This is a century old hotel which is located in a fantastic position overlooking the bay of Swanage There is a large garden with benches and direct access to the beach via a long flight of steps. Our room 301 was quite near the lift so we had noise from that. In addition the small bathroom had a sloping ceiling so that you really had to mind your head when getting off the toilet!! If you are tall you really do not want to be allocated this room. The shower cubicle was very small and the tray very badly needed replacing, though the shower head was very good. Bedroom very small tho bed comfortable and whole room very clean. Breakfast was good - in a lovely dining room overlooking the sea, with hot food cooked to order. The loud female supervisor was rather sergeant major-ish but other staff we found very friendly and helpful.On our last day I ordered tea for one to drink in the lovely conservatory & it was £2- on a tray with nice cup & saucer - I drank 3 cups which I think must make it a real bargain ! We didn't try the restaurant as it was a bit nouveaux cuisine for us but plenty of places in the town. We had a fantastic 2 days as the weather was beautiful and we stayed all day on the beach - my husband even swam in the sea !. The gym was quite small and the pool ridiculously so - with a third of it being taken up by steps far too big for it but I had a little swim - if there were more than 2 people you couldn't! Parking on the hotel is extremely limited and we found we always had to park up the road, but apart from these few things we did have a lovely time.
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