Sandbanks Hotel

, Poole, United Kingdom
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Sandbanks Hotel

, Poole
3 star

Rooms: 109

Banks Road - Poole - England - BH13 7PS - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 44 01202707377
254 Traveller

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Beautiful Hotel

from unspecified
This hotel has a stunning location on the seaside. I was lucky enough to get a room overlooking the beach with a balcony, and was able to sleep to the sound of the waves.

The hotel itself is a little dated, and has a certain Fawlty Towers air to it, but not in too bad a way.

The breakfasts and general ambience of the hotel are very nice.

The hotel's restaurant is definitely worth a visit, and serves some excellent food - various awards on the hotel wall are testament to this.

Recommended.

Lovely location

from caroline3
Just returned after 7 days at the Sandbanks Hotel Poole. Myself , husband and 3 sons 11,9 and 4 having had a wonderful relaxing stay at a very obliging hotel.
The location is stunning and perfect for swimming in the sea, building sandcastles or just chilling out on the beach.
The hotel has a small but very popular pool and the Oasis beauty spa is well worth a visit.
The room although not recently refurbished was clean with lots of space and quiet.
The childrens entertainment "The Funsters" was fantastic for our aged children.
The food was all of good quality with lots of choice, although we had to work hard to get our dairy free diets that we'd agreed when booking, but all ok in the end.
Ideal spot for a family holiday.
Enjoyed it so much we have booked a return visit for next year.

Beautiful terrace and beach....

from leepycroft
This hotel is great at catering for kids. I went last week for two days with my mother, 8 year old son and 14 month old daughter The outdoor terrace was gorgeous and the beach beautiful. the indoor play area was good as was the outdoor one. The food was also good, although there isn't much fruit on offer at breakfast but the evening meals were very tasty ands well presented. The surf shack where the kids could eat between 5pm-6pm was ok...I was able to pick out foods that were healthy..ish!
Be sure to ask for a room that has been refurbished as the others are tired and dark. The executive rooms on the third floor are better;spacious and clean with balconies...ask for a sea view...BUT, beware...there is no lift to the third floor only to the second! The hotel could do really do with a face lift but the fact that the staff were friendly and efficient and the kids were catered for would get me to go back. One last word..the indoor pool is REALLY in need of an overhaul but with good weather and an amazing beach I wasn't too bothered.

sandbanks hotel, poole

from MForrest
One of the worst hotels we've ever stayed in yet curiously amongst the most expensive. The service was very 'average' and the facilities in need of a drastic up-date. The rooms were drab with scratched furniture and stained carpets (at least 4 cigarette burns and 2 (!!) iron marks). The bathroom wasn't for pampering and preening but looked more like the loos in an old department store! £200 a night for this - no way and never again.

Top hotel - great location!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We had a simply lovely stay at the Sandbanks Hotel. The hotel was just great - perfect for my two little angels and myself!

The hotel is located on Sandbanks Peninsular offering views of both the harbour (and Brownsea Island) and the bay. The bedroom we stayed in was newly refurbished with a balcony overlooking the bay and a small lounge area with a flat screen TV (great for the kids).

We had the choice of two restaurants - Sands Brasserie was my favourite as it had the best views and a terrace option - and two bars one with harbour views and the other right on the beach!

Next door to the hotel was a watersports centre where the children and I took kayakes out to Brownsea Island - it was magical!

Will definitely stay again!

A great place for a family stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed here with our two young children for three days and loved it. We are surprised by some of the negative reviews as we were particularly pleased with the children's meals (proper, freshly cooked food) and activities, and the service (we found the staff to be very friendly and attentive). There was also a lot of fresh fruit when we had breakfast!
The location - as everyone has said - is fantastic and we found the room to be more than adequate. The view - of the sea - was also a wonderful thing to wake up to.
It's true that the pool wasn't impressive, but I understand that a refit is being planned.
All in all, we had a great time, although it doesn't come cheap!

