A Very Enjoyable Stay
We have just arrived home after a very enjoyable stay at the Royal Bath .We thought about canceling after reading the reviews but are glad we didn't. The staff were very attentive and the food in Oscars Resturant was first class. We had a standard room which could have done with redecorating but was clean and very comfortable.It was quite expensive but i would have expected that for this type of hotel.
Fabulous time in Bournemouth
Just back from a two night stay and had a lovely time with my partner and two kids. I was very worried when I read reviews after booking but found the hotel more than reached my expectations. Staff were brilliant and the food excellent. Great breakfast. Kids really enjoyed the pool and my partner had a great manicure. Our room was huge and had a magnificent seaview of Poole. The location of The Royal Bath is fantastic. No need for car as two min walk to all attractions. Throw in the pool and beauty treatments and you have an ideal venue for a easy going break. The hotel is big and the public rooms grand and magnificent. Everywhere was spotless. Sitting near the windows was a little cold. Some of the bedrooms are now due for a freshen up and I know De Vere have plans for this soon. No aircon in room but fans are provided. The hotel was founded over 150 years ago and is the oldest in Bournemouth. This does mean it is old fashioned in feel and character and I actually enjoyed that. In conclusion I would recommend the hotel to anyone wishing a traditional seaside break. Do try get a room with a seaview and pay for the valet parking. I have always enjoyed a stay at a De Vere and once again I was not disappointed.
We paid for a Deluxe Double Room, over looking the sea and gardens and only 5 minutes from the beach, which was the only highlight of our stay.
The double room was large but looked dated, the bathroom was very small in comparison and not cleaned well, 2 single beds pushed together to make a large double which proved to be uncomfortable with a large gap down the middle, in the evening we never did get served in the Garden Bar, after a 10 minutes wait we gave up (very few guest using it, so no excuses), Spa was disappointing and looked tired, but Breakfast was good.
For location, we could not fault the hotel, the cinema and car park adjacent does detract from the experience if you let it!
Having stayed in other De Vere Hotels, would we go back to the Royal Bath! very doubtful as over priced for the standard delivered.
Probably the "best" in the area, but don't get your hopes up
Well, this may be the best hotel in the area, but if you are expecting a good hotel you will be dissappointed. Let me begin with the positive: they have a large, lovely grass garden trimmed with nice flowers and bushes. Unfortunately my praise stops there.
Here were my problems:
- Tiny room, swelteringly hot (July) with no air conditioning (just a $15 swivel fan)
- Old carpeting and shabby feel (re-investment is a foreign concept yet to reach Bournemouth)
- Bathroom had heated towel rack that couldn't be turned off - imagine a radiator at full blast in eighty degree heat with no A/C.
- Windows designed so maximum opening was 6 inches (insult to injury considering the heat)
- Internet connection cost $10/hour, or $30 per day. What a joke, and it didn't even work well, as I lost connection once (wireless).
- Food - well, its English food, 'nuff said.
- Management. I dont know where to start, but suffice it to say despite the fact that my group had rented out part of the hotel one evening and accounted for at least 20 weekend rooms, I was told that extending checkout by 3 hours would cost me $40 because in their words, "we are a business and have to make a profit." I was so stunned by this I was nearly speachless. Every 3rd world country I have ever been to understands modern-day customer service better than these people.
- Price. Way too high. Good luck.
Bournemouth-Gem of the South
"Bournemouth - a history"
The growth of Bournemouth seems almost amazing when you compare the populace there today to that of 200 years ago!! Until the early 1800's Bournemouth was heathland, with a warren of pathways & streams, the only known people were cows & maybe a few gypsies. This was then known as Pool(e) Heath. The only cite of any life form in Bournemouth before then were the Decoy Pond house. Records show that this was used for smuggling in 1762 & was probably the first recorded dwelling! Decoy Pond was where the track crossed the Bourne stream and was used a duck decoy (now the lower pleasure gardens) & the cottage stood beside the plank used for crossing, that later became the bridge.
