Royal Exeter Hotel

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • This converted Victorian mansion is a 5-minute walk from the beach and Bournemouth Pier
  • It was one of the first hotels in the town
  • The AA Hotel Guide 2018 highlights the hotel's "ideal" location and "exciting" bar

Enjoyed This
"Really warm welcome. Staff were helpful and friendly."
25. Nov 2019 - Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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The Royal Exeter Hotel is a stately Victorian property in Bournemouth town centre, five minutes' walk from the beach. It was once home to Lewis Tregonwell, a naval captain charged with defending the coastline around Bournemouth.

Lonely Planet sums up why Bournemouth is a great place to visit, pointing out its "glorious 7-mile strip of soft sand", "hip hideaways" and "tempting watersports". There's an abundance of things to see and do, including Bournemouth Gardens and Oceanarium: The Bournemouth Aquarium, which are a 5-minute walk from the hotel. You can also catch a show at the Bournemouth International Centre, which is directly opposite the hotel.

Bar So serves food and drink throughout the day, and mixologists make bespoke, seasonal and classic cocktails. Breakfast is served in the 1812 Restaurant & Bar, however please note that due to refurbishment, during the deal period the 1812 restaurant will not be serving lunch or dinner and there will be no bar service.

The hotel has 54 bedrooms, all with free Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service. There's also a small gym.



  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • Nightlife / entertainment
  • No pets allowed


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel


  • Hair-dryer


  • Complimentary parking


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: No extra bed available.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm AET

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(27 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Royal Exeter Hotel over the past 15 months.
3.8 Ambiance
4.8 Location
3.8 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Really warm welcome. Staff were helpful and friendly.
Other Comments
Would go back again and recommend to friends and family. Great location.
Angela 25. Nov 2019 Waterlooville, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Staff were very pleasant and breakfast was good.
Other Comments
This was our third visit to Royal Exeter, booked through Travelzoo, and previous visits had been excellent hence our return. This time the room looked shabby and there was no bedside table on one side. If this was a superior room their standards have dropped considerably. I did raise this with staff and was told all rooms are superior rooms, I’m quite sure this isn’t the case, the rooms on previous visits were much better. . He did offer to find an alternative but for one night it wasn’t worth moving. On previous visits we have enjoyed dinner in the restaurant but this was closed for refurbishment as was the bar, we hadn’t realised when booking. The bar SO wasn’t really a suitable alternative but we did use it. It seems they are upgrading the areas which can be used by non residents but have no plans to improve the guest rooms. Such a pity as our this was our favourite hotel in Bournemouth.
Anne 24. Sep 2019 Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location, staff were very friendly, breakfast was quite good.
Other Comments
Though I had booked a superior/ executive room. Bathroom needs updating, fan very old and noisy, towel rail not warming. 1812 bar not open. Building work still going on, very noisy with disc cutters etc from 8 am. Pillows are not very comfortable.
christopher 23. Jun 2019 Newport, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Grandeur and location
Other Comments
I understood that the building works were complete so did not enjoy being woken to concrete drilling each morning, and paying full price!
Shane 19. Jun 2019 Cowes, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great location for show at the BIC
Linda 11. May 2019 Devizes, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Ideal location
Ann 08. Apr 2019 Dorchester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Entertainment. Good breakfast
Lisa 31. Mar 2019 Bristol, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location was ideal for my visit to Bournemouth International Centre, also very close to pier and promenade
Other Comments
Breakfast was very good
Linda 08. Mar 2019 HinckleyHinckley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendly staff and central location
Other Comments
Rooms and general decor are a little tired in places, but did not ruin our stay.
Clarissa 14. Feb 2019 Taunton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendly staff, great location for attending concert at the BIC, free inclusive parking
Colleen 03. Feb 2019 Portsmouth, United Kingdom

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