It’s not every day that one gets to experience and enjoy a night in the opulent and lavish surroundings of a hotel that’s not only drenched in history but also possesses a modern outlook but we found such a place on a recent trip to Bournemouth. We decided to treat ourselves to something truly special, a stay at the historical Langtry Manor Hotel.
Stepping through the doors of the Langtry Manor Hotel in Bournemouth’s East Cliff, one is immediately taken back to a time of elegance, style and grandeur. Upon arrival, we are greeted with smiles and a warm welcome by the Langtry’s front of house staff who enquire about our journey and make the check-in process a simple and straightforward one. The Langtry bell hop is at hand to assist with our baggage and expertly whisks us up to our room, via its own private staircase if you don’t mind, to the elegant Alexandra Suite.
A treat indeed, the room is furnished with a feminine elegance and a calming colour scheme which induces relaxation the moment you enter the suite. In the corner is a fabulous Jacuzzi bath (and shower) – it sits within the spacious sitting room of this open plan suite and is perfect to lounge in after the long drive. We have the choice of entertainment too, from TV (2 in fact, in separate locations within the room), a selection of DVD’s (at the front desk) or utilising the i-Pod docking station to listen to our very own music library, if in fact we feel the need for a little light entertainment.
The huge super-king bed just calls out to be lazed upon, and in no time at all, we have switched off from the outside world and are quietly resting as we listen to the fading sounds of birds cooing outside our bedroom window.
As we emerge some time later, the Langtry staff are eager to be of assistance with dinner reservations at various suggested Bournemouth restaurants and suggestions of other evening entertainment we might enjoy during our stay in the area.
What really strikes one about the Langtry is the thought and attention to detail that’s clearly been given to the hotel, from the ornaments and gilt-framed portraits and other pictures to the splendid dining room with its huge open fireplace, stunning tapestries, and the beautiful full-length curtains at the windows. Each table is set with white tablecloth and napkins, fresh flowers and place setting – it’s really very special and built for someone very special.
The Langtry Restaurant serve a breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner menu, all of which are reasonably good. There’s a breakfast buffet at one end of the restaurant where one can select from fresh fruit, pastries, juices and more. The menu featured British favourite’s of smoked haddock accompanied by wonderfully runny poached eggs and brown toast, or perhaps a full English breakfast? Nothing’s been forgotten here! However, we found it to be warm and slightly bland.
We enjoyed our break at the Langtry Manor and would probably stay there again. One is made to feel welcome, nothing is too much trouble, and if there’s anything that you don’t have just ask the front desk, they’ll be happy to assist or at least point you in the right direction if it’s a service they don’t provide. In addition, the rooms, linens and furnishings are all beautifully clean and well maintained. The only problem we did have was that one of the TV’s wouldn’t pick up cable, and had we had the energy we could have just asked the front desk for assistance and no doubt they’d have been up in a shot!
The Langtry Manor is unlike other hotels in the Bournemouth area whereas rather than a causal night’s stay it is more for visitors who want a holiday break with extras. It is within walking distance to the beach and makes for a perfect short holiday.
Watching the staff with other guests during our midweek break at the Langtry, it’s clear they offer the same special treatment to everyone who walks through the door. A real breath of fresh air as far as hotel stays go!
For more information you can visit their hotel www.langtrymanor.co.uk