accommodate as many cars as possible.

"Best Western Connaught+"

4
23/08/2016

Well positioned hotel for both beach, town and restaurants. Good facilities including pool, gym and spa. Breakfast very good plenty of choice - fruit, juice, pastries, cereals and cooked breakfast. Spacious room well kept and serviced daily - room would benefit from having a fridge. Sometimes difficult to find parking space. Overall would recommend this hotel if staying in Bournemouth, this was our 3rd visit.

"Night in Bournemouth"

4
23/08/2016

Lovely hotel in a good location, would have used the spa but forgot my swimsuit which was a shame. We were only staying one night but wish it could have been longer. The lounge area was very relaxing. I didn't stay for breakfast as it wasn't included and would have been expensive on it's own. Bournemouth was very busy but we didn't hear any noise in our room.

"Bedroom"

3
21/08/2016

This hotel is a story of two halves, where by parking is a nightmare, ground floor reception and entrance were exquisitely decorated no expense spared, breakfast room excellent and food very good, we paid for superior room, but felt that this was a below average room for a four star hotel, poorly decorated, shabby bathroom, room badly needed updating with new furniture and a make over, have stayed in many hotels in Bournemouth of a lower grade, but much better decor and updated furniture and full air conditioning which this hotel lacks. Would not return to this hotel.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Sorry we didn't tick all your boxes Ian but thank you for taking the trouble to write your review and for your positive comments. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"5* service in a 4* hotel"

5
21/08/2016

While we booked this hotel not knowing anything about it we were more than satisfied with the hotel when we checked in and it became apparent that the hotel employed the 'cream of the crop' when it came to their staff levels. Nothing was too much trouble for any of them when faced with a request and we couldn't find fault in any single item or person and while we read a couple of negative comments about the carpet covering in rooms and stairs, it all depends on the ratio of pros n cons and in this case, the positives far outweighed and negatives.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Many thanks for the 5 star review Graham and in particular for your most generous comments about our team here. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Not Family Friendly"

3
20/08/2016

Generally a nice hotel, average. However wouldn't recommend to families with young children. We felt our presence was tolerated rather than welcomed even though children were very well behaved. More than happy to stay away from hotels where children are not welcome, but why take our booking for 2 adults and 2 young children, our £800 odd pound family money but then make us feel like we shouldnt be there. This issue aside if you arent burdened with kids to look after the hotel is in a good location, food is reasonable, rooms in generally good repair and comfortable.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for review GeoOli and delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. Children are most welcome but they are not allowed access to the spa area between 12 noon and 6pm which is for adults only to chill and enjoy their spa days - you were advised of this long before your arrival. I feel sure if you were one of those guests you would not appreciate children running around while you were trying to relax. Children in the mornings and evenings and adults in the afternoons - it works very well and is fair to everyone!! Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"2 night weekend break"

4
20/08/2016

Location good for beach, town and theatre on the west side of town. We had booked an executive room so had our own car parking reserved space.Friendly check in on arrival. Our room was very nice and what we would expect from the room grade we booked, and quiet on the second floor. Weather was beautiful so breakfast if wanted could be taken outside on the terrace. We also had two meals in the Brasserie which we enjoyed. A musician was playing on both evenings and this added to the enjoyment. All staff we came across were very polite and friendly. We did have an issue on the second day from housekeeping in our bathroom. No shower gel etc had been replaced and dirty towel mat left, but a call to reception and this was dealt with. Would not hesitate in recommending this hotel.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Good news Maxine and thank you for writing such a lovely review. Delighted housekeeping sorted the issue with the towel and extra gel. - apologies for that Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Excellent Hotel, food and service."

5
19/08/2016

Location very good for easy walk into town. Bournemouth is a busy vibrant town in the summer especially. Thoroughly recommend it. We always enjoy our stay at the Connaught and is always our first choice when we visit Bournemouth.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you so much VJT for your "Excellent" review. Hopefully we'll see you again on your next visit to Bournemouth. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"5 ??????????"

5
18/08/2016

I really can't say enough how great our stay was here, we had a couple of days booked for our 1st wedding anniversary - decided to book after reading other reviews and I'm glad to say we weren't disappointed. Facilities are outstanding - I had a wonderful massage and the spa itself is lovely. All of the bar and restaurant staff were so friendly and really couldn't do enough for us, even brought us our own special "Happy Anniversary" dessert complete with candle in Blakes restaurant. Breakfast was gorgeous and my husband was thoroughly impressed with a fry up each day! The pastries and fruit were much more to my taste :) thank you so much we will definitely be back!!

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
5 Gold stars - our very first, thank you so much Mr & Mrs Fuller!! Delighted your first anniversary was such a great success and hopefully we'll see more of you over the years to come. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Great stay!"

5
17/08/2016

Stayed here last week the staff team are 1st class!Food excellent .housekeeping actually pleasant.Thank you.Swimming pool u can swim in.2min too the beach.Lovely courtyard for breakfast.superb poached eggs on request.The room we had thru group on was fine a little dated,but clean smart n tidy with tea n coffee.

"Weekend stay for a family wedding"

5
16/08/2016

Fantastic, one of the best! Staff, room,restaurant all top notch. Unbelievable views at the bottom of the road. Would love to go back, rooms where impeccable very clean as was the halls,I was a where of a wedding going on at the hotel but didn't here a peep! In my eyes somewhere to take the wife away and rack up the wife miles!

"What an amazing hotel"

5
15/08/2016

We stayed here last week for two nights. From the minute we arrived the Young man on reception was so attentive sorting out parking for us. We had a room on the third floor which was nice and clean and bright. We ate in the brasserie and the service we received from the waiting staff was exceptional. They are very attentive and nothing was too much trouble. The food was lovely, make sure you choose the chefs choice of sweets and try the sharing plough and as a starter. Everything was beautifully prepared and reasonably priced. Breakfast was lovely, we sat outside and again the staff were excellent. They spa area was good, lovely pool and steam room, jacuzzi and sauna and there is a gym. We had the best experience we have ever had in a hotel. The staff are a credit to the hotel and the manager should be very proud. We will definitely return

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
And what an "Amazing Review" Jane, thank you so much. Delighted you enjoyed every aspect of the hotel's facilities and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"The 'girls' outing to Bournemouth"

5
15/08/2016

Whilst some of the part of frequent visitors to Bournemouth, we have never had the chance to stay this hotel. Well, what a delight it is .... From the moment you walk through the front door, you know you are going to have a good time. The staff are just as friendly in person, as they are on the telephone, or over email and the atmosphere they create is just perfect. Even with a one night stay, you have the opportunity to get to know everyone. From the waiter George, to the gentleman in charge of the breakfast restaurant, you feel at home very quickly and they all seem genuinely pleased to ensure your stay is a pleasant as possible. Having read some reviews, I had though we might be disappointed with car parking and the room sizes, however neither were a problem. We found parking for both cars straight away, even though one didn't arrive until gone 5 and the rooms were delightful. We chose ones with balconies, which again were adequate for two persons and provided that extra bit of fresh air on what was a particularly hot day. Food is of a good quality and plentiful, drinks not overly expensive. All in all, you would struggle to find anything better within the price range. We will definitely revisit and thoroughly recommend if you are thinking of staying in the area. Thank you

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Good news indeed Lynne - we were delighted your stay was such a success and we hope to see you again soon. Thank you very much for your most generous review. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"We love this hotel."

