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“Grand Hotel Swanage” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Grand Hotel Swanage
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Swanage
East Grinstead, United Kingdom
1 review
“Grand Hotel Swanage”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2014

Hotel/rooms better than expected - shower needs a bit of TLC. Hotel could mention steps leading down to sea front which were very useful.
Food in bar was excellent. Good choice and good value. Breakfast cooked to order. Staff very helpful.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank r l g
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Lindfield, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2014

This hotel felt warm and friendly , a very English ,sea side feel , it needed a little updating , but not too much or it would loose its charm . Our room was fine though the bathroom was small , the meals we had were first rate and the staff were charming and helpful. Views from the hotel were lovely and the lounge was large and comfortable. We will visit again !
PS the lift went bump every time it stopped !

Room Tip: Sea View would be nice .
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Heather B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014

As above, the restaurant was very good, service & food also. Everything a bit jaded but overall a pleasant stay we would come again. The hotels location is very good, we had a sea view well worth the extra money.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank joneve
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014

This is pretty much what I expect from a british seaside hotel.

Clearly it's not quite the hotel it would have been 20-30 years ago but it's clean, warm and has plenty of character (and characters). the breakfast was good although a bit hit and miss as to what would be on the plate and the bar area was warm and welcoming.

The rooms varied in size and decor (there were 3 couples in our party) they were all clean and had great sea views.

We walked up the road to the Pines and that had the feeling of an Rest Home so of the two I was delighted we chose the Grand.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Shawks1
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Hampshire, UK
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93 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2014

Spent one night here on a LivingSocial deal, we were fortunate in having a sea facing room on the 3rd floor. Although the room was on the small side it was comfortable and clean with an amazing view of the bay. We enjoyed a drink in the bar but this was spoilt by a group of men holding a religious meeting in the corner and they seemed intent on speaking very loudly and their views were not very pleasant and quite unpleasant to listen to. They were very judgemental about other religions which I found offensive and do not think a public venue is the right place to hold this sort of gathering. The drink prices were not bad for a hotel and the staff were all very friendly. We did use the swimming pool which was in the basement but is on the same level as the garden so you do still get views of the sea. The running machines all face the sea and would be a great place to excercise as you can gaze out at the view. We did have dinner here but not in the Restaurant as the menu was quite limited and nothing on in we fancied. We had the bar meal but the tables in the bar are too low to eat off so when I asked they allowed us to eat in the Restaurant. As the hotel is not very busy I don't know why they don't let you order from either menu in the restaurant as it all comes from the same kitchen and is served by the same people. The walk down to the beach is a bit steep and we were a bit puffed out on the way back up. The hotel is in a lovely old building with a great feature staircase but the lift, although tiny, is available for those not walking to walk. Our breakfast was very nice with plenty of choice, I liked that we could order what we wanted rather than just help ourselves, but there is a small buffet area which has the fruit, bread, jams, cereals etc. It would be nice if they could also include the tea and coffee on this table as the cups are quite small and they don't come round offering refills and you have to ask. Unfortunately the conservatory was out of use due to the storm damage and we are planning on going back in the summer for afternoon tea so we can experience it as it looks such a nice place. If you are looking for a hotel in Swanage this is very good but it about 15 minutes walk to get into town. There is a very small car park here but not enough spaces so we parked on the road. Not a problem at this time of year but in summer it might be difficult to get a space nearby.

Room Tip: Try to avoid rooms near the lift as it is very noisy - if you can afford it pay for the sea view.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank FluffyFiFi
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Noosa, Australia
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42 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2014

Stayed one night in the cheapest room. It was very good for the style of hotel. Comfortable with all of the amenities you would expect. Room size was good and the bathroom though not modern, large. Being February the hotel was not full. Service was good and the bar area comfortable with a fire. The view over the bay was worth the stay.
Breakfast was very good and what I needed. Would certainly recommend it for a stay in Swanage.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank bh256tr
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uk
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34 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014

Visited relatives staying here. Arrived at 4pm and could hardly get through the door as the place was absolutely rammed with people listening to booming blues band as part of blues festival. The place was suffocatingly hot and very smelly due to poor ventilation. Couldn't sit and talk quietly in bar as so noisy and not enough chairs as all taken by music fans. Tried to walk through crowd up the stairs and felt like a nuisance even though they were blocking stairs by sitting on them. Relatives' room very shabby and poorly cleaned - tea all down chest of drawers and marks on wall and lampshades. This hotel needs a lot of cash and effort injected into it by its outward appearance. Had distinctly lacklustre meal in cold, dark restaurant and couldn't get out if there quickly enough.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank GokUK
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Property: Grand Hotel Swanage
Address: Burlington Road, Swanage BH19 1LU, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Isle of Purbeck > Swanage
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Swanage
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Grand Hotel Swanage 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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