The Chocolate Box

2 West Cliff Road, West CliffBH2 5EYBournemouthUnited Kingdom
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About The Chocolate Box

This Victorian, seaside B&B offers charming, family-run accommodation in the heart of Bournemouth. Guests are just a short walk from the Pavilion Theatre and Bournemouth Pier railway station.

Each individually styled room features a flat screen TV, tea & coffee making facilities, and free Wi-Fi access. Four-poster bed options are available. Most rooms feature en-suite bathrooms.

Marlins guests can unwind at the end of a busy day in the cosy lounge. The pleasant courtyard is also a great spot to escape to for some rest and tranquillity.

Guests are served a full English breakfast, cooked fresh to order by the house chef. Vegetarian and lighter options are also available. Several recommended restaurants and pubs are just minutes away.

Marlins is located on Bournemouth's popular West Cliff. Guests are just a five minute walk from the beach, Bournemouth International Centre, and the town's vibrant shopping district.


2 West Cliff Road, West Cliff, BH2 5EY, Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44(1202)299645 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchen / Kitchenette
  • A/C
  • Parking
  • Balcony / Terrace
  • Washing machine
  • TV / Entertainment
  • Hairdryer
  • Pool
  • Non-smoking rooms

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • Car park
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • PC with internet
  • Pets allowed
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Bathroom with shower
  • Central heating
  • Electric kettle
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms

For children

  • Child / Baby cot

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 15:00
  • Check-out: 10:00

Positive Reviews

Close to Everything in Bournemouth.

Guests repeatedly praised this guesthouse location, with Bournemouth's vibrant town centre and all of its shops and pubs just a short stroll away. The beaches are also just a quick jaunt down a hill from Marlins. Adding to this the bonus and convenience of free on-site parking, guests were completely chuffed with this choice of accommodation.

Rooms Won't Disappoint.

The rooms and facilities at Marlins were largely described as spotless and tastefully decorated, with enough warmth to create a cosy home away from home ambience. Guests also enjoyed spending time in the charming garden, showcasing some beautiful plants. The hanging baskets selected by the owners for the benefit of visitors were also appreciated.

The Chef Cooks a Fabulous Breakfast.

If you're hoping to avoid the foibles of the standard buffet style breakfast served at so many establishments, you have chosen the right venue for your stay. Marlins prides itself on having a chef who cooks brekky fresh to order, with most guests mentioning this amazing brekky as a hi-light of their stay. Guests were also impressed with the B&B's careful consideration for dietary restrictions.

Negative Reviews

Bathrooms Might Be a Letdown.

Some guests were disappointed by their bathrooms, which were described as tiny and cramped. Others were frustrated to discover that the bath came with a shower head but no attachment to allow for a proper shower. Adding to this a weak water pressure and wonky water temperature, and the bathing experience turned out to be a nightmare for some.

Beds a Little Too Firm For Some.

If you like your bed to be on the softer side you might have some issues here, with a few guests finding the bed way too hard to achieve a comfortable night's sleep. In spite of this issue, these guests still found their overall stay to be pleasant at this B&B.

Rooms Require A/C.

On hot Bournemouth days, some guests felt their rooms could really have used some air conditioning units, especially on the much warmer upper floors. These guests had to open their windows for ventilation, but found the resulting noises from outside prevented them from sleeping.

Rating Overview

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9.4 out of 10 based on 859 reviews