Dorset, United Kingdom

The Green House

Rates from (ex tax)$116.30

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP109.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Chic-o warrior

Setting

Bournemouth’s leafy fringe

On the edge of seaside Bournemouth in Dorset, The Green House hotel is just a quick five-minute walk from the city's historic centre. This picturesque estate got the whole eco-conscious revamp in its transformation into an intimate and luxurious boutique hotel, with furnishings made of sustainable materials and earth tones throughout. Even much of the electricity is produced on-site and the sun helps to heat the water. Not surprisingly, the restaurant – the best in Bournemouth – uses only local sustainably raised and grown produce.

Smith Extra

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A glass of Dorset-made sparkling wine each

Facilities

Photos The Green House facilities

Need to know

Rooms

32.

Check–Out

11am, but later check-out may be possible, for a charge. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $116.30 (£91), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP109.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include a full cooked breakfast of fresh New Forest produce.

Also

Each guest is given a flask of fresh milk on arrival, which stays chilled for 24 hours.

At the hotel

Small garden, DVD library (and players to borrow), free WiFi throughout. In rooms: eco-friendly LED TV, Bose iPod dock, tea and coffee (and an eco kettle), bespoke low-impact bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Ask for a room at the rear for maximum peace, and top-floor rooms are the quietest. Crab Apple, a Master Double on the first floor, has plenty of space to run around in, as well as a huge roll-top in the centre of the open bathroom. Cedar is smaller, but worth its weight in bathroom. The Small Doubles can be a bit of a squeeze, so are best kept for one-nighters.

Packing tips

Don’t forget beach towels if you’re here in summer: Bournemouth beach draws a crowd as soon as the sun makes its presence felt. Come by car (electric, naturally) so you can get out of the city into the New Forest and pootle around Dorest’s Jurassic coast.

Also

One room has been adapted for wheelchair users. The hotel is a popular wedding venue on weekends, so be prepared for the bar and lounge to be busy. Check when you book to find out if there's an event on.

Children

Welcome, although there are no outstandingly family-friendly facilities. Travel cots can be borrowed (extra beds are £30) and there’s baby changing in the toilets near the restaurant.

Eco‐friendly

The clue’s in the name. The Green House goes beyond the gimmicks and thinks of everything. All materials and furniture – from the bespoke bamboo-covered Hypnos mattresses to the TVs which automatically adjust picture output to suit the light level – are as green as it gets and everything the hotel does is informed by a dedicated (but not preachy) eco-friendly ethos. Electricals are all low-energy, and everything that plausibly can be is recycled (including rainwater) and/or locally sourced.

Food and Drink

Photos The Green House food and drink

Top Table

By the bay window, in the middle, where it’s brightest (by day) and free from passing elbows.

Dress Code

Informal, though things get suity during the week; country casuals at weekends.

Hotel restaurant

It might not sound like much to say the Arbor Restaurant is the best in Bournemouth but it’s been drawing appreciative nods from those in the gastro know since it opened. As you’d expect, chef Andrew Hilton takes sustainability seriously, tweaking the menu seasonally to take advantage of what’s fresh, tempting and readily available from the local area. The four-course à la carte menu, which gives starring roles to dishes such as glazed pork cheek with a wholegrain mustard potato cake, and crispy lamb with apricot purée, is gloriously good value, and vegetarians are very well looked after, too. Look our for the eponymous tree, an impressive centrepiece of carved oak and fibre-optic lights that casts a warming glow over the proceedings.

Hotel bar

Just off the lobby, the Arbor Restaurant’s snug rectangular bar area is papered in Farrow & Ball thistle-print brocade (best not mention the fact it’s upside down), and dotted with comfy toweling-topped seating in green and purple. It’s ideal for pre-dinner berry mojitos, Sunday brunchtime Bloody Marys, or just a pint of Dorset ale. There’s a wide-ranging biodynamic wine list, too.

Last orders

The Arbor Restau serves dinner until 10pm (lunch is 12.30pm–2pm and breakfast, 7.30am–9.30am). Guests can drink in the bar around the clock. You can take afternoon tea anywhere in the hotel between midday and 6pm, but the best spot is outside on the lawn.

Room service

There’s a 24-hour menu of snacks and sandwiches, with a handful of hot dishes and a tasty cheese platter.

