Having read negative reviews on Trip advisor we were very concerned and tried to change to different hotel but they were all booked for the weekend we wished to visit Weymouth. We almost cancelled the whole trip, but decided that we would take the risk as we have travelled the world and stayed in some really bad places which we have survived and dined out on the stories of our experiences, and it was only going to be for 3 nights so what was the worst that could happen?
The hotel is situated on the Dorchester Road which is quite a busy road, but was easy to find and the there is a decent sized car park with an overspill car park at the back. Check in was going really well, with a charming young girl booking us in, when a very loud obnoxious little man pushed himself in front of me and proceeded to berate the poor receptionist for not sending his bill to his room and shouting that "You only need Basil Fawlty to make this complete" As this man did not appear to have lost the use of his legs I failed to see the problem, but his comments again worried me,( although reception seemed clean and although slightly worn the entrance to the hotel was about right for the age of the hotel) and was quite apprehensive about the state of our accommodation.
The room was fine. Very clean with a nice firm bed, I could find nothing wrong. Plenty of hanging space and drawers, a hairdryer was provided and a trouser press, as was plenty of tea and coffee and milk supplies. The bathroom was very good, clean and the shower was hot and strong. There was a television (we visited the weekend England played in the World Cup ) All in all exactly right for the money we paid. There was no mini bar, but room service was available and the only negative was no air conditioning, and it was a very hot weekend,but the windows at the top could be opened to let air in. the room was cleaned daily, whilst we were at breakfast usually and to a high standard.
We booked bed and breakfast and my husband enjoyed the fried breakfast and toast, especially the bacon. There are cereals, croissants, yoghurts etc available. Typical 3 star breakfast fayre, well set out, plentiful and hot.
The hotel is about 15 minutes pleasant stroll to the beginning of the beach if you go along the Esplanade Road and the beach at Weymouth is pebbly at one end and sandy further along near the pavilion and harbour.
Parking is a nightmare. I have limited mobility but was unable to park anywhere near the beach as although they had four hour bays these were always full very early in the morning and disabled parking was limited. We parked on the pavilion car park, my husband having dropped me off near the beach first, paying £7.00p for 6hours parking and then he walked back to help me on to the beach where deck chairs , windbreaks and loungers are available, but not parasols for shade. The beach at the pavilion end is lovely, sandy with a Punch and Judy show, donkey rides and swings available. There are public toilets available nearby . Even during the height of the England Germany match, other than the odd radio playing. it was possible to avoid the game and enjoy the sunshine on a lovely beach with no problems and although my husband returned to the hotel to watch it there are bars and drinking places on the opposite side of the road, where families as well as young men in groups were watching the sport with no trouble occuring.
For a cup of tea, sandwich or Dorset Cream tea the Cactus bar is over the road from the beach, it is clean and fairly priced, and for a bit more - the sandwiches are a meal in themselves - the Panorama is a lovely well run economical and very good place to go.
All in all a good weekend. I found the hotel absolutely great for the money paid, the rudeness of departing guests not withstanding, and I would not hesitate to book again.
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