More about Britannia Roundhouse Hotel
Wouldn't go back
The room was dirty, including poo in the toilet! The cover on the bed was stained, there was no information pack and the breakfast was poor. For a cheap break it is ok, but at over £100 a night it is a rip off. The bathrppm was so dinky you had no-weher to put your clothes, which wasn't helped by the lack of hook on the door.
A real shame as a proper clean, a decent breakfast and this hotel could be lovely.
It started out with a dead rat where we parked our car...not a great start.
The lobby was dingy and smelled fishy and unpleasant. The staff was friendly enough, can't fault that, but the place was a fitly mess. The carpets I don't think had ever been vacuumed and were covered with dirt and stains.
The room itself was pleasant enough, but again, not cleaned properly. I have no problem with a bit of out dated furnishings, but I want to feel where I rest is clean.
The bathroom floor had hair and grit on it. The shower was yellow with mold and the shower head had grunge on it.
No soap was provided, but I did manage to nic one off a cleaning trolley (they have soap, they just don't put them in the room!!??)
The breakfast buffet was less than desirable. Maybe the food was alright, but because the carpets in the dinning room were covered with droppings of food and rubbish and the prevailing fish smell...I just couldn't stomach it.
We have left a complaint with this hotel as we feel it brings down Bournemouth and we think the price they are charging is outrageous, especially since they can't even provide you the basics. Clean and inviting rooms.
very poor quality
we checked in very quickly with no problems.then came time for our evening meal, it was of very poor standard,vegetables not cooked meat cold and sweets left on a table not even chilled. the second night of our stay we had the 3 out of 4 main dishes which were from the night before presumably warmed up.breakfast was ok but not very hot. would not stay here again as it was a complete waste of money and have stayed in better
Great location and ok
This is an ok hotel, little dated and old fashioned but 2 mins from cliffs to the beach and 5 mins from town.
The room was fine, clean and comfortable. Breakfast was good if you are a meat eater but I prefer continental so I ended up with toast every morning!
We had Harry Ramsden chips on the beach, visited the Sealife center(shark feeding & turtle talk was great), did lots of walking and relaxed.
We had a fabulous meal at a little italian called"Amaretto" in Old Christchurch Road - we were the only people in there on a Weds night and it was great! The sea bass was beautiful, pasta to die for and really authentic rustic italian cooking. We will be going back........
We visisted Monkey World, Marwell Zooilogical Park and Portsmouth outlet village.
A lovely week in all and we will visit again.
We have just returned from this hotel after booking a 2 night break in their January Sale, costing £100 for 2 on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
We found it to be a good choice, however it was very quiet, bar was dead both nights and there didn't seem to be many people having dinner.
We were in room 409 which was a good enough room and a sea view!! even
though you could just make it out though 2 blocks of flats. The food was quite good. At dinner there was 3 starters, 4 choices of main course, 2 or 3 gateaux's for desert and cheese and biscuits, but no coffee even though both evenings there was the same potato choice mains courses fairly hot but potatoes not very warm.
Breakfast was typical choice, cereal, full english toast and croissants. It was quite hot except toast (a couple of toasters to cook yourself would be a good idea) and fried eggs which just sat under a heat lamp. (why hotels can't cook fried eggs to order I will never know).
It was ideally situated for Boscombe town centre and Bournemouth. The
car park is a little small and you have to pay in Bournemouth to park on the front all year round. We would go back to this hotel in the future.
Good for groups
My friend booked this on our group's behalf for a hen do. The hotel was flexible in the allocation of our rooms and met our needs well, it has single rooms which have adjoining doors to twins which was very useful for our group, especially as some people only stayed one night. The overall layout and decor of the rooms was good, although we all complained of soft, lumpy beds. They were generally clean - although the single room I had on the first night had hairs on the bath and sink. I was in a different room on the second night and this was much better. Large towels and decent hairdryers were a plus.
Nice breakfast room, but the buffet breakfast was pretty poor - the tea put out in flasks was undrinkable and the hot food a bit of a greasy mess. Although there was a large selection of food.
The bar was large, but lacked atmosphere and service could be slow - good place to meet but not to stay.
Great location to town, easy to find. Arrive early if you can if you are driving as parking is limited - there is overspill at a nearby hotel.
Very poor value indeed
So bad we had to laugh - but only because we were staying one night. We couldn't have stayed longer. We paid £90 for a room. The room was okay (but no full length mirror or bath) and you got the feeling they were really cutting back - no biscuits or water either! Dingy reception (all parts of the hotel we saw looked like they needed a lick of paint) and miserable staff. But the absolute worst was breakfast. It was a Sunday morning, and whoever was responsible for the music in the dining room decided that 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' by U2 was a fitting soundtrack to our breakfast. On repeat. Over and over. It was awful. And breakfast itself was really bad - what looked like cheap meat (I assume because I didn't try it - but it looked cheap), and a general bad smell in there that put me off. I ended up eating three hash browns and wasn't really in the mood to eat much more. Very very poor value.
More than adequate
Having read some of the reviews on here I was a little worried but there was absolutely no need.
I led a party of 10 male golfers, aged from about 30 to about 60. When we arrived the reception had all the bookings, keys and cards ready. No wait, no fuss. Rooms were clean, functional and the beds worked.
The bar was relatively quiet but it had a barman and every drink that anyone asked for. We used it as somewhere to meet before we headed off into town rather than somewhere to spend the night. The town centre is very accessible, as is the cliff path and the sea front and beach.
When we finally staggered in late at night the night porter was friendly and accommodating when more drink was suggested.
Breakfast was full of choices, hot and cold buffets, cerials etc. etc. etc. All you could want and very tasty. Exactly what was expected.
If we go back to Bournemouth then we would be more than happy to stay there again.
Some of the previous reviewers expectations need seriously managing !
More a B&B than a hotel!
Me and my boyfriend have just come back from a weekend in Bournemouth where we stayed at the Britannia - this was booked last minute (£147 2nts B&B). It was simple to find and we got a car park easily (free parking unlike some other hotels in the area).
We were pleased with the reception and check in was smooth, however the lifts were TINY and quite rickety so we resorted to climbing the 4 floors to our room for the rest of the stay.
We were quite disappointed with our room, it was average size but the wallpaper and carpets were really dated and there was a sliding door in the middle of the room which we discovered led to the cubby hole bathroom! It was clean but definately felt more like a B&B than a 3* hotel.
Hairdryers, towels, kettle, TV (with Sky sports) were provided however there was no iron - the only (1) iron they provided was setup in a communal room on the 1st flr, we thought this was really bad for a 3* hotel and very inconvenient.
The breakfast was nice they offer buffet style cooked and continental choice and the dining room was nice and spacious, modern and clean.
They have a nice indoor swimming pool onsite.
The hotel bar was quite empty when we went there on the saturday night but they provide water and glasses to take to your room free of charge which is nice.
The staff were all very friendly (both day and night)
The clientele was a mixture of young groups and older parties - there didnt seem to be any rowdy guests
The location of the hotel was superb, it was literally a few steps away from the East Cliff beach in one direction and then in the other direction about a 5-10 minute walk will take you to the busy strip where all the bars and restaurants are (you couldnt hear the noise from the strip at the hotel)
East Cliff beach has less facilities but if you carry on walking along the seafront toward the pier you will reach west cliff beach where all the shops are (10-15mins walk)
All in all we had a lovely weekend in Bournemouth and would definately go there again, however we would probably try another hotel this time.