We visit Poole a couple of times each year, and have always stayed at the Holiday Inn Express, but decided to try here for a change.
Asked on booking for a top floor room with a view of the bay and got what we asked for. Downside though was that ain't a lift so the stairs were a bit of a challenge but we coped. On checking in we were offered help with our luggage, must be starting to look old!
As ever the twin was spacious, clean and well presented. No air con but a very good freestanding fan was welcome. Enjoyed bird watching over the bay whilst waiting for the wife to get ready!
Had breakfast every morning in the adjoining Table Table restaurant, staff here were quick, polite and nothing was too much trouble. I would imagine that the breakfast service is a less enjoyable experience at busy times and weekends, but we were very impressed with it all............although it was an "all you can eat" deal it was a bit pricey, but a good start to the day. We did not try the restaurant at night, it did appear to be popular and busy, despite the World Cup and the long sunny evenings.
The hotel sits alongside a busy dual carriageway and there was some traffic noise, but nothing too disruptive to sleep. I must say that we never heard any noise from within the hotel itself. It was a good 15/20 minute walk into the centre of Poole, but we tended to drive, park and walk as we know the town well.
We enjoyed a fabulous few days, the weather was great, and we enjoyed visiting Swanage, Christchurch and Bournemouth.
I cannot envisage going back to the Holiday Inn Express which has lost some of its allure lately. The last time we went it was very busy, and dominated by a coach load of Welsh pensioners and was only slightly cheaper than the Premier Inn deal we got this time. We will look forward to our next visit to Poole and this Premier Inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Catch the ferry to Brownsea Island or head over to Sandbanks from this stunning harbourside location ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Premier Inn Poole Centre (Holes Bay) Hotel Poole
- Premier Inn Poole Centre (Holes Bay) Hotel Dorset