My partner & I were given, by a friend, a chance to stay in Sandbanks for what was probably the last really sunny weekend of the summer. Although we had a private apartment to stay in, on the Saturday night we went to the Beach Club at the Sandbanks Hotel for the evening.
Even with the night drawing in, sitting by the sea along this coast line was glorious for sundowners.
The public rooms in the hotel are smart & modern, though the front exterior is a bit haphazard in its appearance. The Beach Club is right were it should be, directly over looking the sandy beach with the waves below.
On this particular night, one lucky couple were using the hotel for their wedding. I'm sure they had a fabulous day. However, the impact of this one event on the service delivered was apparent. The Club bar seemed to be short staffed and service was extremely slow. Despite the hotel's rating, there wasn't any table service.
The food we ordered was fine for what was, essentially, a outside BBQ kitchen. Though the crab salad I ordered had several noticable pieces of shell in it.
After eating, with the night drawing in, we retired to the hotel bar. Again, service was slow, tables were not being cleared, so we did this ourselves. Our first, second & third choices of nightcaps were out of stock, so we didn't stay long.
On the whole pleasant but we left feeling let down. Perhaps our expectations had been too great, or am I being kind?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perched in one of England's most enviable seaside locations, the Sandbanks Hotel is a relaxed and affordable holiday destination. With direct access to the world-famous sandbanks beach - seven miles of prestigious blue flag awarded sand to get between your toes! Our popular beach-side terrace area is a place to recline with a glass of wine.Featuring well-appointed rooms that have been designed for comfort and relaxation. Many boasting either sea views or outlooks across Poole harbour. We're sure you'll agree that when it comes to family holidays, it's best to keep everybody happy. Mum, dad, teenagers, toddlers and everyone in between all need their own piece of holiday heaven. The Sandbanks Hotel is a fun filled staycation location for family seaside holidays. With dedicated children's entertainment during school holidays, an exciting programme of activities and adventure with the Watersports Academy - there are more opportunities for mum and dad to find some relaxation time. Our Seaview Restaurant boasts celebrated chefs and an enviable sea view. Helmed by Head Chef, Wayne Joyce and his commitment for creating good food with local ingredients inspired by our wonderful location. When you need a rest from building sandcastles, Sandbanks Beach Club is the perfect spot for a summertime bite. Located on the terrace, it's an easy option for lunch and dinner. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sandbanks Poole
- Hotel Poole Sandbanks
- Poole Sandbanks
- Sandbanks Hotel Poole, Dorset
- Hotel Sandbanks