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Just four weeks to go and I just want to be settled on board with the real world, and Christmas , left behind. I still need to order money and am checking the exchange rates daily its still going up so hang on. If it starts to go down then I buy before it looses any more. The money is delivered to the ship so don't have to carry it. The exchange rate is pretty good also. Found ...
... the support of so many people for whom the first question this Christmas is not "what do I want?" but "what can I give?".
From the 10th Dec we'll be posting regularly on here with pics and video and blogs to keep you updated on where we are giving out the shoeboxes and bringing you some of the stories of the individuals who will receive them. We hope you'll join us; you never know, you might even spot your shoebox!
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Well, we are only a a day from going and just about to start the packing. The temperature is about -10 in St Petersburg so the need for very warm clothing is essential. So we needed to get some new gear to make sure we are going to keep cosy. Padded quilted coats are the thing, light, warm, and easy to pack, so those have been ...
Quick breakfast at YHA before everything was packed away. Left for Heathrow to collect the car from Sixt — a Vauxhall Meriva. Pete is the driver, being the only one who could drive a manual. First stop was Winchester. We parked near Wolvesey castle's ruins, next to Winchester College. Walked to Winchester Cathedral where there was a busy Christmas market. Had a mine pie and coffee, although, initially unbeknownst to me, the mince pie was a sweet and small Christmas fruit ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Durley Dean Hotel Bournemouth
Cheap/Clean and Fun
We came to Bournemouth on a hen weekend 6 of us and we stayed at the new Durley dean Hotel, it cost us 50.00 ppn Friday and Saturday with Breakfast and Dinner, the rooms were clean could have been updated a little but were okay.
We went to have fun and fun we had the hotel was very helpful in recommending place's to go....I don't think it is really a family Hotel but good for group bookings....
THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY....VERY NICE EVERYONE IN OUR GROUP ENJOYED THE FOOD....
The pool was small but clean which was fine.....
IF I WAS GOING ON ANOTHER GROUP PARTY I WOULD GO BACK TO THE NEW DURLEY DEAN HOTEL....
Please don't bother with this, stay in a tent on the beach!!
Just come back from a March 2005 weekend at the 'New' (????) Durly Dean Hotel. Well believe me, there is nothing new about this hotel!
Made a huge mistake of getting out of the car at the Durley Hall Hotel, absolutely fabulous, other half not impressed after reception told us we had wrong hotel, especially when we arrived at the correct one!! Well what can I say......dark, dingy....basic are words that spring to mind. En suite bathroom seemed bigger than the bedroom, which contained furniture you might find at a Sunday boot sale, bed very uncomfortable, so not as if I can say.... don't worry you only sleep there! Facilities......oh my God? Down in the dungeon, sorry I mean basement, you will find a pool which must have been designed for the Land of Lilliput!! Don't try swinging a cat in there! The stand up sunbed was in the broom cupboard & the gym equipment could only be recognised from the dark ages!! I had to explain to my kids that this equipment may be found in your history books at school!! A stained pool table & dilapidated table tennis table was the games room! Just to round up, lets talk about the nightclub....free to guests until 2230?........no, as a resident I was told it was free all night, one visit & you can see why......my other half used the word 'RIFFY' which means dirty where she originates from! I will say no more than that apart from the fact that the clientele should be at home with their pipe & slippers from what I saw.........most of the people in there were well past their sell by date, stick to the pubs & clubs in the town!!
Just to prove I'm no whinger & know what I'm talking about, the restaurant Sunday Lunch was excellent & at £10.95 pp, very good value for a 3 course meal with excellent service. It was clear that local people regularly came to this restaurant just for lunch, but overnight stay I don't think so!!
By the way, must be honest, I got this deal for £50 for 2 nights room accomodation, so for what I paid I can't complain........however my better half remarked that she would not save the tops off the cornflake packets to return again!!
Bournemouth again, for sure..........but next time the Durly Hall Hotel.........I'll pay the extra & stay in comfort!!
Would not go back
We stayed at the durley dean on valentines weekend and wished we'd stayed at home. Our room was on the lower ground floor. It was dark and dingy and the decor was terrible, it was old, dirty and dated. our so called sea view was a 10 ft brick wall which was about 3 ft from our window and the only thing we could see was the other hotels looking down on us. Also outside the window was littered with rubbish and a broken umberella. very romantic (NOT) . All in all i can honestly say that it was the worst room i have ever stayed in and would rather stay in a butlins chalet than go back to that hotel!!
Nice place to stay
We stayed at The New Durley Dean Hotel at the end of November for a 1 night stay. We found the hotel staff pleasant and we were very happy with our clean and spacious room. Breakfast was buffet with a good selection.
Excellent location, very close to town & beach.
Only 1 problem, the car park is very small. Once full guests have to park in the public car park at a daily charge.
We found the New Durley Dean a lovely place to stay and will return very soon.
We arrived after a 4.5 Hr journey at 2.15 pm,we were told the room would not be available until 2.30 so we waited.At 2.30 I asked the reception manageress for the room key,she stated in a stressful manner that it would be at least 10 or better still 15 mins before the room would be available! She did not check with anyone as neither did the original receptionist. I obviously complained that I had been told this 15 mins ago whereupon another lady said the room was ready,the manageress then said "I don't know why I bother" the other lady stated sarcastically that she didn't either.The keys were then thrown down in front of me,I was fuming with this treatment but due to having paid the deposit we stayed.On arriving at the room it was obvious that the room had been ready and available for some time.
Good points - Food,location,good restaurant service.Happy hour,overall cost.
Poor points - Reception service,No parking space,No early 6.30 dinner due to elderly coach parties taking presidence,child unfriendly,terrible games room,no snooker room,no whirl pool,small pool crowded with four in,no family entertainment especially for chilren.non guest club goers taking all available seats in lounge bar.Again bad attitude of Reception manageress was reflected in other reception staff (name available) my advise is sack her,close the nightclub,get parking spaces and my family along with many other familys may return as Bournemoth deserves better.
Arent Sure really...
I have visited this hotel from a very young age, and i have enjoyed the stay very much. The Food is Fantastic, and the Rooms are really good, (They get better as you increase in floor Level) The first few years of my visits, the Pool was to perfection, and the decor was great, but the last few times, i feel it has declined in quality. For example, the wallpaper is the same as it was 10 years ago almost, and that is a little off putting! Also the pool has no flowers or greenary like it used to, and the Spa does not work any more... personally i feel that the hotel should have re-vamp. The name 'New' isnt right for this hotel.
Loved the helpfull staff.
i cam all the way from new zeland and i have to say that the hotel was just great the staff were friendley and the food was good i wood come to stay a gain when i come over to england.
best regards to everyone there
The rooms were very tired and basic, and the standard of cleanliness left a lot to be desired with stains on the bedding/carpets and mildew in the bathrooms. We booked out the next day!
I stayed at the New Durley Dean Hotel last month and it was fantastic.
The staff were really nice and the atmosphere was very friendly. My room was lovely, although I know the room sizes do vary. I would definately recommend it to my friends.