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“sort of good, sort of could be better too” 3 of 5 stars
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The Antelope Hotel
3.0 of 5 Inn   |   8 High St, Poole BH15 1BP, England   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #25 of 51 Poole B&B and Inns
The UK
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“sort of good, sort of could be better too”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

I decided to stay here because I read the hotel had only just very recently been refurbished, and I was looking for somewhere clean and in a good location.

Well I can't fault the location, in the lovely old town, so I was happy about that.

First impressions were good - a very nice looking hotel/pub/restaurant, and first impressions of my room again good, nice decor, very tastful, and comfy bed too.

But there are some issues with the en suite room:

First, it was a windy night, and the draughts coming from the old style sash windows was just horrendous. Surely if this hotel was recently refurbished and especially at the start of winter, I would have thought adequate draught proofing in the rooms would have been fitted, or double glazing. Apparently not. Had to squeeze the armchair against the curtains in an attempt to stop the cold air, to no avail, so the radiator went on. But what a waste of heat. If that was my hotel, I would have installed draught proofing or double glazing for the guests comfort and to save on heating bills.

Secondly, the tiles low down on the wall in the en suite bathroom on the side of the toilet were covered in large pieces of white sticky tape. Hardly a refurbish, is it...

However, some better things:
the breakfast choice was excellent, it gets a bit tedious when faced with a full English all the time so it was good to have different cooked breakfasts for a change, and the coffee was nice too.
Staff on the whole helpful and friendly.

I would stay here again, but not in the winter time as I don't want to catch cold.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bredon
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

We had another lovely 2 night stay. The refurbishment is excellent and our xmas meal in the snug was superb. Breakfast very good too. Hope the heating is sorted now & thanks for the convector heater provided as our room was a bit cold! Looking forward to returning.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bath, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

My wife and I stayed for one night only late November 2013. the room was nicely fitted out albeit a bit tight on space. Beer good, breakfast excellent, all the staff very pleasant. we would definitely stay again

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Stayed 2 nights in a superior room (2), fabulous, hotel just off the sea front, newly re-furbished excellent job. breakfast hot and good choices.staff very friendly, Parked right outside the hotel. though you have to be gone by 9am, but was offered off street parking. all round highly recommended

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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OEIGK, Guest Relations Manager at The Antelope Hotel, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Thank you for your comments on The Antelope. We are glad you were so impressed with our refurbishment, and hope to see you again soon.
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Ruislip, United Kingdom
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Was a last minute booking and was a pleasant surprise, the hotel & pub had been recently refurbished. Our room was spacious and decorated to a high standard.

We ate in the restaurant and found the food to be excellent and great value for money, breakfast was lovely and freshly cooked!

The free parking was an added bonus, and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful, overall a lovely stay and would highly recommend

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Crawley, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

We decided to go to Poole by train, took around 20 minutes to walk to the Hotel. Reception staff were helpful and the room was ok for the price we paid. We used the bar and also had a meal both were vey good. Restaurant well laid out with some character. Breakfast was excellent with a great choice.

Room Tip: Away from the main street
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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OEIGK, Guest Relations Manager at The Antelope Hotel, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Thank you for your feedback, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope to see you again soon
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

The hotel has just had a refurb and it looks great! The staff are really enthusiastic about the new place and are obviously working very hard to make it work - they were all very cheerful and polite, and seemed to enjoy working together. Dinner in the evening was really nice - we had tapas the first night and I had the pork belly the second night - lovely! The room was fantastic for thr price, very clean (overlooked a takeaway but they can't really control the local businesses around them, can they?!) Breakfast in the morning was lovely in the morning as well. Can't reccommend it enough :-)

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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OEIGK, Guest Relations Manager at The Antelope Hotel, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Thank you for your positive comments on The Antelope, I will pass on your feedback to the rest of the staff. We hope to see you again soon.
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Additional Information about The Antelope Hotel

Address: 8 High St, Poole BH15 1BP, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Poole
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 51 B&Bs / Inns in Poole
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Antelope Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 21
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