Location

Photos The Green House location
Address
The Green House
4 Grove Road
Bournemouth
BH1 3AX
Bournemouth
United Kingdom

Planes

Bournemouth International airport is around five miles away in Hurn, and, largely thanks to Ryanair and EasyJet, serves an assortment of destinations in Europe and the Channel Islands, with a long-haul or two (such as New York) thrown into the timetable. Taxis are around £15. Most guests coming by plane, however, will land at Heathrow or Gatwick, both around two hours’ drive away.

Trains

A mile from the hotel, Bournemouth station is on the South Western Main Line that runs between London Waterloo and Weymouth. The trip to/from London takes less than two hours, and services run about four times an hour.

Automobiles

A car will be handy for escaping the city and exploring Dorset, Hampshire and the Jurassic coast. The Green House is roughly two hours’ drive from London, down the M3 and across the New Forest. There’s a free car park at the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

Beyond the beach and the shops (the best of the boutiques are in Westbourne, along Poole Road), Bournemouth’s biggest attractions aren’t actually in it. It’s an easy and scenic half-hour drive to the New Forest a rambler’s wonderland, and great cycling/horse-riding territory. Give the New Forest Cider Brewery a ring in advance to book one of their cheese and cider tasting sessions; during appple-pressing season in the autumn, you may even catch their hand press at work (+44 (0)1425 403589). Pack a picnic and catch the ferry from Poole Quay to road-free Brownsea Island, a blessedly road-free wildlife sanctuary where a young Baden Powell set up his prototype Scout camp.

 

Local restaurants

Bournemouth’s not yet known for its foodie scene, but it’s working on it, and there are a few feathers in its culinary cap. Slap-bang by the shore, West Beach is a gently nautical, family-friendly fish joint that’s just as reliable for lobsters and langoustines as it is with beer-battered cod (+44(0)1202 587785). For an evening of tapas-style Thai food, check out Koh Thai. Half an hour outside Bournemouth in New Milton, Vetiver at Smith-approved Chewton Glen has been widely praised for its classic British menu, which draws heavily from local produce and meat (there’s a trolley of roasts in the evenings). The wine list is even more impressive, and the restaurant often hosts special wine dinners, matching vintage to victuals (+44 (0)1425 275341). Beachside Neo is the place to go for seafood-centric meals with a view.

Local bars

Bournemouth’s bar scene can be boisterous, especially in the summer stag-do season, so steer clear of the swagger and head to 1812 Lounge Bar & Restaurant for classic cocktails and live music.

Reviews

Photos The Green House reviews

Anonymous review

I won’t lie. There was a small sigh of relief as we entered our Bournemouth boutique hotel. More Bognor than Bilbao, this South Coast town is not always celebrated for its attractive architecture and the Green House Hotel is sandwiched between a Sixties’ block of flats and a red-and-white concrete abode named (rather ambitiously?) the Celebrity Hotel. Perhaps this is all deliberate – the build up makes first impressions of this stay all the more memorable.

Large conifers hide the hotel strip beyond, and sports cars fringe a palm-dotted front lawn with soft grey steps lead up to a gleaming, white mansion. For one of the most eco hotels in the country, the Green House Hotel’s grandeur is impressive. Our delight only grew stronger as we were led to our room via a beautifully restored Victorian staircase, decorated in a soft leaf-print wallpaper. (Not these, but a lot of the wallcoverings were designed exclusively for the hotel by Royal College of Art students which put paid to our hopes of buying them for our own home.)

Up to the second floor and across to the far side of the hotel and we had reached Silver Birch, our home for the next two nights. With below-freezing weather in store, the room was going to be the real clincher. I could barely contain my excitement on entering a room perfectly proportioned for an indulgent, lazy weekend with Mr Smith. Open plan, half of the room is dominated by an organic cotton mound of a bed, while the other gives centre stage to a stand-alone Victorian bath. It was also spotless (vital for relaxing, given mild OCD tendencies) and cosy (vital for romance, given the temperatures outside). Having dreamed about the roll-top bath all week, it was very tempting to stay put for our first night. But we felt we should at least give Friday night in Bournemouth a try and, more importantly, we were starving and although room service is 24/7, the room had no minibar.