5
15/08/2016

This was our second stay at The Connaught. The first time just for a weekend but we liked it so much we booked in for a week this time - so glad we did, nothing disappointed. The breakfasts are legendry, didn't use the main restaurant but food in the brasserie is excellent. We chose a standard room with a balcony so the room wasn't huge but big enough, comfortable and clean. The air conditioning was efficient and quiet, much needed as we were there in a heatwave. Five minute walk to the beach, ten minutes to the beautiful gardens and the town. But what really makes this hotel so special is the staff - warm, friendly, efficient, always ready to help and they work so well together as a team. Just a pleasure to be there.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Many thanks Gina for your delightful review and I hope we have the pleasure of your company again. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Fabulous Hotel"

5
14/08/2016

We recently stayed in this hotel and it is just a few minutes walk from the beach and close to the town centre. The food is top notch and all the staff were very welcoming and friendly. Our room was large and modern decor. The pool was large enough and never seemed to be too busy which was great! We will stay here again on our next visit to Bournemouth!

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
We look forward to that return visit Sapphire and thank you for your "Fabulous" 5 star review. Here's to the next time... Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Excellent service"

4
13/08/2016

We had a lovely week in the Connaught. Our room was a good size, bright and airy and very comfortable. The pool is a good size for a hotel pool and we enjoyed using it. What really makes the difference is the staff; they are all extremely helpful and very friendly. We would recommend it.

"Don't hesitate to book! "

5
10/08/2016

What a gem. We wanted to stay overnight in Bournemouth and most of the mid range hotels looked dated and grim. The Connaught was so much better than we anticipated. Modern fresh decor, friendly and efficient staff. So good to stay in a hotel where everyone smiles. Our room was spotless. We were pleased we paid the extra for a balcony room. The pool is large and was never crowded. The breakfast was excellent. Quality ingredients and cooked beautifully. We ate breakfast outside. The treatment we received from start to finish would put many 5 start hotels to shame. The location just a couple of minutes from westcliff lifts and zig zag walk to the beach was great. Only 5 mins from the triangle to walk down to the shops. Perfect!

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Many thanks Hovejon for your 5 star review and delighted to read just how much you enjoyed your stay with us. Here's to the next time.... Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Short stay for family wedding"

5
09/08/2016

Lovely room , friendly staff from manager to chambermaid and excellent amenities. Great breakfast taken on the terrace with plenty of choice. The hotel was in a great location 5 minutes walk from the beach and not too far from the parks and shops. Would definitely stay again if returned to Bournemouth.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
And it was a great wedding Lyrosojo. Thank you very much for your super review and delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Short Break - Excellent Staff"

5
09/08/2016

We stayed at this \\Hotel for three nights at the end of July and were not disappointed. The hotel is clean and although our room was small it was clean and comfortable, although a little hot as it did not have air con. The bathroom was newly furbished with a good shower but no bath , which we did not require. All the staff were extremely polite,helpful and efficient and the food exceptional particularly dinner in Blakes. We did not use the Spa or pool due to lack of time. Car parking can be a problem if the hotel is full and the car parking spaces small. The Hotel is located in a quieter part of Bournemouth but only a 10 minute walk into the Town or promenade. Would recommend this Hotel and will certainly hope to stay again when next in the area.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you very much Sandnal for your most kind review of our hotel - for general information we have recently installed A/C on the top floor of the main hotel which includes all the balcony rooms, 2 executive rooms, 48 and 58 and the Orchid Suite. We hope to continue the installation after the summer. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Amazing !!"

5
09/08/2016

I came here on honeymoon and I loved it. We have been going to you for two years now and just cannot fault the place. The only thing which upset me was a whole bottle of champagne was taken out of our room and thrown away which ww had paid 20 pounds for and had ordered as an extra treat as we were on honeymoon. So felt we should of been refunded this

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Good to see you again Vicky and thank you for your "Amazing" review. Apologies for the champagne - this is the first time I have heard about this. Please drop me a note with your room details so that I can investigate. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Beautiful hotel, amazing staff."

5
08/08/2016

We had a room with a balcony was incredible nice size and great facilities. The spa was lovely and free to guests in the hotel. Staff were all warm and friendly, breakfast was beautiful with buffet and table service. Blakes restaurant was amazing, beautifully decorated staff were all fantastic and the food was lovely. i would definitly stay again when i am next going to Bournemouth.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
We look forward to that return visit Faceliner and in the meantime we thank you very much for your wonderful review. Here's to the next time.... Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Great customer service, excellent food!"

4
07/08/2016

Stayed at this hotel on a business trip. The hotel is in a great location, near to the beach and pier, also the bars etc. The hotel rooms themselves are dated and basic, in need air con, and a face lift (more than what's already been done). However, they serve their purpose. The staff are great, so polite and helpful, really very good. The food in the restaurant and brasserie was superb, absolutely delicious. Would highly recommend if you're staying but also for anyone else in the area. If in the area again, I would go back.

"Short break"

5
07/08/2016

A lovely hotel, close to beach and not far from town centre, staff were all very attentive. We had suite (58) with balcony and used spa facilities, it was lovely to spend this last minute break at such a lovely, clean, relaxed hotel. I would stay here again.

"Birthday 'girls' day"

5
06/08/2016

Had the most perfect day at the Connaught. Me and my sister in laws had a spa treatment along with full use of facilities and lunch. The beauty therapists were well trained with great customer skills and made sure we had a relaxing experience. Maria in particular made sure our whole stay from start to finish was the best it could possibly be. Very professional and gave our stay the personal touch. All staff were welcoming and so polite. I couldn't fault anything. I would highly recommend to anyone.

"We love this hotel"

5
06/08/2016

Although the rooms are comfortable and perfectly adequate, we stay here because of the restaurant food. It is very good and we have never had a bad meal. The staff are friendly and helpful and, overall, we always have a very pleasant stay.

"Top notch a must if staying in Bournemouth"

5
06/08/2016

This is the second time we have stayed at the Connaught hotel It is class, staff cannot do enough for you. Eating in Blakes for a evening meal is not to be missed. Breakfast is just wonderful & also very relaxed. If you can use the spa at the hotel it is heaven,massage is wonderful along with the swimming Pool. Both stays at this hotel has been fantastic along with all staff. Will be returning again as it is the best we have come across and is so relaxing 10/10 Susan & Paul

"Lovely hotel and staff, close to beach and town!"

