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Branksome Railway Hotel
Ranked #43 of 50 Poole B&B and Inns
Reviewed July 26, 2013

To be honest you can't complain. It's cheap! Has a bar downstairs with some great ales on tap, and a few fast food joints within a stones throw. Was there 3 days, and Lidel's is close so go grab a bite to eat and a bottle of wine and shut the door. Wallpaper needs attention. Stayed mid week and no disturbances. Car park at the rear also regular trains passing. Moody pregnant girl running it tho, off-putting. Manager's cool, reckon will be serving food under new management soon.

Room Tip: Weekdays are cheaper
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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5  Thank chazzo c
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

Used this place on a few occasions as a contractor, and I think the above title best describes it. Do not expect luxury, the rooms would all benefit from some money spending on them. Sky boxes they have, but no sky channels, just the basic from the box. Rooms can be very cold in Winter, and traffic noise is in abundance, bed was always clean. Nice pint in the bar, but not a place I would take my wife for a weekend in Poole, The stairs to the rooms could be a challenge for disabled/elderly. Well used in the week by contractors.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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3  Thank Yonmons
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Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

Found hotel on late rooms as we wanted a night away and we have a little dog so out options are limited. I read the reviews and considering the hotel room was quite cheaply priced I wasn't expecting too much. When we arrived though the room was massive compared to my expectations and it had a huge bathroom attached to it. The room was clean and the hotel seemed warm. The downside was that the wall paper did appear to be stuck on the wall with cellotape but to be honest that wasn't a deal breaker. The room offered tea making facilities and was very central so was perfect for a couple of days away. The pub downstairs was not noisy and I could hardly hear the trains despite overlooking the railway. I will definitely book this hotel again for a last minute cheap break away.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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1  Thank Natz07
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

On the plus side, my room was enormous for one person and very comfortable and there was plenty of tea and coffee in the room. It could have done with more effective heating though. The welcome was rather minimal and traffic noise on the busy main road outside made for early waking in the morning.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Thank Chris K
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

I was very happy at the Branksome Hotel. It was clean, there was a lot of light in the room and it was quite spacious for one person. Very good price and very central so it was easy to get around. I didn't have any problems with noise from the trains as others seemed to, only from the Pedestrian lights always ringing at certain points in the evening. Also liked the coffee/tea making facilities in the room. It was nice having a cup of coffee in the morning. Only thing I didn't like was that there was no food made in bar. Being there for three nights, I would have liked to spend an evening or two without having to go out to find somewhere to eat. But all in all, pretty happy!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Bi V
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

I really would not leave my pet dog in this hotel room for one night, it was damp, smelly, run down, and above all else filthy, the sheets and curtains were stained and the hotel staff were not to be found. Everything in this room was neglected both cleaning wise and repair wise. We eventually got a refund through laterooms.com who we booked it with, but were told we would only get it after we agreed to not write a reveiw on Tripadvisor, guess what, qi dont respond well to blackmail, AVOID THIS HOTEL LIKE THE PLAGUE, Its just not worth it.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Chris P
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

This hotel has it's good points and it's not so good points depending on who you are and why you are staying here. Some of the good points are; it is centrally located between Poole town centre and Bournemouth town centre on the main bus route and a 15 minute bus ride will have you in either town centre. Of course the downside is you are not in either town centre but on the main road between them so little by way of local ammenities bar a few take-a-ways and a bowling alley.

It is opposite a mainline railway station with easy connections to London, through the New Forest, Southampton, Winchester and Basingstoke. The other direction takes you straight through to Poole, Dorchester or Weymouth. Unfortunately the station is only accessable using stairs and isn't very inviting after dark so I wouldn't recommend heavy luggage, people with mobility problems or travel after dark.

The hotel is family run, the Dad seems to be an occasional odd-job man and the daughter actually manages the hotel and bar (when she's about that is). As previous reviewers have pointed out there is no real reception as such, booking in requires braving the locals in one of the two bars and joining the queue of those wanting drinks. This is very much a locals bar with the only real exception being long-stay building contractors who may frequent the bar Monday to Friday. Drinks are quite cheap for the area and the locals take full advantage of this.

Outside of the bedrooms the building and decor shows it's age as well as it's target market, it's rather dreary and aimed at the budget end of the budget market although this isn't totally reflected in the price. The bedrooms on the other hand have been refurbished since the 1970's and Sky TV is available.

The family employ their Alsatian dog for a bit of extra protection in the bars and unless you're a big fan of the breed it is possible to find the dog a bit intimidating but maybe not as intimidating as some of the drinkers.

I would recomend this hotel to any building contractor (they'll feel at home with most of the regulars in the bars) who needs to stay in the area, any train-spotters on a tight budget (the mainline goes past the car park and occassionally has a steam train running on it) and anyone looking for a bed for the night after attending the local beer festival in late October. I wouldn't recomend it to elderly couples or couples in general really, the stairs to the rooms are a challenge to the unfit and the locals are not really condusive to a romantic weekend.

It's more hostel than hotel

Room Tip: Rooms at the back are a bit quieter and stay out of the pub
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled solo
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3  Thank headmixer
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Address: 429 Poole Road, Poole BH12 1DQ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Poole
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Ranked #43 of 50 B&Bs / Inns in Poole
Number of rooms: 6
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Branksome Railway Hotel Poole, Dorset

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