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“Lovely hotel”
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Balmer Lawn
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Brockenhurst
Certificate of Excellence
Canterbury, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Lovely hotel”
Reviewed February 24, 2014 via mobile

We stayed on a quiet February Sunday night and were lucky enough to be upgraded to a suite which was excellent - clean, comfortable, spacious with a nice forest view. Our evening meal was very quiet (only two other dinners) but the food & service were good. Breakfast was fine. We swam in the indoor pool, pleasant but quite small, not as good as some similar hotels we've stayed at. This was our second visit & I'm sure we'll be back, it's in such a great location.

  • Stayed February 2014
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HolmWick, General Manager at Balmer Lawn, responded to this review, February 28, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review about your stay. I am delighted to hear that you had a lovely relaxed time and you were pleased with or policy of complimentary upgrading guest rooms if possible. Unfortunately it cannot be helped that especially some of the off season times are very quiet in hotels. But this gives us also the chance to pay a little more special attention to the guests which are staying. Many thanks also for the good comments about our home made food. I look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.
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Reviewed February 18, 2014 via mobile

The windows in the pool need a good clean (and possible double glazing blown). Shelving brackets in the female changing rooms are rusty and there are a lor of grubby cracks in the changing rooms (especially toilet). Wood in the sauna is in need or replacement, breaking apart a bit. Hotel is lovely, just a shame about the leisure facilities.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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HolmWick, General Manager at Balmer Lawn, responded to this review, February 20, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write your review about your stay at the Balmer Lawn Hotel. Our leisure facilities are a great asset and very well received by our guests. We had identified the mentioned areas already in our regular reviews of our facilities and had already taken steps to alter mentioned items. The missing materials are now with the hotel and our maintenance team is already working on the various items. I do hope that you will visit us again very soon to see the changed facilities. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future.
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Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

Four of us stayed at the Balmer Lawn hotel on Sat 15th Feb to celebrate Valentines Day. Unfortunately they had a power cut in the evening that lasted nearly ten hours. Despite this adversity the staff went out of their way to make sure our stay was enjoyable. Obviously the kitchen was unable to cook our Valentines dinner, but all credit to the manager , Mr Wick, who sent out for hot take away food.

The evening was very enjoyable. The rooms were excellent . The breakfast the next morning was second to none.On checking out we were surprised and delighted to receive a full refund.I very much look forward to our next visit.

Once again we would like to thank Mr Wick and his staff for their kind attention and service extended to us.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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HolmWick, General Manager at Balmer Lawn, responded to this review, February 20, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write such a complimentary review on your visit to the Balmer Lawn. I am glad that you enjoyed your valentine’s day in a very different version in our hotel, unfortunately not as we had planned it. I am delighted to hear your comments about our great breakfast as well as our great staff. We could not have such good service levels at the hotel without our friendly, helpful staff. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future.
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 17, 2014 via mobile

We love the Balmer, the staff are always great and make the hotel. This break was a little different however, with the Storm on the Friday followed a power cut that last around 12 hours, the staff did not panic and offered to find rooms in nearby hotels, or you could stay if you wished, we stayed and ate out at the NewForest Inn which they recommended and was very good. We decided to stay an extra night and left Monday morning. On the Friday night we ate in the restaurant which was fabulous on the Sunday we ate in the bar which was equally as good. The pool facilities are always hood too.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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HolmWick, General Manager at Balmer Lawn, responded to this review, February 20, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review about your stay at the Balmer Lawn Hotel. I am delighted to hear that you had a lovely time even though the inconvenience of the power cut interfered with your stay. Many thanks for the complimentary comments about our great homemade food as well as our staff. I look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.
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dorset, england
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed February 17, 2014 via mobile

We stayed one night at Balmer Lawn, with our two sons aged 7,4. Generally the staff were helpful and courteous however a couple of minor issues detracted from the stay. On arrival we waited a considerable time (10mins) for the check in process to commence, as the only receptionist was busy on the phone. We were eventually checked in to room 56, a modern and spacious room with two double beds and a further double sofa bed. The view was limited across the rooftops of other hotel buildings. The swimming pool was nice although the changing room lights were not working, making changing my two boys difficult, I reported this but the following day they were still not working. The breakfast was good, hot and plentiful spoilt slightly by a couple of matters, on booking into the breakfast room the maître d' informed us we had not paid for breakfast in our room tariff, not only was this incorrect but potentially embarrassing. Considering its four star status it was also disappointing to have cheap paper napkins and no table table cloths.
Overall we enjoyed our stay and would consider staying again.

