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55% would recommend it to a friend
Won't be booking again
We booked a standard room which I would describe as substandard.
It was really smelly. The receptionist was however very helpful and transferred us to a better room which was cleaner but had a broken lamp shade and we could hear a guests television playing until 2.30 in the morning. Whilst we didn't eat in the hotel we fancied a drink in the bar/restaurant when we returned from Weymouth only to be told that we could only have one drink as they were closing early due to not being busy. There was no nice lounge area to drink it in so we ended up drinking our drinks in the reception area.
After reading the reviews for this hotel (after I'd booked) I was filled with trepidation but then my colleagues and I were pleasantly surprised.
The exterior of the hotel particularly at the back could do with repainting but the hotel has obviously started by redoing the interior of the rooms. The rooms were spotlessly clean, the shower was good and there were lots of hotel accessories. We had dinner, which did admittedly take quite a long time but we were warned and it was half term , the staff were very friendly and happy to accommodate our requests. Breakfast was excellent too!
Art deco, nostalgic with breathtaking views.
dust on headbored of bed, bathroom mirror light not working shower controler not very good
bed very noisy,
very run down
On our way to our room we found the stairs to be very dirty, filthy in fact.
Then found our rooms were right next to the air con room so very very noisy, no chance of sleep. We had to ask to be relocated. The young lady at reception managed to swap some rooms around and put us in the very run down part of the hotel, at the back of the main hotel which I can only describe as an 18-30's run down Butlins holiday camp. The landings were filthy, the windows and door paper thin so could hear everything next door. One of our rooms was full of daddy long legs, there was used toilet paper in the toilet, not flushed and looks like someone had been sat on the bed so we had to request house keeping to sort out.
Impressive Pictures hide a faded truth !!
Searched laterooms for a one night stay to enjoy the local area and came across the hotel Riviera.
Website painted a very good picture of this hotel and in a rash decision decided to book it. Initial view of the hotel was good although as we got closer we realised how wrong the initial impressions were.
Rooms were not clean. Cobwebs were hanging from the walls. Not new ones either.!. The walls are so thin you can hear conversations from other occupants. On a plus note bed linen looked clean although felt damp. In general the hotel lacked atmosphere and I was glad to leave the next day.
The Riviera Hotel is conveniently located for a break in Weymouth.
It's situated at Bowleaze Cove, a pleasant shingle bay, approximately a mile and a half from Weymouth's main sandy beach. We enjoyed our weekend, despite the inclement weather. The hotel has both an indoor and outdoor pool. The steam room and sauna weren't working properly during our stay. the restaurant and bar are quite good, the breakfast is particularly tasty. We did find it rather frustrating that after spending the day in Poole, we attempted to round the day off with a drink in the bar, only to discover that the bar was closed for cleaning. Curiously, this was 9.30 pm (Sunday 28 July).
Was very disapointed I booked a twin room and got a Double The bed was of a good size but was rock hard like sleeping on a board the room was quite small and in desperate need of being decorated there were 2 holes in the wall in the bathroom the walls had black dirty marks all over them ,the door didnt fit properly there was a gap right round it,you could only open the sky light windows the others were unopenable not sure about Health and Safety!!.
The breakfast was good but abit cold the staff were very good cant fault them in fact i felt abit sorry for them they were trying their best.The whole place reminded me of a holiday camp but of course thats what it was. We were going to stay another night but changed our minds in the circumstances
Being a frequent visitor to Dorset I had often seen this hotel and it grand Art Deco design so decided to book a night there.
As the title suggests it didn't live up to expectations. Having read the website claiming a 4 million pound refurbishment I thought it would be nice to stay there and see it for myself. The rooms weren't as great as I'd imagined. I had booked a standard room, no sea view, no problem but I hadn't realised that the standard rooms were not actually adjoined to the main building. Instead I was directed to the "chalet" style building around the back of the hotel that looked very dated and very old (the 80's sitcom hi de hi came to mind). The outside of the building and staircase were actually being painted the day I arrived which in my mind should've probably been done first as first impressions really do count. Arriving at my room the door lock took a bit of a wiggle to get the key in but eventually opened. Initially the room didn't look to bad, white sheets, white furniture (possibly from IKEA) and a nice bright led lamp. Soon enough I had realised all wasn't as it seemed. The bedside shelve unit wasn't actually level nor was it very well attached to the wall, it was also slightly sticky. Although the room looked like it had been done well it could've been arranged better. The fridge was in a non ventilated cupboard so didn't actually get very cold but the cupboard did get warm. The bathroom had been done nicely but could've done with more places to hang towels, swimwear etc to dry off. I then decided to visit the on site leisure centre to go for a swim. The swimming pool was very nice, good size and it seemed well maintained. The changing rooms on the other hand must've been still due for refurb as they looked like they had seen better days. Painted in various colours, red, green and purple with only a communal changing area and no seperate cubicles or lockers. They were also a short distance from the pool which at the time was a very cold walk from the pool to the changing area. Maybe I had ideas of grandure and higher expectations but overall I was disappointed with the way it is advertised to how it actually was. Hopefully they will spend a little more on improvements and bring it back to how it should be and then it could possibly be one of the best hotels in the area.
Really good experience.
Had everything that needed!. Lovely clean room and bathroom ensuite. Very tasty breakfast lots to choose from!!. Definitely come back to Riviera Hotel.