We stayed in a Luxury Double for one night here last weekend on my very first visit to Bournemouth.....and I'm so glad we chose here in comparison to the larger "chain" hotels which I'm not a fan off, due to lack of customer service and being so impersonal decor wise.
This beautiful white building is situated in a quiet street, a 10 minute walk to the famous seafront, so the location was peaceful yet perfect for our needs. Parking was pretty easy for us, found a spot pretty much straight away on the property and stayed there until check out which is all free for residents staying.
We were greeted a very warm welcome by reception, and after the relevant paperwork done, was personally shown to the Beech room. This room was perfectly adequate for us......and had everything we needed.
A kettle with all tea/coffee amenities, a safe for valuables, bath robes/slippers for two, butter shortbreads in a quirky jar, and the best Temple Spa bathroom products which is an exceptionally good brand to use.
We had a gorgeous white roll top cast iron bath in the bay window which was at the foot of our bed as a great romantic feature to this room.
And as I pre ordered a champagne bucket and glasses in the room....it was all ready for the bubbles I had brought up with me....to go with the bubbles in the bath! (Please note....there actually isn't any bubble bath provided but found some in my own washbag.....so don't forget to bring your own!)
The Beech room is beautifully decorated with a sage green and chocolate theme....a feature wall with unusual designer wallpaper.....and the glass shower was also in the bedroom too. (The shower head is one of them big rainfall types but as it was on a shower hose and not installed in the ceiling, it had a tendency to fall down as the head is actually too heavy for the bracket! I worked around this but can imagine someone making a big thing about this?!)
The only closed room was the toilet housing a small quirky sink and we were both happy with this as I kind of liked the whole open plan bathing theme of this room which was impeccably clean and tidy, carpet, ceiling, floors and walls looked brand new.....and the big bed provided the best nights sleep for us.....we really didn't want to get up and leave, it was that comfortable!
Reading reviews on here, people have complained that the walls are paper thin and you can hear everything, I can state we heard not one thing. This room was so quiet and peaceful.....once in it, you actually forget you're in a hotel, but in a small haven of peace.
My only downside to this room was how hot it was.....and in fact, it became laughable between us more than a massive gripe! After a bath and then a shower in the same time frame (as we were both getting ready to go out for dinner) I could barely pull my bodycon dress on because I was so hot and bothered! Lol
There is a small tower fan provided, but it didn't oscillate or throw out enough cool air, so was pretty useless!
The windows are shut and one only opens to around 2 inches max, I do really like this hotel being eco friendly and totally respect its values but I literally was boiling alive and there surely has to be another solution around this problem? Other than air con? Upon investigation, my boyfriend noticed a sign saying we could ask reception to unlock the 2 window guards....in which we did. Yes you do have to sign a declaration in them doing this but it's worth it to have them windows open at full pelt and feel some air!!
I'm sure in the winter, having closed windows is very welcome and toasty, so this room would be perfect to cosy up in but I felt positively white and starved off air upon checking out!
The bar area is modern, clean and the staff very knowledgeable. He recommended some unusual gins and we tried two happily. We ordered some bar snacks to tide us over before dinner and the sandwiches were divine. Beautifully presented on wooden platters with bowls of warm homemade crisps, a fresh side salad with the best dressing applied......I didn't think a bar sandwich could be so good.....in taste and presentation.
Highly recommend the food here as the full English breakfast was superb. Freshly sourced ingredients such as eggs from the new forest and bacon from Wiltshire etc......you can tell this little place takes great pride in its food and providing its customers with only the best ingredients.....a massive thumbs up from us.
All the staff here are warm and welcoming, happy to help out in whatever way they can. The hotel is so immaculate and clean with modern bright furnishings which are quirky and pleasing to the eye. Nice big light hallways to manoeuvre around in.....big sash windows letting in acres of light, tidy, sheltered seating at the front with modern chairs and tables for a sunny day.
Our stay here was perfect in every way and would stay here again easily.....but will ensure to try the Arbour restaurant for dinner next time........and will phone ahead for them to unlock those windows!
Thank you Green House for a wonderful stay with you, my friends are very interested in visiting you now after seeing my posts and selfishly in a way, I wished they wasn't....... as a fantastic little find like this needs to be kept to myself!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For the best rates, book direct! The Award winning Green House is a stylish boutique hotel, nestled in the beautiful East Cliff area of Bournemouth town. Winner of the AA Eco hotel of the year, as well as Considerate Hotel of the year 2013, the Green House lives and breathes sustainability. Home to the 2AA rosette and Michelin Plate, Arbor restaurant. Our commitment to sustainability goes far beyond our menu, it's a deep held belief that runs through everything we do. From sourcing the best quality local and sustainable ingredients to the low energy induction cookers we use in the kitchen, to the FSC timber on the restaurant floor, it is not a commitment we take lightly. You will see a lot of what we've done for yourself, but sometimes it's the things you can't see that make the biggest difference. Winning the Environment award from the Food Made Good awards 2 years running says it all. Don't miss out on our homebaked afternoon tea or experiencing Arbor for yourself. ... more less
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