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“Fabulous Funsters Panto at The Sandbanks Hotel”
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Sandbanks Hotel
Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Poole
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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“Fabulous Funsters Panto at The Sandbanks Hotel”
Reviewed 2 January 2014

Myself and my 2 young boys, recently attended the fantastic Christmas Panto at the Sandbanks Hotel. As soon as we arrive at the Hotel there was a lovely christmas atmosphere which was enhanced by the kind welcoming reception staff. We were informed that the panto would be starting shortly so made our way to magnificent ballroom, which had been decorated in a fun and creative manner, and which my kids commented on immediately. We took our seats and was warmed up by a very humerus MC, who was getting the crowd into the party spirit....oh no she wasn't!!!! When the Panto began it was immediately clear it was a professional and fun team, there was lots of crown interaction, including singing and dancing, the children in the room where particularly encouraged to join in, and even the shyest of children where soon singing along with the funsters team. The outfits and costumes where funny and vibrant and the music was toe tappingly catchy. All in all it was a very good panto, with good jokes and very good entertainment, I will definitely be taking my kids again next year and can highly recommend the hotel and the brilliant entertainment team.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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bognor regis
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

Have just returned from the 3 day Christmas Break at Sandbanks hotel and cannot praise this hotel enough . The position of the hotel right on the beach was lovely and our ground floor rooms looked out onto the beach . We had young children and a baby in our party and believe me nothing was too much trouble for the staff . They had two visits from Father Christmas - one Christmas Eve , one Christmas morning with really nice substantial presents , there was round the clock entertainment for the kids , including a pantomime . The food was amazing and just kept on coming ,masses of variety and very well cooked and presented , and if the kids didn't like it - they had their own buffet to choose from. Breakfast was superb.
Yes it was hectic in the bar on Boxing Day morning / lunchtime but this was due to the beautiful sunny weather and loads of non residents coming in for drinks . The hotel did actually set up a coffee/tea bar right on the beach to try and alleviate this problem .We met numerous people who go back year after year - surely this must speak for the quality ?
Had a really wonderful Christmas and would definitely go back .
G. Bowditch

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2014

We stayed as a family for 3 nights inc New Year's Eve.
I had read some positive and some negative reviews and can see where everyone is coming from.
Yes the hotel is a bit dated but it is clean and the rooms spacious and comfortable.
Considering they were fully booked during the period it never felt over crowded and the staff were excellent ,a real credit to the hotel especially the restaurant manager who seemed to be on duty 24//7 and always With a smile on his face.
The kids loved the hotel loads of organised activities.
But what makes the difference is the location just beautiful.
Go for a harbour view room with balcony it's a more interesting view than saeview.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2013

My partner and I booked a secret escape to this lovely hotel on sandbanks for a post Christmas refresh before work on Jan 2nd. The hotel is lovely, room was fab, two balconies overlooking the beach, nice big room with a side lounge/dressing room and big bathroom. Room was very well presented, the carpets were a bit on the dirty side from foot traffic in and out to the balconies.

The hotel was extremely busy, and I have to say, overrun with small screaming children and their loud shouty parents.

The receptionist was lovely, the bar and restaurant staff seemed a little challenged by the sheer
volume of people, it was like mid summer!
We only ate breakfast and it was not an enjoyable experience. Packed, tepid food, a scrum to get to the toaster, long wait for the pastries.

We did enjoy our short stay and we found the hotel to be good value at the secret escape price, I am glad we didn't pay full price as the breakfast experience let the whole thing down.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Staffordshire
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

Flooded bathroom on the first night, bath filling up with water from blocked pipes. No room for residents in the restaurant (which actually was a result as we found Harry's bistro and loch fyne restaurant close by) Kids running around everywhere and the bed was so uncomfortable that you would have got your money back with a premier inn and to top it off the bar serving snacks was advising that there was a 25 minute delay on tea and coffees as they had nobody to make them, a joke! No it was the truth, Michael Mckintyre would have a complete shows worth he had stayed here, never again!

  • Stayed December 2013
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

We spent 4 days here including the Christmas period. Our booked accommodation was a de luxe double room. with balcony. In fact we had a lovely suite which appeared to have been completely refurbished together with a long balcony and containing everything that you would expect to find in a 5 star hotel. The staff were truly exceptional, friendly, professional and
most of all always looking for more ways to take care of us. Located on Sandbanks beach it is as perfect as you can get for a holiday hotel by the sea. The weather was for the most part awful
but it didn`t matter such was the comfort and consideration we found. All in all e had a most relaxing Christmas holiday looked after by the most attentive and considerate staff.

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Poole, Dorset
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

Attempted to have a coffee here on Boxing Day. It was a beautiful day so thought we would sit on the terrace. It was quite busy at the bar when we ordered at 12.00. We were told it was a 20 minute wait. We were still waiting for our order 45 minutes later. They seemed to only have one waiter bringing the drinks out - he was having trouble finding the tables that had ordered. It was chaotic at the bar and they were obviously struggling to cope. We had had enough so asked for a refund. This also seemed to be a problem. When they managed to sort this out, I was handed my card with no apology. I was really annoyed by now with their attitude and mentioned it to bar manager who struggled to apologise and only did so after I prompted him. Not good enough Sandbanks Hotel!!!!

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Sandbanks Hotel
Address: 15 Banks Road, Poole BH13 7PS, England (Formerly FJB Collection - The Sandbanks)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Poole
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Poole
#4 Luxury Hotel in Poole
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Sandbanks Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 116
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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