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“Mid-week Lunch at the Harbour Heights Hotel”

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Harbour Heights Hotel
Ranked #3 of 13 Hotels in Poole
Certificate of Excellence
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
65 hotel reviews
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“Mid-week Lunch at the Harbour Heights Hotel”
Reviewed 1 May 2013

During April a friend and I went to lunch at the hotel and as it was a really nice day we sat outside. The views over Poole Harbour were spectacular and it was a nice area to eat in although mobile phones were going off around us.
We ordered wine to start with and it took ages to turn up and only did so after we went to the bar to complain. The waitress's were then over attentive and different ones kept asking us the same questions. However, the food was excellent and worth paying the premium for the surroundings.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Basingstoke, England, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2013

My husband took me to this hotel for a two night break in March 2013 to celebrate my birthday. We had a wonderful time and could not fault a thing! The room was spacious, clean and very well equipped with a large bathroom. We had a balcony which overlooked the wonderful Poole harbour and Brownsea Island and the weather was kind to us so we really appreciated the views. The staff were friendly and helpful - nothing was too much trouble. We would certainly recommend this hotel and we will be returning again sometime hopefully soon!!

Room Tip: We had a room with a balcony which was definitely worth the extra money!
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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South Wales
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Reviewed 29 April 2013

We had a room, (207), with sea-view and balcony overlooking Poole and Sandbanks. A wonderful view and worth every penny. Room was excellent as were the staff. Bathroom was gurt lush, especially the spa bath. Car parking was a bit tight but we always managed to get in.

The full English breakfasts were pretty good. There were plenty of other choices, served by helpful staff. The only down side was the smoked haddock which seemed to have little taste to it, but we both had recently had colds and chest infections so taste might have been our problem. The chef may need to learn to toast the bread for slightly longer but other than that nothing was too much of a problem for them.

Why only 'very good' and not 'excellent'? Well, excellence is hard to come by but this was very good, which at £220 per night, was what we were expecting.

We would return for another treat in the future.

Room Tip: If you can afford it then go for the sea views.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Haslemere
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20 reviews
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Reviewed 24 April 2013

Went for a Groupon weekend. Everything about the booking was fine. Very nice hotel and nice room although inland facing - we were offered an upgrade to a sea view room when I requested it but didn't want to pay a further £45.00 per night. Nowhere to eat in the evening within walking distance that we could find so had to take a taxi into Poole - £11.00. Had dinner in the Thai restaurant in Poole on Friday night and Karma in Poole on Saturday night - both very very good. Mentioned to reception that the fish tank in the restaurant was very dirty - poor fish! The very nice lady there said she would mention it to someone as there is a guy that comes in to look after it - not very well in my opinion. One other very very small niggle - the toiletries were horrible and very few of them - which is not a bad thing since they were not nice. We have stayed in hotels for the past three weekends (we are spoiling ourselves) and have I have taken the toiletries when leaving - but definitely not these ones - they are yuk!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Taunton
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2013

I recently visited this hotel for afternoon tea with a group of girlfriends. We too had a Groupon deal and thought it was wonderful value for money. Each pair had two rounds of sandwiches, two scones and three other cakes each, together with a glass of champagne and pot of tea. there was more than enough for the 8 of us one of whom had a gluten free plate of goodies which was amazing. The staff were friendly and very helpful, we certainly weren't made to feel like second class citizens like previous reviewers have. I could not recommend this hotel enough.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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FJBHotels, Public Relations Manager at Harbour Heights Hotel, responded to this review, 26 April 2013
Thank you for such a positive comment Satisfied1, we are very happy that you enjoyed your champagne afternoon tea with us, and thank you for your kind comment about our staff. We are looking forward to welcoming you again soon.
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Fareham
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2013

I purchased a deal for this hotel on Groupon and was disappointed by the fact that when you tried to phone up and book they clearly had plenty of spaces available but nothing half decent if you were on a Groupon. Indeed I was made to feel like a second class citizen and told that the only room available was on Sunday night. Groupon refused to refund my money, and I have been left feeling ripped off.

Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Birmingham,
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Reviewed 17 April 2013 via mobile

Booked a groupon deal. Turned up half an hour early, greeted very professionally and shown to a lovely table overlooking the bay. Unfortunately the weather was dull and windy so we were unable to sit outside. It would have been great to have been able to take advantage of the fabulous views from the terrace. The champagne came quickly, followed by the food a few minutes later. We were not given a choice of teas or sandwiches . We didn't ask so don't know what the answer would have been. Anyway the sandwiches , scones and cakes were very nice indeed. Would go again on a deal.

Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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FJBHotels, Public Relations Manager at Harbour Heights Hotel, responded to this review, 22 April 2013
Thank you for such a positive comment norrisBirmingham, we are very glad that you enjoyed your champagne and afternoon tea with us. Hopefully the weather will be more pleasant in time for your next visit!
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Property: Harbour Heights Hotel
Address: 73 Haven Road, Poole BH13 7LW, England (Formerly FJB Collection - Harbour Heights)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Poole
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Poole
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Poole
#4 Romantic Hotel in Poole
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Harbour Heights Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whether you're retreating for romance or overnighting on business. Harbour Heights offers boutique and stylish surroundings, paired with panoramic outlooks over Poole Harbour and beyond. Every bedroom is carefully designed for comfort with premium vi-spring beds and jacuzzi spa baths to bubble away in. Many also boast harbour views with balconies to watch the world float by. We want our guests to experience exceptional food in beautiful surroundings. To do justice to the view, Harbar Bistro offers two AA Rosette Awarded cuisine, maintained by Head Chef Loic Gratadoux. When the weather's welcoming, bask in the sunshine with a glass of champagne or light lunch on the terrace overlooking the magical harbour islands. The Harbour Heights Hotel is located just a short stroll away from the prestigious Sandbanks beach and stunning Poole Harbour. ... more   less 
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