5
05/08/2016

I booked The Connaught Hotel for a very last-minute weekend break at the end of July. The majority of hotels were fully booked due to an annual dance festival in Bournemouth. However, The Connaught had 2 suites available and at a very reasonable price (considering they were suites and we were booking during peak season). The booking process was extremely straight forward and the lady taking my call couldn't have been more helpful if she tried. As we also booked directly with the hotel, this meant that parking was also included (big plus!). My mother and her partner were due to arrive earlier than myself, though this was not an issue. I called ahead and was able to check them in and arrange parking over the phone before they even reached the hotel. The Suites were huge and had a separate sitting room and large bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and shower. Though not exactly modern (the Connaught has more of a traditional feel), the place was spotless! The breakfast in the morning was very tasty and had a fantastic variety. I'm Coeliac and so always bring my own bread/snacks with me, though this was not necessary...I was fully catered for (even with the 24hr room service menu). We tested out the spa on one of the more miserable days and had a lovely massage and swim in the pool. All in all this hotel gets a big thumbs up for me. The cleanliness, the facilities, the food and most of all.. the staff. Thank you for such a wonderful weekend!

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you both so much for this wonderful review and we were delighted to have ticked all the boxes for you including your dietary requirements. Here's to the next time.... Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"3 Day Break"

5
05/08/2016

We where recommend this hotel by friends and we must say it was a very good choice. The Connaught was very clean and the staff where first class and I must say we shall be going back later in the year . The breakfast was exceptional and I can honestly say this was one of the best breakfast that I have had out of all hotels that i have stayed in.

"Clean, warm & inviting experience"

5
04/08/2016

Stayed for an weekend, was a lovely hotel that provided a warm & inviting experience. The hotel was clean and well presented with a upper class feel. with air conditioning and with a lovely bed it was an easy sleep both nights. Breakfast was amazing and would highly recommend it! all and all, perfect!

"First visit"

4
04/08/2016

The hotel is very clean and the service is first class. The food is quite expensive but we ate in the Brassierie and it was excellent. The pool, sauna, steam room and jaccuzi were all very relaxing. The décor is dated in the corridors and bedrooms and we only found the hospitality tray as we left but the beds are comfortable. We had a room with Air Con which we needed as it would have been noisy with the window open. The surrounding neighbourhood is quite untidy and the car park is very small so not everyone has a space to park and may have to park some way up the road.

""Excellent 3 day break""

5
02/08/2016

We stayed at the Connaught hotel for a long weekend break, the room was on the 3rd floor (53) with a balcony and air conditioning, it was very clean and tidy with plenty of space. The staff were always welcoming and friendly and the food in the Brasserie was well priced and very good. We only used the steam rooms and pool area but its an ideal location to unwind and have a break for an hour. Would recommend and we would stay there again if in Bournemouth. Parking was tight but we found a space and was allowed to check in early as the room was ready, didn't have to use the car all weekend so no issues re-parking. Pool receptionist could do with taking some tips from the other staff members as on both occasions he seemed abrupt and short and not the most welcoming!!

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Delighted you both enjoyed your break Ian and thank you very much for your "Excellent" 5 star review. Don't forget we have Jazz in the Brasserie most Fridays and Saturdays so here's to the next time... Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"5 Day Stay"

4
01/08/2016

Good clean room, free safe & Wifi and parking, nice clean/tidy room, staff were all very friendly, helpfull, we had 2 meals in Blakes both were outstanding, would go back to eat there even if i wasn't staying there, spa area good, clean areas used the facilities daily , quite relaxing

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Delighted you enjoyed your stay with us John and in particular your experiences in Blakes. Hopefully we'll see you again soon. David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Fantastic"

5
31/07/2016

We stayed at the Cannaught last weekend and it was fantastic. The hotel has now installed air conditioning and safes in their superior rooms. The air conditioning was brilliant as it was very warm last weekend. The staff were friendly and helpful. The pool was lovely and refreshing. Food was excellent. Can't wait to return

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you so much Ann for your "Fantastic" review - just a slight correction if I may, the top floor is now fully air-conditioned which includes all the balcony rooms, 2 executive rooms, 48 and 58 and the Orchid suite but not the superior rooms on the first and second floors. Here's to the next visit Ann..... David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"3 day stay at Bournemouth"

5
31/07/2016

We wished to spend our 59th Wedding Anniversary at the resort well remembered from many visits long ago.We stayed at The Lodge where everything was good plus,room neat and tidy(room maid excellent) Access main hotel easy, food excellent,and best of all the staff at all levels were great. Our only drawback was parking We were lucky and always just made the last space but it could have been a nightmare. In summary Good value had a great time

"Bournemouth short break"

4
29/07/2016

Stayed in a Junior Suite in the Connaught Lodge which is attached to the main hotel with access to both gained through a courtyard garden. Room facilities were very good. Water, tea and coffee ( made special by having a Nespresso machine for proper coffee) and even a bowl of toffee (nice touch). Location was perfect. Ten minute walk to centre of Bournemouth. Made use of spa facilities. Small but adequate. One downside: nowhere to sit by pool as the five loungers were taken. First evening we ate in Blakes, the hotel restaurant. Fabulous food, all beautifully presented, good wine and attentive staff. All in all, I would stay here again and recommend it to others.

"Exceptional"

5
28/07/2016

3rd visit and stay was as enjoyable as ever ..they know how to do service here. Rooms are v comfortable (recommend go for a ‘superior' room) and contain all you need. Blakes (the hotel restaurant) in the evening is probably one of the best places to eat in Bournemouth. The brasserie too is excellent. The staff are professionally attired, engaging, polite & courteous ..it does a make a huge difference. The hotel is spotless - cleaning staff and chambermaids take a bow! The Restaurant Manager, Nick Rutigliano is a star, extremely personable and knows his wines! One evening at the bar I made a mistake in ordering a cocktail ..it was changed with an ‘absolutely no problem sir' ..these things you remember. Spa, sauna and pool are really good. Be aware that the car park does get full even with the benefit of the overflow at the adjacent lodge ..an occasional minor inconvenience though when you balance it against all the plusses.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Always good to see you Deltablade and thank you so much for your really delightful review. Here's to the next time... Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Nice hotel"

4
28/07/2016

Enjoyed our nights stay here just a couple of niggles. On the very positive side this is a nice, clean hotel with excellent staff and all seem well drilled and obliging. Room quiet but badly needed air con and better condiments. Spa was ok and nice to have. Car parking is pretty trying with few spaces all tight and most reserved for suites. This as a minimum should be stated on bookings! Breakfast was good and nice to sit outside in the sun. Overall pleased with stay.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Many thanks Mark for your "Nice Hotel" review and delighted you enjoyed your stay. For future reference all the rooms on the third floor are now fully air-conditioned which includes all the balcony rooms, 2 executive rooms - 48 and 58 - and the Orchid suite. One slight correction if I may, we have 66 spaces for cars, one of Bournemouth's largest, and of these, only 10 are reserved for the executive rooms which, as you know, are complimentary unlike most of the hotels in Bournemouth. I do hope we have the pleasure of your company again. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"vERY GOOD"

5
27/07/2016

Everything was fine, could have been more generous with the tea coffee and biscuits In the room. The little brick walls in the car park were a hazard especially with limited car parking. The service in the dining room was excellent.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you so much David for your 5 star review - more sachets of tea, coffee and biscuits are always available without charge from housekeeping, please just call down. Hope to see you again soon. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft,Executives 210 sq.ft and Suites 250 sq ft.

