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The Priory Hotel

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4.5
#1 of 3 hotels in Wareham
4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
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See why so many travellers make The Priory Hotel their hotel of choice when visiting Wareham. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a luxury setting with an array of amenities designed for travellers like you.

Free wifi is offered to guests, and rooms at The Priory Hotel offer a flat screen TV and a seating area.

During your stay, take advantage of some of the amenities offered, including room service, outdoor furniture, and newspaper. Guests of The Priory Hotel are also welcome to enjoy free breakfast, located on site. For travellers arriving by car, free parking is available.

Given the close proximity to Esme James - Contemporary Artist (2.1 mi), guests of The Priory Hotel can easily experience one of Wareham's most popular landmarks.

If you like Mediterranean restaurants, The Priory Hotel is conveniently located near The Italian Kitchen.

During your visit, be sure to check out popular attractions like St Martin On The Walls Church (0.2 mi), Purbeck Artisan Yard (0.1 mi), and The Creative Gallery (0.1 mi), which are all within walking distance of the hotel.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at The Priory Hotel as you experience all of the things Wareham has to offer.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Taxi service
Adults only
Baggage storage
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Secured parking
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
Ironing service
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Bathrobes
Housekeeping
Room service
Seating area
Telephone
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Non-smoking rooms
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jatindesai2016 wrote a review Aug 2020
Reading, United Kingdom10 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Booked post covid for our first break away and we could not have been more pleased.
Very kind caring staff and the property is exceptional in its location on the river with sweeping lawn and such lovely grounds comprised of little gardens and nooks each more surprising and rewarding than the other. The food in the garden room was also the highest standard and the room is again exceptionally designed and the architect deserves a medal for the way it is blended into the very period main building which must an old monks rectory.
The maitre d was very good and guided us cheerfully efficiently from the patio overlooking the river with our pre dinner drinks and cocktails to the sumptuous meal event to follow.
Highly recommend this hotel and the the staff including Wayne who even arranged for me to charge my electric car overnight through a little window in a garden shed!
We will be back 😊
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Blue Spoon wrote a review Aug 2020
London, United Kingdom5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely hotel, great position on the river and Wareham is an excellent place to stay. Bedrooms are nicely furnished in keeping with the style of the hotel but also feel luxurious (we were in Brownsea but they all look great).

They have made alterations due to Covid (hand sanitiser, spacing of tables) but they are subtle and do not take away from the experience. All staff were very helpful and attentive with good local knowledge.

We were unfortunately unable to experience dinner in the restaurant as even with advance notice they were unable to accommodate a vegan, but there are several good options nearby.
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Date of stay: August 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Cindy W wrote a review Sept 2020
Chichester, United Kingdom418 contributions188 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked an overnight stay with dinner. The hotel is a quintessentially English country house hotel in a beautiful setting. We booked at relatively short notice and took the last room “Lulworth” The room had everything we needed, comfy bed, TV, settee etc but the shower room was really small - no space to put anything and no robes in the room.
The dinner was served in a lovely room overlooking the gardens. My husband was immensely disappointed with his choice of starter - a few crayfish on an enormous amount of melon and cucumber. I paid extra for scallops which were delicious. Our mains of steak and venison were fine but my potatoes seemed as though they may have been reheated. Great desserts and coffee in front of a log fire.
Breakfast was good, plenty of choice.
Overall we enjoyed our stay but it was overpriced for what we had.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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KalymnosPhil wrote a review Aug 2021
Poole, United Kingdom84 contributions72 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Visited as a party for a booked afternoon tea. The door was locked and a notice on the door instructed us to "ring for attention, with a dire warning affixed to the door that only us lucky souls with bookings would be admitted. The door was opened by a non-smiling man in grey who dispensed with the "welcome to the priory" to be replaced by a curt, "please sanitise hands".
We were led to our table and to be fair, the afternoon tea was excellent as was the service, they were heading for a five star rating BUT
When the lady from our party went to pay I enquired of the "man in grey" if I could buy a round of liqueurs for the party, he was sitting, hand writing the bill and with barely a pause in his work he airily informed me that "as they were about to receive dinner guests, he did not have the time to serve drinks, this man could only be the owner or father of the owner, no one would surely employ someone with such an arrogant indifferent attitude to customers - would they???
Such a lovely place, such a shame it was sullied by one man.
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Date of stay: August 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Southernpence wrote a review Aug 2020
England98 contributions77 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We went to The Priory for Sunday Lunch. Fixed price was £38.00 for two courses. One of us chose a starter that turned out to be a pretty basic prawn cocktail with melon balls served in a large ballon glass - not Inspirational. The terrine was tasty but nothing out of the ordinary. As a main course our friend chose the crab salad which carried a £5.50 supplement, we have a close friend who is a local shellfisherman and this summer he has been paid £1.50 per kilo for his crab - nice markup!!!! We chose the roast beef which, when ordering, we were told it was definitely rare. It arrived and was not rare, we thought it was a generous helping but in fact it was two slices placed on top of several roast potatoes- dry roast potatoes which had obviously been cooked much, much earlier, vegetable side dishes included even more roast potatoes as well as a selection of other veg. Yorkshire puddings were not good either. We then paid extra for desserts.
Service was very good as were the Covid precautions and the setting is wonderful but not worth the £50.00 per head for a mediocre meal. Sadly the Guildhall Tavern is not open for Sunday lunch but we will, in future, go there for a superb Saturday/midweek lunch.
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Date of stay: August 2020
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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vincewhite wrote a review Feb 2020
Poole, United Kingdom46 contributions23 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Christmas dinner with no atmosphere at all. We attended for Christmas dinner last year and the rest before, but will not be visiting again. I wasn’t feeling 100 percent due to a headache so was taking a little while to decide, but felt so rushed I decided to leave my wife and 2 children and return for them after the meal.

