Hilton Bournemouth {GBR}

Old Nov 25, 15, 4:19 pm
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As this hotel will be opening soon and first night bookings are from the 21st Dec. 2015, thought I would start this thread with some pictures I snapped last night while staying at the next door Hampton.

Looks good and good chances it really will be open for guests on the 21st!

Hope these whet the appetite

The hotel is situated near the peak of the hill and as you drive up the hill this is what you would see to the left (small off street lay by with covered access to the hotel for dropping guests and bags off as well as getting a taxi:


view of hotel from Entrance
by BA_pics, on Flickr

A zoom in on what I assume to be the future reception desks (to the right as you would enter the hotel):


Reception
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The Hotel sign with bar and restaurant names as well as spa:


Front Sign
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Detail of covered entrance area lay by:


Covered Entrance
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The restaurant looks big (ground floor further to the right from reception and quite nice with views to the waterfront area....

Looking forward to this new addition to the area, should get some booming business as it will beat any other hotel in the area hands down IMO.

Discuss @:-)
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Old Nov 26, 15, 3:04 am
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Looking good so far there botb, I will deffo give this a go sometime, b-line recordings are based in bournemouth so it's just a matter of time before I will be there, hopefully in the new year.
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Old Dec 14, 15, 4:28 pm
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Just noticed the hotel is now accepting reservations from tomorrow (15th Dec).
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Old Dec 21, 15, 11:35 am
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Just checked in, everything seems to be up and running ^

Check in went well and quickly, car park is same as Hampton Inn next door, so a bit of a trek downhill to hotel afterwards. Those with luggage should unload at entrance first before parking due to stairs down to hotel.

Spa up and running and free for guests ^

Exec lounge is fairly small but nice (will post pics later). 2 fridges with only Heineken for alcohol do far (17:00) so not sure if more booze comes out later.

Booked basic room, upgraded to exec. Nice room, with vacation and beach side theme. ^

Large bath amenities in room, bathrobes and slippers.

Two water bottles and welcome card.

Exec lounge on 2nd floor, so views are of road in front of hotel and best views will be from the roof top bar in 8th floor. Guest rooms on all floors. 6th floor is where I have a room.

Will try the food, spa and bar and post back with more later.

EDIT: wifi is two levels, basic for free and faster for £9.95, will ask at reception about diamond wifi situation.
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Just checked in, everything seems to be up and running ^

Check in went well and quickly, car park is same as Hampton Inn next door, so a bit of a trek downhill to hotel afterwards. Those with luggage should unload at entrance first before parking due to stairs down to hotel.

Spa up and running and free for guests ^

Exec lounge is fairly small but nice (will post pics later). 2 fridges with only Heineken for alcohol do far (17:00) so not sure if more booze comes out later.

Booked basic room, upgraded to exec. Nice room, with vacation and beach side theme. ^

Large bath amenities in room, bathrobes and slippers.

Two water bottles and welcome card.

Exec lounge on 2nd floor, so views are of road in front of hotel and best views will be from the roof top bar in 8th floor. Guest rooms on all floors. 6th floor is where I have a room.

Will try the food, spa and bar and post back with more later.

EDIT: wifi is two levels, basic for free and faster for £9.95, will ask at reception about diamond wifi situation.
Thanks for your update, we do look forward to more of your insights incl. photos. Enjoy your stay.

Cheers & Safe Travels. ^
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Thanks for your update, we do look forward to more of your insights incl. photos. Enjoy your stay.

Cheers & Safe Travels. ^
Yes me too.....I do enjoy your reviews mate!
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Old Dec 22, 15, 4:05 pm
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only too happy to oblige...

Pictures and additional comments about Hilton Bournemouth: (post 1 of 2 due to image limitations)

King Bed Exec Room:


King Exec Bed
by BA_pics, on Flickr

Nice travel themed bedside tables with luggage straps for handles…(and power point for electronic items each side ^ )


vacation theme nighttables
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View into room from entrance:


view into room from entrance
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View back to entrance from room:


view to entrance
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Counter top of mini bar and coffee area: (with neat map of coastline):


map of bournemouth coast
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Coffee boat area:


tea and coffee
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Mini Fridge: (yes, one without electronic monitoring that you can actually use ^ )


mini fridge
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Marine design elements in room:

Seagulls (or simply birds if you have negative connotations of sea birds!) with marine blue / green wall paint…


marine theme
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Nice poster:


seaside poster
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New design door security stopper (to replace the usual chain arrestor):


new security door stops
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Work desk and large telly (50 inch IIRC):


work desk
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Connectivity to TV from desk:


TV connections
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Wardrobe space is good with a door for just shelves and drawers:


wardrobe safe shelves
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Exec room has bathrobes and slippers included:


wardrobe bathrobes
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Bathroom:

