The Orchid Hotel
What We Love
- A freshly revamped boutique Dorset Coast hotel near the sea, with breakfast includedThe quiet location in Bournemouth's desirable Eastcliff area, near the clifftop promenade
- The hotel's chic new makeover, blending contemporary style with good old-fashioned hospitality
- Indulging in a complimentary delicious afternoon tea each day
- Adding on a three-course dinner to treat yourself properly
Boasting one of the highest sunshine records in the UK, sunny Bournemouth on southern England’s Dorset coast is welcoming at any time of year. Enjoy refreshing strolls along the clifftop or on the long sandy beach; discover quirky museums; parade on two piers – one deemed “the coolest pier in Britain” – and revel in time-honored English traditions, like tempting cream teas. It’s also at the easternmost end of the Jurassic Coast, where serious ramblers can hike 96 miles of stunning coastline, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Back in town, the Art Deco Pavilion Theatre puts on a good show year round, while golf buffs can tee off at nearby Club at Meyrick Park Golf Course.
Ideally located in the town’s desirable Eastcliff area – a peaceful wooded spot that’s still within an easy stroll of the center – the long-cherished boutique gem The Orchid Hotel has just emerged from a complete makeover. Occupying an attractive Edwardian townhouse, it has reinvented itself as one of the town’s go-to destinations for discerning guests. Expect pleasing hues of grey, taupe and mushroom, and carefully placed designer accessories. Settle down in a plush velvet stool at the smart new bar, and dine in the 34 Restaurant on beautifully presented dishes. The Orchid is listed as among Bournemouth’s top 10 hotels on TripAdvisor.
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Orchid Hotel Bournemouth
We don't normally spend over £100 on UK hotels so this was an extravagant treat for us to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We chose this hotel as it was a great location in a quiet semi residential/hotel area, just a few mins walk from the beach and town with a free car park.
This boutique hotel was furnished and decorated to a high standard in a minimalist style exactly to my liking, with splashes of colour with nice pieces of art amongst clean crisp lines. Even the guest toilets downstairs were amazing and worth going down there just to look at the art, décor and clever design.
There is a beautiful courtyard garden with plenty of seating and hanging chairs.
We opted for deluxe room with king-size bed that cost £130 a night with breakfast for two. It was beautiful. The huge bed was really comfy. The room had a kettle with Dorset Tea and Nescafe Coffee and a filter coffee maker with fresh milk on request. There was also a safe which is great for longer stays. The bathroom was large and modern with free funky toiletries and fluffy white towels and flannels. The shower had a good spray and I did have a long bath here too. There was plenty of hot water that filled the tub up quickly. Everywhere was impeccably clean.
Breakfast was good with a freshly cooked full English of choice and plenty of help yourself items such as cereals, yogurt and pastries.
Room 117 - Now my only negative is that our room was above the restaurant where there was music being played loudly all afternoon and evening. It sounded like it was in the next room and was so loud I could clearly hear the song lyrics. I'm a music lover but music is a personal taste and when I come to a hotel especially of this calibre I expect to be able to relax. I did ask at reception to see where it was coming from and was told it was on in the restaurant and would go off at 6pm. It didn't! We went out for the evening and it was still on when we came back. We asked how much longer it would be on for and it was then turned off as there were only staff in the restaurant. I can appreciate that background music can create an ambiance in a restaurant but it shouldn’t affect hotel guests in my opinion.
The next morning it went on again which did actually stress me out. I’m pretty easy to please and don’t like to complain but I couldn’t stand it any longer so I went to ask if we could move. The staff on reception were excellent and offered me a choice of two other rooms. One was a cosy room up in the eaves at the back of the hotel which was gorgeous with an amazing bathroom but had a much smaller bed. I was also offered Room 115 which was the same as 117 but situated further along above the reception. Nothing could be heard from here, perfect.
So, it was a lovely hotel but the earlier experience really put a dampener on it for me, especially as our stay was for such an occasion. I have to give credit to the staff on duty on the Sunday and Monday who were friendly and understanding and sorted it out to my satisfaction. So, would I recommend it? Yes, if you are going to be out most of the day and evening, or like chart music, or get any other room apart from 117. It's a shame because the room was amazing. Incidentally, it didn’t bother my husband in the slightest so it really is a personal thing.
Tip: Don’t park under the trees in Spring, we had to put our car through a car wash before we drove home - not hotel fault!
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We stayed here on a groupon deal the end of April 2018. On arrival no problem with parking and the front of the Hotel is lovely, beautiful planting. The receptionist was friendly . We went up to the room and although small everything in the room was very nice. Beds were comfy, the bathroom was beautiful. Wi Fi excellent and great flat screen television. There was a coffee machine which was an added bonus. Breakfast was excellent all freshly cooked and really nice fresh fruit all chopped up. Staff were all friendly. The Hotel is in a brilliant position for the coastline, just a short walk away.
Treated my wife and mother in law to a Prosecco afternoon tea treat. They enjoyed the afternoon tremendously,very attentative staff,sandwiches and cakes where beautifully presented and tasted very good. Bothe gave the experience 5 stars. Thank-you to the Orchid.
I went with a friend and had afternoon tea at the Orchid Hotel. Very good value. Hote wasl very nice and the staff were so friendly. The tea itself was lovely. Sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream and little cakes. We had Prosseco as well. Car parking spaces at the front of the hotel
Room was clean, staff very friendly, different type of boutique hotel, would have thought the rooms sizes and bathroom could have been a bit bigger, but a very comfortable stay. Breakfast staff were very friendly and attentive. Will go again.