I stayed here as part of a group over a bank holiday in May. We booked a premier room and were given a ground floor room. This was very poorly furnished with dated decor, curtains hanging off the rails, wallpaper peeling off the wall, a saggy bed and the wardrobe door hanging on one hinge. The carpet was dirty, there was dust on the lampshades, bedside cabinets etc.
My main concern was the electrical systems. There were very few sockets for hair dryers etc. The radiators were not working but there was a very odd wire leading from the wall to the radiator and the odd arrangement of loose wires below the heated towel rail in the bathroom looked dangerous. The shower was just a trickle and there was no hot water one evening.
The food was extremely poor- the combination of spinach and feta goujons with sweet chilli sauce demonstrates why Greek/Oriental fusion food is likely to be recognised as one of the worlds top cuisines. The smoked haddock with cheese sauce was one of the worst dishes I have ever eaten and the fresh fruit salad contained tinned fruit. The hotel had a very limited wine list with most not available. On the Saturday night a member of staff had to go to a local supermarket to buy dry white wine. There was a limited choice of drinks in the bar with no gin available .
There was a gas leak whilst we were dining. The hotel moved our table to another part of the room away from the gas leak, complete with our own crumbs and dirty glasses. After that, a radiator falling of the wall was just seen as comical.
The hotel is in a fantastic location and is an attractive building. It could be a wonderful place to stay. However, in it's current dirty, badly maintained state with poor food and service I could not recommend that anyone stay here.
I have left it until now to write this review as I had written to the manager and, to be fair, received a prompt reply. He claimed the lack of cleaning was an oversight. However, reading other reviews, it appears that this is not the case.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An independently owned hotel, which is perfectly located within the heart of the New Forest and only a very short stroll from Brockenhurst Village. Built originally in the late 19th century to serve as a vicarage, our sprawling mock tudor hotel is being retouched with a tasteful blend of contemporary and traditional style to complement the impressive building and its outstanding location.The New Forest is a haven for walkers and cyclists, many of whom manage glimpses of fast-vanishing deer, wild ponies and wandering cattle or catch the soft sounds of the elusive New Forest cicada.We offer guests an English countryside getaway with helpful and considerate service, tranquil gardens, exquisite locally sourced food, including a truly great Sunday Lunch, combined with a real sense of relaxation. We would be delighted to welcome you to our hotel in the New Forest where our animal friendly staff will ensure your 'best friend' is treated as well as you are. With excellent links to the A35, the Forest Park Hotel is the perfect location for a romantic retreat, leisure activity, corporate event or business travel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Forest Park Brockenhurst
- Hotel Forest Park
- Forest Park Hotel Brockenhurst, New Forest