In 1810 Lewis Tregonwell of Cranbourne bought some land near the sea from Tapps-Gervis & had the first houses built. He had been guarding the coast here with the Dorset Rangers Coastal division during the Napoleonic war fifteen years before. The story goes that his wife, who was poorly, fell in love with the heath & wanted a house here. He built a large house for himself & minor dwellings for his household staff. Ten years later he got more land in the area & made up more villas, renting them out as holiday homes. It was around this time that it had been found that sea air was fit for convalescing, & Bournemouth became renowned for its healing air & palm trees!
"Opening of more building's"
In 1836 George Tapps' son, also called George, began making a line of villas on the Eastern side of the Bourne stream. The Royal Bath Hotel was one of these, built by a local builder, David Tuck, & opened on Queen Victoria's Coronation day 28th June 1838.
Furthermore, on the same day was the Belle Vue Boarding House, for the less wealthy visitors! Within three years there were a further sixteen villas - now Westover Road.
By 1840 Bournemouth could boast of a few people & truly became known as a village! By 1850 the first shops were being made as well as a few Inns, soon Bournemouth had its first police force & local government!
When the railways came to to Bournemouth, holidays & days out at the beach became more & more popular. People also came to stay at Bournemouth for recuperation. The first pier (or jetty) was built in 1855. This was made of wood, six feet wide, & a hundred feet long on wheels!! It was soon spoiled by the sea. A second wooden pier was made in 1860, but this also suffered damage from the rough seas. In 1878 this was replaced by one made of iron! Although closed off during the war, the pier was reopened in 1950. Ten years later a theatre was opened & following renovation work, a new theatre & leisure centre was opened in 1981. The pier still stands today.
After the turn of the century, bathing machines became trendy. Ladies & gents were built singly on the east side of the pier. In 1907 an Undercliff was built at East Cliff. An electric cliff lift was made here in 1908, & one at West Cliff.
Bournemouth is a large coastal resort town in the Borough of Bournemouth in Dorset, England. The town has a population of 163,444 according to the 2001 Census, making it the largest settlement in Dorset.
The town was founded by Lewis Tregonwell in 1810 and grew steadily and became a proper town in 1870, when the railway came. Bournemouth used to be part of Hampshire until the reorganisation of local government in 1974 and the associated border changes, and is now in Dorset. Since 1997 the town has been administered by a unitary authority, meaning that it has autonomy from Dorset County Council.
It is a popular tourist destination as it is situated on the south coast of England. The town is a regional centre of education and business, and forms the main part of the South East Dorset conurbation, with the adjoining town of Poole. It is also the largest town on the English south coast between Southampton and Plymouth. The town is notable as the home of the Bournemouth International Centre and is also home to several financial companies including JPMorgan Chase, Nationwide Building Society, Liverpool Victoria, Standard Life Healthcare and The Richmond Group. Some apparently Bournemouth-named organisations, such as Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, The Arts Institute at Bournemouth and Bournemouth University are actually located wholly or partly within Poole and Bournemouth International Airport is, in fact, located in the neighbouring borough of Christchurch, Dorset.
In a 2007 survey by First Direct Bank, Bournemouth was found to be the happiest place in Britain with 82% of people questioned saying they were happy with their life.
In late August 2008, it was published that the East Dorset connurbation (including Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch) is the safest place to live in England and Wales in terms of crime. Violent crimes are recorded as far below the national average
Bournemouth is a tourist and regional centre for leisure, entertainment, culture and recreation. The award winning Central Gardens are a separate major public park, leading for several miles down the valley of the River Bourne through the centre of the town to the sea (reaching the sea at Bournemouth Pier) and include the Pleasure Gardens and the area surrounding the Pavilion and the IMAX Cinema. Bournemouth is renowned for its aged population, hence its nickname "God's Waiting Room".
The town is an important venue for major conferences, with the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), which stands on the cliff-tops near the middle of the town overlooking the sea and the pier, often hosting the annual conferences of the main national political parties amongst its events. The centre has hosted the Labour Party conference on several occasions, in 2003 and most recently in 2007. The BIC also hosts theatrical productions and musical concerts.
