Travel Blogs from Bournemouth
I am getting dangerously near to securing a job now that we are back and given that ‘normal’ life has almost resumed, I thought we should round off our blog and get it ready for publication.
Our return in late July was in advance of an action packed few weeks in what turned out to actually be a decent summer for once. First, our homecoming party at Mum and Dad’s, then my
birthday and a week later the ...
Selina adventures to weybitza to sort out some of the trip and meet one of our other companions zoe has become a laugh a minute!! I've set this up and let's hope we can keep it updated and learn before we travel. Welcome to our life for the next year or so....!!!! Lots of love Abbie, natalie and selina ...
... tanks. We cut across to Nottington by way of a small lane road. Thatched cottages an houses along the way. With costal views we drive through Swyre and Cogdon with rain and a heavy sea fret. Beautiful all the same! We arrived at the Abbey I wanted to see with ten minutes to spare and so were too late to go in but took some good photos around the grounds before the lady locked up. We then drove off to book in to our amazing accommodation ...
... illustrations next to the real thing. This is true Beatrix Potter land. On the way back, we tried to go onto the Ullswater Steamers but the car park was full. Turns out there is an overflow car park, which was badly signposted when we went! Our boat trip was amazing, probably due to the weather - brilliant sunshine! We downloaded an app to accompany the trip, it was interesting but repetitive. The boat was comfortable with facilities on ...
... or the shower head adjusted. The water got a little too hot in the shower and the sinks. They play the radio constantly which is a little surprising in the middle of the night! We liked the bar and free wifi as the weather was unseasonably warm we could sit outside with wifi and a drink - great as we couldn't easily get a signal on our phones or own ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Cliffeside Bournemouth
Great value for money.
We had read the mixed reviews on this website but only after we had booked through Laterooms. We were very pleasantly surprised. The hotel is well situated on the sea front with free parking. The receptionist was very friendly and offered assistance with luggage. The good sized double bedroom had a beautiful sea view as requested. The restaurant offered a varied fixed price dinner menu including veggie options and the food and service was very good. The inclusive full English breakfast was excellent.
Okay the lift is tiny and the stair carpet could do with replacing but overall for £60 for two people - double bedroom, sea view, full breakfast, friendly service, this was excellent value and my wife and I throughly enjoyed our stay at the Cliffeside.
Cliffside or Cumberland?
We arrived at the hotel, to be told that we would not be staying at the Cliffside hotel, but at another hotel just two doors down! WE expressed that we did not book at the Cumberland but we had no choice. We arrived and went to our room. It was rear facing, very small, and had a lovely view of the bins (which were full!) a coach, and a staff smoking area. A generator was placed on the roof outside our room. We couldn't sleep well that night, we were moved the following night to a run down room. These hotel are really bad DONT DO IT!!!
We booked this hotel who moved us 2 doors down to The Cumberland - please read my review. This may be a wonderous place, however they moved us to The Cumberland which was awful.
After reading the unkind reviews posted here, I have to say our stay at the Cliffeside was an excellent one. You may want to note that there is no easy disabled access to the hotel so this may be a problem for some wheelchair bound individuals, however the porter was on hand to offer us assistance. The reception & ground floor areas we found spotless, light, welcoming, and yes the sofa's are real leather! The majority of the staff were english & we had no problems with communication. The restaurant is a floor below the main areas of the hotel so it was lovely and quiet. We had a window table which was very comfortable. The food was excellent, very well presented & hot. Breakfast was buffet style. Overall I was very impressed with the Cliffeside & would definately stay again. I would like to pass on my comments to those that had a poor view - don't expect every hotel near a beach to have a sea-view. The rooms in the front of any hotel near the sea will have a sea-view, just make sure you ask for one, we did & we got one! Well done Cliffeside.
My wife and I wanted a nice weekend break away and from the internet this hotel looked lovely sea views a nice room showing a four poster bed.Then the reality. I booked the hotel through Octopus Travel and paid £71.50 when we arrived reception asked me to sign a form showing the price paid as £44, lesson 1 only book direct and not through agents.
My husband and I stayed at the cliffeside over august bank holiday 2005. We were looking for a relaxing, romantic short break. We booked the cliffeside after reading the webiste blurb promising relaxation, and seeing pictures from the hotels direct website ----. Although we thought the cost a little high for a three star, the images seemed to warrent the cost. When we arrived we were pleasantly greeted, and the staff, on the whole were polite and helpful. The entrance, dining hall etc reflected the pictures on the webiste, although the outdoor pool was tiny. When we entered our room, it was a far cry from the picture shown on the website. It was tiny and oppressive. The bedding was very old, and although the room had been cleaned, the overall appearance was shabby (the bedding was frayed, there were cigarette burns in the furniture, the carpet was very worn). Our nights sleep was very uncomfortable - the room was very light due the thinness of the curtains, the pillows were heavy and flat, whilst the bed was lumpy (a couple of bruises developed from the springs). We were cold and when we went to bed we were entertained by the thumping music and chanting from a party down stairs (if the room had been comfortable it would have been easier to turn a blind eye to this!). Breakfast in the morning was pleasant. Location was reasonable, with lovely views, although our room did have a view, the size of the window limited our enjoyment.
First of all it's CliffEside Hotel, so if you can't find a website on it it's probably due to a spelling error on search engines, etc. Our party were relocated from Eastbourne to Bournemouth at very short notice so I came on here and read the reviews that people had given! I wasn't impressed, in fact I was quite scared at what we might see when we arrived at this Hotel!
The check in was good. Had assistance with our luggage. Was assigned a room - no, not a view of the sea front, but did see the back of another hotel. Went to the lift (elevator) which was apparently made for sending food to rooms rather than accomodating guests, it was so small. Got off the lift, had to ascend stairs (which the carpet on was threadbare). Entered the hallway and was confronted by woodwork, doors and paneling that apparently had either taken a beating or the result of several decades of neglect. The room was very small (wallpaper peeling in places). The outside window sills were roting away.
Very Poor Quality !!
For a so called 'Chain Group Hotel' - the Cliffside Hotel was so poor my wife and I checked in and within an hour checked out!! We went for a winter weekend break and was disgusted with the whole set up there. I booked on line via their group WEB Site, which makes good reading but in reality is VERY POOR indeed. We were the only patrons in a 68 bedroom hotel !! the Sea View room was the smallest and most poorly decorated hotel we have ever stayed in. We were asked to dine at one of their sister hotels 'just up the road'.. The list price for this hotel and room is 140 Pounds - per night. It is also listed as a 3* RAC and AA approved, i think they should go and reassess this dingy old building!! One we would certainly not recommend.