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Reviewed 9 May 2012

Stopped here for two nights recently. The position of the hotel is fantastic, just a short walk from Sandbanks beach. Check in was extremely friendly and efficient. Our room, although small, was cozy,clean and had fabulous views over Poole harbour and a small balcony. Complimentary bottled water is provided. We had breakfast and dinner in the restaurant on both days. Dinner the first night was faultless, with very good, attentive service. Breakfast the following morning seemed disorganised somehow. Our order was taken and my full English duly arrived minus the beans! This was easily rectified after a quick word. Dinner that evening again seemed slightly disorganised. My husband ordered the soup of the day which the waitress told us was tomato, my husbands favourite. When it arrived she said "chef changed the soup and it is now aubergine!". My husband didn't like that so he had to wait for a different starter to be prepared. The following morning at breakfast our order was taken again. This time mine arrived minus the sausage! I didn't bother saying anything, the waitress seemed to be doing the best she could but there is obviously a communication problem somewhere along the line. We ordered a newspaper both days but only received it on the one day. All in all, we would go back to this hotel but the F & B side of things needs to be looked at. The food itself was wonderful, it just all seemed a bit disorganised and chaotic.

Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
2  Thank flumpray
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Reviewed 30 April 2012

We needed somewhere to hold the 'wake' after the funeral of a close relative. We had about 35 family members coming after the service. We needed some quiet space in which to chat, share our thoughts and memories and of course replenish our ourselves. With the guidance of Anna in Sales, who was very efficient and understanding, we booked the full afternoon tea presented as a buffet. Even though we were booking at very short notice, she and the chef tailored the food and drinks to meet our particular needs and provided us with everything for which we had asked in a a very tasteful way. The room although large was arranged so that we were not lost in it but were congregated at the end with the fantastic view of Poole Harbour. The members of staff who were assigned to our function were most helpful and friendly. The hotel threw in the use of a projector and screen so that by bringing a laptop along we were able to enjoy a slideshow of old family pictures that we had scanned in from various albums.

Whilst it was an event that we would all rather hadn't been necessary the hotel could not have done more to make it a pleasant one. We hope to return under happier circumstances and would not hesitate to use the this facility again or to recommend it to anyone else.

Room Tip: Didn't stay here this time but the really outstanding feature of this hotel is the view. So given the choice I would opt for a room with harbour views.
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Thank BournemouthSkipper
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Reviewed 25 April 2012

We stayed for 2 nights at the Harbour Heights, Sandbanks over a weekend in early March. We prebooked on line using laterooms.com. It may be a mistake to prepay because I've a feeling they put these bookings in the smallest / worst rooms. I telephoned a couple of days before arrival to ask for a quiet room.

On arrival we were given a room with a side sea view (even though we hadn't paid for a sea view). The room was quite small but OK for just 2 nights. Fabulous views from the window looking out of the side of the hotel to Poole Harbour. Unfortunately, we were awoken at 6.55am on both mornings by the cleaner entering the cleaning cupboard opposite our room and bashing around in there, clinking bottles and being generally noisy. We were also kept awake / awoken by the people in the room next to us. You could hear them going to the toilet - paper thin walls. When looking at the fire escape plan we noted that the room we were in appeared to have thinner partition walls on the plan compared to some other rooms. Looks like our room was one large one split into two.

We ate dinner in the restaurant on one night and it was very good, but quite expensive. The bar snacks are much cheaper, but quite a small menu choice. The breakfasts were excellent, again with wonderful views to the harbour.

I complained at checkout about being woken at 6.55am both mornings and the paper thin walls, particularly as we'd telephoned to specifically request a quiet room. The manageress offered to upgrade us to a sea view room with free cream tea should we stay at the hotel again. She also said she would speak to housekeeping about keeping the noise down first thing.

The hotel is in a great location just up the hill from Sandbanks beach and the harbour.

Room Tip: Check you aren't in a room with a partition wall, make sure it's an original wall. Otherwise the walls are paper thin and you can hear everything!
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank MrandMrsSunseeker
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

We stayed at the hotel for a couple of nights mid week and had been promised a room with a view and what a view!! The room was very large with a huge comfy bed the bathroom could do with some updating with weird closing doors but that was made up by the view from our window. We could have also done with a balcony or floor to ceiling windows as well. The location is ideal for a stroll down into Sandbanks and the beach itself. We ate in the restaurant on the first night and had no complaint, very good service and again an amazing view! Breakfast was good though my husband did feel the cooked breakfast portions could have been larger! Second night there was a wedding - people do get married on Thursdays so the hotel was noisy well after mid night and as our room was on the first floor unfortunately we both went to sleep with the sound of the bass. My advise is to check when you book and if there is a wedding to ask for a room further along away from the reception. The staff on reception were surprised when I told them that the music went on past midnight and apologised. We would certainly go back there again. Oh and if you park your car in the bottom car park dont park it under the trees our car was a favourite with the resident pigeons!!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank marye985
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Reviewed 13 April 2012

the hotel is lovely, a little tired around some edges perhaps, but spotlessly clean and the hotel team are superb.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank jagtravellerCheshire
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