Row over Bournemouth’s empty West Cliff hotel

BBC South Today is reporting growing local anger over an empty hotel on Bournemouth’s West Cliff.

The St George Hotel at the south end of West Cliff Gardens has beautiful red hanging tiles but the only occupants are pigeons. Neighbours running other hotels feel that it gives a bad impression.  John Warwick, who owns the Hotel Riviera on the east side, says it puts off potential guests.

You see the hotel with missing windows when passing along the coast path between Durley Chine and the Highcliff Hotel. The views from the St George are as good as those from the Highcliff.

The St George has 25 bedrooms, most with a bathroom, and was a two star hotel with AA and RAC listing.

The building needs to be restored.

This enclave of reasonable tariff hotels across the grass from the cliff top is also handy for walkers.

See page  30.

About Leigh Hatts

Leigh Hatts is an experienced walker and has known the local coastline since childhood. He is the author of many successful walking guides.
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