We took advantage of a special offer at The Grand as we wanted to do a bit of walking in the Purbecks. The walking was great, scenery spectacular, and The Grand Hotel was the icing on the cake. Maybe it's a bit dated and the joints are a bit creaky but the staff more than make up for it. Without exception they were polite, attentive and efficient. We had intended to eat out but there wasn't much open elsewhere in Swanage and the bar restaurant menu looked OK so we thought we'd risk it. It's not The Ivy but perfectly adequate and hard to beat as regards value for money. Service was excellent. The bed was comfortable and everything was very clean. I didn't sleep well but that was more down to the torrential rain and the fact we like to have a window open. I did think the creaky floorboards from the room above would keep me awake but it wasn't the case. The bathroom was dated but the shower in the bath was hot and powerful. Breakfast was Very good - some of the best kippers I've had, and the poached egg was runny (easy thing to overcook!). And the views from the dining room - just beautiful. We'll be back!
The one criticism? The spa. What was there was adequate although the sauna felt like it was built in the 1970s. But the opening times? It closed at 6pm and didn't open again until after breakfast had finished at 9.30am. Not terribly useful for the average active guest I would have thought.
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Swanage Isle Of Purbeck