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Hotel Prince Regent
Ranked #4 of 22 Hotels in Weymouth
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 January 2014

My Mother and I have just returned from a 4 night break at the Regent Hotel. What an impressive building and though Daish's have obviously to bring it up to their standards, they have already started, all with the very minimum of disruption. We hope that Visitors will realise that the lack of upgrading was due to the previous owners, and not the fault of Daish's, who will soon have a real success on their hands, knowing their reputation. The self-serve breakfasts were of a good quality and variety and the Evening Meals always had a choice of two main Courses and were very well cooked and presented by very pleasant Staff. We felt that the Staff gave a feeling that they want the Hotel to be a real winner. We and some of Family are looking forward to returning later this year to enjoy the delights.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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10  Thank Lainey152
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Reviewed 17 January 2014

Our annual visit to The Inglewood Hotel in Torquay with two coaches of friends from Bristol was cancelled due to the ceiling collapsing. Instead we were booked in to the Russell Hotel & the Prince Regent Hotel in Weymouth.
My first thought was that this is a hotel used by Majestic. When we arrived we found out that Daish’s had taken over the both hotels since late December. This being our favourite holiday Company, we were more than pleased.
We were given Room 117, an executive, sea view room in the Prince Regent and were more than happy. The room was very spacious and lots of wardrobe space and included an iron, ironing board and hairdryer. The bathroom with shower only, was big and we even had a sink each. There were lovely fluffy bath sheets that actually fit around your body!! My parents had an even bigger room, with settee in room 107.
There were teething troubles in both hotels, some people not having hot water. The boiler broke down whilst we were there but it was quickly sorted.
The breakfast was self-service and plenty to choose from, cereals, fresh fruit, full English and plenty of tea/coffee and toast, served by our friendly waiter Matt. The evening meals were a bit hit and miss and could be improved.
It was so cold in the Prince Regent Ballroom; we went to the Russell Hotel for entertainment, which is a short walk through the corridor.
We all look forward to re-visiting these hotels in the future.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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8  Thank di44
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

we have just returned from a coach trip to this hotel and had a excellent experience.
The staff were very friendly and the services they provided from morning till night was very enjoyable and we would defently return.
The hotel accommodation was excellent and very spacious.

Room Tip: A2 basement room we stopped in and it included a walk in shower in the bathroom
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank janicesymonds
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

My partner and I stayed the week before Christmas on a dinner b&b deal.I have stayed here many times before and always, always receive a warm welcome.This occasion was no exception, many remembered my partner from a previous visit when we both stayed together and that was most appreciated.
As the hotel was not too busy we were upgraded, at no extra cost, to a sea view room and again that was most appreciated.As always the service, food and atmosphere was first class.It was a pleasure to be back, almost like being at home.
I hope the new owners will offer an equally good service and maintain the hotel as a superior establishment which is held in high regard not only by its regular guests and hard working staff but by the local community.

Room Tip: The best hotel in Weymouth.
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Davieboy
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Reviewed 24 December 2013

For what was a premier hotel in its time around 20 years ago, I don't think a penny has been spent on it since. This hotel is massively impressive from the outside, standing as a large Georgian hotel in the middle of the esplanade overlooking the gorgeous view of the Weymouth beach and sea. All I can say is that I'm pleased we only paid £45.00 for a double room at the back to include breakfast, which was a special rate for the Christmas Dinner Dance we attended at the weekend.

The room was awful (Room 116). The windows were mouldy and very drafty, the bed was the worst I'd ever slept on. It was solid and lumpy and looked years old, and sounded like you were sleeping in a bag of crisps with the waterproof sheet under a thin cheap sheet. The valance round the bottom of the bed had a huge green stain on it. Goodness knows what that was! I didn't fancy doing a close inspection. The pillows were awful. They were so thin I needed 3 of them. They'd obviously not been replaced in years. Even the bedside lamps didn't match. The arm chair in the room was grubby looking and the fixtures and fittings all looked old and tired, with the exception of a lovely modern LED main light fitting, which looked very out of place. The wall paper was coming off the walls in parts and the bathroom didn't look like it had been properly cleaned in years.

There was mould around the shower cubicle corners and between the sliding doors. The glass shelf above the sink wasn't fixed to the wall properly so everything you put on it all slid off. The loo roll holder also wasn't fixed to the wall properly so every time you pulled some paper from the roll, the roll feel on the floor. The loo seat also slipped around when you sat on it, and there was brown straight hair on the floor that definitely wasn't from my blonde head of curls! The thin plain net at the obscure bathroom window didn't give much privacy either, considering we had the smokers veranda and table and chairs outside our room.

Room 116 is quite a noisy room because all the smokers gathered outside, so not for those who sleep lightly or are sensitive to swearing festive revellers we had outside there that night.

