The hotel was easy to find, conveniently located just of a main road (far enough away not to be a noise concern even with the windows open) and has adequate parking.
Booked in on 2 separate occasions whilst on business in the area and my first ‘impressions’ were ones of this is more B&B/Events location than a “country house with all the facilities of a modern hotel”. It is also in need of some ‘loving care’ – an impression was gained from the dark wood 70’s style interior of the reception, its immediate area and continued on through the various thread worn carpet areas on the stairs and corridors leading to my room.
The Reception and other Staff were friendly and professional enough in their approach, even if at times local knowledge and language was a somewhat erroneous.
The room was clean and tidy with a good bathroom (shower only on both occasions) – again, however walls (holes where there had been previous ‘fixings’) and flooring (thread bare and stained carpets) did not engender one to the ambiance of a “country house”. Once one had worked out the heating it was certainly warm enough for whatever the weather could do (below 0 C on both nights).
The bar/restaurant area for both evenings was at the other end of the hotel through what appeared to be a more modern part of the hotel. The bar/restaurant area overlooks the indoor swimming pool and whilst nice and warm, again did not quite give off the country hotel ambiance the hotel is trying to project.
The food that evening and a Breakfast the following morning was, in my case, cooked to order and did not raise any cause for complaint as it met my requirements and was reasonably prices. Both the restaurant and Breakfast Menus gave an adequate choice, including alternatives for the vegetarian palates.
As a business traveller on these occasions I would recommend a return if in the area (the business rate being somewhat lower than their published prices). However, if returning to the area out of choice, for leisure purposes, I would definitely be tempted to look elsewhere.
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- Springfield Country Hotel Wareham, Dorset