We booked this hotel well in advance in order to be able to visit the International Autojumble at Beaulieu, as most hotels in the area seem to be full (the Boat Show is on at Southampton same week end!) and have had to stay as far afield as Southampton in the past.
On arrival we were very pleasantly surprised. The Hotel is right on the river, opposite a park, check in was friendly and immediate and although a wedding party was expected, we managed to find two car parking spaces in the car park.
Our three bed apartment was perfect for our requirements. We had decided to eat dinner and breakfasts in the dining room, albeit facilities for self catering were very good. We did keep ourselves supplied with tea, coffee nibbles etc., but had we been staying for more than two nights, would have availed ourselves of this well equipped kitchen area.
The style was modern, comfortable, looked nearly new, and very clean.
The only draw back was the twin bed room although having a roof window, was, extremely hot and airless. This was an obvious problem as a fan was strategically placed but too noisy to have on all night.
Another negative, (but as we were family not too disruptive,) two bedrooms had to share a bathroom, only one en suite.
Loads of fresh towels, (no tea towels though) usual toiletries (not too keen personally on choice,of these) bath robes, slippers.
The food was very good indeed, however the staff did get it wrong a couple of times with the menu choices, and our first meal was delayed, but this was soon rectified without us making any comment, by offering free coffees and liqueurs! Which frankly they did not have to do, but was a refreshing change!
Our only gripe about the dining room, was it is not sectioned off enough from the very busy bar area, and with live music too loud, it was very difficult to have a conversation.
Added to which the decor and flooring did not lend itself to intimate dining.
There was a wedding party at the hotel and the noise from the terrace beneath was
quite bad up to the apartment until about 2 a.m.
We did not use the spa facilities but the pool probably described as a hydrotherapy size pool.
However, we all decided that we would stay again, as it is such a good location for exploring the beautiful surrounding area.
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- Also Known As:
- Captains Hotel Christchurch
- The Captains Hotel
- The Captain's Club Hotel Christchurch, Dorset