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Grand Hotel Swanage
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Swanage
Dorchester
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191 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 290 helpful votes
“Another VERY ENJOYABLE visit.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2014

For my full impressions of this delightful hotel please read my previous review, I am pleased to advise that the same standards are still as immaculate in all respects.

My Wife and I have just returned from a supurb lunch, the friendly and efficient service, the food, the comfort, and the general ambience were all absolutely perfect, and of course the wonderful vista of Swanage Bay.

Before closing I must mention and thank the Chef for "something special". For her desert my Wife chose 'sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce' only to be advised that unfortunately the butterscotch sauce was out of stock and she elected to have the pudding served with ice cream instead..........imagine her delight and suprise when it was served: the pudding, the ice cream, in a pool of butterscotch sauce! and the waiter's comment "Chef has made it especially for you" He or She deserves a medal 'cause it made her day!..........THANK YOU.

Exceptional! The Grand Hotel is just that! EXCEPTIONAL!!!!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

Booked a last minute break with a groupon voucher. We found the staff very welcoming and helpful. Glad we took the advice from other reviewers to upgrade to a sea view. The stormy seas were amazing. Fantastic breakfast except for poor quality sausages. Opted for the smoked haddock on second morning which was excellent. Can't wait to come back.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2014

we had a great stay at the grand.our room had a fantastic view of swanage and the bay.
breakfast was served to us with a good selection of hot and cold dishes.
the staff were first class and very helpful to us.
we ate in the restaurant on both nights as swanage seemed to close early? the meals were
well cooked and nicely presented.
the spa was all we expected and fine
we can recommend the grand as a comfortable and relaxing stay and would return with no
problem when we are in swanage again.

Room Tip: pay extra for that sea view!
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank kevin g
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2014

My girlfriend and I decided to have a short break to shake off the January blues! We are both young full time workers from just down the road in Bournemouth but just wanted to step off the rollercoaster of the city. We found The Grand Hotel at a great price for just one night with breakfast so we booked it. Travelled here on a Tusday,stayed the night and spent the Wednesday exploring Durlston country park and castle which is just a mile or two up the road with amazing views and walks if thats what you fancy. The Grand Hotel has lots of character, a little tired looking but its nice to visit these kind of hotels and nice there are still some around, beats your everyday lifeless travel lodge hands down! Everything was clean and tidy, food was satisfying, the staff were very pleasant and always smiling,and a very nice welcome on arrival and departure from the front desk. We had access to the leisure club downstairs too so managed to have a swim in the fairly small pool and soak in the bubbling jakuzi. It was just all so nice and peaceful but that is the time of year as there was not too many people about. Would like to come again!
Mr T and Miss D.

Room Tip: Sea View! Higher rooms tend to have the pigeons singing on your windowsill in the mornning!
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank glennytee
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Haslemere, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2014

The hotel is a little dated but this just adds to the charm. It is in a great location with stunning views of the sea, beach and town. It is around a 15 min walk to the town centre either along the beach or road, if you take the beach option you will need to ascend or descend a long flight of steps. The staff are very helpful and friendly and the breakfast service was vas very good, nothing was too much trouble.

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2014

We stayed in mid January for a weekend. Lovely welcome from all the staff. Clean comfortable room. Great to have a pool, gym & sauna. Only faults were poor quality sausages & a very weak shower. We got a great deal & would go back.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank judyger2014
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Bridport
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13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2014

We took advantage of a special offer at The Grand as we wanted to do a bit of walking in the Purbecks. The walking was great, scenery spectacular, and The Grand Hotel was the icing on the cake. Maybe it's a bit dated and the joints are a bit creaky but the staff more than make up for it. Without exception they were polite, attentive and efficient. We had intended to eat out but there wasn't much open elsewhere in Swanage and the bar restaurant menu looked OK so we thought we'd risk it. It's not The Ivy but perfectly adequate and hard to beat as regards value for money. Service was excellent. The bed was comfortable and everything was very clean. I didn't sleep well but that was more down to the torrential rain and the fact we like to have a window open. I did think the creaky floorboards from the room above would keep me awake but it wasn't the case. The bathroom was dated but the shower in the bath was hot and powerful. Breakfast was Very good - some of the best kippers I've had, and the poached egg was runny (easy thing to overcook!). And the views from the dining room - just beautiful. We'll be back!

The one criticism? The spa. What was there was adequate although the sauna felt like it was built in the 1970s. But the opening times? It closed at 6pm and didn't open again until after breakfast had finished at 9.30am. Not terribly useful for the average active guest I would have thought.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Grand Hotel Swanage
Address: Burlington Road, Swanage BH19 1LU, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Isle of Purbeck > Swanage
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Swanage
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Grand Hotel Swanage 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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