I recently took a trip to the South Coast of England, to sunny Bournemouth where my intention was to switch off and relax, and certainly what I found to greet me at the Orchid Hotel was the perfect combination of style and comfort.
This contemporary hotel in Bournemouth has an Asian theme that runs throughout the accommodation. Upon arrival I was escorted to the exquisitely decorated Aspasia suite boasting stunning cerise pink furnishings, including two huge delectably comfortable sofas to laze upon as the sun filtered through the windows at the front of the hotel. Authentic Indonesian ornaments compliment the room giving it a calm and serene ambience, exactly what I was looking for when I made my choice from the vast array of Bournemouth hotels.
The Orchid offer bed and breakfast – I chose the continental breakfast served in the Orchid’s restaurant, with my much needed morning coffee – the only way to start my day! Unfortunately the breakfast can only be described as mediocre at best.
Breakfast on the Eastcliff
After my breakfast I took the 5 minute walk to the Eastcliff Cliff top, and then on down to sandy Bournemouth beach, wandering past the wonderful multi-coloured beach huts that are so very English. Then on to the Winter Gardens where I stopped off for a tasty Cappuccino whilst sitting at an outdoor café watching the world pass by.
I wandered back to the Orchid, only a short walk from the town centre to return to my room for a short nap. Upon arrival I found myself enveloped in a crowd of well-wishers for the happy couple who were newly married and enjoying the attention of their special day. It seems the Orchid is a great location for getting married in Bournemouth with its private rooms and secluded courtyard. It was lovely to be involved, even from a distance.
Back in my room I took a long hot and rejuvenating shower in my beautifully clean private bathroom, stepping out to wrap myself in deliciously soft, freshly laundered white towels. Then out to the Orchid lounge bar for a quick drink before departing for dinner. Evenings at the Orchid can be enjoyed either inside at the hotel bar, or al fresco in the quiet and secluded courtyard where one can choose to sit on the patio, or at a table beneath the beautiful Indonesian umbrella’s.
My only disappointment was that the restaurant served only breakfast. I think the Orchid would favour considerably if they offered afternoon tea and light snacks throughout the day. That being said, I would recommend the Orchid for a short stay due to its location to the beach and central Bournemouth.
The Orchid can be contacted via their website www.orchid-hotel.co.uk or at the address below:
The Orchid Hotel
34 Gervis Road