We happend across this Hotel after arriving in Poole at 5.30pm booked into another place which was so dire we refused to stay there and had to find something quick. We walked past the Hotel du Vin as it looked far too 'posh' and way out of our league. The reception staff however were more than welcoming and said they had one room left which they could do as a bed and breakfast rate for us as it was one of the disabled rooms. We said we would try a few more places and maybe come back - but after going to the next B&B which was as dire as first one we looked at, we hot-footed it back to the hotel du vin.
The room was excellent, super comfy bed, soft towels and bathrobes & devine bathroom products. Also usual kettle etc. but also cafetiere and nice coffee and milk in a bottle and there were premium magazines to read in the room.
As this room was adapted for disabled customers there was a wet room rather than a bath but this was great, loads of room and the shower was hot and powerful.
The room was on the ground floor and because of disabled access next to both the dining room and car park, which meant when we came back from town at night we could access the room without going through hotel - i would ask for this room again.
There was valet parking thrown in, so i just left my car outside and picked it up in morning. The only problem i found with this hotel is getting to it - this part of Poole has lots of small, cobbled streets that are one way or dead ends. Once we found the hotel (on foot), it took me another 20 minutes to work out how to get the car there and did several laps of the sea front. I would reccomend instructions/map from staff first.
Restaurant and bar areas were fab, lots of comfy sofas and chairs in the bar and a quiet reading type of area behind bar, which looked cosy. Outside there was plenty of seating underneath a sail-type of covering - all very contemporary. The dining room was clean and modern and the staff excellent. We looked at dinner menu, which was a printed sheet and looked like it is changed daily, but as a veggie there wasnt quite enough to interest me - the restaurant was however packed when we walked past later, so it must be popular with guests and locals.
Breakfast was delicious. A combination of quality cereals, cakes, fruit and yoghurt with different toppings, toast, proper juice and my partner had a english cooked breakfast. We both left well stuffed.
Overall, it was a fab stay in a beautiful old building which has character but is modern and tasteful. . We couldnt afford a week here - it cost us just over £100 B&B for the one night - but was worth it and would definitly recommend it for a special occasion.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Formerly the Mansion House Hotel, situated close to Poole Quay, Hotel du Vin will open in the Summer of 2008 offering 38 bedrooms and suites, trademark bistro, bar and two meeting/dining rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mansion House Poole
- Hotel Du Vin Poole Dorset