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Another very hot day. Saw a whale while we were having breakfast! Rob spent the day recovering from his bruises after his brush with the Arabian Sea- but still managed to reach the finals of the shuffleboard competition! A German reconnaissance plane flew by us to make sure we were safe from pirates. It seems that we are not to have ...
... starting to feel that this sailing
Business wasn't all it was cracked up to
be. When the wind's against you, your bow hits
A wave every so often and slams to
A sudden halt, which is both unpleasant
For the crew and potentially very
Dangerous for the boat's interior.
Other than the drained water and the loss
Of one plastic glass, we made it ...
... slow boat was definitely worth doing but was a very long time to be slightly squished! We wish we had seen more of the country and had had less time in Vientiane.Burma was mind blowing. We want to go back, there is so much more to see. 3 days was probably enough for Yangon but 1 day was too little for Bagan. The plain of temples was the most breathtaking thing we have ever seen. Cambodia was shocking and sad but beautiful and powerful in its own way. The past ...
Just a quick entry to say thank you to Andy’s sister who sat in our house all day as we drove back from Sussex to Dorset in case our bags beat us home. They didn’t, we beat them by several hours in the end. It was strange being back on roads were the standard response to any situation in not to beep and drive on the wrong side of the road, where other drivers will almost ...
... friends of Sextet fame (re-read the blogs!); we celebrated H's birthday and attended a niece's farewell party before her departure for Colombia. The weather was better than the Midlands and the North, but freezing nonetheless in an Arctic wind. A Monday morning departure reunited us with our old, wayward friend, Sally Satnav, who decided to guide us away from the sensible route south and west and misled us through various Kent villages via a devious route towards Tunbridge ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Balmer Lawn Brockenhurst
I booked a romantic weekend away at the Balmer Lawn Hotel, after reading some of the reviews I was expecting to be disappointed. How wrong I was!
We booked a night at Balmer Lawn last minute, as a short break away. The hotel looked impressive from the drive, and once inside we were not dissappointed.
As we approached this lovely looking hotel we were sure we made the right choice in booking this hotel. As we checked in a piano was playing creating a wonderful ambiance - however don't be fooled by this as this is where the good things end.
Went for a saturday night stay with a small baby. The family rooms have been updated (superior rooms), but have a view of the back of the buildings, though thanks to this web site we knew that. They can provide a small room adjoining a 'standard' room. Somewhere for the baby to sleep in. We went for that. Standard rooms have tatty bathrooms, and the room itself could do with some redecoration. Bed was very large, clean and comfortable. nice view over forest, made up for worn bathroom.You actually get a teapot and biscuits too.
A very disappointing 2 night stay at an extremely tired hotel. Our room was reminiscent of an old lady's bedroom. Everything was desperately worn, complete with cracked sink, cracked tiles, broken skirtings and an air of charity shops. The shower was no better than a leaking hosepipe, the showers in my local swimming pool are a million times plusher and more effective. We were expecting a wonderful weekend at a wonderful hotel but got quite the opposite. Room prices were well over the top, do not expect value for money. 1 out of 10 to Balmer Lawn, try looking in the yellow pages under 'Painters & Decorators'.
What a difference
The Balmer Lawn has regained its former glory, it had become a little tired and was in need of some refurbishment last time we visited three years ago. The transformation is geat, new bedrooms, new restaurant and friendly happy staff. Our family room was fantastic and even had its own Playstation 2 - great for the kids!!!
The restaurant food was second to none and the Restaurant Manager (Vincent) is a real character. We look forward to going back soon.
My husband and I stayed at the Balmer Lawn hotel for a weekend in March 2004. Overall, we had a lovely time but there were a few problems. Firstly, on entering the hotel, there was a distinct smell of paraffin in the lounge - not the most pleasant smell to be welcomed by. Secondly, our room looked out onto the centre of the hotel, so our "view" was of air conditioning units rather than the New Forest. As we were about to get changed we noticed workmen walking right outside our window, which was a bit disconcerting. Thirdly, the fitness centre was undergoing a major refurbishment, so we were unable to use the facilities in peace - something we were not informed about when we called to make our booking. Finally, after experiencing an enjoyable meal with excellent service on the Friday night of our stay, we decided to repeat the experience on the Saturday night. Unfortunately, the service was inconsistent to say the least. It took almost 40 minutes for the starter to be brought to our table and it was very late by the time our dessert was served, so we decided to forego the coffee and petit fours that were offered as an extra on the menu at ?5 a person. For some reason though, on checking out the next morning, these had been added to our bill. As I stated at the beginning of this review, despite these problems we had an enjoyable weekend in the New Forest. However, I feel the Balmer Lawn could certainly improve on aspects of its service if it is to truly justify the price it charges for its rooms.