Myself and my husband were treated to a spa and dinner experience by a friend. First I should say that we tried to call ahead to advise of amendment but there was no reply for a long time so we gave up!! We arrived to find that the car park was completely full! We saw a couple of wedding cars at the door so assumed that there was a wedding function. As we walked through the doors we realised that there was in fact a wedding fayre taking place!! It took a few minutes at the reception desk before we could get any service. I think that if it was going to be busy that maybe they should have considered getting more staff!
We were shown to the swimming pool, gym and sauna-quite a conveluted trip around the hotel(maybe because of the wedding fayre?).
The pool was very nice with loungers and seats around it. There were lockers but no keys available. Towels were given to us and we set about getting changed etc. The sauna was as you would expect, the gym was adequate but the showers.......there was iron mould on the ceiling and to be honest the whole shower/toilet area could do with a bit of attention. Considering that this hotel is 4 star I was expecting better than this.
After leaving the leisure area we went to dinner, the dining area was lovely and spacious with everything laid out nicely. Lovely view over the sea and beach. The food was of excellent quality, it was a carvery meal and the meats were cooked to perfection and the portions were generous. The one lady serving was like a school dinner lady and didn't smile but the other lady was friendly.
There was a gentleman in the dining room moving tables etc, I assume that he was the restraunt manager, he was very pleasant and asked if we'd had a nice day etc. Drinks were brought over swifly, dirty plates cleared efficiently. No complaints about service at all (except for 'dinnerlady')
Overall a pleasant experience.
- 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
- Poole Sandbanks
- Hotel Poole Sandbanks
- Sandbanks Hotel Poole, Dorset
- Hotel Sandbanks