We stayed in January with teenage children. The location is outstanding and the views from the sea facing rooms are great.This is probably our 7th or 8th visit, we keep going back as we love the beach and the easy access for long walks etc. However, the rooms are variable, some are good, but barely 4 star in some cases, so if you are given a poor room I would ask to change.
The restaurant unfortunately has little atmosphere, its a large hotel dining room. When its full it can be noisy, but when its quiet it is just dull. The food has varied from excellent to poor. Always enjoy the breakfasts, but this year there seemed to be a shortage of staff as it was more like a holiday camp with tables left uncleared and no tea/coffee etc.
Avoid in the school holidays if you don't have young children as sadly they are allowed to dominate the hotel and run riot, whilst the entertainment is totally geared towards kids too. I think this is a hotel that trades on its location , but really needs to decide who it is catering for. The prices are high for the service and quality provided.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perched in one of England's most enviable seaside locations, the Sandbanks Hotel is a relaxed and affordable holiday destination. With direct access to the world-famous sandbanks beach - seven miles of prestigious blue flag awarded sand to get between your toes! Our popular beach-side terrace area is a place to recline with a glass of wine.Featuring well-appointed rooms that have been designed for comfort and relaxation. Many boasting either sea views or outlooks across Poole harbour. We're sure you'll agree that when it comes to family holidays, it's best to keep everybody happy. Mum, dad, teenagers, toddlers and everyone in between all need their own piece of holiday heaven. The Sandbanks Hotel is a fun filled staycation location for family seaside holidays. With dedicated children's entertainment during school holidays, an exciting programme of activities and adventure with the Watersports Academy - there are more opportunities for mum and dad to find some relaxation time. Our Seaview Restaurant boasts celebrated chefs and an enviable sea view. Helmed by Head Chef, Wayne Joyce and his commitment for creating good food with local ingredients inspired by our wonderful location. When you need a rest from building sandcastles, Sandbanks Beach Club is the perfect spot for a summertime bite. Located on the terrace, it's an easy option for lunch and dinner. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sandbanks Poole
- Poole Sandbanks
- Hotel Poole Sandbanks
- Sandbanks Hotel Poole, Dorset
- Hotel Sandbanks