"Birthday Trip"

5
26/07/2016

I booked a last minute 1 night stay for my other half's birthday. Whilst booking, the Connaught offered reasonable prices and photos offered showed a clean and tidy hotel. We were not disappointed. We received a friendly welcome at reception. A beautiful, simple but clean room. My other half and myself also made use of the swimming pool and the hot tub a couple of times during our stay. It was just what we needed after a long day walking along the seafront. The hotel in a prime location, less than a 10 minute walk from the seafront, with good access to the town centre and local restaurants. Went into the bar area for a drink before we went off to have dinner at a local restaurant. I was SO impressed with the bartender that he knew how to make my favourite cocktail, a Dark and Stormy which isn't a overly popular or well known drink. A good night sleep on a cosy bed and breakfast was scrummy and plentiful. We will be returning to the Connaught on our next trip to Bournemouth and will be sure to try the Blake's restaurant, as the food coming out the kitchen looked and smelt delectable.

"Happy to return"

5
26/07/2016

Have stayed here this year a total of 8 weeks for business. The hotel is of a good standard and the staff are accommodating. Parking is limited but you can double park and leave keys at reception. Will no doubt return in the future. Food is also very good and reasonably priced. Everything you would want in a hotel. Would recommend

"Ask for a large room with AC"

3
26/07/2016

We were allocated room 14. Far too small, noisy from the lift (which is literally in the room) and noisy from the corridor as you are on the end and everyone goes past. No air conditioning and if you open the window noise and smoke from the courtyard drifts in. Bathroom was tiny. I know they are refurbing what is essentially an old building but this room should only ever be single occupancy and for one night. Other than that, staff friendly, good location, excellent food in either of the restaurants

"A lovely hotel and we will be back!"

5
26/07/2016

Just spent a few days in a delightful hotel in Bournemouth. We stayed at the Connaught which is a handily placed hotel. The first thing you see when waiting at reception is the pleasant environment. Wandering around you see quality furniture; dining rooms which are beautifully set out with quality table ware. You have a choice of going into Blake's restaurant or the Brasserie for more casual dining. Both offered superb food, both offered the opportunity to eat outside; both provided waiter/waitress service. One of the days was our wedding anniversary and we had booked a top restaurant in town, but my wife was so impressed with the hotel dining we cancelled the other and ate yet again in the hotel. In fact because Blake's is open to non residents we were talking to a number of visitors who were staying in local hotels but came here for dinner! They were so impressed with the food when comparing them to where they were staying. Although the menu was varied the food beautifully cooked and served well in both appearance and speed I am unsure whether there would have been sufficient range to cater if we had been staying for a week or more. I guess being on bed and breakfast we would then go to other restaurants. Breakfast was excellent the food piping hot with a good variety and again beautifully cooked. What was also a bonus was that toast was brought to you instead of having to use those self service toasters which take 3 trips to brown and waste so much time waiting for the finished article. It was a combination of choose your own breakfast food and waiter/waitress service. Another major plus for me was the parking facilities. We had no trouble in getting a spot and it was free. I have been so used to paying £20 par days at some hotels. Our room was on the first floor a bonus in one sense that we could walk rather than take the lift. The lift is quite small and therefore people queued waiting for it to return. We were in a north facing room which did not offer much in the way of scenery. I am not sure that you will get a good view in any part of the hotel but I guess the southern aspect may provide the best chance. The room was more than adequate; the bed very comfortable and big enough. There was no fridge or mini bar. A couple of negatives. The weather was very good and hot during the day and this impacted upon the room. Although there was a large fan to cool us down some of the windows only opened a short way. We had one uncomfortable night and had to decide whether to put up with the noise of the fan or turn it off and gently cook! I guess in England this does not happen too often since days as hot as this are rare. The second thing of note was that the toilet was very tight between the wall and the sink and a reasonably large person may have a struggle. The shower was situated in the bath as opposed to a “walk in.” Having said all this – we would definitely return to this hotel. In fact having been to Bournemouth many, many times and stayed in very many hotels we would go back to the Connaught.

"Celebrating our wedding anniversary"

4
25/07/2016

Reception staff were very welcoming and our room was very nice. Breakfast was lovely and there was the option to eat out in the rear garden. Facilities were good however the swimming pool could do with an overhaul as there was a few tiles missing. Overall had a lovely weekend and would return.

"Very good hotel"

5
25/07/2016

We stayed for 4 nights in the Orchid suite. Excellent room and as we were extremely lucky with the weather the balcony and air conditioning were a plus. Had a meal in the brasserie which was excellent. Breakfast was more than adequate. All the staff we came across were very friendly and extremely efficient including the room maids. Nothing was too much trouble. Never got round to using the spa so this will have to wait for our next visit!

"A lovely hotel"

5
24/07/2016

The Connaught Hotel is a fine hotel. The service given was excellent. Checking in was swift and painless. Our room was spacious, clean and tidy and the facilities were very good with air conditioning that worked well and was very welcome. Our room was serviced daily early and the ladies who performed this service were pleasant, professional and well mannered. Breakfast was served in Blakes restaurant, there was ample to suit all needs. Special mention needs to go to the gentleman who appeared to be in charge at breakfast, he was cheerful, helpful and engaged with clients, all the waiting on staff were very helpful and efficient as well as pleasant. We had evening meals in both Blakes and the Brasserie, the food on offer was excellent with regard to portion size, variety and presentation. The swimming pool was clean and not one of those tiny pools that you often find in a hotel. The water in the pool was well regulated with regard to temperature, I have often been in pools where the high water temperature makes swimming unpleasant. Car parking can be a bit tight but it is very well managed. We can find no fault with any aspect of the Connaught Hotel, it is well worth staying here. The staff regardless of where they were employed were a credit to the hotel, there are people who work behind the scenes that also provide valuable input to make the Connaught a pleasure to stay at.

"TIRED"

2
24/07/2016

Firstly, the hotel itself is lovely. Its very clean with good facilities and really great,accommodating staff. Our room in the Conaught Lodge was basic but very clean, with nice furniture, bedding and a comfortable bed. Unfortunately there was no air conditioning, so the room was very hot. Admittedly we were having warmer than usual weather at the time, but we were only given a small fan which only served to circulate hot air. There must be hot water pipes running through the walls of the room we were given (rm. 206) as the walls were actually hot to the touch. It was close to 30 degrees outside plus the heat radiating off of the walls made it feel like we were in a sauna. We booked a much needed three night stay (a first without our children) and hoped we would return feeling relaxed and refreshed. Unfortunately due to the temperature of the room we got very little sleep and returned home feeling more tired than when we arrived.

"good value clean & lovely staff at breakfasts"

4
24/07/2016

good value clean & lovely staff. Breakfasts lovely (special mention to the older gentleman foreign waiter - a real star!). spa treatment was excellent value too as was the special masseuse. comparatively quiet for bournemouth.pleasant lounge area.

