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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 2017 highlights the "ideal" location and "exciting" bar

97% (666 Member Ratings)

"Food and location"
Jun 22, 2017
Newport, United Kingdom


Map & Directions

The hotel is 25 minutes' walk from Bournemouth railway station. There is free parking on site -- enter the hotel car park at the hotel entrance, then go down the slope and through the barriers by 1812 Restaurant & Bar. Bournemouth Airport is 15 minutes' drive away, while Southampton Airport is 40 minutes' drive

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 the 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, and all have free Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service. There's also a small on-site 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

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 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 24 hours

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97% Positive
(666 Member Reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Royal Exeter Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.1 Ambiance
4.7 Location
4.0 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.7 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Food and location
Other Comments
Evening meal was superb. Room was hot as was a heatwave when we went.
James Jun 22, 2017 Newport, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Nice room. Friendly helpful staff. Good location. Good food with a reasonable choice on the set menu.
Jeffrey Jun 21, 2017 Esher, Surrey, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Everything! I couldn't fault it. It is a lovely hotel in a great central location. The staff couldn't have been nicer and more helpful and the food was excellent.
Jo Jun 20, 2017 Gloucester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The location
Other Comments
The staff were very helpful and friendly.
Helen Jun 19, 2017 Bristol, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The location is excellent n the staff very pleasant.
Other Comments
Although the meals (residents menu) were of an acceptable standard, we feel there should be a change in the daily menu to give us more choices on the 2nd night of our stay.
phaik lin Jun 17, 2017 Uxbridge, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The overall standard from reception to barstaff to breakfasts was very good. The location was great
Other Comments
One minor blemish was the fact that the restaurant staff, well some of them, could do with a little extra training, some orders got wrong, some requests forgotten
Howard Jun 16, 2017 Tredegar, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Wonderful food, huge range of cocktails and only a few minutes from the beach.
Other Comments
The floors were very squeaky but it's an old building so not entirely unexpected.
Diane Jun 15, 2017 Reading, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Breakfast and location
Ron Jun 15, 2017 Street, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Excellent food
anita Jun 14, 2017 Bognor RegisRegis, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The friendly staff and atmosphere, and the food and excellent service.
Penny Jun 13, 2017 Lingfield, United Kingdom

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