We stayed for two nights at the Rothesay on 22nd-23rd Aug because a friend got married at Highcliffe Castle (about 5 mins' walk away). We arrived around 11.45 on the day of our first stay (which was earlier than normal check-in time), and despite having advised the staff during our booking that we would probably not be arriving until 4pm, we were shown to our room immediately and with no fuss. The room was very comfortable and, despite being close to the main road, very quiet. The morning breakfast was very filling - tea, cereal, fruit juice, toast, and full English! - and cooked to perfection.
What really set the Rothesay apart from other hotels we've stayed at though was the service. The staff were friendly and quite literally went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and happy during our stay - we were even given a lift to the train station at the end of our stay!
Previous reviewers have complained about having to book the pool in advance. We thought this was a great touch - it meant that we could book an hour of exclusive use of the pool and sauna, and we were able to take our pick of more or less any time during the day.
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- The Rothesay Hotel Highcliffe, Dorset