"Lovely comfortable hotel"

4
24/07/2016

We had one night here in July and found the hotel to be of a really good standard. (I've stayed at other Best Westerns that haven't been quite as good as this one) All of the staff were very friendly and couldn't be more helpful. The pool and jacuzzi were fabulous and clean with a good range of spa treatments available. We had a Superior room which was quite large but only downside was the lack of air-con, in what was the hottest few days of the year so far! There was a fan which did manage to keep the room slightly cooler during the night. Breakfast was a buffet style and had every option you could want, again the waiting staff were all very friendly and polite and a lovely patio for eating outdoors. Great location, a lovely walk down to the beach, gardens and into the town centre, although it was a steep walk back up! The hotel has a direct link to a taxi company and it was only a 5 minute taxi ride for £5 into town, if you didn't want to walk.

"An old friend"

5
23/07/2016

We have been coming to stay at the hotel for 25 years and seen many changes. The facilities are excellent and there is a good choice of different types of rooms. Dining in is a must, either in Blakes restaurant or the hotel brasserie. It was lovely to sit outside for breakfast too.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Good to see you as always Susan and thank you for your continued support. Thank you also for your 5 star review. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft and Executives 210 sq.

"A few days away"

4
22/07/2016

Hotel is located approx 10 mins walk from the pier & beach, (downhill) there is a lift down to the beach (costs £1:20).. The room was No 43, is a little on the small side as double rooms go, its has all the normal hotel items... tea & coffee / hairdryer / air con...ect all to a good standard....The breakfasts are very good, buffet style, so lots of choice... The downside to the hotel is the car park... its gets very crowded.. every night it had double parked vehicles although the hotel seem to manage it well...

"Great stop over"

5
22/07/2016

Room was small but I was advised that this was the case. Was a very hot day but a fan kept the room manageable. Easy check in and friendly team of staff in all areas. Enjoyed an evening meal in the brasserie and as weather was fabulous ate outside. Very close to the beach, down a hill tho but was zig zag pathway so manageable. I try and use B.W as often as possible as standards are always good.

"Fantastic "

5
21/07/2016

We stayed in the hotel for 3 nights. It was extremely clean. Staff were totally attentive and polite. I have a food allergy and Nicky in the breakfast restaurant went out of his way to ensure that I had toast every morning that was appropriate for me. The spa facilities were clean, well equipped and reasonably priced. The room was great. Traditional yet stylish. Very clean and comfortable with service every day of our stay. Our only regret is that we didn't eat our evening meal in the restaurant before our last night, as we could not fault it in any way. Can not recommended highly enough. We will be going back. Thank you The Conaught, Bournemouth.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you so much Nicki for your very generous review. I was delighted you managed to take full advantage of the facilities in the spa and had a "Fantastic" experience overall. Until the next time.... Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft and Executives 210 sq.

"Accommodation and pre-Wedding Drinks Reception."

5
21/07/2016

We were able to book a number of rooms in the Connaught Hotel for our invited Wedding guests. Apart from one guest, all were very happy with the allocated rooms, while the Orchid Suite was exceptionally good, especially with the Air conditioning! A Drinks Reception was arranged for up to 40 people and the Hotel staff were extremely helpful and responsive as the final details were put in place, the venue set up and the invited guests entertained. Many thanks to all, especially Kevin (the Duty Manager) for his personal attention to detail and willingness to help in any way he could. The Hotel facilities were of a high standard with a pleasant Swimming Pool, Sauna, Steam Room and Solarium, while the Breakfast Menu was delightful. On our first evening in the hotel, the Brasserie Staff were extremely helpful in setting-up a last minute request for a Table of 18, supplying high quality food at reasonable prices. I cannot recommend the Connaught Hotel, its Staff and facilities highly enough and we will certainly visit again. Thank You to all, especially Faye, the Sales Manager, for her assistance.

"Last minute break in Bournemouth"

5
18/07/2016

Have stayed at this hotel man times and it always delivers excellent service and is in a great location. Rooms are very comfortable, spacious and in great decor and always clean. The staff are very friendly and nothing is too much trouble with great service. The leisure facilities and the pool in particular are first rate. Blake Restaurant deserves all the accolades it receives and if you want quality and taste food well presented coupled with excellent service at the table this is the place to go. Breakfast is very varied and of very good quality. I can,t speak highly enough of this hotel and always come away having a great break.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Good to see you again Mike and thank you very much for your 5 star review. Hope to see you again soon. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft and Executives 210 sq.

"I love this hotel!"

5
18/07/2016

I have stayed at the Connaught several times and had a really good time every time. I have tried a few different rooms including the suites and this time I went for a double with a balcony (room 55). Fist up the room, no getting away from it this is a small room, with the tub chair in place you either have to move it or get out of bed on the other side. For me this was not an issue as I was on my own but for two people the room might be a little small however, the hotel website does give accurate dimensions so the size of the room was not a surprise to me and I have always found the descriptions of the rooms to be 100% accurate. The reason I booked the room was for the balcony, it really makes a difference if the weather is suitable to sit out it means the size of the room really is not an issue; however if it is cold or rainy I would find the room a little small. Having said that the room was immaculately clean, the bathroom facilities excellent and the bed was incredibly comfortable. Although the room was adjacent to the lift it is not the kind of hotel that late nigh comings and goings would keep you awake. In addition to the balcony the room also had individually controlled air conditioning that can be set to just how you like it. I much prefer this system to central Air which never seems to work as well. Throughout my stay the staff were amazing, so helpful and actually seemed to enjoy working at the hotel and they were happy to chat or offer advise and thoroughly made you feel the centre of attention. Again the food was excellent both breakfast and dinner (in the brasserie) and I really did feel sad when I had to leave, the good news is I have already booked my next stay for September. I really can't recommend this hotel highly enough, but before you book a balcony room consider the size of room you would like

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
And we just loved your review Dave, thank you so much. Good to see you as ever and we look forward to seeing you again in September. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft and Executives 210 sq.

"Outstanding.....again"

5
17/07/2016

I really love this hotel. From the moment you step through the door you are made to feel very welcome. The hotel is clearly very well managed and the staff, without exception, are incredibly professional, helpful and friendly, they are all real ambassadors to The Connaught. The hotel has a lovely Brasserie which is the less formal option for your evening meal, you can even order some delicious dishes that are available from the restaurant (Blakes) menu. The staff in Blakes and the Brasserie are wonderful and in particular the manager, he is so friendly and accommodating and a real credit to the hotel. The spa is fantastic, a lovely way to unwind at the end of the day. Overall a fantastic hotel that just seems to get better.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Good to see you again Joseph and my thanks for your "Outstanding" 5 star review. Have a good summer and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft and Executives 210 sq.

