The "fun prevention officer" and myself stayed at the Fairhaven from the 12th to the 15th August 2013. We were part of a large coach party, the majority of whom were pensioners. The remainder of hotel guests also appeared to be of a "certain age" although a few younger families were also resident. My personal opinion is that the hotel would suit the older generation more due to the type of entertainment provided which was of the 70's "club singer" type. I don't say this as a slight against the acts that were on, who were very good, merely that I don't feel they would appeal to the younger end. The concert room is a bit featureless and could do with a bit of a revamp and there is a bit of a premium on the drinks, however it was fit for purpose with regards to our party.
Our room was situated at the back of the hotel and was compact, ( being charitable), but it was clean (although it could do with a new carpet), and as we were hardly in it I have no real issues. Some of our party had rooms overlooking the front, which although they had the better views, there were a few complaints about excessive noise from outside during the course of the night.
The service in the hotel was excellent, especially in the restaurant, where the staff were predominantly Spanish, and the food was excellent throughout our stay. This view was echoed by all our group.
The hotel itself is nicely situated with the beach, (which is cleaned daily), directly across the road. The shops are nearby and there are plenty of good local pubs at the back of the hotel. As you turn right from the hotel it's just a few minutes walk to the harbour which is very scenic and we found it highly entertaing to watch the kids fishing foir crabs on the quay side.
Overlooking the harbour is the Nothe Fort which is worth a quick visit although it's up a bit of an incline so if people are bad on their "pins" or in a wheel chair they'll need assistance.
For those who like walking there's the coastal walk which can be picked up near to the Nothe Fort.
Also in Weymouth is the Ridepole RSPB nature reserve which is free to enter and is well worth going to if you're into birdwatching or if you just fancy a good walk in scenic surroundings. I believe there is another RSPB reserve a mile or so outside Weymouth so this may be worth enquiring about.
Moving further afield, a short distance down the coast is the Portland Bill lighthouse and Chesshill ( probably spelt wrong), beaches , where the "Dambusters" practised during WW2. Poole and Swanage are also worth a visit.
All in all we had a very enjoyable 5 days and we'd definately go again.
Weymouth is a lovely resort and although it's a bit like stepping back in time, to me that's part of its charm.
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