The Russell-Cotes Museum is located just to the east of the Central Gardens near the Pavilion Theatre and next to the Royal Bath Hotel. The museum includes many fine mostly 19th century paintings and the family collections acquired when travelling e.g in Japan and Russia. It was Sir Merton Russell Cotes, one of Bournemouth's most prominent Victorians, who successfully campaigned to have a promenade built; it runs continuously along the Bournemouth and Poole shoreline.
The Royal Bath Hotel, located near the sea and just to the east of the Central Gardens, has attracted many important visitors over the years, including Oscar Wilde, H. G. Wells, Richard Harris, Sir Thomas Beecham, Shirley Bassey, and prime ministers Lord Beaconsfield (who stayed for three months to help his gout), Gladstone, Asquith and Lloyd George. Royal guests have been Edward VII and Edward VIII when each was the Prince of Wales, George VI when he was the Duke of York, Queen Wilhemina of the Netherlands , Empress Eugenie of France and Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe before his European Travel ban
Bournemouth is located 105 miles (169 km) southwest of London at 50.72° N 1.88° W. A roundabout at the end of the Wessex Way road called "County Gates" (but commonly known as Frizzell roundabout after the insurance brokers based there, now part of Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society) marks the historic border between Hampshire and Dorset, and also marks the border between Bournemouth and Poole. Historically Bournemouth was part of Hampshire, with Poole just to the west of the border. At the time of the 1974 local government re-organisation, it was considered desirable that the whole of the Poole/Bournemouth urban area should be part of the same county. Bournemouth therefore became part of the non-metropolitan county of Dorset on 1 April 1974. On 1 April 1997, Bournemouth became a unitary authority, independent from Dorset County Council. For the purposes of the Lieutenancy it remains part of the ceremonial county of Dorset.
The urban geography of Bournemouth is complex as the town merges with several other towns to form the South East Dorset conurbation, which has a combined population of 383,713, the whole area being sufficiently populous to be one of the major retail and commercial centres in the south of England. As such the town adjoins Poole in the west and Christchurch in the east. To the north west of Bournemouth is the small town of Wimborne and to the north east is the settlement of Ferndown. Bournemouth International Airport lies to the north east, towards Hurn. The town is intersected by the A338 dual carriageway, known as the "Wessex Way".
Although Bournemouth lies adjacent to the sea, the centre of the town lies inland - the commercial and civil heart of the town being The Square. From the Square the Upper and Lower Pleasure Gardens descend to the seafront and the pier. Areas within Bournemouth itself include Bear Cross, Boscombe, Kinson, Pokesdown and Westbourne. Traditionally a large retirement town, Bournemouth (mostly the Northbourne, Southbourne and Tuckton areas of Bournemouth together with the Wallisdown, and Talbot Village areas of Poole) have seen massive growth in recent years, especially through the growth of students attending Bournemouth University.
The Boscombe Pier, built in 1888. Boscombe is a suburb of Bournemouth.Bournemouth is located directly to the east of the Jurassic Coast, a 95-mile (153 km) section of beautiful and largely unspoilt coastline recently designated a World Heritage Site. Apart from the beauty of much of the coastline, the Jurassic Coast provides a complete geological record of the Jurassic period and a rich fossil record. Bournemouth sea front overlooks Poole Bay and the Isle of Wight. Bournemouth also has 7 miles (11 km) of sandy beaches that run from Hengistbury Head in the east to Sandbanks, in Poole, in the west.
Because of the coastal processes that operate in Poole Bay, the area is often used for surfing. An artificial reef (Europe's first) is expected to be installed at Boscombe, in Bournemouth, by October 2008, using large sand-filled geotextile bags. The reef is being constructed as part of the larger Boscombe Spa Village development. Bournemouth also has several chines (e.g. Alum Chine) that lead down to the beaches and form a very attractive feature of the area. The beaches are subdivided by groynes.