This was my 1st trip to the New Forest, a few days away from work with Bobby (my Jack Russell). This hotel took me back to my 1980s childhood, but not in a fashionable retro way. Besides bed linen, towels and telly, everything else in my single room was broken or stained. Room was clean, but not serviced at all during my 2 night stay.
The AA pet friendly guide states the hotel has been in the same family for 40 years. 40 years ago it probably was a high quality hotel, but now, Robin, the proprietor, needs to either spend around £40k on a refurbishment or slash his room rates by more than half, otherwise he's bound to go bust (unless mugs like me continue to book last minute without checking on here first!). Only 8/9 of the 23 rooms were occupied during my stay (counting breakfast tables). I was charged £85 per night for a single room! I'm not snobby, I just would expect some sprinkling of luxury for that money. My room was worth around £35 p/n, and in that price bracket it would be excellent, he'd probably fill the hotel too.
Food - Breakfast was very good, but dinner was an even worse rip off. The shabby, drab dining room with mediocre food, and menu with only a few choices was charging top London prices. I had a starter as my main (no vegetarian main course options available, though on checking out I was told there were - pity they weren't on the menu and that the waitress didn't know about them) I was charged £15 for half a dozen factory made (likely frozen) goats cheese and chutney tartlets with a handful of salad leaves. Food is supposedly local but doesn't carry the New Forest Marque logo for food and products produced in the New Forest, which leaves me suspicious as it is well used elsewhere. I highly recommend eating out at The Rose & Crown 10 minutes walk away, food, service and atmosphere make R&C excellent value for money.
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- Watersplash Hotel Brockenhurst
- The Watersplash Hotel Brockenhurst, New Forest National Park