The only saving grace was the staff. They were friendly and very helpful and quite obviously very embarrassed at the state the hotel was in when we commented on it on the way out. It's well known locally that the Hotel Prince Regent has been up for sale for some 18 monhs to a year, and had just been sold that day. Hopefully someone has bought it who are going to inject a few million into it, to get it back to its former glory. In the right hands and with a fair bit of money spent on it this could be an amazing hotel as its full of character and original Georgian features. It was sad to see it so run down. How they ever get the advertised amounts of £80 - £120 per room I don't know. I'd say £45.00 that we paid was way more realistic. I would have really kicked up if we'd paid more.

The breakfast was outstanding and beautiful cooked, and the waitress we had was really lovely but again the dining area was tired and dated. The tea was awful. Definitely a cheap tea as it was tasteless. I like my tea in the morning to taste and look like a teabag has been in the pot!

All in all a very disappointing stay at just a regal looking hotel. We're locals so wouldn't have stayed if it weren't for the Christmas Do we were at. Will probably try another hotel next year if we go to the do again.

Room Tip: Don't go in Room 116. Our friends stayed in Room 106 and theirs was no better. Both rooms were...
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank Ju_Lee007
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Reviewed 19 December 2013

We stayed in mid-December for a weekend break.
What really was the icing on the cake was the friendliness and helpfulness of all the staff, who could not do enough to help us.
The hotel accommodation far exceeded our expectation given the price paid.
The bedroom was spacious and well equipped with lots of storage space, although a full-height wardrobe could be added as a bonus. The sea view rooms with balconies were excellent.
The food was good, again given the price we paid was spectacular.
It is only a shortish walk to town as well and right opposite the seafront.
I can't wait to return.

  • Stayed: December 2013
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1  Thank fatbox4544
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

Given that the Hotel is more expensive than the Russell Hotel, which is next door, is owned by the same group and shares facilities, we expected more of The Prince Regent. Having stayed a number of times at the Russell Hotel next door, we thought a change was called for and booked The Prince Regent in the spring, before the Hotel chain went into administration. Such a pity really, the Prince Regent was obviously "the place" at one time but now needs some serious TLC. Light bulbs need replacing everywhere, the dining room ceiling needs a coat of paint, carpets need replaced, nothing major just a lack of ongoing care.
Our room to be fair was fine, slightly better decor than rooms at The Russell, but again it lacked TLC, light bulbs missing, grubby tiles, worn furniture. Everything that should work in the room did, it was warm and the double glazing cut down the traffic noise (we had a sea view room which overlooks the main road) and so had comfortable nights sleep.
The restaurant staff were very polite and efficient, especially serving dinner, and the food was very tasty and varied. Breakfast is buffet and this was where things didn't run so smoothly as without fail something would run out and diners needed to prompt staff to replenish the buffet trays. A well run buffet does not consistently run out of food, staff should spot when trays are running low and replace them. The food however was again very good, extremely tasty bacon and mushrooms, top marks to the kitchen. We booked a Turkey & Tinsel break but soon discovered that all festive entertainment was held in The Russell Hotel, we might just as well have booked into The Russell in the first place.
As tight as parking is at The Russell its spacious compared to the Prince Regent, just as well we didn't need the car because once it was manoeuvred into place it was staying there!
Disabled guests will find that as there is no lift from the car park, you will have to gain access via The Russell Hotel, so you might just as well book in there! Entertainment in The Russell was fine, the usual quiz, bingo and then a musical act, but decent seats are at a premium.
Anyway I'm drifting into reviewing The Russell rather than The Prince Regent.
Lets hope the new owners restore this tired old man to his former glory.

Room Tip: Get a sea view room
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Barby305Wales
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Address: 139 The Esplanade, Weymouth DT4 7NR, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Weymouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 22 Hotels in Weymouth
Price Range: £27 - £91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Prince Regent 3*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Prince Regent is an attractive seafront property on Weymouth's historic esplanade with views across Weymouth Bay and the craggy Dorset Jurassic coastline beyond. The Hotel Prince Regent is regarded by many as the leading Weymouth seaside hotel. It's perfect for singles, couples and family holidays alike. It was purpose-built in classic Georgian style, but inside you'll see we've moved with the times and offer comfortable accommodation with free Wi-Fi access in all bedrooms and public areas. And with nightly performances in our beautiful Georgian ballroom - fully restored at a cost of nearly £100,000 - you'll always be entertained. Families are well catered for, with guest accommodation that can sleep up to five people. We are handily located close to the town centre, which is a 10 minute stroll along the seafront. With a sandy beach on the doorstep, this is the perfect spot for a traditional seaside break. Guests return time after time because of our high standards, seafront location, proximity to Weymouth town centre and great facilities. ... more   less 
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Regent Weymouth
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