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Purbeck House Hotel & Louisa Lodge
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Swanage
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Reviewed 24 October 2012

Stayed overnight for work in September 2012. The receptionist was helpful, polite and efficient. The hotel itself is of the "fading grandeur" style, a term not offered as a criticism but to paint a picture. Louisa Lodge, some 25m walk across the garden, is more Travelodge, but perfectly comfortable. The cooked breakfast was good, served in a large conservatory style extension to the hotel. A reason for staying here is the town and beaches, with a few restaurants/bistros and numerous pubs which look inviting, all within 2-3 minutes walk of the hotel. The National Trust's Studland Beach a short drive away is stunning, and the cafe is great for food all day.

Room Tip: Hotel - faded grandeur, Louisa Lodge - Travelodge!
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

The staff in this place are honestly the best I've encountered. Professional, courteous and friendly. The main building is a glorious throw back to the forties and early fifties. (but with wi-fi!) ;) I had a double room, plenty big enough, with a shower that stayed at an even temperature and flow! :O But, my Dad had a single room, er... compact and bijou, I think is the term! mind your head! My Uncle had a single room in the new building, this also was of a design for smaller people. Lots of angles to bang ones head on. So if you are over six foot, watch it! Ample parking, once you've negotiated the entrance. Lovely grounds, look out for the gold fish, they have to cage them! Enjoy.

Room Tip: Try for 4,5 or 6. The best views
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 October 2012

I would like to bet that this is one of the best places to stay in Swanage and if your touring around the Jurassic Coast its a pretty good place to stay.Its also an interesting place from an architectural aspect having once been a rather grand merchants house and a convent. Parts of it could do with a little care and attention but overall its in pretty good shape .I have stayed here often and eaten dinner here on numerous occasions. Never had anything bad but have sometimes been surprised by the limited choice whilst on other occasions the've excelled themselves.I have to say I have always found the breakfast to be fine and dandy and if you order a paper when you book in you will find it in the Dining Room so don't lie in bed petulantly awaiting its arrival, They will do special deals especially off season and I have visited here at least 10 times and I am not a Masochist. The great thing is it feels like a family hotel but is not overbearing or over familiar and it has a pleasant garden and ample car parking which is a major plus in Swanage.If asked they will make Gaellic/Irish Coffee * star rating for that then !

Room Tip: stay in the old part ~its more fun > who wants modern only business sorts with stupidly short hai...
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 11 October 2012

I recently spent two nights staying at the Purbeck House Hotel and thoroughly enjoyed my stay. The staff were friendly and helpful and the room was spacious and clean. The location was excellent and I would happily recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 September 2012

Spent two nights here on a recent trip to Swanage and could not have been happier with my chosen accomodation. The staff were really friendly and attentive, rooms were clean and very comfortable, a tasty breakfast and in a great location.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

My wife and I thought we'd treat ourselves to a stay here on our last night of our holidays. We were given a discount off the price, so at £120 for 1 night, we were expecting something a little bit special. We stayed in the Louisa Lodge and arrived mid afternoon when other guests were returning to their rooms as all we could hear were doors banging and conversation through thin walls. We were woken by the same and the sound of someone above us using the toilet, not nice! And so to breakfast! Cold eggs, over cooked sausage, slimey salty mushrooms, and salty bacon, not good. All in all a not very nice, over priced experience.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

I found all the staff to be friendly & helpful without becoming cloying and simpering. The Night Porter (Richard I think) was a complete star when a friend experienced a small health problem late at night.
Breakfasts were right on the button too!

Room Tip: Th4 rooms in the main house are more characterful. The Louisa Lodge were modern and more 'predic...
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Additional Information about Purbeck House Hotel & Louisa Lodge

Address: 91 High Street, Swanage BH19 2LZ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Isle of Purbeck > Swanage
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Swanage
Price Range: £73 - £140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Purbeck House Hotel & Louisa Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Purbeck House Hotel, "An Oasis of Relaxation and Enjoyment." Purbeck House Hotel is a family-run hotel steeped in over a century of history. Nestled in extensive gardens in the centre of Swanage, close to shopping centre, Pub, Restaurant, this unique family-run hotel combines the atmosphere of a traditional country house with all the amenities of a modern hotel. Steeped in history, the 38 bedrooms are divided between the main house, constructed in 1875, and the newly-built Louisa Lodge (completed in 2003). All of the bedrooms are en suite, Tea/Coffee making facilities, LED HD Flat Screen TV, Iphone Docking Station, Iron and Iron Board, Direct Dial Telephone, Free Broadband WiFi Connection and some have sea or garden views. The hotel has a large car park and is only 300 yards from the sea front and the clean, sandy beaches.This Family howne this Hotel for the last 15 Years ... more   less 
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