Despite my previous comments about the surrounding architecture, the Green House Hotel is in a pretty good spot. Two minutes’ stroll and you are on the seafront, gazing along a seven-mile stretch of sandy beach. Closing my eyes and ignoring the February chill ripping through my soul, I could just about imagine stepping out in a floaty summer number and ambling barefoot through warm sand in search of seaside cocktails. But in reality, with stomachs rumbling and hands numb, we hurried towards the town centre and dived into the first restaurant we came across.

There are some atmospheres you just can’t find in London, and this was one. A grand piano hosted a silver fox blasting out his piano rendition of Bryan Adams while a waiter in black tie ushered us to a candlelit table. The restaurant was full of the celebrating and celebrated of Bournemouth, all dressed to the nines, guffawing the night away with full glasses, platters of seafood and red faces. ‘This is amazing!’ I whispered to Mr Smith, in the way that you do when you’re an outsider really excited to be at someone else’s ‘normal’. With two AA rosettes the Crab at Bournemouth is said to be the best seafood restaurant in town, and I’m not going to argue. Having popped out for a quick snack and some drinks, we couldn’t resist a full-blown feast.

After a lie in, a warming bath and locally sourced (and also very tasty) breakfast, we decided to head into some of the surrounding countryside this part of Dorset is so famous for. The area is a mecca for GCSE Geography case studies: Durdle Door, Old Harry Rocks, Purbeck Hills, Swanage Bay, Chesil Beach. The lure of a geeky trip down memory lane aside, we were both excited at the prospect of cliffs, sea breezes and a pint of local cider. Our ‘since we’re by the sea, perhaps the sun will poke out’ hopes sadly didn’t manifest, but the West Country cider provided more than the necessary warmth.

Back at the hotel we walked straight into the warming and excitable atmosphere of a wedding, giving us the perfect excuse to go the whole hog when it came to drinks and six-course tasting menu at the Arbor Restaurant. With bridesmaids and pageboys hiding from merry parents and a flushed bride and groom having a romantic moment in the garden, we settled in at the bar to start our night of beautifully prepared and responsibly sourced food and drink. A bottle of English sparkling wine in (which could almost have been champagne) and I was declaring the Green House Hotel the most wholesome and relaxing place to spend a Saturday night in the whole of Dorset. And when it comes to Bournemouth, frankly, this place is a lifesaver.

Slightly sore heads tempted us back to the beach on Sunday morning. With the sun breaking through dark grey clouds it was just as beautiful as it would be in summer. Bournemouth has hosted leisure seekers for more than a hundred years and in some ways, with its deck chairs, promenaders and piers, that morning it felt unchanged. Until we stumbled into a jazz-filled seafront bar where Bournemouth’s media set were getting stuck into some punchy Bloody Marys.

Environmentally friendly hotels so often fall into two camps – the corporate and efficient hotel room with as little soul as it has carbon, and the preachy hippy with so much eco-chat that you spend the whole time scratching at your hairshirt and walking on eggshells. Not so here. The Green House Hotel is genuinely better for its subtly delivered organic and responsible credentials, and it leaves you feeling all the better for it.

 


 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Green House’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The friendly welcome, the comfortable bed, the excellent food. Little touches like fresh milk in rooms and home cooked biscuits.

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Stayed on 31 Mar 2017

We loved

The restaurant, bar and staff.

Don’t expect

The bath in the middle of the bedroom.

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Stayed on 13 Jan 2017

We loved

The room, the stay, location, everything. Such a lovely place to stay for couples - we will be returning.

Don’t expect

How quick the service was.

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Stayed on 28 Dec 2016

We loved

The bath tub in the hotel. Take the breezer bus to Studland and go to The Pig for lunch, then walk to Old Harry Rocks and  back along the coast to Shell Bay. 

Don’t expect

nice views.

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Stayed on 25 Nov 2016

We loved

The extremely accommodating staff, the room, the restaurant, the room service. Even though there was a wedding on Saturday (of which we had been informed beforehand), we got a very personal service throughout our entire stay. Despite the size of the hotel we had a very relaxing stay. Lovely beach front and green underpass in the village. Only 1h drive from the coast, which makes for a lovely day trip.

Don’t expect

...complete peace and quiet (because of the location and the size of the hotel). 

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Stayed on 7 Oct 2016

We loved

Service was excellent. Room was provided with cute amenities and no complaints overall. Recommend visiting Bournemouth Pier and Beach. Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door about 45 min drive away is beautiful as is the coastal area around old Harry Rocks.

