Series 8 - Bonnington Beach Hotel, Bournemouth

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Four years ago a couple decided to move their family out of London to try their luck in sunny Bournemouth. They bought a hotel near the beach, and managed to squeeze 57 beds into its 21 rooms. Charging hostel rates (£15 a night) the couple got many punters through the door, but have struggled to make a living, and they now owe the bank a massive £600,000.

The hotel often has a 100% occupancy rate but unfortunately just cannot seem to turn that success into a profit. Alex suggests the business needs to be streamlined, and even proposes that the couple should charge for the use of towels. But the manager and Alex are not quite on the same wavelength. However, he does come round to one of Alex’s ideas – stripping the rooms of all unnecessary paraphenalia.

There is one part of the business Alex really likes, which brings in around £50,000 a year – the hotel's boot camp. Run by ex-service personnel, people come to the hotel for a week of rigorous army-style drills on the beach. Alex suggests they build on this template and introduce other courses people could use at their hotel, such as a cookery course.

With an owner unwilling to move forward, does Alex have any chance of stopping this hotel from falling off the radar?



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  • sue mcmullan

    12 months ago

    sue mcmullan

    i have stayed at this hotel many times and it is exactly what you want for a budget hotel , nick is great and you get a great welcome nothing is too much , carry on as you are

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  • RobbiG

    over 1 year ago


    yet again a grat series, like much on channel 5, is spoiled by the varoius programme 'tags': be it all the previwing of whatscoming up; or the recap of what u watched just b4 the ad break. When u do this 4 times in a show, plus a 1m40 intro, plus ads what u get is somewhere just over half an hour of real viewing, which as described has not just been ruined but takes 1 hour fromn start to finnish- thats on a regular TV- when u watch on net then u may need to tripple that cos of all the techicall difficulties. Channel 5 have no scrupples or sense. Oh and this episode was BORING and not very informative :-(

  • Jayne

    over 1 year ago


    Just once would I like to watch this programme without it stopping, missing bits off, continually cutting to adverts, freezing etc!! ARGHHHH!

  • gemma

    over 1 year ago


    the hotel lnspector is very good show

  • anonamous stag

    over 1 year ago

    anonamous stag

    big group of 14 of us stayed here for my stag do the rooms were standard but who cares the shower was clean and had hot water,the beds had a mattess and pillow flat screen tele all this with a roof and all what more do ya want for £15 a night nick was legend and hannah was equally as welcoming the breakfast certainly hit the spot too! we are all coming back next year thats if nick lets us of course. P.S get rid of the russian bouncer from the party room door and sort the towels out nick its no fun being the sixth person to use the towel!!!

  • Debby

    over 2 years ago


    whats the point in this web site? infact ive been trying so long to watch ANYTHING whats the point in living???

  • Lucy

    over 2 years ago


    I stayed at this hotel on New year's before the hotel inspector went and have to say the room was really clean and the owner and staff made us all feel very welcome. I would consider staying there again if in Bournemouth.

  • amanda

    over 2 years ago


    travel lodge do budget rooms of comparable price, because theres are 45 pounds max per night. three pple going to this hotel pay the same price for one travelodge u get towels and tea and coffee, and u get towels. budget doesnt mean no facilities. if this is were they end there room offering at it definatly would never be on my list of destinations

  • jullie

    over 2 years ago


    why does this episode have soo many ads and other episodes don't !

  • CMMW

    over 2 years ago


    I have just checked out their website and was extremly impressed. I would love to stay at their hotel just by looking at the site. Great programme

  • mitch jones

    over 2 years ago

    mitch jones

    cant be that bad everytime i walk past there is a tvr tuscan outside !

  • andy

    over 2 years ago


    I would love to see the accounts. 100% occupancy? My company do the accounts for 250 hotels. On £15pppn plus breakfast, bar etc this would be about £350k pa turnover. After direct costs, overheads and servicing the £600k loan there should still be a surplus of about £30 to £60k. The numbers don't make sense but do make good telly"

  • Carl

    over 2 years ago


    I want to know where he's seen towels for a pound!

  • jeffrey

    over 2 years ago


    stayed at the bonnington loadsa times liked the hotel nicks a top bloke and its a good fun place every one is very welcoming

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  • karen robinson

    over 2 years ago

    karen robinson

    keeps freezing on me too :((((

  • Maria

    over 2 years ago


    ive never had a problem with channel 5 on demand i love the day time movies on my days off work

  • Gerry

    over 2 years ago


    just tried to watch the latest episode it says it's expired. What a rubbish service

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  • SDM

    over 2 years ago


    video freezes every 2-3 minutes!!! have to refresh and watch 3 minutes of adverts yet again, quite often to find the show doesn't actually play!!!! Is lucky the content is available elsewhere with a better quality player!

  • Trish

    over 2 years ago


    Channel 5 on demand is rubbish service. Video keeps freezing. Can;t beat BBC iplayer - channel 5 could learn a thing or two. Sort it out channel 5!

  • Mariamaria

    over 2 years ago


    Love Alex,,, great programme, thanks,

  • Royston

    over 2 years ago


    very good love Alex`s business mind

  • G

    over 2 years ago


    Top stuff C5, praise when it is due, uploaded much quicker than recent times! I hope it's not a one off and shows that it can be done!

  • jegpad

    over 2 years ago


    For those of you waiting for this to come online (nothing changes), I have already watched it on another internet site. Think outside the box !

  • Lorna

    over 2 years ago


    waiting to see the next one! I've been many times in that place and it is quite unusual one!

  • Yara

    over 2 years ago


    great series to watch, really love it, am always surprised at the way some hoteliers are appear to dismiss some of Alex's ideias and advice out of hand;, as if she were out to 'get them', really odd!

  • Hils

    over 2 years ago


    Can't wait, I stayed at this hotel and was totally amazed at how both Susan and Nick made me so welcome, great couple!! Great hotel!!!

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  • ben james

    over 2 years ago

    ben james

    two really hot women in this one should be great.I like the blonde the best she looks well hot.I am really looking forward to this

  • Michael

    over 2 years ago


    Totally love the show, well done to the producers. Alex is great professional and sincere. Keep up the good work.

  • jason porilla

    over 2 years ago

    jason porilla

    she is very very sexy and very hot he just looks like an east end thug

  • Audrey

    over 2 years ago


    is it that good, that no one has any remarks about the Hotel Inspector. I use to watch it all the time, but now it interferes with another channel.