Press comments

If you have visited the Urban Beach Hotel, Bistro or Bar we would love to receive your feedback, both on what you think we already do well, and where we could do better. Please email your comments to

We know that there are hundreds of hotels in Bournemouth and to remain amongst the best we genuinely appreciate your help.


“ Mark has the nicest sweetest staff I have ever come across. We had such a nice time and I was tickled by the touches that made the room a home from home: bath salts (tick!), candles (tick!), fresh coffee (tick!), DVDs (tick!) and amazing cocktails yum. At the Reef we were really tired so brought some tiffin to go and chilled out in our room with tiffin, coffee and ‘The Hangover’ – perfect! Plus it was within easy walking distance of the surf and sand and the Academy where we went to watch Jeff Beck and then returned to base to hang with the cool crowd and sip mad cocktails like ‘Smoky’ and the ‘Bandit’. The only tiny weeny crit was that there was some sort of industrial fan that came on and went off throughout the night outside out window, I suspect something to do with chilling something somewhere, but we got ear plugs to sort that one out. All in all though we loved it – it was the perfect place to chill.” (Helen Stiles, Editor of Dorset Magazine. June 2011)

“The Urban Reef restaurant has good food and an enviable position overlooking Boscombe beach. Up the road the food at the Urban Beach Hotel restaurant is even better.”  (Peter Woodman, Press Association Travel Correspondent. June 2011) 

“.. this is the coolest place I ever stayed”
(Frank Skinner – Love, Stand-up Comedy and The Queen Of The Night Oct 2008)

One of the must-dos on arrival is to spend a little time at the luxuriously-appointed bar!”
(Abtn – April 2008)

“.. setting the standard for quality accommodation”
( – April 2008) – Read

“Go soon, and beat the surfer crowds before they make it all their own”
(Boutique Confidential – November 2007)

“.. hip hotels are few and far between in Bournemouth, so this is a breath of fresh air”
(Ryanair Magazine – August 2007)

“For an inexpensive getaway, this boutique hotel is great, with its pavement beach and, best of all, a brilliant, laid-back, friendly atmosphere created by its owners, Mark and Fiona Cribb, whose openness and honesty win many friends”.
(Fiona Duncan – The Sunday Telegraph – August 07) – Read

“It’s hard to resist the hotel’s 12 chic rooms, modern-British restaurant and ultra-friendly service”.
(Elle Magazine – August 2007)

“.. the hotel prides itself on its spacious rooms, sumptuous beds, luxury bathrooms, snug sofas – and not a hint of chintz!”
MSN Hotel of the month (July 2007) – Read

“.. the Urban Beach has managed the boutique makeover without retreating up its own original feature”.
(The Guardian newspaper – June 2007) – Read

“.. it’s no surprise that the glossy magazines are opining this place the coolest in Britain”.
(The Sunday Times Travel Magazine – June 2007)

“the latest hip place to stay – chic yet affordable”.
(The Observer – June 2007)

“Staying at The Urban Beach you become a small part of the Urban experience. The staff are lovely – maybe Mark pumps happy gas through the building – smiles from breakfast to midnight. The bar/meal menu was a highlight – good prices, well sourced ingredients”.
(UK Polly – May 2007)

“Smart contemporary design offset by the relaxed ambience of the seaside.. ticks all the boxes for a great weekend break”.
(Food and Travel Magazine – June 2007)

“The sophisticated but laid-back atmosphere epitomises the holiday feeling that stressed-out Londoners crave … and the hippest hotel in the area”.
(The Times – May 2007) – Read

“Best five seaside hotels”.
(Guardian Newspaper – April 2007) – Read