Stayed February 2014
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HolmWick, General Manager at Balmer Lawn, responded to this review, February 19, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your stay at the Balmer Lawn Hotel. I am really sorry to hear about your delayed check in procedure. We try our best to attend everybody in a reasonable time but sometimes the situation occur which can make this difficult. I am sure that my receptionist did acknowledge you when you entered the building.
It is unfortunate that we had problems with the changing rooms caused by the torrential rainfall. We were working on the issue for several days until we finally succeeded in fixing the problem. Everything is back in normal working order now.
We also prefer not to use table cloth in our restaurant as this lowers our impact on the environment. Our breakfast service is a more informal style. In order to match this we are using paper napkins instead of our formal fabric napkins.
I hope all of these little issues did not influence your stay to negative and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future again.
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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142 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed February 17, 2014

We stayed here on Valentine's weekend, and had a complimentary upgrade, the hotel is beautiful and in a fantastic setting.
What really made it for us though - we were unlucky enough to have an incident with a flood, near the hotel, two hours waist deep in water pushing our now ruined car out - and I must say the staff were so charming, helpful and most of all sympathetic! Didn't bat an eyelid when we had to leave the car there after we left, and so on.
Even after a small question about our bill (overcharged us for some drinks or something) they were extremely helpful/
What we saw of Brockenhurst and the New Forest is beautiful too,
Definitely be returning - in drier weather!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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HolmWick, General Manager at Balmer Lawn, responded to this review, February 19, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write a nice review about your stay at the Balmer Lawn Hotel. Sorry to hear about your car troubles but I am glad that we could be of service to ease the pain a little bit. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed the facilities of the hotel as far as you could and also complimentary commented on our ever so helpful staff. I look forward to welcoming you back soon in the near future.
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 14, 2014 via mobile

Just got home after a house hunting trip,and stayed two nights at The Balmer Lawn Hotel.

From the minute we arrived at reception,we were treated with kind and attentive service.The hotel is gorgeous,clean,comfortable and perfectly situated in the heart of The New Forest.

Our room was lovely,super views over the gardens.Bathroom was well stocked with fluffy towels and great smelling soaps and lotions and potions.

We ate in the restaurant on the first night.The food was amazing,breakfast the next morning was superb,a light supper in the bar was delicious.

So,back home,having brought home some extra kilos,but many happy memories,many thanks.



Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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HolmWick, General Manager at Balmer Lawn, responded to this review, February 19, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write such a complimentary review on your visit to the Balmer Lawn.

I am delighted to hear that you had such an amazing experience at Balmer Lawn Hotel and you enjoyed all the great facilities we can offer. Many thanks also for the complimentary comments about our good food. We look forward to seeing you back in the near future.
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Property: Balmer Lawn
Address: Lyndhurst Road, New Forest National Park Hampshire, Brockenhurst SO42 7ZB, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > New Forest National Park Hampshire > Brockenhurst
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Brockenhurst
#2 Luxury Hotel in Brockenhurst
#5 Family Hotel in Brockenhurst
#6 Romantic Hotel in Brockenhurst
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Balmer Lawn 4*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A good quality 4 Star Hotel & Spa set right in the heart of the beautiful New Forest National Park. We have extensive leisure facilities - indoor and outdoor pools, Jacuzzi, 6 Spa treatment rooms and relaxation area, tennis and squash courts and fully equipped gym. Beresford's our award winning restaurant with 2 AA Rosettes offers some of the finest locally sourced foods in the area. You can access the Forest directly from the hotel. We have 6 rooms suitable for private, wedding and conference/corporate use. The hotel is privately owned and managed and we pride ourselves on offering great service. Book directly with the hotel for the best rates and room allocations inclusive of a full English breakfast. ... more   less 
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