Royal Exeter Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • 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
(448 Member Ratings)
"Food Excellent 5 star worth the visit alone"
Sep 30, 2018
middlx, United Kingdom


Map & Directions

The hotel is 25 minutes' walk from Bournemouth railway station. There is free parking on site.

Rooms & Rates

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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. 1812 Restaurant & Bar serves European fare and offers both set and à la carte menus. It has an energetic vibe, with entertainment including live music, so it may be a little noisy.

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


  • 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-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

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
(448 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Royal Exeter Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.2 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.0 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.7 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Food Excellent 5 star worth the visit alone
Other Comments
The food - staff and cocktails We’re great Thanks
raymond Sep 30, 2018 middlx, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
friendly efficient breakfast staff Free car park and short walk to pier
Other Comments
Abrupt bad mannered 1812 restaurant guy. Quality of facilities in superior room/large room but poor shower/small tv/no full length mirror . Poor breakfast/bacon left warming under heat hence like cardboard.
Lynn Sep 18, 2018 Stockport, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very smart hotel
phillip Aug 01, 2018 Thetford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The staircase and creaky floors
Other Comments
Free parking is really appreciated
Zoë Sep 14, 2018 London, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very good all round night away for husbands birthday
Margaret Aug 30, 2018 Southampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Carol Aug 23, 2018 Letchworth Garden City, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The food and cocktail and the location of the hotel.
Other Comments
Only downside was that room was overlooking terrace and music was playing until 12.30 pm. Had window open as room was hot and there was scraping around 7 am.
Yvonne Jul 24, 2018 Bristol, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Food excellent and staff lovely
Ann Jun 05, 2018 Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location to the BIC
Other Comments
very tired hotel in need of redecoration
Chris Jun 03, 2018 Shrewton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Everthing. Went with my wife for her Birthday. We both realy enjoyed it.
Nigel May 25, 2018 Devizes, United Kingdom

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