9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Stayed for a week in June, Neil and Michael were attentive every need catered for, rooms spotless, food fantastic such a friendly atmosphere could not recommend this highly enough 10 out of 10 will be booking for 2014 Conference without a doubt."
- Travel date: 29th June 2012
Had booked room for few days for a break...
"Had booked room for few days for a break, was made very welcome, and told info on things to see and do. Staff were excellent and very helpful with everything, was made to feel welcome when arrived and owners were ready to help whatever the question. Room good and breakfast was great. Would definitely stay again Michael and Neil were great hosts. Hotel in good position for beach and the BIC and for shopping in the town, 5 mins from beach and BIC also few mins from town. Parking available at hotel when I visited but did not need car while there as walked everywhere. Deciding when to stay again?"
- Travel date: 28th October 2007
Excellent small Hotel. Couldn't recommend it more highly.
"Reviewer: TripAdvisor Member Coleraine N. Ireland. Had a really enjoyable 4 night stay here last week with my husband.It was our first trip to Bournemouth and found it to be a great resort. We also visited some other lovely locations in the area like Christchurch without the need to hire a car. Using the local bus service turned out to be quite relaxing and hassel free.Near the hotel is a take-away sandwich bar where a wide variety of freshly prepared delicious sandwiches are available.Across the street is the Westcliff Restaurant whose speciality is a terrific carvery. Our spotlessly clean room overlooked the beautiful patio where there were an abundance of flowers in bloom.My husband made good use of it as the Marlins is a no smoking hotel! The owners run a second to none establishment.The breakfast set us up for the day - the eggs cooked to perfection by Michael a trained chef.. They made our first visit to Bournemouth extremely pleasant. Hope to stay there again sometime."
- Travel date: 14th August 2006
A Great Small Hotel
"The title review says it all. Friendly and helpful owners, great location, spotlessly clean rooms, super breakfast. Superb value for money - We would have no hesitation in staying again."
- Travel date: 4th July 2006
Good but not perfect
"I stayed here for two nights. Was given a twin room but only booked a single. Good start! I found the room spacious for this type of accomodation, very clean and was tastefully decorated with books to read. However, there is no air conditioning and no other form of ventilation. It was therefore necessary to open the windows wide. And that was the problem. The room backed on to the garden where a group of people were having dinner. You could hear every word as if you were sitting next to them in a restaurant. I turned the TV up loud and ignored it before going out. If I had wanted to stay in my room for any length of time, it would have been a real problem. Fortunately, the problem didn't reoccur on the following evening and, at night, it was very quiet with little noise from outside or other guests. The location of hotel is excellent with the beach, restaurants and shops all within easy walking distance. It is true that you will have to walk up and down steep hills but that's Bournemouth. The superb breakfast and the friendliness of the owners was the best part of my short stay at this hotel."
- Travel date: 15th June 2006
Relaxation in the Garden Room
"Having just returned from spending a 4 day break in Bournemouth, we must compliment Neil and Michael on their excellent hospitality at Marlin's Hotel in West Cliff Road. Only a short walk from the beach or the town, its an ideal place to stay if your idea of relaxation is to park the car in the hotel car park and take advantage of the hotel's proximity to Bournemouth's facilities. The Garden Room has such a lovely courtyard view, filled with well tended pots and tubs and is so quiet that we couldn't believe how well we slept! The breakfasts are superb-especially the pork and leek sausages, suppled by a local butcher. We will return there soon as this is definitely the best place to stay! Relaxed and well-fed of South Wales!"
- Travel date: 30th May 2006
"We have just returned from a bank holiday weekend at the Marlins Hotel and were very pleased with the hotel. Although on the main road, the location is ideal for walking into Bournemouth both for the shops and to the beach. I had read an old review saying the hotel was a little tired but that is totally out of date. The rooms were spotless, well decorated in an intimate way with double glazed window units throughout so although we could hear a little of the traffic it did not prevent a good night's sleep. Neil and his staff were friendly, courteous and very helpful in suggesting venues to eat in the evening and we were never disappointed with their recommendations. I disagree with the previous review - their cooked English breakfast were superb - piping hot and even with a full hotel we never waited very long. I have had enough of croissants and jam on holidays - please keep up the English tradition. Our room was cleaned daily and was well decorated with the ensuite being modern, tiled throughout and spotless. The shower was always hot which was wonderful. The Marlins Hotel is small, intimate and reasonably priced. We shall definitely return."
- Travel date: 28th May 2006
Good little hotel
"This is a good small hotel for the UK. The owners were extremely friendly and helpful, their recommendations for places to eat were very good. The location of the hotel is quite central and a nice walk to the beach. We didn't see the cat! The breakfasts are fabulous. However, a mild comment - I found it quite daunting to have a fully cooked breakfast after the first day and would have loved the option of some croissants and fruit (call me a poncy continental!) by the second. Also, I don't know whether there were baths in other rooms, but the room we had had only a shower and a loud extractor fan. Small things, but all in all a very good stay. We had a nice trip - we went on a boat trip to Swanage (excellent for lunch) and then took the steam train up for a (very brief, given the connections) trip to Corfe castle and then took the bus back from Swanage via the chain ferry back to Bournemouth. I'm not wild about Bournemouth itself. It has lovely parts, but the area immediately around the conference centre (and the conference centre itself) is a bit of an eyesore. However, it has the merit of being cheaper than Poole (itself another mild disappointment) and is a great stop off point for the rest of the region. Swanage was certainly the star. Be warned (and we certainly were by the hotel owners) that the trains on Sundays back to London can take an age (2 and a half hours in our case) as they are often rerouted via Guildford."
- Travel date: 15th May 2006
We'd go again... what better recommendation can we give?
"Firstly, there's a review on here which is very out of date and really should be removed - it was four years old when it was posted and dates back to before the current owners took over! Chatting to the very friendly new owners (who took over about two years ago) they have changed the hotel substantially and we could see for ourselves that it bears no resemblance at all to the only negative review here! The hotel has a nice homely feel to it and is well decorated throughout in very good taste, sympathetic to the surroundings, modern but not corporate. The owners couldn't have been more helpful, nothing was too much trouble for them (and the cat was friendly too!) The breakfast is everything it claims to be, and Neil was happy to be flexible with what was on offer. The little Easter Eggs on Easter Sunday was a lovely touch. Location is perfect too; everything you could want (shops, restaurants, beach, BIC) is in easy walking distance, just watch out for the hills - but you'd have those to contend with anywhere you stayed in Bournemouth! We think the Marlins offers exceptional value, very reasonably priced and worth every penny. Now all we need is another excuse to go to Bournemouth!"
- Travel date: 16th April 2006
The Chocolate Box Hotel is also called
- Marlins Hotel