If you are looking for that special place to impress your loved one and want luxury then read the reviews before you go so you are under no illusion.I booked this as a treat but was greatly disappointed. I can imagine that back in the 60's and 70' and earlier The Grand was the hotel for the discerning. Sadly i have to agree with the other reviewers. There is a limit to how long you can keep dressing up the past. Once the owners realise this and start charging suitable prices relevant to the quality then we will be assured what we are getting. The advertising material is misleading and overstated. Even at £50.00 special offer i still feel it was overpriced. I too would have walked out if i was paying anymore. Thats probably why they take a non refundable deposit.
Single? then you will probably be put in the smallest room on the 3rd floor I've ever seen, you hit your head when standing up to try and see the sea view which is obscured by the hotel name sign, thats after the pidgeons move from their nesting place.
Twin 2nd floor sea view very dated, lovely view but uncomfortable bed and cold. Double 1st floor over entrance - noisy and pokey.
The radiators went off at night. Woke up shivering. The hot water was cold in the morning.
Breakfast 1st class, good choice and tasty, service with a smile. Lovely view. Bar areas refurbished and lovely conservatory to look out across the bay. You will struggle to find a carpark space at busy times and have to walk some distance. Appears the staff have priority. The staff however are the best asset to this hotel. Indoor plunge pool and spa and gym adequate for a quick dip but not for relaxing or indulging. A seaside Hotel suitable for those with young family as own beach access. Hopefully with the income from the sale of the new beach huts this hotel will get its badly needed refurbishment.
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Swanage Isle Of Purbeck