Sandbanks Hotel is in an idyllic location. The beach directly in front of the hotel is glorious - I forgot England had such wonderful beaches to offer. It helped that we stayed over on a sunny day.
We were a last minute booking, having stopped over at Poole unexpectedly and had no plans.
The service was very pleasant behind reception, on the terrace and at breakfast. The breakfast was good, though nothing special. the food on the Terrace likewise. the views make up for it though, so the overall experience was memorable (in a good way).
The rooms were less so. Large enough, but tired and a bit dated. The bed was reasonably comfy.
The shower was quite powerful but the shower head kept drooping, so that was a pain.
There was a lot of painting and touching up going on inside (strange time to do this - a busy, hot weekend), but I hope they go a step further and replace the stained carpets (and the awful pictures on the walls).
So, would I go back?
On balance, it was a pleasant stay and I wouldn't mind staying again, but I'd probably want to check out the competition.
- 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