Loved The Sandbanks

from A TripAdvisor Member
This hotel is in a superb location and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Having specific dietary requirements, Craig Bonnafont went out of his way to ensure that all the meals I could choose from were gluten-free. His positive and helpful attitude made a huge difference to my enjoyment of my holiday.

The Manager, Mike Clitheroe, manages a very nice hotel and ensures that everything runs smoothly. The chef is also to be recommended as the food was excellent and portions generous.

My husband and I had a lovely spacious room with balcony overlooking Poole harbour. There was a sofa to relax on and watch television (if wanted), coffee and tea making facilities.

With the superb weather during our stay, it felt as if we were in a very exotic place indeed.

We will certainly be going back.

A little bit disappointing

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed in Sandbanks hotel for one night whilst visiting Poole for a friends wedding. Having seen the website and paid the prices I was expecting a very high quality hotel. Unfortunately I was left feeling a little short changed!

The location IS fantastic, right on the beach with a fantastic terrace area. However we did not get the weather to take full advantage of this and what you have on offer inside is what can only be described of as dull and depressing.

Our room was small, with a very small bed and even smaller pillows! The bathroom was tired and in desperate need of a refit. Not what I was expecting for the money I paid, it was equal to a bed and breakfast.

I can not complain about the food, it was very good, we had lunch in The Brasserie which overlooks the fantastic beach and the breakfast buffet was very good with plenty of choice.

Overall, I would not say this is a bad hotel. It does have a great location which I imagine in the summer makes a stay here 10 times better. The food is good and the staff very helpful. The downside is that it is overpriced. It is tired looking, the bedrooms (well the one we stayed in) are not worthy of a 4 star rating and in all honesty neither is the hotel in general. I would not stay here again, simply because it is not worth the money.

t bother

from Josug
Lots of people had told us to stay at the Sandbanks as it was great for families and small children. All I can say is - don't bother. It is fairly expensive and really not worth the money at all. The whole hotel has a tired, damp and musty feel (and smell) to it. We had booked 2 interconnecting rooms and one bathroom between us and our three small children. The rooms were old fashioned, smelly with old soft uncomfortable beds. You feel like you are staying in your granny's spare room that hasn't been changed for years. They had a children's restaurant where the kids can eat between 5pm and 6pm which is a great idea if the food was edible and not £7.95 per child. I would not have given the kids any food from there to eat. You could smell the food from the hallway above and it reminded me of school dinners. The breakfast was typical fried English, swimming in grease with no fresh fruit or anything looking appetising or healthy, although they did have lots of cereal.

Pluses are that the location is great - right on the beach, and it is a stunning beach. There is also a great terrace where you can sit and watch the kids play on the sand. Unfortunately we had terrible weather and couldn't take advantage of that but when it's hot that would be lovely.All in all, it is an oldy worldy 'Basil Fawlty' type hotel with a small, manky indoor swimming pool and it really does not measure up to the high price it is charging. There must be alternatives to this? If you can find them, stay somewhere else.

Short break by the seaside

from nick_the_traveller
Location. Location. Location. Because of the great location the hotel can feel a bit lazy. Rooms were comfortable but dated, but with a view straight out over the beach, who's complaining? Swimming pool was disappointing. Boring looking dinner menu turned out to be extremely well-executed, the highlight being a passion fruit souffle for dessert. Service was amateur. Probably best to expect lots of children. Our visit was midweek during term time, but the majority of our fellow guests were 120 kids on a school trip. It gave the huge dining room an institutional feel appropriate to its size, and an exciting buzz.

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Water Sports Sandbanks is great for Kite and Windsurfing and watersports in general BUT there isn't much of a bar scene so if you are expecting a good or chilled evening out with water views think again - the nearby areas are better but are a good taxi ride away. It may be better to stay in those areas and go to Sandbanks in the car during the day. There is plenty of parking and three good watersports centres where you can hire equip.

dont go Don't go there its dirty shabby stains on carpet shabby furnuiture. total rip off for the price. More like a 2* hotel

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  • Address: Banks Road - Poole - England - BH13 7PS - United Kingdom
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