"weekend with friends"

5
17/07/2016

Great stay with friends in this gem of a hotel, reception/lobby, bars, spa and outside seating areas are faultless, very easy to relax and the staff 5 star. Breakfast very good and plenty of it. Location an added bonus, just a stroll to the beach and town. Treatments at the spa were wonderful. We had the most fantastic Champagne afternoon tea on the terrace in the beautiful sunshine surrounded by colourful summer flowers ...amazing. only negative the room was small, stuffy with no air con and a heated towel rail we couldn't turn off

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you so much Kor for your 5 star review and delighted you and your friends had such a delightful weekend. Please do let me know which room you stayed in so that we can turn off the bathroom towel rail for others, thank you. For future reference all the rooms on the top floor, to include all the balcony rooms, are now fully air-conditioned. I hope we have the pleasure of your company again soon. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft and Executives 210 sq.

"Overnight stay"

4
17/07/2016

The hotel is great, the reception area very clean and welcoming. Staff friendly. Was a single traveller so room was obviously a little small with just a single bed and overlooking the car park! But apart from that it was spotlessly clean and all the facilities were available, tv, free Wi-Fi, hairdryer, tea and coffee etc

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Many thanks Francoise for your very nice review. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft and Executives 210 sq.

"Enjoyable stay"

4
17/07/2016

We stayed at the hotel for a 4 night break. The staff were very helpful and friendly and the food in Blakes restaurant was very good and staff professional. Every area of the hotel was very clean. Would stay here in future

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Good news indeed Rainham!! Thank you so much for your very kind review and we look forward to seeing you again. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft and Executives 210 sq.

"Great service. Room a little small"

4
16/07/2016

We spent two nights here in July. Service all around the hotel was excellent. The hotel was full and to be honest we were disappointed with our room (34) which was small and the décor rather dark and dated but clean. The en-suite shower room was really small too and the shower not very powerful. Basically it was not up to the size/presentation we expected but everything else at the hotel was lovely and communal areas including the brasserie well done out. The area also was very higgledy piggledy and not as we had expected although a short walk from town. Recommend going to Westbourne, only 5mins from hotel, if you want boutiques rather than chain stores.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Many thanks KM for your very king review - being a town house hotel our rooms are not huge but at 135 sq ft it is the average for our standard rooms. Please see below for the average size of all our room types. I do hope we have the pleasure of your company again. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft and Executives 210 sq.

"Mid Week Break"

5
16/07/2016

Stayed at the Connaught Hotel for two nights with my mother recently. From the moment we arrived the staff couldn't do enough for us. Our room was in the Lodge, a short walk from the main hotel. Lovely big bathroom with double shower and very comfortable beds. We were on the 2nd floor which meant trips up and down in the very small lift but the Lodge was very quiet in the evenings and it didn't take long to get to the main hotel. We loved eating in the Brassiere which had a varied menu and was beautifully decorated. I used the spa facilities. The pool is a good size and all areas were very clean. The hotel is very close to the sea front and the stunning beach. The breakfasts were great with a lot of choice and the chance to sit outside. Overall a great stay. Staff excellent and a very lovely hotel in a perfect spot. Will definitely stay there again.

"Wonderful 3 Night Stay"

5
16/07/2016

My self and husband had 3 night break at the Connaught Hotel.We cannot speak highly enough of the first class service of which we received.From the start to the finish staff were highly professional and also very friendly nothing too much trouble nice to be greeted with smiling faces which can be very rare.Breakfast was of high quality with lots of choice.Wonderful pool and spa facilities.Excellent value would highly recommend this hotel and will be staying in the future

"Nice hotel"

4
16/07/2016

Very nice hotel situated on a hill overlooking Bournemouth. 10/15 min walk downhill into town but walk back not for those who have any difficulties walking. Staff excellent, very friendly and good all round service. Food in restaurant at night was excellent, well presented and not too expensive. Good selection of drinks on offer. Breakfast was very good, good value if you book at time of hotel reservation, much cheaper. We had a superior room which had all you required but was small but we spend little time in rooms so was not an issue, there was a small balcony with two seats. Wifi was free but was intermittent slightly annoying but we were not there for work. Good hotel on a lovely coastline, great for walking.

"Excellent Hotel"

5
16/07/2016

This is the second time we have stayed at The Connaught , both times for one night as we had a couple of concerts at the BIC which is a short 10 min walk down the hill . A very good location for accessing the lovely beach . The room was very clean and the bathroom has some nice products ( soap , shower gel etc ) All the staff were first class and very attentive . The breakfast was very good and as it was a pleasant morning we sat in the courtyard which made it feel as though we was sat abroad in a sunny climat ! We did not use the swimming pool and spa facilities but it all looked top class . We have recommended this hotel to friends and family and will continue to do so . Oh and must not forget to mention the bar which has good beer and the coffee was also very nice for that pick me up after a big night out on the tiles . Well Done to The Connaught Staff !! Keep up the good work we will be back !!

"First class service"

5
13/07/2016

We stayed in the Connaught Hotel for 5 nights, booking the Orchid Suite for us and a twin room with balcony for our teenage sons. From the start we were impressed, the reception staff were friendly and professional. We had an allocated parking space which was reserved using a pillar with a key to enable us access to the space. This was particularly useful to know we had a parking space to come back to. The rooms were lovely especially the suite which was spacious and luxurious with a beautiful freestanding roll top bath and separate double shower. The toffees complimentary water and luxury toiletries we an added bonus. We had a fridge in the room together with an espresso machine. There was a kettle with tea and coffee making facilities which is a real plus after a day sight seeing. We made good use of the on site spa facilities which had a good sized pool, steam room and sauna as well as a jacuzzi. They also offer spa treatments which we did not use. There was a good cardiovascular gym and a separate weights room which was a huge hit with the boys. Breakfast was excellent and there was plenty of choice. I had porridge ( the best I've ever tasted ) and poached eggs ( done to perfection ) both available on request and they were served quickly on both occasions. The boys preferred the cooked breakfast and there was a great choice which included fried bread ( a huge plus for my husband who often moans that this is so rarely available in hotels. However the biggest plus for us had to be the staff who without exception were friendly and helpful and really added to the enjoyment of our stay. Without doubt a hotel we would like to return to.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you so very much Debbie for your "First Class" review. We were delighted to note just how much you all enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to seeing you again. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms and Suites booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft and Executives 210 sq.

"overnight stay"

4
13/07/2016

lovely hotel, for the price the bedroom is small, lacks furniture. meals good quality, lovely food but dinner rather expensive. However already booked a longer stay there again next May - location to central Bournemouth key decider, and facilities of lovely swimming pool & Jacuzzi, steam room & sauna etc.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Many thanks for your very generous review RMS and we look forward to seeing you again next year, if not sooner. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms and Suites booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft and Executives 210 sq.

"nice hotel in rather run down area of Bournemouth"

4
10/07/2016

The hotel was very good apart from one rather disappointing meal. My room was fine although there were a few steps up and down from the lift which might make it a bit difficult for some. The breakfast was plentiful and varied. The area is reasonably handy for the pier and gardens but uphill to return. My main downside was the general area of the town which felt a bit rundown with a "beach bum" hotel across the road and an old settee on the street corner (of course this might have since been removed ).

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you very much Birder for your very nice review and delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. Sofa left out for collection and now long gone. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft and Executives 210 sq.

