The Greatest Songbook
- Queens Hotel
Your hotel is situated in the heart of Bournemouth’s East Cliff.
- Relive songs performed by the great 'crooners'
Enjoy songs that were performed by ‘crooners’ including Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and more
- Russell-Cotes Gallery
Visit this gallery with its fine collections of works of art
- No fly
- Half board
Enjoy songs originally performed by some of our most iconic ‘crooners’
From the languid tones of Blue Moon to an invitation to Come fly with me, step into the world of the ‘crooners’ on this special short break, exploring some of their greatest songs.
Originally sung by such icons as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Matt Munro, look forward to taking your seats each evening as your host Robert Habermann serenades you, accompanied by fascinating insights into the lives of some of the great singers. You’ll stay at the comfortable Queens Hotel in the popular seaside town of Bournemouth, with some free time – perfect for those who enjoy exploring independently. There will also be the opportunity to watch a musical film if you want to put your feet up in the afternoons, plus a walking visit to the Russell-Cotes gallery with its fine collections of paintings, sculpture, Japanese works of art and more.
- Expert Host
- Saga Host
- Included themed activities
- Hosted welcome drinks reception
- Meet and greet with expert host
- Free hotel Wi-Fi
- Hotel porterage
- Cancellation rights
Plus, this hotel features:
- All breakfasts and dinner
- Three in-house concerts from your host, Robert Habermann
- Russell-Cotes Gallery (half day)
Meyrick Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 3DL
The well placed, privately-owned Queens Hotel combines a quiet location with a friendly atmosphere and excellent facilities. These include a restaurant, with many dishes created from local produce. There are nine steps and a ramp to the hotel entrance, and the leisure centre is located on the lower ground floor, which is not accessible by lift.
All 109 bedrooms are simple yet traditionally styled.
Tea coffee making facilities
Food and Drink
Look forward to dining in the hotel's restaurant, Alexanders, where you can enjoy a choice of dishes. You can also take time to relax in the hotel's Garden Lounge.
Wi-Fi (extra charge)
The hotel is ideally situated in a quiet part of the elegant East Cliff area. It’s just 500 yards from the unique Russell-Cotes museum, and a short walk from the town centre, cliffs and beach, making it a good location for exploring the popular seaside town of Bournemouth.
Bournemouth has been popular as a seaside holiday resort for some two centuries and has a host of attractions and facilities. Look out for the many fine Victorian and Edwardian buildings of the town, including Langtry Manor House, built by Edward VII, then Prince of Wales, for his mistress Lillie Langtry. The town is renowned for its 2,000 acres of parks and gardens, the Central, Upper and Lower gardens some of its most famous. For art lovers, the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery includes an impressive collection of paintings and a well-known Japanese collection. Then of course there’s the pier, rebuilt in the 1970s, and entertainment venues including Bournemouth International Centre and the Bournemouth Pavilion. A little further afield lie the towns of Boscombe and Christchurch, the latter home to an attractive quay and an 11th-century Priory church, plus the famous UNESCO-listed Jurassic Coast.
"I was lucky to meet my all-time hero Frank Sinatra, who inspired me to share my passion for film musicals through light-hearted performances and tales of my travels," says Robert, who played Ol' Blue Eyes in the original cast of The Rat Pack. Discovered by the respected American singer Margaret Whiting, Robert has performed with a number of other iconic stars, including Kay Starr, Steve Ross, Rosemary Squire and more. In 1994 he won the Best International Performer Award from the prestigious Manhattan Association of Cabarets. He's always been warmly welcomed by previous Saga guests.
Since graduating from University College London, Trevor worked extensively in the music industry in most areas. He worked closely with the bandleader Alyn Ainsworth, during which time Trevor contributed to many television shows, including Royal Variety Performances and BAFTA award shows. He has arranged the music for a number of TV series, including Wednesday at Eight, Live from the Palladium and Surprise Surprise – most recently he has worked on shows like Pop Idol and How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?
After arriving at your hotel, look forward to meeting your host and fellow guests at a welcome meeting, before enjoying dinner at your hotel.
05/05/2020 At leisure
Today is at leisure to perhaps explore some of Bournemouth’s sights. Known for its wealth of colourful parks and gardens, the town has a variety of attractions ranging from chines to an arts trail and a choice of shops. This afternoon why not take it easy and enjoy a classical music film showing at your hotel, or continue exploring. After dinner at your hotel this evening, take your seats for the first in-house concert from your host, Robert Habermann, accompanied by pianist Trevor Brown, when you can look forward to stepping into the world of the ‘greatest songbook‘ with music and songs that may include Frank Sinatra’s Come Fly with Me and The Lady is a Tramp, Dean Martin’s That’s Amore, Perry Como’s It’s Impossible and more …
06/05/2020 Russell-Cotes Gallery
Set off this morning as you walk to the Russell-Cotes Gallery, around half-a-mile from your hotel, where you can explore some of the art treasures at this fascinating gallery. Afterwards, enjoy some free time or perhaps another music DVD showing at your hotel. After dinner this evening, Robert will give his second concert when you can look forward to more well-known songs from the period.
07/05/2020 At Leisure
Spend today as you please, perhaps taking in more of the area’s attractions or just relaxing at your hotel, or trying out the pool or sauna. As before, there is the option of watching a classic musical film this afternoon before dinner at your hotel, followed by your final concert from Robert.
After breakfast, bid your fellow guests and host farewell, before departing for home.
Walk from your hotel to the Russell-Cotes Gallery (approximately half a mile), housed in East Cliff Hall.
Look forward to exploring the fascinating collections assembled by Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and ultimately gifted to the town. The Russell-Cotes travelled extensively and this is reflected in the collections, which number over 1,000 items and works of art. There is a fine Japanese collection, paintings including the Pre-Raphaelite work of Venus Verticordia by Rossetti, and sculpture including marbles and bronzes. Discover some of the art treasures at this late Victorian gallery – formerly the home of the Russell-Cotes and a reflection of their passion for collecting and works of art.
Included on 4 nights itinerary