We stayed at Sandbanks Hotel in a family room with our 2 young boys – the room had plenty of space, and a side room (cell?) contained a bunk bed for the kids. Our room was missing the fridge, that was mentioned on the room amenities...it would of been handy to have one. There was a sofa area and balcony, which did provide a lovely view onto the beach. Although, we were situated next door to the room that held the kids club and entertainment in the evening, and yes, we could it all from our up until around 11pm.
Through out the hotel it is finished to a nice standard, especially so the terrace, which looks out onto the beautiful sandy beach, however the rooms themselves are tired and dated. The facilities, such as the pool, is much smaller then seen on the website, and it was often overcrowded. The gym, again was small, but we didn't use this facility. Our eldest did attend the kids club, which he loved, and won 'funster of the day', but we often found the noise from the kids games in the evening too much... The entertainers 'funsters' were always around, and all seem great (slightly annoying to us) for the kids!
We always arrived early for breakfast, so there was always plenty to choose from, and requests from the menu could be made with no waiting time. However, when we did arrive at 'rush hour' it was quite a different breakfast...the tables are arranged so that it's very difficult to walk through the dining area without asking a million times to be excused.
Dinner in the evening was a hit with the rest of the family (I'm vegetarian), and enjoyed by all, unfortunately, not the vegetarian as I was often eating the same/similar foods. There was always plenty of staff around, whether they knew what they were doing is another question...I think a lot of the staff did not have much experience, as we often found our questions being passed onto other members of staff, or them not fully understanding our requests.
A summary...great location – you have the beach, or harbour on the other side (kids will love the crabbing) – lots of families, so you don't have to worry about your kids being the noisy ones, but not up to the standard we expected, or saw from the website.
- Also Known As:
- Sandbanks Poole
- Hotel Poole Sandbanks
- Poole Sandbanks
- Sandbanks Hotel Poole
- Hotel Sandbanks
- Sandbanks Hotel Poole, Dorset
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Step off our terrace straight onto a Blue Flag beach with seven miles of golden sand! The perfect holiday destination for watersports, family fun or just relaxing by the sea. Situated next to Dorset’s beautiful Sandbanks beach this very special hotel is in an enviable location. ... more less
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