I would agree with a lot of other reviews in saying that the Grand Hotel is not quite as "grand" as it obviously was . The decor does look rather tired and tatty in places but that said it did not detract from the enjoyment of our stay. The room we had did have a spectacular sea view and it was comfortable and clean. The dinner we had which was included in the package was good and the breakfast good with plenty of choice. However, the prices in the restaurant were prohibitive enough to ensure that we had our second evening meal in the bar where the prices are reasonable.
Overall I would recommend the hotel to others . We met the general manager who was, like all the other staff, very pleasant and professional. I would suggest however that a priority is made of renewing misted double glazing in the restaurant. There is not a lot of point in being able to boast of a restaurant with spectacular sea views when guests are struggling to see through condensation in the double glazed "picture" windows.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Hotel, Swanage is a classic Victorian seaside hotel that nestles in the heart of the beautiful Isle of Purbeck and dates back to 1898. It commands spectacular views across Swanage Bay and Peveril Point and many of the bedrooms and public areas take advantage of these delightful views. On summer days the garden is the perfect place to soak up the sun, whilst enjoying a refreshing glass of wine or dining Al Fresco. Stroll along our private sandy beach,which can be accessed directly from the garden. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Swanage Dorset