Very good, ideally located right in the centre
Posted Oct 23, 2016
Stayed in the Norfolk Royale several times over the last decade, I usually always stay here when in Bournemouth if I can as it's right in the centre, walking distance from all the shops, seafront and buses to all local areas. It's not a trendy modern hotel, so don't choose to stay here if you're looking for a boutique hotel. The Norfolk is a classic style old historical hotel, a favourite with the older generation who often come here to enjoy the popular afternoon tea served in the comfortable lobby lounge area. I booked a single room, but was given a really nice newly refurbished double bedroom, which had a mini bar and new decor to the other rooms I'd stayed in on previous visits. It was very nice indeed, Molton Brown toiletries, too. The only problem I had was that the walls were very thin, in the morning I could hear the women next door having a shower and talking to her husband even which wearing ear plugs!
One reason why I choose to stay here is that I use the swimming pool in the morning, doesn't usually get very busy which is good. There is also a steam room, sauna and jacuzzi and a small gym. Only a few other hotels in the centre have leisure facilities and I've used a few others, but I still prefer the facilities here. The staff are always very friendly, too. I haven't had breakfast here for years as it wasn't included in room rate this time, but there are plenty of cheaper places to eat nearby. I will be back here again without a doubt.