We have stayed at this hotel a couple of times and not been disappointed. Both times we have stayed in the chalets and had dinner in the hotel restaurant. The chalets are well spaced out and in nice grounds. They are on two levels the ones on the upper levels are quieter however if you have young children be careful, because some of the balcony railings are lose, mother had a ground floor chalet and started feeding the ducks that wandered round the grounds, after a couple of days she had about a dozen of them visiting it made her holiday. The rooms light and roomy but some need a little bit of touching up of the paint work before they begin to look tired. The gardens are well kept, I am surprised the hotel do not open up the bar in the main building when the weather is nice and make the most of the gardens and the view of the river.
It is a short walk from the hotel to the Isle of white ferry for a day trip. It is also worth a trip into Lymington on a Saturday for the street market which runs up both sides of the high street. It is about a 25-30 min walk or you can take the train to Lymington town then it’s a 10 min walk. We tend to walk up one side go to one of the tea vans at the top of the hill for a drink then wander into the church yard where there are seats away from crowds, then down the other side to the fish and chip shop for a takeaway to eat down by the harbour.
The food at the hotel is excellent as is the service this is well run with an efficient manager Linda Love in charge. It a little more expensive in the main restaurant but then the surroundings and service make it worthwhile. The wine and drinks are overpriced but am getting used to that as all the hotels in the chain seem to be expensive for drinks. The breakfast is in the bar above the pool, and you can see it being prepared as you order it which is a nice addition, at times it gets very busy but staff seamed to appear from everywhere at one point to help out which was amusing to watch the confusion but added to the fun of they stay.
I have noticed that there are a few complaints about the credit card surcharges at MacDonald’s hotels on some trip advisor reviews. I to find it frustrating especially as a regular user of the group and have suggested on many occasions the put the room rates up £1 a night and drop the charge. However when you look at the company details RBS have an interest in the hotels and as everyone knows banks are always trying to fleece everyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the stunning Solent Coast, this New Forest hotel is only 15 minutes' walk from the nearby town of Lymington. Set in a manor house dating from 1820 and surrounded by 23 acres of private grounds, the Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort is the ideal venue for a weekend break or a romantic wedding in the Hampshire countryside. Swim in the indoor or seasonal outdoor pool, book in for a spa treatment, dine in the elegant Waterford Restaurant or simply relax in the spacious accommodation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel And Resort
- Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel Lymington
- Macdonald Elmers Court Lymington
- Elmers Court
- Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort Lymington, New Forest