After trying unsuccessfully to find any reviews of this little gem, I admit I did panic when all I could find were some newspaper stories of disgruntled pensioners staying here!!
My 13 year old daughter and I stayed here with a coach party of , I must say, mostly pensioners but I can only find words of praise.
The hotel is in a great location on the sea front at Weymouth, which really is an old fashioned British seaside resort. It is convenient to the train station from where we travelled 4 stops to Wool station and then a short taxi ride to the fantastic Monkey World.
The public transport is great and again local busses stop nearby and there is also the land train along the front which can take you in a few minutes to the Weymouth Sea Life Centre. Try and get some cut price entry tickets if you can as it is £17 entry .
Back to the hotel...I have not found another small family run hotel which is so well cared for. You would be very hard pressed to find a speck of dust or a chip out of any paintwork. The friendly owners really take pride in their hotel and can usually be found cooking or hosting the evening entertainment. This was normally a fun quiz, a short bingo session followed by a professional act in the lounge bar.We enjoyed the early evening entertainment, and believe me we never play bingo at home!!
All the staff were polite, friendly and proffesional, all smiling and generally happy which in itself is nothing short of a miracle in most British resorts. This must be a reflection of a good management team. The room was bright and comfortable.
The meal arrangements..... I am the first to admit I was a little taken back on arrival to find fixed meal times 6pm for Dinner and 8.30am for Breakfast. Meal choices also have to be ordered in advance. However, this system works like a dream! The food is hot, fresh and very tasty with no worries about anything in particular not being available . We soon got into the swing of things.
We were very lucky as the weather was sunny except for one afternoon of rain. There are plenty of shops and the whole resort is being spruced up as it is to be used as one of the main venues for the 2010 London Olympics. Should you be in need of some wet weather entertainment , venture to the old harbour and Brewers Quay. It is on the site of an old brewery and now home to a great selection of small shops and also the Time Walk which is a story of Weymouth's history told by walking through a series of historical scenes it was very enjoyable and we learnt a lot! The tour also takes you through the remains of the old brewery with a chance to taste some of the original ales brewed there. There are also plenty of cafes and small restaurants in and around the building.
All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our week , and found the locals very friendly and helpful especially as the Tourist Information Centre on the seafront seemed to keep some rather erratic opening hours.Local busses can also take you to nearby Abbottsbury village to the swannery, childrens farm and sub tropical gardens or to Lyme Regis or Poole.
Try a stay in Weymouth and indeed at the Berkeley, go with an open mind and you will be surprised how much you will enjoy a British break there. We would most certainly return.
- Also Known As:
- The Berkeley Hotel Weymouth, Dorset