"BazzaRoy."

3
10/07/2016

We decided on a day trip to Bournemouth, and wanted somewhere decent to eat during our visit. We consulted TripAvisor, unfortunately our first two choices were fully booked. We called round and this Hotel was able to accommodate us at short notice. This restaurant was nicely appointed and a pleasant and comfortable place to dine. However we originally booked the a la carte restaurant, but I wasn't appropriately dressed, so we were redirected to the brasserie. We were finally seated and placed our orders. We ordered starters, my wife ordered pan seared scallops with textures of carrots, and pork crackling dust. I ordered moules marimnieres with white wine, shallots and garlic cream with fresh bread. Our mains were sweet chilli glazed pork belly, with warm mango salsa, cucumber, confit lemon zest with parmentier potatoes. I had Connaught bouillabaisse with fresh bread and aioli. For desert my wife had triple chocolate chip brownies and vanilla ice cream. I had Madagascan vanilla creme brûlée with raspberry and black pepper sorbet, and a mini macaron. Also my wife had cocktails, there was a two for one cocktail offer, I couldn't drink because I was driving. After the meal we retired to a sofa and sat listening to some extremely good and relaxing jazz music. We would judge the food and drink to be slightly over priced, and the service wasn't quite what we expected. I doubt that if we visited Bournemouth in future that we would dine at this establishment again. Also we detected a kind of snobbery which we found an uncomfortable experience.

"Great Weekend"

5
09/07/2016

We too were part of the large rail group from the North East that almost took over the Connaught Hotel for the weekend. Despite our numbers the hotel staff were neither overwhelmed or overawed. The welcome and efficiency of check in was exemplary- in fact ALL the staff throughout the hotel were professional,courteous and above all friendly. We ate in the Brasserie on three nights and found the food very much to our liking, Here, like elsewhere, the staff worked as a team,who obviously enjoyed working together and who found nothing too much trouble. The room we were in on the top floor with an east facing balcony was clean,comfortable and well maintained- shame we didn't need to use the air conditioning -but this is an English summer! In conclusion we had a wonderful stay,sadly we live to far north to make regular visits

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you both for your very generous review - we were all delighted to have made your weekend such a memorable experience. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft and Executives 210 sq.

"Staff great room a shoe box"

3
09/07/2016

My husband and I checked in here last night for 3 nights. When we saw the room I was very disappointed with the size It does have a balcony and faces the garden but it really is not acceptable in size for the nightly rate of £159 or for a hotel of this grading. I have to say when I went to reception they did try and find an alternative but without succes as the hotel is fully booked and the one they could offer had a bath and we require a shower it did seem to have a better layout but again was very small. The staff are very good and the food last night excellent as was the service. At 6.30am we have been woken with chatting from next door not the hotels fault but obviously there is a lack of noise insulatiion.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Very sorry to read of your disappointment with your room Mrs B - R52 is in fact larger than the one you were shown as an alternative. Please see the average size of our rooms which are posted below every review on TripAdvisor. Delighted to read how much you enjoyed dining with us and for your generous comments about our staff, thank you. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft and Executives 210 sq.

"Excellent!"

5
08/07/2016

Just returned from a short break at The Connaught and once again we were delivered excellent service. We have stayed at this hotel for over 15 years now and never fail to be given a warm welcome and a made to feel at home feeling! The hotel has some beautiful refurbishment and the meals are to die for. Thank you, we will be back (August) ;) You will not be disappointed with your stay here!

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Good to see you as always Mr Coker and many thanks indeed for your huge vote of confidence. I look forward to seeing you again next month. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft and Executives 210 sq.

"Not great"

3
08/07/2016

Disappointed of this hotel which was advertised as a 4 star. The location was not ideal, and although I understand that Bournemouth is hilly, there is a good upward gradient when walking from the sea front. The communal areas including the reception, bar and dinning rooms were good. I did not have the opportunity to visit the spa due to lack of time. The room we were allocated was small with a balcony. I felt that there were some shabby aspects here. The balcony needed a general clean. There were lots of cobwebs and it looked unkempt. I found that the breakfast lacked choice for a 4 star and the food was cold from the serving plates. However I found all the staff who I encountered were very pleasant and helpful.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Mr B. Many thanks for your review but I'm afraid Bournemouth is built on two Cliffs and no matter where you are located you have to climb hills to get anywhere. With regard to breakfast, the cost of which is just £3 when booked at the time you make your reservation, you can have a full English breakfast, porridge, fresh fruit, yoghurts, pastries, fruit juices and unlimited tea, coffee, toast and preserves - I'm sure, on reflection, you will consider this to be huge value for money. Our room sizes are well advertised and you will see them listed below. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft and Executives 210 sq.

"Will stay here any time"

5
07/07/2016

We were part of a rail tour group from north east. we were given a very warm welcome by the manager. All the staff were professional, efficient yet friendly - nothing was too much. rooms were very clean and appropriately furnished. Linen and towels were spot on. The Spa facility was very relaxing. Food was most enjoyable that includes breakfast good range available. The restaurant and the Brasserie were very popular and served excellent well cooked, well presented food all by smiling attentive staff. Well done.

"Lovely, efficient hotel"

4
07/07/2016

We stayed for 3 nights in a suite. This was lovely but pricey. Beautiful bathroom, plenty of room to relax and a good breakfast. The hotel isn't on the sea front but is convenient. We would choose to stay there again.

"A really good hotel"

5
07/07/2016

Another reviewer has already reported a stay as part of a very large group of people. As a group of four friends we were in the same group but independent of the other reviewer. The Connaught Hotel is absolutely first-class. My wife and I have stayed in hotels all over the world and the Connaught is as good as anything we have experienced and far better than a lot. The room was comfortable and clean; the decor throughout was in excellent condition; staff were helpful, courteous and friendly without exception. The hotel was clearly very full, but everyone coped extremely well – congratulations. We must make special mention of the dining room. Breakfasts ran without a hitch and we dined every evening in the Brasserie – we did not feel the need to go elsewhere.

"Excellent"

5
06/07/2016

We stayed here for one night to see relatives before heading off on holiday. We arrived at approximately 8-30 pm and were away by 9-00 am the following morning so we didn't really have time to see all the hotel's facilities but, what we did see, were very good indeed. Our initial booking at the hotel went without hassle and the hotel staff answered what questions we had quickly and correctly. We were much later arriving than we had planned and had to call the hotel to alter our dinner reservations; again all the staff we spoke with were very helpful in accomodating our revised schedule and suggesting possible alternatives. We had booked an Executive Double room - guaranteed parking and a balcony - and were upgraded to The Orchid Suite. This was clean, spacious and comfortable. The toffees they provide get a mention as being some of the nicest toffees I've ever eaten! We had dinner in Blakes Restaurant. The dinner was good and technically competent but they didn't do anything to really make the meal memorable. The service was very good and friendly with the speed of service being altered to match the speed at which we ate. We weren't the last couple to leave the restaurant that evening and it was rather off putting to find the tables being reset for breakfast before we'd finished our meal. We did have a problem turning on the AC in the bedroom however, once it was working, it worked without a problem and was welcome overnight. WIFI is free and has a very strong signal. Breakfast the following morning was again served in the restaurant although there was the option to eat outside on the patio if you wanted. We took advantage of this as the weather was good. The choices at breakfast aren't the widest I've ever seen in a hotel however what was served was hot, fresh and tasty. I remember breakfast as one of the best hotel breakfasts I've eaten. We paid £179 for the room including breakfast and I think it was worth that.