Sink and Vanity area: (mirror is heated)


bathroom vanity
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Loo:


loo
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full bathtub with shower over tub and glass screen:


shower bath
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Other Hotel areas;

Elevator interior: (you are made to feel like a star )


elevator design
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Hallway design and room number signs:


hallways
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Walls outside elevators have different motives: (here a new forest pony):


new forest pony wall paper
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cont...
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Old Dec 22, 15, 4:08 pm
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Post 2 of 2 of review with pictures:

Exec Lounge:

great modern design welcome into exec lounge:


exec lounge entrance desk
by BA_pics, on Flickr

Seating area niche exec lounge:


exec lounge seating 1
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other seating areas:


exec lounge seating 2
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and:


exec lounge seating 3
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and:


view from buffet back to entrance
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The two fridges in the exec lounge:


exec lounge fridgees
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Floor plan of hotel rooms (here 6th floor (of 8), assume others are the same):


floor plan 6th floor
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You can see from the below picture that the view towards the beach (waterfront) is not available from any room or the sky lounge bar as there is a very large straight wall separating the private flats at the front from the hotel behind…you can see the windows of the 8th floor sky lounge bar in the middle of this photo. This side has no seating outside but a small walkway for smokers…the other side (facing the park and balloon) will have an outdoor seating area but this is still being worked on)…sky lounge seating is limited and you need to reserve in advance as non residents can also book and do…they do not hold any reserve back for hotel guests (my only negative of this hotel so far)…there is a booking form on the website I am told and also worth knowing that there is no food in the sky lounge bar until Feb. sometime…


sky lounge view illustration
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Restaurant:

A few pics of the nice design of the restaurant:

Design element on ceiling of wooden spoons and forks:


ceiling design element
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The open plan, open kitchen centre of the restaurant:


open kitchen centre of restaurant
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Breakfast was outstanding, not only in choice and quality but also presentation as well as staff ^^^

The best way to welcome the morning: (note the proper cappuccino from a barista machine, not an automatic machine)


bliss
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Some seating areas of the restaurant:


restaurant seating and design
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restaurant 2
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restaurant seating
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view back towards entrance of restaurant
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The various breakfast sections in pictures to show what I mean:

Cereals:


excellent cereal presentation
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Breads:


breads
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Jams and spreads:


jams
by BA_pics, on Flickr

Healthy option (I can only guess as it was less attractive looking!)


healthy option
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Yoghurts and cold items:


yoghurts and coldcuts
by BA_pics, on Flickr

Fruits:


fruits
by BA_pics, on Flickr

Some of the fresh hot items:


cooked items
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Other hot items (in usual covered trays):


hot items
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Beverages:


drinks
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Finally, a cabinet area for some fresh items but assume the chillis were not for breakfast :O


fresh goods cabinet
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Sorry about the size of this thread due to the pics but hope it shows how great this hotel is and an excellent addition to the UK inventory we can choose from.
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thanks for great pictures.

looking at a stay 1st-3rd Jan. My wife and I both diamond - sounds like booking the basic room might get us lounge access?
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Yes, you'll have exec lounge access regardless of the room you book. A great hotel, hope you enjoy it as much as I did ^
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Thanks for all your superb and insightful images and descriptions, that's awesome. It's a beautiful & memorable design-led Hilton. ^

Cheers & Safe Travels. ^
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Another very good review from you mate, looks amazing!.........good work .
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Old Dec 23, 15, 1:38 am
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Just to add that the Spa has a nice 20m pool ^

there is one section off the pool with jets but not a hot tub as such (as same temperature as pool water).

Also a sauna and steam room (both can fit around 4-6 people but would be packed then)...

bring a £ 1 coin to operate the lockers as the tokens the spa staff kindly provide don't work due to being a bit too small.

there are two showers and washroom facilities in the spa as well of course.

Its nice but not quite as big or varied as the Ageas bowl spa nearby, so if the spa is the reason for going, then try the Ageas instead.

Lovely to have a spa at all here in the Bournemouth hotel. ^ Staffv very helpful and friendly as throughout the hotel. ^^
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Thanks for your help and your excellent review and photos.

Will book basic rooms and hope for the best - we only just got Diamond so this is our first stay - I take it you are confident we will get lounge access because it's guaranteed or is there another reason?

Many thanks
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Thanks for your help and your excellent review and photos.

Will book basic rooms and hope for the best - we only just got Diamond so this is our first stay - I take it you are confident we will get lounge access because it's guaranteed or is there another reason?

Many thanks
When you're a Hilton Honors Diamond member, lounge access is guaranteed as per the terms and conditions, doesn't matter which room you book or receive. ^

Enjoy your stay and please report your experiences here on FT. Cheers & Safe Travels. ^

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