Don’t expect

Don't expect there to be many activities within the hotel itself. But lots to do around the area.

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Stayed on 9 Sep 2016

We loved

The room - huge comfy bed and bathroom, complete with roll top bath. Within walking distance to all local attractions. West Beach Bar and Restaurant highly recommended for fresh seafood.

Don’t expect

Great service in the restaurant. Food is very good, but sadly the service was not very attentive.

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Stayed on 2 Sep 2016

We loved

The smart rooms and bathrooms, with a particular mention of the large showers which were a nice surprise. And the generous supply of water in the room, a lifesaver in the warm weather. The homely feel of the hotel - It's villa proportions and central open staircase make this brilliant for popping in and out without spending ages negotiating corridors, lifts and floors! Perfect when you're only there for one night and looking to make the most of your time in the area! The staff - From the moment we arrived as a group of 10 we were looked after brilliantly! A request for snacks and drinks at short notice was no problem with the chef rustling up sandwiches, hand-cooked crisps and salad for us in 15 minutes. Smiling and good humoured staff who answered the front door at 2am, and the amazing array of breakfast options included in our room price. We stayed at the Green House as part of a work summer party and would highly recommend Gorcombe Extreme Sports Centre (40 min drive away) if you're looking for an adrenaline fuelled day. Great facilities and staff - highly recommended.

Don’t expect

Air conditioning - You need to make a bee line for the fan in the wardrobe if you're there in the summer weather!

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Stayed on 24 Aug 2016

We loved

Great staff. Attention to detail in choice of furnishings and decor. Superb food in restaurant at a good price. 

Don’t expect

Boisterous bar and noisy nightlife in this suburban location. Small grounds.

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Stayed on 22 Aug 2016

We loved

Beds, rooms, bar lounge and afternoon tea in the garden

Don’t expect

Large breakfast selection, not to hear guests in rooms above, on-the-ball service

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Stayed on 14 Aug 2016

We loved

The super soft towels and organic everything. Just a short walk to the centre of town and the beach

Don’t expect

A huge room

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Stayed on 2 Jun 2016

We loved

The clawfoot bath in the room was fabulous and dinner at the restaurant was lovely. This place is about 15 drive from the beach, which is beautiful. Vesuvio is a lovely italian restaurant on the water. 9/10

Don’t expect

Great views - the hotel looks over brick houses in suburbia. Service at the restaurant was also slow - all the staff had individual jobs, so the water person could not take drink orders. This slowed down the service significantly

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Stayed on 20 May 2016

We loved

Sensational food and service. Easy to get into the New Forest for countryside and harbourside relaxation

Don’t expect

Chic and sophisticated night life outside the hotel

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Stayed on 20 May 2016

We loved

We love the eco-friendly concept of this hotel. We stayed in the standard double and it was very modern and with a high spec interior. We would definitely recommend booking dinner at their restaurant Arbor as it was delicious. We went to nearby Corfe Castle and did a guided walk on the jurassic coast!

Don’t expect

Can't really fault this place, amongst the available choices in Bournemouth we are pleased to have selected this hotel and stayed here!

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Stayed on 30 Apr 2016

We loved

The cosy room, friendly staff and geat food. The lovely sandy beach is a few minutes away

Don’t expect

The surrounding area to look especially inviting

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Stayed on 28 Apr 2016

We loved

Top quality Restaurant, spacious accommodation, lovely decor with cool bar. Attentive, helpful staff. Close to the New Forest - well worth a visit

Don’t expect

Problems! We loved our stay and the staff were amazing

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Stayed on 24 Apr 2016

We loved

The modern decor. Ten out of 10.

Don’t expect

limited parking.

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Stayed on 14 Apr 2016

We loved

The dining room and bar decor. Excellent breakfast. Lovely, welcoming reception staff. 10/10

Don’t expect

The area around the hotel doesn't look great but that shouldn't put you off.

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Stayed on 19 Mar 2016

We loved

Excellent restaurant, with a good value dinner, bed and breakfast deal

Don’t expect

A Mr & Mrs Smith gift. Well, we didn't see ours :-(

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Stayed on 5 Mar 2016

We loved

Hotel, room and service. Location was great for walks on the beach. We relaxed, ate and drank at the hotel and took in the sea air.

Don’t expect

My wife's main course at dinner one night was surprisingly undercooked for her preference. Otherwise no complaints at all!

