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Review of Purbeck House Hotel & Louisa Lodge

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Purbeck House Hotel & Louisa Lodge
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Swanage
Certificate of Excellence
Oxford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fading Glory”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2014

We spent 3 nights at this hotel recently, in the Louisa Lodge. I think we got the best of the deal as the Perbeck Hotel part was very tired looking.
Our room was just a modern hotel room but it had a nice balcony and view over the town and out to sea but there were 2 chairs on the balcony but no table.
The main building was lovely on the outside but in need of a lot of TLC inside, the public rooms had beautiful ornate ceilings and fireplaces but there wires everywhere, shabby upholstery & carpets and chipped furniture.
The whole place reminded me of an old peoples home and the clientele rather backed this up.
Breakfast was in a conservatory which was obviously a "function room" bar dancefloor ect.
and was very ordinary in fact I did not bother after the first day.
It was little things that were wrong, they did not replace the toiletres as they were used, the bar service very slow and the barman slovenly with his waistcoat undone, and more interested in the TV than serving us.
We ate one night in the dinning room I have had more fun in a library but the food was very good it was just so quite with only one other couple in.
saying all this the grounds were lovely and there was plenty of parking which is good in town.
I feel lack of money is probably the problem, it would certainly be a shame if this old building were to get any more shabby.

Room Tip: Go in the Louisa Lodge No 37 has a balcony
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Kathy P
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Bristol UK
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014 via mobile

This was my 3 time staying in Swanage but the first time staying at this hotel, last year we stayed at the Grand Hotel but the room was so dull,a bathroom that had just come out if the 80s and the only thing left at the grand is the stairs. So we picked this hotel to see what it's like. Our room (14) was at the top of the hotel which let me and my partner know how unfit we have become! Room was nice had everything we would want if I was going to criticise one thing it wood be the bed, the headboard and bedside tables could fit a king size bed and the bed had a dip, bathroom was nice had everything we wanted. The main from room of the hotel is due to get a facelift but as it's such a big hotel costs are high and this will take time to do, but it has it's history unlike the grand which has all but been lost!the bar is another room that can do with new wallpaper I lived the pic of the Queen on the wall from the late 70s I think this would be a good theme for the bar maybe try to find painting of other kings and queens of the UK? Oh and bin all the furniture in the bar replace with some nice leather chesterfield sofas! Breakfast was good we were happy with everything that was given to us and the staff were very nice and helpful when we checked out I left my house keys in the room and they called me as soon as they found them so I wouldn't get very far! The woman at the front check in knew I would be at the blue pool not that far away!Thanks you guys it's a long way to Bristol to Swanage to pick up your front door keys!

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014 via mobile

A hotel with lots of character and style. Nicely updated so that the character of the house is maintained whilst giving the visitor the facilities that are expected. The staff were welcoming and friendly and nothing was too much trouble. The location of the hotel could not be better as it is situated in the centre of the town, within its own large gardens. Plenty of parking space. Highly recommended for use as a base for exploring the Isle of Purbeck and surrounding areas.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2014

Purbeck House is a beautiful place that was really sophisticated and well looked after. It is in a fantastic location and a short walk to the beach and shops. I really enjoyed my stay there and had a beautiful view of the gardens in the main building. The breakfast was lovely and very well presented. The only thing I would complain about would be the shower, I had absolutely no idea how it worked and it looked like the staff member didn't either so I had to go without! Hopefully they now tell you how to use it! Other than that, it was a wonderful stay and the staff were lovely

Room Tip: The rooms in the main building were beautiful
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank HaleyJ1
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Hornchurch
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014 via mobile

Just spent a fantastic week walking in this area with 40 people from our Rambling Group. The week was made even special by our stay in this wonderful Hotel. We could not fault the Food, the Service and the Friendliness of the Staff - they could not do enough for us. Would not hesitate to use this place again.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014

This was our first time here and will not be our last.

We booked here primarily because of the off road parking which is plentiful.

The staff were friendly and helpful and the food was good.

I would recommend this hotel to anybody wanting to visit Swanage.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank PhiBarr
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Southampton, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2014

We have just had a short break at Purbeck House Hotel and found both the staff and the accommodation were excellent. The first time we have visited this hotel but certainly wont be the last. Excellent food and very clean spacious rooms enhance your holiday experience. Ian H

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank lyndacarroll
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Additional Information about Purbeck House Hotel & Louisa Lodge

Property: 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 #2 of 5 Hotels in Swanage
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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Purbeck House Hotel And Louisa Lodge
Purbeck House Hotel & Louisa Swanage
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