Golden Tulip Bournemouth

Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BZ, United Kingdom

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North Wales, Midlands, and Stonehenge Area

by AlmostSwiss

Last month we completed an even more ambitious journey around South England and Wales, which saw us skirt the entire Devon, Cornwall and Welsh coasts, and then travel right back through the centre of Wales (North to South) in just 10 days. So it can be done, but yes it was tiring and we needed a holiday afterwards.

That said, we were able to form much opinion on places you are considering, since we visited them all.

With regards to Caernarfon vs Conwy... Conwy wins. the castle is beautiful, though as acknowledged involves a certain amount of stair climbing. The town itself is all contained within old town walls though, and for that is beautiful and makes a nice place to stroll.

We spent one night not too far away in a place called Abedaron (http://www.almostswiss.ch/gallery/United-Kingdom/ - Photo gallery of whole journey) where everyone around us in the lovely hotel spoke only Welsh. In fact, communicating in English was occasionally slow. It was a great place to stay, one of the best in our journey. The hotel is right on the beach, the rooms are beautifully decorated, prices good, and they have a lift. (http://www.gwesty-tynewydd.co.uk)

Another great option of a place to stay near to Wales, but back on the direction of London was The Pheasant Inn, near to Chester. A lovely country inn with beautiful rooms and a great restaurant... all over-looking rolling farmland. (http://www.thepheasantinn.co.uk)

We also stayed at Ross-on-Wye for a night. Here we stayed in the Premier Inn (a chain mentioned in the first answer). Premier Inns are budget hotels that are consistently clean, well-priced, located on the edge of town, and with a restaurant attached. We will happily return to them in the future, since they are one of the few places that allow one night stays during high season.
That is something you need to be aware of, and as suggested, book ahead to avoid disappointment.

While in the area, if you like books, you might like to visit the village of Hay-on-Wye, which hosts a lot of amazing second-hand book-stores. Has to be seen to be believed really.

We stayed in one B&B during our trip and regret it. Inns and budget hotels were all cheaper and with better facilities.

In the vicinity of Stonehenge. Visit the Henge (if you book a night at a Premier Inn you can print a voucher for 1 person free) and on your way north toward Wales, visit the village of Lacock where there is a very nice abbey (easily accessable, flat entrances etc).
Also, just to the north is Castle Coombe, which lives up to it's reputation as being one of the most 10 most beautiful villages in the UK (along with Lacock).

Don't be tempted to go looking for Cerne Abbas Giant (a hill drawing). This was a huge waste of our time.

With regards to the journey through the centre of Wales... it is nice, although we found it somewhat disappointing. The North of Wales was more interesting overall, although there are a few pockets of the very far south coast that are appealing. Not worth the big detour it would involve for you however.

Our highlights in Wales and this part of England were: Conwy, Abedaron, The Pheasant Inn, Lacock, Castle Coombe, and the Pontcysyllte Aquadact.

All of the places mentioned and many more can be seen in galleries on www.almostswiss.ch

Each photo show the location on a map under the photo, so you can see where these are in relation to your journey.
If you would like a list of all accommodation we stayed in (we could recommend them all) then let me know.

Have a great trip, and happy planning. Lynmouth. What a beautiful place (not mentioned in this tip)

close to the bic

by TripAdvisor Member dawlilsh

Stayed at this hotel for one night as we were attending The Feeling concert at the Bic Bournemouth. On arrival at the train station we took a taxi to the hotel which cost £5.00 one way. As there were alot of rail engineering work taking place we set off alot earlier to have aday out aswell. We arrived at the hotel at lunchtime and was told that the previous evening was so busy that our room wouldnt be ready until 2pm so we left our bags and went for alook around.
The hotel is opp the Bournemouth Pavillion and a 5 min walk through the gardens or car park takes you to the beach there were a few places open to have something to eat or just to sit and have a coffee
The Bic was a 5 min walk from the beach up the hill, we walked through the gardens to the town centre and then back to the hotel for 2ish for check-in.
When we arrived back our room still wasnt ready even though they told us they wasnt at all busy that night so we waited abit longer then paid £80.00 and went up to our room. We were on the 2nd floor facing the pavillion small window no sea view or balcony. The room was ok clean, lcd tv bathroom with shower and bath.
I felt i paid alot of money for this hotel - there was no atmosphere at all when we returned at 1030pm the hotel bar was closed and there were no vending machines to get a drink of any sort. So after agreat night out at The Feeling it all fell abit flat and we went to our room. comfy bed but terrible pillows so not a good nights sleep.
Overall the hotel is clean and the staff are friendly but i wouldnt stay again i would try else where, for the money i paid i just didnt feel it was value for money at all and it hasnt left any lasting impression since returning home today. it was jus OK

Fantastic hotel, great location.

by TripAdvisor Member xSunLoversx

This hotel is so well decorated and fitted out, it looks like a 5* easily. The reception, bar, restaurant and rooms are all finished to a very high standard.

For the money, and considering it is just a premier inn, it really does impress.

Our room was massive and had an amazing view from the 7th floor over looking the beach, pier and city center. All the facilities are top notch including sony bravia lcd tvs and really nice showers.

The restaurant was quiet but the food was really nice and well priced.

The hotel is in the city center so easy to walk anywhere.

The only minor niggles were the lights in the room were quite dim and there was no desk/mirror to get ready in front of. Other than that I cant rate this hotel highly enough.

Why didn't anyone tell me about this hotel earlier?

by TripAdvisor Member The_H0tel_Inspect0rs

I think this hotel has been recently refurbished. It was formerly occupied by the Stakis hotel, then the Hilton.

Amazing hotel with fantastic quality modern rooms and comfortable beds. Clean and modern bathroom.

The location, quality and price point of this hotel cannot be beaten.

I am sure as word spreads about this hotel, the old dirty, mouldy and crumbling geriatric hotels of Bournemouth will meet their well deserved and overdue death.

excellent hotel from the staff to the comfort.

by TripAdvisor Member quantum500

Excellent hotel very comfortable and the staff cannot be more helpful. The rooms are fantastic.We ate in the hotel restaurant for breakfast which was excellent, we also ate in the hotel in the evening once and the food again was very good. The location is great for shopping and the sea and there are plenty of restaurants around if you don't always want to eat in the hotel. We will definitely be staying again in 2009.

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