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Grand Hotel Swanage
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Reviewed 24 April 2013 via mobile

Just returned from a lovely stay at the Grand hotel through groupon. Although given a room on the top floor (which is normal with groupon!) the room was really nice. Plenty of space, comfy bed, tv and kettle. The only issue was the shower had a really low pressure head on so it was only a light spray which made hair washing very difficult, also there was no hairdryer in the room but with the shower being the way it was it would have been a bonus to actually get our hair wet enough to wash it! However, the showers in the spa were powerful so we used them after the pool as much as possible.

The pool area was great, really clean and nice and quiet. We actually had the pool, Jacuzzi and sauna to ourselves both days. As previously stated the showers were really good, there was a decent changing area with hairdryers too. Only issue was on the 2nd day, the hot water had been turned off for maintenance and didn't come on til over 2 hours later than it should so it meant our showers were freezing cold after swimming.

The breakfast was really nice, plenty of choice of cereals, croissants, jams and juice etc. Cooked breakfast was really nice although better on the first day than the 2nd.

The bar area and patio was lovely to sit in and had an amazing view of the coast. The drinks from the bar were quite expensive though (£12 for a pint of fosters, an ameretto and a bag of peanuts!) so we only stayed for half an hour.

All in all I would definitely use this hotel again if I found another good deal as its a bit pricey to pay full price to stay here, the location is perfect, straight onto the beach from the back garden and only a 5 minute walk to the town.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed 23 April 2013

We booked two nights for two people with groupon for £100. There were no standard rooms available so we had to upgrade to a sea view room for £20 per night extra.

We were very glad we did. The view from our room was stunning and it made the trip. We feel that if it hadn't been for the view we would have been very disapointed with the hotel.

The room was clean and comfortable but was like a blast from the 1980's. Cheap orange pine furniture finished the look off nicely. The shower, despite looking like an ancient relic, worked very well. The bedroom doors were not at all soundproof - the couple along the corridor from us sounded like they were having a great weekend.

The dated feel continues throughout the hotel, carpets in the gym area being very threadbare in places.

Sitting in the conservatory for a drink gives stunning views also, but I noticed spiders and webs on the frames.

The garden is lovely and well kept, and the hotel has access to the beach via steep steps.

The breakfast was ok. My other half had a full english breakfast which he said was lovely. As a vegetarian my options for hot breakfast ware limited to baked beans and grilled tomatoes. Coffee was good and hot.

Staff seemed sparse. We seemed to have to wait where ever we needed attention, be it reception, bar, breakfast room or pool. That said, staff were all lovely, no complaints there.

We found it strange that there was a charge for towels in the pool, so took the towel from the room. The pool and jacuzzi were lovely. The sauna a bit old and creaky.

Overall, we would definitely stay here again, but only in a sea view room. This hotel without the view wouldn't feel like a treat.

Room Tip: Definitely choose a sea view room. It's not worth it otherwise.
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank sara30
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Reviewed 22 April 2013

We have just come back from 2 night stay at the Grand and I must say that we enjoyed it in every aspect.
After spending a week at the Hilton in London for a week at Easter with our teenagers this was a much needed weekend break for me and my husband, the staff were very friendly, efficient and helpful throughout our stay.
The room 111 was clean and bright with a balcony looking over the bay, if you can this is a must do for staying at the Grand. I only have 2 negative points and that is that the floorboards creak a lot around the hotel but it's what you expect with a hotel of this age and that the kettles in the room could do with a descale!! I must just mention 2 of the members of staff who we spent time with, Andrew the bar man was really chatty and friendly and Bridget one of the waitresses was very attentive aswel so thank you both for making our stay a bit extra special. The food was amazing both in the bar and the restaurant, the pool, spa pool and sauna were amazing aswel. We were the only 2 people in there both times we went down to the leisure facilities, I do think you need to update your website and paperwork though as there is no steam room!! It was lovely to go to sleep and wake up to the sound of the sea, we had the balcony doors open a little bit to make the most of the sound. We will be returning for our wedding anniversary in July but hopefully for a bit longer as I didn't want to leave yesterday to come home. Thank you all for such a lovely stay in the very Grand Hotel

Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
Thank Kelly T
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Reviewed 20 April 2013

Despite small hiccough on arrival when the second guest name had been entered on the booking lists rather than my own, the rest of the stay went very well. Lovely clean, comfortable rooms with wonderful view across the bay, good food and efficient friendly service. Bar meal good. Breakfast service was a little chaotic - I was served my boiled eggs but had eaten them by the time the toast arrived - but the food was good nonetheless. Would recommend as an excellent base for touring the Isle of Purbeck.

Room Tip: In this location you have to request a sea view room!
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Marie E
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Lindsay B, General Manager at Grand Hotel Swanage, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2013

Thank you for your comments

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Reviewed 17 April 2013

Just returned from a 3 night stay. No complaints whatsoever. Service first class and very friendly
Athough the Hotel could maybe benefit from a little updating. it has charm unequalled by many more modern hotels.The sweeping staircase and the large leaded light window at the front all add to the ambience of the place. We will definately return

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank EFFEMM9
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Lindsay B, Manager at Grand Hotel Swanage, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2013

We appreciate your comments and look forward to your return visit with us. Thank you.

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