A charming little seaside town, a dynamic business hub, a sleepy coastal setting or a vibrant party town, Bournemouth is many things to many visitors. And the town’s hotel portfolio reflects its variety of attractions. The Riviera Bournemouth is quite the hit if a central location with sea views just a few minutes’ stroll from the beach, pier and gardens is top of your wish-list.
This independent hotel is set in a grand Victorian building, which was formerly a private school for the “Daughters of Gentlemen”, known as St Margaret’s Hall. You’ll see some of its period charm, from some of the design details to the spectacular staircase.
This friendly, family-run hotel is situated on a quiet cul-de-sac in the town’s popular West Cliff area with direct access to the lush green cliff-top parks, the gentle pedestrian-friendly slope past the Bournemouth International Centre and the 1920s’ funicular cliff-lift which glides gracefully down to the promenade.
Heart of town
The beach is just three minutes away and the town’s main square and central attractions one mile. If you’re coming to see a show, the BIC and Pavilion theatres are just a mile from the door too, while the town centre college and university buildings a mile and a half. If you’re coming here to study, check out the facilities or cheer on a loved one on their graduation day, Bournemouth and Bournemouth Arts University main Talbot Campus is three and a half miles from the hotel. If you’re travelling by public transport, the Riviera Bournemouth is easy to reach from the town’s main train and bus stations (just over two miles) and it’s just seven miles from Bournemouth Airport.
If you’re driving to Hotel Riviera you’ll be pleased to discover it offers free parking (subject to availability, first come, first served), which is quite the coup in this central location. You can also park a car in many of the side roads around the hotel.
There are 34 bedrooms at the hotel, a mix of single, twin, double, family and even some pet-friendly rooms. All rooms are ensuite, with complimentary tea and coffee making facilities and most have front or side-on sea views. You can check in to the hotel any time from 2pm (please contact the hotel if you wish to arrive after 5pm) and check-out is 10:30am on the day of departure. Children of all ages are welcome to stay in the hotel and small well behaved pets and assistance dogs are welcome too.
Being an adapted Victorian building, guests of the Hotel Riviera should enquire at the time of booking if they have any specific accessibility requirements. There are outside steps to the building and some internal stairs to some of the rooms so please request reservations staff to find a suitable room. Please note there is a lift servicing all floors of the hotel.
The friendly reception staff are on hand to make your stay a pleasure, whether you want to store your luggage before check-in or after check-out or request a wake-up call or local information.
Hotel Riviera cannot accommodate stag and hen party groups but mixed group bookings (five rooms or more) are welcome and your group booking organiser can tailor your break to your club, pastime or interest within your budget. Whether you’re staying here for work or you just like to stay connected, Hotel Riviera offers free WiFi in all public areas, meaning it’s business as usual.
The Hotel Riviera restaurant prides itself on offering a classical English menu using the finest, local ingredients. The dining hall is open to resident, their guests and non-residents too. Breakfast is a choice of continental buffet or cooked full English and guests can select a four-course meal in the evening.
Being so close to the beach, Hotel Riviera is ideally situated for cliff-top walks, seven-mile strolls along the promenade, beautiful bike rides and refreshing sea dips. But if you like to follow a more structured fitness programme guests at the Hotel Riviera have free use of all leisure facilities – including the swimming pool – at the Marriott Hotel nearby (excluding August).
If you want a pastime with a more relaxing pace, the hotel offers a pretty seafront terrace and private garden with fish pond, a great spot to socialise or just sit and enjoy the sea breeze. Keep an eye out for ‘John,’ the friendly robin, who often makes an appearance – especially for afternoon tea! If the weather closes in, take your drink inside to the bar or the elegant lounge for beautiful sea views.
The Hotel Riviera has a prime position on Bournemouth’s West Cliff, just a short stroll from the beach, the town centre and the gardens. If you’re after a traditional seaside holiday with beach views on tap why not consider the Hotel Riviera for your next trip to the town?