My wife said the service was nearly non existent one of the children dropped a knife and she had to ask 3 times to get a fresh one, we also explained on booking that my son does not eat turkey and would be having beef with his Christmas dinner and was told this Is not a problem and he was given beef, but with none of the veg etc that goes with a Christmas dinner. I returned as they was eating there pudding and would of thought I’d of been offered at least a drink, but no nothing.

The staff where miserable and never spoke at all so I would strongly advise anyone thinking about booking this to think again unless you fancy Christmas dinner in a place that resembles a nursing home
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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BanjoAppleton56 wrote a review Aug 2020
Orpington, United Kingdom98 contributions41 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Wonderful setting by the river with friendly staff. This does not give reason to serve over priced and poor cooked food. Starter of soup was ok but small, bread rolls fresh and different. Main course of pork was 3 small fatty slices with thin tasteless sauce. Roast potatoes were dry and the side vegetables of boiled potatoes with carrots unimaginative to say the least. The cauliflower cheese side was nondescript. The service was rushed so we had courses being delivered just as we had finished the previous course. The view over the river made the visit worthwhile but won't be coming back unless they improve the quality of food especially given the pricing, as we left £60 a head poorer which included wine but not service charge.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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SEJ186 wrote a review Jun 2022
New Forest National Park Hampshire, United Kingdom5 contributions1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
My partner booked an evening meal for us at the priory having visited for a lunch with other family members 2 weeks earlier. He had very much enjoyed the quality of the food and the beautiful riverside setting. I had to agree with him on both of these things. However, this was completely overshadowed by the oppressive atmosphere of the place and the downright rudeness of the staff who seemed to be extremely unhappy in their work.

On entering we struggled to find a member of staff talk to, having been before my partner knew that drinks were served outside so we headed there. After waiting 15mins and having finally got our drinks another member of staff approached and asked my partner in a very rude tone if he had trousers with him. At first we were not sure if he was joking because it was windy and a little cold but after telling him no he walked off without responding. At which point we realised he was suggesting my partner was not smartly dressed enough. The shorts in question were smart ones worn with a shirt and deck shoes. The member of staff returned to take our room number, we were only booked for dinner and he then said curtly, that will be why you have no trousers then.

At this point I wanted to leave, I think that is what the staff member was hoping for but my partner was looking forward to his meal. We were left outside beyond the time our table was booked for, so we got up and went to wait near the restaurant. Another staff member asked why we were there. At this point I was wondering the exact same thing.

This rude attitude continued throughout the evening, they placed a cauliflower cheese dish on the table, we weren’t aware that it wasn’t included with my partners lobster but after 10minutes a man appeared and said you didn’t order this and snatched it away. They did not bring my drink until asked twice, they rushed us between courses. I left my side plate in front of me, when the starter arrived less than 5mins after I had finished my roll, the waiter rudely gestured at me by waving his arm in front of my face to move it! After asking for the bill left us waiting more than 20 minutes before we couldn’t stand to be there any more more and had to walk to the front of the restaurant to pay. At which point the staff wouldn’t even make eye contact.

My observations were that they very much prefer their older guests who are also staying. I watched their interactions with the other guests and they were very different to how they spoke to us. I can honestly say that my partner and I are very polite people and don’t feel we did anything to warrant the frosty reception. It was extremely difficult not to feel uncomfortable.