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Stayed on 20 Feb 2016

We loved

The beautifully "green" decorated public spaces the simple but elegant bedrooms. The "green" ethos of the hotel the friendly staff.

Don’t expect

Large beds when booking the small double room: it is exactly that – a small double bed, although we felt the room was large enough for a king-size. Pay extra for the bigger rooms if you want a larger bed!

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Stayed on 30 Jan 2016

We loved

The warm welcome, the polite friendly staff; the "green"/eco-friendly hotel style, the lovely, well decorated, cosy rooms. The amazing restaurant, with its inventive, subtle combinations, and right portions, was simply delicious!

Don’t expect

Walls (or doors) are not as sound-proof as one could expect from this hotel level. But we had good night's sleep anyway.

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Stayed on 29 Jan 2016

We loved

The decor in the hotel was really stylish - it didn't have the usual "bought from a catalogue" feel you get in many hotels. The staff were very friendly and extremely helpful. Amazing breakfast in the morning, including some healthy as well as naughty options!

Don’t expect

Peace and quiet if there is a wedding taking place; the music on the Saturday night kept us awake until midnight. Luckily we were on holiday so didn't mind!

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Stayed on 4 Dec 2015

We loved

The room and the Bathroom were really lovely and luxurious apart from the noise from the room above. The beds were really comfortable. The restaurant, food was excellent, but beware that you need to book before you arrive at hotel. All of the staff were very pleasant and helpful.

Don’t expect

Not to be woken up at night. We could hear the people in room above us  when they came in sometime late at night; could do with some soundproofing between floors.

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Stayed on 7 Nov 2015

We loved

The restaurant. Very close to Bournemouth pier.

Don’t expect

Quiet rooms or large rooms that you see in photos.

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Stayed on 31 Oct 2015

We loved

The restaurant food is very good with an excellent breakfast. The funicular railway a few minutes away takes you to the beach; very cute.

Don’t expect

Service is a bit hit and miss, our wine order went missing and getting a drink in the bar was slow.

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Stayed on 24 Oct 2015

We loved

The bar was lovely, lots of nice sofas and low lighting, very relaxing. Even though a wedding was taking place when we stayed it wasn't too busy and our room was quiet.

Don’t expect

A bit disappointed the bath plug didn't work so we couldn't enjoy the lovely roll top bath in our room. We reported it the next morning but it wasn't fixed by the evening.

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Stayed on 2 Oct 2015

We loved

Proximity to Bournemouth: sun sea and sand.

Don’t expect

I personally felt I waited too long at reception before being checked in.

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Stayed on 2 Oct 2015

We loved

The interior decorations. The comfortable bed. The nice bathroom. The Bose speaker

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Stayed on 24 Sep 2015

We loved

Environmentally green policy enhanced our stay. Quality of rooms and general atmosphere was superb. There is so much beach that you will always be able to find your spacious spot.

Don’t expect

A bit of a trek uphill from the beach to hotel.

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Stayed on 9 Sep 2015

We loved

The restaurant and the hotel's green credentials. We went with our 2 year old. A cot was provided by the hotel.

Don’t expect

Air conditioning in the rooms.

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Stayed on 26 Jul 2015

We loved

Very clean, cosy. Very friendly staff. Worth its value.

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Stayed on 6 Jul 2015

We loved

The room - the bed was so comfortable! Plus you get free cookies :) and the roll top bath was real luxury. Staff were also very friendly.

Don’t expect

Air conditioning - it's an eco hotel. We didn't get our Champagne either and we forgot to ask!

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Stayed on 22 Jun 2015

We loved

Fantastic room with a big bed, great food and nice gardens for a couple of sunny beers.

Don’t expect

Air con and weekend peace and quiet

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Stayed on 21 Jun 2015

We loved

Large room with roll top bath was excellent. Food in the restaurant and the wine list were both superb. Great service and unlimited still or sparkling water was a nice touch.

Don’t expect

A fridge in the room

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Stayed on 8 Jun 2015

We loved

The restaurant, Arbor. Dinner was delicious and pretty good value.

Don’t expect

The breakfast was ok, not bad, but the cold buffet could have been better stocked and it seems harsh to charge extra for certain coffees (i.e. lattes, espressos), instead of just including them within the breakfast.

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Stayed on 5 Jun 2015