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The Cumberland Hotel

27 East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth BH1 3AF England
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
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#18 of 65 hotels in Bournemouth
Travellers' Choice
Large Modern Resort style seafront 4 star hotel with over 100 rooms, many rooms with ocean view and balcony or terrace. Two restaurants including Two AA Red rosette award winning Ventana Grand Cafe Brasserie, Stylish and trendy Bar and Miami style lido deck with heated outdoor pool ( May-September), Latin Summer Parties with BBQ's and Chill Beds. The Art Deco style resort was Awarded Best large hotel 2018 in the Bournemouth Tourism Awards, is Bournemouth and Dorset's highest AA rated 3 star hotel at 88% in 2013 and also won several national excellence awards in 2011. Rooms are good quality 4 star rooms whilst service is exceptional with stunning public facilities. The Cumberland also has the facility of an indoor leisure Sauna/Pool complex with squash courts and small gym ( bookable) at Suncliff right next door. Parking is 55 spaces and is free when booking direct with the hotel; it operates on a "first come first served" basis with an alternative on street parking in front.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Taxi service
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Poolside bar
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Facial treatments
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Private balcony
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Great View
Bay View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Polish
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JEAN L wrote a review Nov 2021
Birmingham, United Kingdom54 contributions32 helpful votes
The Food at this establishment is faultless a new menu implemented today was simply mouth watering when having lunch. Do try the crab soup, the tempura prawns and the lamb I can recommend all items I ate without hesitation. The staff were very helpful and the General Manager was very pleasant and polite as he passed through the restaurant, a extremely smart young man. Looking forward to a return visit.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
colleen b wrote a review Nov 2021
Sheffield, United Kingdom64 contributions25 helpful votes
Just returned from a lovely weekend here the staff are wonderful many thanks to Wyves and Harvey just two who were so helpful and nothing too much trouble the food in the restaurant was lovely. We had a lovely sea view room and were fortunate to have some sunshine. Definitely stay again
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Parking a bit difficult but plenty available outside the hotel
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Mandy M wrote a review Nov 2021
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We stayed here for one night on dinner, bed and breakfast basis. I don’t even know where to start! Maybe with the one good thing…the actual view from the room. We paid for a superior ocean view room and it didn’t disappoint with views. Stunning seaview and the room is lovely. The one star review is literally for the view…and because you can’t give it any less. However, the key card didn’t work, we had a maintenance guy fixing and sealing the windows and doors on the balcony whilst we were in the room and when we could actually go out onto the balcony, all we could smell was cannabis! Then the food. Oh. My. God. Please people, save your money and DO NOT eat here!! Possibly, the worst food in any hotel I have ever stayed, anywhere in the world. And I, seriously, am not even exaggerating. First course was limp lettuce served with the most tasteless piece of ham I have ever eaten. Well, actually, I couldn’t even eat it. My husband only did because he was hungry and he had to shove it in some bread rolls. Then the main. I can’t even believe how horrendous it was. We aren’t food snobs, by any means. ‘Turkey roast’ by all accounts. In reality what arrived was one slice of turkey (I think it was turkey, but who could tell!) on a plate with two roast potatoes…one of which was covered in mould spots!!! When I showed this to the waiter, he came back with two more potatoes and let me swap mine for one of those (I wasn’t allowed both and I actually didn’t want any!) This delicious (!!) dish was served with a side dish of the hardest sprouts I’ve ever tasted and an equally hard serving of cauliflower cheese. Honestly, all that saved the meal was the dessert. Chocolate fudge cake and ice cream, which would be hard for even this (apparently) 4* hotel to get wrong. After the meal we went to the bar for a drink or two to wash it all away. My husband did go and complain about the food to the manager, who offered him a bottle of Prosecco as compensation. We don’t drink Prosecco and, to be honest, we felt that that was far short of what should receive, which is a full refund for the food at least. We got talking to another couple, who have been staying at the hotel for the past few days. They had equally shocking reviews of the food that they have been served each day they have been here, and they can’t wait to go home. We are now waiting to go down for breakfast. I have high hopes that, like the dessert, they shouldn’t be able to get this too wrong….. Now back home. Breakfast was actually not too bad! Hot food and buffet. The manager also apologised before we left and gave us a 30% discount. Unfortunately, this won’t be enough for us ever to return and I will never recommend this hotel to anyone!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Don’t eat here and check there will be no maintenance in your room/balcony just after checking in!
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Response from Abbie Campbell, Other at The Cumberland Hotel
Responded 6 days ago
Dear Mandy M, We are sorry that your stay was so disappointing. We do want all our guests to have an enjoyable experience. Now as most readers to these online reviews will know, there are always two sides to story. There is always an element of exaggeration. Our senior maintenance engineer, knocked on the room door and asked if you would allow him to check something on the balcony, as there was an issue with the room below. You consented, and allowed him. If you were uncomfortable with this, at the time, a very simple ‘Now is not convenient’ would suffice. You did make a complaint with the front desk, hence why we are aware as it was investigated with the engineer. Your comments regarding the food. Unfortunately it is very rare when we have guests who have such a distaste. Our food is fresh, sourced locally where possible, and the Turkey, the genuine Turkey is local. We served 160 meals, the evening in question, no complaint received regarding any of the comments you have accused. We will agree that you did not like the menu and food was not to your taste or standard you are familiar with. We have received compliments, from this actual weekend and night in question. We are pleased our breakfast was not ‘too bad’, but then it is a English Breakfast, and it’s the usual fair of Fried Eggs, Grilled Bacon and continental selection of 4* grade. Again, we are sorry to disappoint.
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Scenic54887 wrote a review Nov 2021
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Sunday lunch for mother's 80th. Right from original enquiry to day itself nothing was too much trouble... Didn't stay in hotel , but used restaurant and bars . All staff were friendly and helpful and made a special day extra memorable. Special thanks to Fabio in the restaurant too who was very helpful. The food was rather good too !! All together a fun and enjoyable visit that all the family enjoyed.. Thank - you to all
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Eamonn D wrote a review Nov 2021
United Kingdom3 contributions
We stayed here one night with dinner and breakfast first tried to get parking no site control or assistance and the reception team not bothered with this and then the room this was adequate dated nice bed but bathroom was poor as had shower over bath with no water pressure probably the worst shower in a hotel I have ever stayed in... Dinner and service was nice but expensive but breakfast was nice also good service.. I would not choose tl stay here again this is not good value but dated choatic and expensive AA should rethink 4 stars
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Cumberland Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Cumberland Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Rubyz (0.4 km) and Bournemouth Natural Science Society (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Cumberland Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Cumberland Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at The Cumberland Hotel?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Cumberland Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ventana Grand Cafe, The Escoffier Restaurant, and Naked Coffee.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Cumberland Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Cumberland Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at The Cumberland Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does The Cumberland Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Cumberland Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Polish.
Are there any historical sites close to The Cumberland Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum (0.7 km), Christchurch Priory Church (6.1 km), and Red House Museum & Gardens (6.2 km).