This was the second B&B we stayed at in Weymouth over the course of a week in September 2013.
It is located a little back from the seafront in a quiet road. You can get to the esplanade and beach in about five minutes on foot but you have another ten minutes or so along the delightful seafront to get to the main centre of town.
We received a very warm welcome from Paul and were allocated Room 8 at the very top of the building in a dormer extension. The last flights of stairs are quite steep but Paul very kindly offered to carry our very heavy suitcase right to the top for us.
The accomodation is of high quality and was kept immaculately clean throughout our four night stay. The bed was very comfortable.
There is the usual tea/coffee tray but the guest information said that only the milk and sugar are replenished during your stay so we bought a small box of teabags from the nearby Tesco Express. In the event, I think some of the other items actually were replenished.
Breakfast is freshly prepared to order and of good quality. Service was prompt and friendly.
I was initially concerned at the parking arrangements at the back of the property, there are two rows of three spaces but the back row blocks-in all the cars at front. There is a clearly a risk that you could be blocked in by another guest that has gone off on foot into town leaving you unable to use your vehicle. In the event it did not turn out to be a problem at all and in some ways is a positive thing since you are forced to get to know the other guests and so liase together over breakfast. Everyone seemed to appreciate the potential for conflict and was very cooperative. In fairness it should be pointed out that free parking space in Weymouth is very scarce and every guest house/small hotel in that part of Weymouth seemed to be operating a similar system. In some, the cars are three deep.
Staying away from home always involves some compromise. I have never stayed anywhere where everything was totally perfect. We did have some minor niggles, I am not sure if the owners can do anything about them so they should not be taken as complaints but they are the reason I didn't feel able to award an excellent rating.
The walls are quite thin between the rooms in the dormer extension, in a neighbouring room to ours another guest was snoring so loudly at night that it seriously disturbed our sleep for the first night, we bought earplugs and he departed after the second night. As mentioned in a negative review the watertank behind the wall is also a bit noisy at night, its not too bad, just like the sound of a cistern refilling but it goes on for a long time, presumably after everyone has used water before bed. I didn't notice it at all during the day. If it can be insulated any further it might be a good idea.
We did have heavy rain for a short while on our last night and it was very noisy on the dormer roof so my earplugs came out again, my wife wasn't bothered because it only lasted a few minutes.
I want to stress that these are minor niggles, they did not spoil our stay.
In summary, this is a good quality destination that I am happy to recommend but if you are sensitive to sound or have trouble climbing steep stairs, other other reviews suggest you might be better advised to opt for the slightly more expensive rooms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 4 Star Silver Award victorian, family run guest accommodation in quiet leafy avenue.We offer a choice of six en-suite rooms, most with double beds, including one twin-bedded room on the ground floor. We have recently refurbished all the ensuite shower rooms to a 'hotel' standard and we pride ourselves on maintaining high standards of housekeeping. Complimentary Wi-Fi in all rooms and guaranteed private off-road parking for all our guests is much appreciated by our regular visitors. The centre of town is only five minutes’ walk, so you can leave your car safely parked and stroll into town.At any time the garden is a peaceful sun trap to enjoy a good book or catch up on work. ... more less
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- The Pebbles Weymouth, Dorset