We had a lovely stay for one night. Paid extra for sea view and say that this is a MUST! The view is the most fabulous, I have seen for ages. We were in room 304 which is in fact one of the rooms shown in a previous reviewers photograph. The only downside to the room is that we were too warm up there, even in February with the radiator off and the windows fully open. It wasn't till the next day that we discovered the portable fan in the cupboard. I'm not sure why this room gets so hot. Maybe it's because it is on the third floor, in the eaves. The room was comfortably furnished and well appointed.
I must mention Alan on reception. He is fairly new to the hotel, I believe. He was helpful and efficient. He answered all our queries and also got the bedside light bulb replaced almost immediately after he was told.
I think the major draw of this hotel is its location. It is literally a stone's throw from the sea and small beach.( just lean out of the window, aim carefully and throw!) If you like to hear the crash of the sea against the rocks/shore , then you won't be disappointed. Some people have mentioned the regular clunking noises of the chain ferry and this is true. However, it stops at 11.10pm during low season and in the morning I was too taken aback by the beauty of the morning sunrise over the sea, to notice the noise. Maybe I was getting used to it! I think it adds to the charm of the place actually.
Leisure facilities were great. Relaxing. We even did a few lengths of the outside pool!
Breakfast buffet excellent.
All staff friendly and extremely polite.
Would I return? MOST DEFINITELY.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Haven Hotel is a luxurious four-star spa hideaway. Perched at the tip of the exclusive Sandbanks peninsula in Poole and surrounded by sea and sand. With direct access to seven miles of beaches and just a couple of steps away from Purbeck over the Shell Bay chain ferry. It’s your gateway to South Coast adventure. Featuring elegant and spaciously designed bedrooms with modern creature comforts. Many of which offer ocean view balconies, so that you can embrace the sea air in your pyjamas. We believe that these naturally beautiful surroundings deserve food that’s a little special. La Roche at the Haven Hotel offers an ambient place to dine. Highly acclaimed by locals and recognised for first-class service and exceptional quality with two prestigious AA-Rosettes. Maintained by the talent and skill of Head Chef Jason Hornbuckle. When the Sandbanks sun shines, our terrace is an enviable spot for alfresco dining. You can literally hear the waves crashing as you recline with a glass of wine. Relaxation is often thought of as a luxury; at the Haven Spa we think it’s a necessity. Haven Spa is a sanctuary to unwind your mind and come to your senses. Stroll from the indoor hydrotherapy pools to the chic outdoor heated pool, complete with sea view Jacuzzi and sun lounger area. Allow yourself the luxury of a spa pampering, performed by our highly experienced and friendly therapists. We’ve chosen VOYA seaweed products to relax, beautify and rejuvenate our guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Haven Poole
- Haven Hotel Poole
- The Haven Hotel Poole, Dorset