Bournemouth, Dorset, England
A review by Nicholas Newman
The Bournemouth Hilton is a nice modern and family-friendly hotel, with modern décor with a 1930s understated theme. Just 5 minutes’ walk from the city center or beach. The Hilton hotel has an open plan restaurant, bar and rooftop nightclub, which attracts a mix of clients from local premier league footballers, business people and weekenders. When celebrity events are on don’t be surprised by the expensive range of sports cars parked outside the hotel including Porsches, Ferraris and Bentleys and the well-spoken security staff on patrol throughout this hi-tech hotel.
This hotel is just 5 minutes from the local rail station with direct trains serving major cities including Southampton, London, Reading, Oxford and Birmingham. As for nearest airports, Bournemouth and Southampton have their own airports, with Southampton having its own railway station with direct services to Bournemouth and other south coast towns.
Apart from the seven miles of sandy beach and two piers just minutes away from the hotel, there are lovely landscaped tropical gardens in the town centre. As for night owls there is a nightclub and multiscreen cinema across the road, together with concerts and exhibitions at the Bournemouth International Conference centre.
Although for the more adventurous in mind there is nude swimming at Studland Bay near Swanage and the fossils to be found at the Jurassic Coast heritage site to the west of Bournemouth. To the east is the ancient landscape of the New Forest, a mix of heaths, scrubland and ancient forests populated with wild horses and tourists.
Inside the hotel
It’s a nice comfortable place to have a great weekend break, the beds are comfortable, but some of the controls in the ultra-modern bathroom were a bit of a mystery. Fortunately, I did appreciate the help of the receptionist in coming to my aid in explaining these mysterious controls. Also, I did like that there was good lighting to read a book in bed, or my tablet in the armchair provided, and a comfortable office desk and chair to do some work on my laptop to finish some business.
Despite the hotel holding some night time parties in the rooftop night club, the soundproofing ensured one could not hear it in the bedrooms below.
As for the restaurant, it can be a very noisy place to be on a Saturday night, and hard for your waiter to hear your order. This is due to the noise generated by the kitchen at work and by clients in this popular restaurant since there is no wall separating the kitchen from the restaurant.
Although, at other times, when the restaurant and bar are less busy, it is a great place to have breakfast, lunch, tea or supper.
What I enjoyed very much was the hotel’s exotic Asian style 24-hour gym and spa that included a beautifully lit underground 20-meter swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. It felt like one was in some exotic cave in the Far East due to the décor.
Certainly, a great place to stay for rest or business event. And the customer service was professional and very friendly.
Terrace Rd, Bournemouth, BH2 5EL, England.