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“Good Value - Pub-like Hotel”
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Forest Park Hotel
Ranked #11 of 11 Hotels in Brockenhurst
Portsmouth
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Good Value - Pub-like Hotel”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

We took advantage of a £99 voucher which was for 2 nights plus breakfast. We arrived early and found a room all ready for us - unfortunately it was a double and we had booked a Twin - so after a visit down to a very friendly Receptionist they gave us another room which was about 50% larger that the Double, had 3 Armchairs and plenty of space for everything. The Radiator was not operating but there was a fan heater in the wardrobe which kept us warm. The grouting in the Bathroom could do with some whitening -The room overlooked a somewhat soggy garden, but that was'nt really the Hotels fault. The Dining room was shut on our first evening and as we didn't want to go out, I asked in a lovely wooden-bveamed bar, if they could make us a sandwich or something similar and - oh joy!! they produced a very welcome all-day breakfast. The one complaint I have about this (and many other) Hotel is the lighting. Both my Husband and I - being very elderly!! - like to sit and read in the evenings - especially sitting in bed. The new "better-for-the-environment" bulbs are just not good enough especially the way a lot of bed-side lamps are situated - so take a book with large printing
The staff were all very friendly and helpful and I would happily have stayed longer

Room Tip: There is no lift!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

Fabulous location, but... the hotel is in need of some TLC. Carpets are threadbare, bathroom and towels were shabby, bed was rock hard and extremely uncomfortable.
Breakfast was plentiful, but had obviously been sitting on a hotplate for some time. I like my bacon crispy, but not so much that I lose teeth when eating it.
Staff were friendly and helpful, but not particularly attentive, particularly in the restaurant where you could be waiting for quite some time to be seated.

Having said all that, there were some positives. With a special offer voucher, it was good value. The room was a good size and warm, and I'm sure the grounds would be lovely in the summer, the bar prices were very reasonable and the real ale was very well kept.

We enjoyed our trip to the New Forest, but wouldn't stay at the Forest Park Hotel again, nor would we recommend it.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dorset
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed January 27, 2013

We stayed at the Forest Park Hotel for 1 night for a friend's wedding, and wouldn't have wanted to stay any longer! The hotel is in a lovely location but is very old fashioned and shabby.

As we started getting ready we realised there was no hot water so had to change rooms, staff weren't particularly apologetic. There were squashed flies in the roller blinds and the shower in the second room, whilst hot, had very little pressure. The bed was very hard, although the room was warm and had a nice view. There was also a fire exit door in the room which worried me slightly in terms of security!

Breakfast was OK, I ordered scrambled eggs which came with a lot of pepper so I left it - personal preference maybe. Options were limited, particularly in terms of continental options. We didn't try dinner.

Overall we were disappointed with what we got for £60 for a night. We both felt with a big refurb it could be a lovely hotel.

Room Tip: Rooms at the front don't have double glazing and are cold!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bristol
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Reviewed January 8, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for a night after attending a wedding in the area and the hotel was beautifully located and the staff were very helpful. The decor was a little old fashioned but we were served a really nice breakfast in the morning and enjoyed some drinks in the lovely garden.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 6, 2013

I booked a long weekend at this hotel for my partners birthday in November 2012. Once booked, i then went online and read the reviews...... was very worried to say the least!!

Arrived to a beautiful open fire in the reception area, and a friendly member of staff. We were quickly given our keys to the very large double room. Okay, so the hotel does need a wee bit of refurbishment but I thought that the dated decor kind of added to the rustic charm of the place!!

The location is good, nice cosy bar, helpful staff and the breakfast was amazing!! There is plenty of parking as there is added parking round the back of the hotel, not just the spaces at the front of the building.

The bed was comfy even if the headboard did bang a bit but to be fair, a pillow sorted that problem out. The toilet in the en-suit was comical as it made quite a strange noise when flushed but didn't cause us any offence!!

There is a lovely little main street about 5 minute walk from the hotel which is handy if you need any supplies to take back to the hotel (we smuggled a Chinese takeaway back on our first night there)!

So all in all, the hotel isn't as bad as all the horrific reviews on here and we do plan on going back in a couple of months. I do wander what the hell people expect for their money because I thought it was definitely value for money!

Room Tip: We stayed in Room 3 which I will be requesting again next time we stay :-)
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2013

Everything you ever imagined the worst hotel could be - The Forest Park has it all!... Appalling room. Dirty damp patches all over ceiling and walls. Mildew around 1970's bath and shower tiles. Broken furniture. exceptionally uncomfortable pre-historic bed with shabby ancient linen. No sound proofing. No sleep! No central heating in room, just a dangerous portable electric heater. Dirty towels. Unusuable shower with zero water pressure. Unhygenic, shabby public areas. Horrible food. Breakfast - you'd better like a lot of oil with your sausage and bacon in the morning. Recommend you eat in the village. This place should cease trading until it cleans up its act. Redeeming feature - great location so you can escape the horrible property.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Yorkshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2013

Stayed at this hotel for an event. Based on the reviews on here we would never have booked it but it gets a bad press unfairly. Yes the place is in need of maintenance, but at the prices they charge what do you want? Good location, nice little bar with real ale, and friendly helpful staff. Breakfast wasn't bad either.

Room Tip: Can't help you with that. Ours had a bit of damp and needed a refurb but was clean quiet and ple...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Forest Park Hotel
Address: Rhinefield Road, New Forest National Park Hampshire, Brockenhurst SO42 7ZG, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > New Forest National Park Hampshire > Brockenhurst
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 11 Hotels in Brockenhurst
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Forest Park Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An independently owned hotel, which is perfectly located within the heart of the New Forest and only a very short stroll from Brockenhurst Village. Built originally in the late 19th century to serve as a vicarage, our sprawling mock tudor hotel is being retouched with a tasteful blend of contemporary and traditional style to complement the impressive building and its outstanding location.The New Forest is a haven for walkers and cyclists, many of whom manage glimpses of fast-vanishing deer, wild ponies and wandering cattle or catch the soft sounds of the elusive New Forest cicada.We offer guests an English countryside getaway with helpful and considerate service, tranquil gardens, exquisite locally sourced food, including a truly great Sunday Lunch, combined with a real sense of relaxation. We would be delighted to welcome you to our hotel in the New Forest where our animal friendly staff will ensure your 'best friend' is treated as well as you are. With excellent links to the A35, the Forest Park Hotel is the perfect location for a romantic retreat, leisure activity, corporate event or business travel. ... more   less 
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