"Excellent Hotel"

5
06/07/2016

I stayed at this hotel as part of a trip with a large group of people, we all arrived together and there were alot of us. I was expecting to wait sometime at the book in desk but I couldn't be more wrong. From the minute the coach pulled up outside the hotel until the minute we got back on the coach for home the staff at this hotel couldn't be more helpful. We were greeted by Paul, the manager on duty that day and his staff who assisted us to the book in desk. They were all well prepared and we were all on our way to our rooms in no time at all. I stayed in the Connaught part of the hotel. The room was spacious, very clean and lovely. I can't say enough nice things about this hotel. The food was very nice, great breakfasts. The hotel looks amazing. The staff are friendly, very helpfull and professional. The Connaught and Best Western are linked by a lovely seating/ garden area. I would definitely recommend this hotel and would like to pass on my thanks to Paul and his staff for a very pleasant stay. Lorraine x

"No Act of goodwill at all"

1
05/07/2016

Hotel which is be sure to have clients so manager doesn't care about them !!! The notes reveal tendencies but they don't reflect reality !!! Customer service close to zero !!! Make sure that you have the right reservation otherwise No one will help you to arrange it at the hotel.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Jerome, As a pilot you will be well aware of the T&Cs of travel - you cancelled your room at the very last minute and were charged in full for 1 day's accommodation. However, contrary to your statement, you were offered an "Act of Goodwill" - we offered to refund your charges if we managed to sell your room. David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft and Executives 210 sq.

"Excellent stay at The Connaught"

5
04/07/2016

We chose this hotel for a short break and were very pleased. The hotel staff were extremely pleasant and helpful throughout our stay. We had two evening meals at the hotel one in Blakes restaurant and the other in the Brasserie, both of which were excellent. We used the spa swimming pool in the mornings and evenings which were calm and relaxing. We'd like to give a special mention to Abdo in the Brasserie for his excellent service but to be honest all the staff were very friendly. There was also a good choice at breakfast. Would highly recommend this hotel.

"Really good!"

5
04/07/2016

I meant to write this review a while ago, as my stay was in April for a conference. I tend to prefer guest houses to hotels, generally feeling that you get better value and have more funs when not in a hotel! Well, the Connaught Hotel proved me wrong, nice room, amazingly huge bathroom, really pleasant staff and the food was pretty good too. It was incredibly convenient for the conference centre, hardly more than 10 minutes walk, very quiet, comfortable and very clean. The restaurant was really good, the food and the service equally as impressive. And the Bistrot was just as pleasant. Great place, not surprising it is scoring so well, I would certainly come back.

"Would highly recommend"

5
02/07/2016

From the moment you arrive at the hotel you are welcomed in our case a young man called Michael who was delightful and put us at ease right away. We also saw the General Manager on the car park who was assisting an elderly gentleman to park his car and he sounded so lovely. Nick Rutigliano, Anna and all the team made the holiday, they were extremely efficient and kind and couldn't do enough for you. On meeting Ben the head chef he also wanted to make sure my dietary requirements were met and felt very spoilt in him taking time out of the kitchen to speak to me. We managed to eat outside four times during our stay which was superb. We felt very relaxed and wouldn't hesitate to rebook at another time. We have already recommended the hotel to our friends who are hoping to book for their wedding anniversary.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
We were all delighted to read your very complimentary review Rose, especially those whom you paid particular attention to - thank you so much for your fabulous review. We look forward to seeing you again very soon. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft and Executives 210 sq.

"WEEKEND BREAK"

5
01/07/2016

Our second stay this year will do it again soon. Ideally placed for the concert at the BIC which was the main purpose of our visit. Cannot fault the experience and service from all the staff here.Thank you.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Good to see you once more Alan and I hope you enjoyed the concert. Many thanks for your very kind 5 star review. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft and Executives 210 sq.

"three night stay"

5
30/06/2016

The hotel is on the west cliff, with lovely walk to the pier. Third time in staying, this time we has a reserved parking space which is a great bonus. Room on the third floor lovely and quiet with great balcony. Staff very good was arrived early our parking space was already free and the room was ready in very good time. Breakfast always good, only one thing could have done with cranberry juice.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Good to see you back again Chrissy; delighted you enjoyed your latest visit and many thanks for your super review. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft and Executives 210 sq.

"Birthday weekend"

5
29/06/2016

Nice hotel with very friendly staff.executive room fairly spacious with an only average bath room and not a good view (nr48) . However the spa was very good and not too busy.Blakes restaurant was so good we decided to eat there on our second night as well. Breakfast was also very good. Very good location for a quick walk to the beaches and town.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Delighted you enjoyed your birthday weekend Jedmeister and thank you very much for your 5 star review. Until the next time..... Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft and Executives 210 sq.

"Birthday Treat"

5
29/06/2016

A lovely break for me and my partner. It was an early birthday present for me from my partner and it couldn't have been more enjoyable. The staff were very helpful and friendly and the room was very good. We ate at Blakes restaurant for both the evenings we were there and the food and service was superb! We never got a chance to use the Spa or pool but they both looked very inviting!

"June 40th birthday break at the Connaught Hotel"

5
29/06/2016

This hotel makes you feel welcome the moment you walk through the door. We booked the Lily suite for my wife's 40th birthday weekend mid June, found the room to be good but not outstanding for the price paid for the weekend, The jacuzzi however makes the price more realistic. Room has all the facilities you need for drinks and a chiller to use, plus free wifi and safe box. Plus a birthday card from the hotel for my wife offering 2 free glasses of house wine. (Nice touch). Our room was cleaned along with fresh towels and drinks whilst we were at breakfast. The swimming pool, sauna and steam room are well maintained clean and modern. Blakes restaurant food and service is outstanding, well worth booking, breakfast was also very nice with a full choice of cereals, fruit and full English. The hotel reception is spotless with modern design along with other seating areas. Fully recommend this hotel for a relaxing, friendly stay. Hope you get better weather than we did.

David1007, Owner at BEST WESTERN PLUS The Connaught Hotel, responded to this review
Many thanks for your very kind review Cheryl and delighted your wife's 40th birthday celebrations were such a great success. Hopefully we'll see you both again very soon. Best wishes David F Miller Managing Director Executive rooms booked direct with the hotel are guaranteed their own, personal parking space!! Book direct - 01202 298020 - we guarantee the lowest prices and it ensures you get the room and the bath or shower that you want. Our standard rooms average 135 sq ft., balcony rooms now fully air-conditioned, average 155 sq ft, superiors without balconies 175 sq ft and Executives 210 sq.

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