Staycation in beautiful Bournemouth
We went on an impromptu two day break to Bournemouth last week, it is somewhere I have never visited and we had a great time as the sun was shining and the beach was absolutely stunning.
I hadn’t booked anywhere to stay so after a quick drive around the sea front, I looked on booking.com and found the Royal Bath Hotel situated a two minute walk from the beach front. It was a Britannia Hotel and the room was fit for purpose, a little on the cosy side but the large windows saved the day as it was 29 degrees. They had taken away “all necessary items” from the room and there was no housekeeping due to COVID and the leisure facilities were closed, but that didn’t stop us enjoying beautiful Bournemouth.
I am going to add my awful allergy experience at breakfast at the end of the post, so it doesn’t take away from our amazing few days.
We went back to our childhood and enjoyed playing on the arcades and had a game of crazy gold at the Smugglers Cove adventure golf course. The course took approximately 45 minutes and as I won, it was even better!
It was great to be out in the glorious sunshine and the course is a two minute walk from the sea front, surrounded by cafes and toilets are near by.
Carrying on our fun streak and due to the fact Mr Minime lost at crazy golf, we headed inside to do some bowling at Bowl Central a fantastic although hidden bowling alley with three lanes in an uber-cool atmosphere with bar and food available. It was my lucky day and I won at bowling, much to the disgust of Mr Minime lol.
The following day we went out onto Bournemouth pier, you pay a small toll to cross which is valid all season and we had a delicious light lunch at Key West a pub/restaurant which is situated right at the end of the pier, overlooking the water. We had two baguettes, a mocktail and a pint of lager and it cost just over £30, I felt very COVID safe and they had very simple and easy to follow methods to stay in your seats and be served quickly.
I really enjoyed our short staycation and would definitely visit Bournemouth again and bring Minime to enjoy the beach, arcades and beautiful gardens.
I wanted to share with you my experience at the hotel, on the first morning at breakfast it took 3 waiters to understand that I had a very serious egg allergy, finally a very switched on waiter took the lead on the booking the FOH F&B manager was dashing around but not interested. On the second day, a similar predicament although unfortunately I couldn’t locate the same waiter or any manger/FOH/F&B manager.
The waiter rushed our order and on three occasions we told him I had a serious egg allergy and he said: “yes yes, I understand.” He brought my plate with no full egg on it, and I quickly noticed that it had a piece of egg with yolk on the side of the plate and told him – he said it must of come off the other plate when he was carrying it.
My partner explained again about how serious my egg allergy was, I looked for a manager and no one was there. He brought back the same plate but had wiped the egg off it!!! I beg the hotel to please educate your staff on the importance of allergy awareness, this incident could of left me fighting for my life. Allergies are serious and shouldn’t be ignored. We went to complain when we left straight after breakfast but they were queuing out of the door.
Posted by: Sarah Dixon | Posted on: June 18, 2021 | Posted in: TRAVEL