I can thoroughly recommend this hotel
I was with a Bridge Holiday group that apparently stays regularly at the The Mercure Bournemouth. This is the fourth year in a row I have been there. I can thoroughly recommend this hotel for all the right reasons. Food and courtesy of all staff. As far as the restaurant is concerned, I think most 3* venues have two or three choices per course. The Mercure Bournemouth has five including a vegetarian option plus a la carte and they do not charge a fortune for a decent bottle of wine. The restaurant manager and staff will give you the impression that you are staying at a class establishment. Over the years I have been told that most of the 108 bedrooms have been refurbished and that this is like the Forth Bridge in that redecoration is never ending. Choose between front or side facing, garden view or back view. Some rooms have balconies and you would have to be on the 4th floor to catch a sideways view of the sea as it is one block back from the shore. The rooms would benefit from modern televisions with freeview or selected Sky channels. Only 4 analogue channels are available but they do have teletext. You will not be disappointed.