The food was very good although not exceptional and they did accommodate my allergy requirement, albeit begrudgingly. If you want to eat exceptional food and have fantastic service then I would highly recommend The Montague Arms at Beaulieu.

It is a shame as the venue could be spectacular but I would not recommend The Priory to anyone. All paying customers should be made to feel welcome and relaxed. I have never experienced such rude staff anywhere before. I think they have forgotten that today's younger customers could be their future older ones!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Richard E wrote a review Jul 2022
8 contributions6 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited this place for dinner after personally visiting to book but we were looked up and down by a hard faced receptionist who stated they were fully booked. We were smartly dressed. We called to book on the phone the next day and offered a table for the next evening and charged a £20 deposit and then almost lectured about the prices and what to expect. We arrived to be told they could not find our booking but after some time they offered a table. Our meal was nicely presented but the table service
was curious with several different waiters/ waitresses serving. We were almost the last guests and around 9.30pm it became cold as two large doors were open. It felt like they didn’t want us there even though we were waiting for our desert. We finished our meal with coffee and petite fours in a lounge that seemed very dated and uncomfortable.

The dinner is priced at £70 per head for 3 courses and coffee / petite fours . The wine is in our quite extensive experience seriously over priced. The staff appear to treat guests with disdain and we overheard several complaints. It’s difficult to understand how this place remains open and we would not ever return. Total cost was £250/- for two including 1 bottle of Wairu River wine.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jo G wrote a review Nov 2021
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
After an unfortunate start where we were literally and sarcastically told off by a member of staff as we walked in about closing the door(!) the tea itself was disappointing. We came hoping for an indulgent treat but were given dry scones and "child packed lunch" sandwiches. After being informed when we booked that they were full the previous day, we were the only guests at the serving so did wonder whether we just got the left overs? Although pleasant and attentive, the staff made it clear from the start that we needed to be done by a set time. Not the welcoming vibe or special treat we hoped (and paid quite a lot) for.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Vickycapel2016 asked a question Oct 2019
Poole, United Kingdom78 contributions30 helpful votes
Does anyone know if the Sunday lunch menu changes regularly & differs from the menu online?
Answer from raymondgwee
Hong Kong, China331 contributions94 helpful votes
I have just checked the online menu and it is very similar to the menu that we came across in July/August this year. You may as well check with the management of the hotel.
Cape Town Central, South Africa121 contributions68 helpful votes
Ring them , I have no idea I’m a guest !
didnotattend asked a question Mar 2018
Winchester, United Kingdom34 contributions9 helpful votes
Assuming there is parking at the hotel ?
Answer from MellApple
Weymouth, United Kingdom36 contributions7 helpful votes
There is a small car park at the rear, behind electric gates, which open very slowly.
DAT64 asked a question Aug 2017
Sutton, United Kingdom93 contributions28 helpful votes
Does the diner menu change regularly ? Thank you
Answer from Jeremy M
Wareham3 contributions
Both lunch and dinner menus change from day to day, fish more regularly. However there are certain popular meat dishes that are more permanent, however there garnishes can change depending on season. In the autumn / winter you will see a lot more game on the menu. For example we are due this seasons Grouse to be delivered this week.
Melissa L asked a question Jul 2017
Leicester, United Kingdom38 contributions27 helpful votes
As keen runners is there paths along the river from the hotel
Answer from Roland P
Daventry, United Kingdom243 contributions128 helpful votes
Yes you can run along the riverside path towards the sea which is part of the Purbeck way. It may get a bit muddy in the late Autumn and Winter
Julian B wrote a tip Feb 2024
Dorchester, United Kingdom25 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I understand you are able to moor your boat with pre-booking."
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Peter D wrote a tip Jan 2024
Poole, United Kingdom149 contributions136 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Great for couples not groups"
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DayTrip5579 wrote a tip Dec 2023
3 contributions11 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don’t go!"
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Chris M wrote a tip Sept 2023
Hook, United Kingdom4 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The parking is secure and more than adequate."
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Dennis R wrote a tip Sept 2023
3 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don’t go unless you’re staying! "
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PRICE RANGE
£240 - £261 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandDorsetWareham
NUMBER OF ROOMS
19
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Priory Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Priory Hotel?
Nearby attractions include The Rex Cinema (0.2 miles), Wareham Town Walls Walk (0.06 miles), and Wareham Town Museum (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Priory Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Priory Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Priory Hotel?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Priory Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Garden Gate Tea Room, The Italian Kitchen, and The Quay Inn - Pub and Restaurant.
Is The Priory Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the centre of Wareham.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Priory Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to The Priory Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Tyneham (5.0 miles) and Wareham Town Walls Walk (0.06 miles).
Does The Priory Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the park view available here.
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