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We do like to be beside the seaside …. at the new Holiday Inn hotel in Bournemouth

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A new Holiday Inn has just opened in Bournemouth, bringing some much needed quality to the town.

Long-term readers will know that I have a soft spot for decent hotels opening up in British seaside resorts, since one of the things – admittedly not the only thing – that stops people spending more time on the British coast is the dire selection of accommodation.

It is genuinely the case that the best hotel in Scarborough, for instance (somewhere I stay for family reasons occasionally) is the Premier Inn – worryingly, nothing else comes close.

Bournemouth is bucking the trend.  I reviewed the new Hilton Bournemouth here – it’s even got an executive lounge! – and the new Hampton by Hilton, which is attached, here.

Holiday Inn has now joined them.  A new Holiday Inn opened this week – it is the fully refurbished ex-Ramada Encore.  It is owned by Interstate, who built the impressive new combined Holiday Inn Bath Road (reviewed here)  and Staybridge Suites (reviewed here) at Heathrow which opened recently.

Looking at the pictures, it is a surprisingly funky Holiday Inn which I would be happy to stay in.   It is on Bath Road and claims to be “easy walking distance of Bournemouth Beach and town centre.”  Note that it does not have a pool, so the Hilton remains a better choice if you’re worried about wet weather activities.

Full details are on this page of the IHG website.

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Comments (165)

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  • Michael says:

    Is there a 3rd article to come?

    • Robert J says:

      I am assuming (From what has happened in the past) that because there were 4 articles yesterday there will only be two today – I don’t think the 3 a day is a hard rule and Rob will bring one forward if there is value in getting it out sooner.

      • Rob says:


        The rule is driven by the email system, which is only set up to send three articles per day. (We can combine if necessary, but physically sending 4 separately as a one-off is messy. Not impossible, but messy.)

  • Robert J says:

    I am assuming that you can’t use the Hilton pool if you are staying at the Hampton? It looks like the Hilton in Bournemouth doesn’t have any family rooms, so I guess the Holiday Inn is as good as any Hilton option if you have kids with you.

    • Rob says:

      Correct – we had two connecting rooms when I went back with my family. The suite I got when I was there golfing is big enough for a family but I don’t think it is allowed. This may be deliberate as I’m not sure families are their target market. There is a big banking and insurance industry in Bournemouth and the Hilton would tell you that it is serving those guys first.

  • Yorkieflyer says:

    Today’s Virgin Money shenanigans. Applied for +card 24July last year, account opened 31 July, rang to close account today and next years fee applied, rep spoke to manager, as a special concession 1/12 annual fee to be charged. When queried saying year not up so should be no fee, the to be fair helpful rep immediately suggested raising complaint and freezing card.
    I suspect the pushback to this is now commonplace?

    • Lev441 says:

      I was also charged a month early. As I’m keeping the card it’s not such a big deal, however it’s very cheeky.

    • Graham Walsh says:

      Freezing the card should stop it, but the agent I spoke to could not confirm it, so I paid the balance online so they could close the account.

    • Lady London says:

      Don’t acceot this.

      similarly, Metro Bank’s computer will charge you a whole month’s business account fees even if you opened your account on the 31st. They are happy to open the account pending funds transfer but they don’t mention that if you don’t transfer 5K in on the day it opens you will be charged for the whole month even if the account is only open 1 day pre-transfer. (as Metro bank charges if on any one day within the month the balance goes below 5K)

    • Louise says:

      I rang on Friday and still have the 160 balance on the card, the agent said I should clear it and I said no as it’s not a year since I took the card out, he came back and said it would be passed to another department but may take 5-7 days to close

    • roberto says:

      My year is up on the 7th of August. I rang to preempt the situation and was told (a) clear the balance 5 days before (b) don’t use the card (c) phone the day before renewal and cancel.

      I did ask if I will be getting the 12000 miles from this months spend and was told yes. I will still get (a) a end of month statement and (b) an end of year statement which will detail my miles.

      Does worry me cancelling before the miles post but if I wait until the day they post the renewal fee will be attached to my account.

      What could possibly go wrong?????

  • AG says:

    OT, Question for this who applied for the Virgin cars for the recent extra points promotion.
    I have received the regular 15k bonus for my Virgin Premium cc as per my first statement. When should I expect to receive the additional bonus for spending £3k within the first 3 months? (I spent more than 3k in first month). Should I call them?

  • simon says:

    For the Durban competition I wonder if you can extend your stay longer than 3 nights at your own expense? I don’t think I could cope with an 11 hour flight in Y twice within 3 days. Can’t see the competition rules anywhere.

    • Rob says:

      I couldn’t find them either. Doubt they would mind. I agree that 3 days is tight – OK if flying business (no jet lag to South Africa) but you’d want recovery time if flying economy.

      • Radiata says:

        Rather odd to have Y flights with the Oyster Box which is beautifully located on Umhlanga on the beach and has a restaurant with great good and a lovely patio. A favourite of some of the political and business elite although I prefer the elegance of the Beverly Hills (name aside) next door.

        Would certainly advise trying to extend stay and remain local. Perhaps a few days in the Drakensberg mountains, a trip to some of the Anglo Zulu battlefields in the midlands and a taste of Durban cuisine in the city itself.

        For any with a sweet tooth, try some of the Indian sweets including the gulab jamun. Absolutely nothing like that with the same name here (cigar shaped and firm).

        Forget Cape Town and Jo’burg…

  • Dimitri says:

    The awfully decorated Ramada had an 8.4 on so I have high expectations when it is fully renovated to a Holiday Inn!

    They should really renovate the bathrooms though too.

    Hopefully it will be as good as the Holiday Inn at Bath road in Heathrow!

  • Leafwarbler says:

    OT : BA website is being “updated” at the moment. At least that is the excuse I’ve been given for a booking I’ve been trying to make for the past 2 days which has failed for different reasons, the most prevalent being that the tickets have been sold before I’ve completed my booking, yet the OH tries again on a different device minutes later and the same prices are showing. Don’t waste time trying online again as I did – ring straight through. Saturday, the price was £450 for 2, this a.m. £545, now thru BA Sales £590.

  • Anna says:

    Really annoyed with BA (again!) – on the BA253 service to NAS/GCM, is it still only possible to pre-order your meal if you are disembarking at NAS. Those of us continuing the 90 extra minutes to GCM will have to put up with what is left. I had this issue 2 years ago on the same flight and was told it was being rectified. I’ve put in a complaint but if they can’t sort it in 2 years I’m not optimistic about anything happening within the next 3 weeks! It’s a 12 hour flight, OH is on a pretty expensive cash booking and we have no idea if there will even be anything we want to eat!

    • Yorkieflyer says:

      We had the same issue ex LGW going to Grenada via St Lucia a couple of years ago, bizarre

    • Lady London says:

      Is it not even possible to pre-order if you phone BA?

      All it takes is someone to load GCM into the list of destinations the pre-order process looks at…. Oh, sorry, that’s a simple IT thing. Or, despite what they say, given it’s not been fixed in 2 whole years it could, just, be a stupid marketing decision.

      • Anna says:

        I’ll give it go but when I spoke to them 2 years ago they couldn’t do it, said the IT needed fixing…! I’ve ended up ordering my son a kid’s meal, which is invariably some chicken nuggets and a mini KitKat from the WTP cabin, but at least I know he’ll eat that! But OH having paid £2k for his seat should definitely get the same perks as the rest of the passengers (though he has to bear some of the blame for being the one insisting on flying direct this year).

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