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Historical Traveler Reviews The Haven Hotel Poole
We stayed in the Haven for two nights in September to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It is very expensive for what you get, particularly the rooms. We had booked a sea view room, but on seeing it, asked for another room as it had not changed since I last stayed at the hotel some 17 years ago with my parents. The staff didn't argue at all, and quickly showed us some other rooms but there were none others with sea view available, and in the end we took their suite which they gave us for the same price. This still wasn't great and had a very 80's feel to the decor. The rooms at the rear of the hotel have recently been refurbished and modernised - they need to do these for the rooms with the sea view, and then they might be worth the price. Having said that, a great location, great views from the bar, and enjoyed the food in the restaurant, with friendly and helpful staff.
Two-night stay, August 2005; the view: sea, sky, boats and beaches from the balcony were priceless; The 'spa': medium sized outdoor heated pool, steam, sauna, hot tub, plus gym was relaxed, well maintained with a beautiful sea-edge location.
The Haven Hotel is located by the ferry on Sandbanks. Marconi used it when testing, now what would it be, radio links I guess. & there are some splendid pictures & plaques in the public areas. You feel important aarriving at the Haven because you can bustle past the waiting lines for the ferry
Great staff, a truly memorable, professional and courteous welcome. We made our way to our executive room number 214 @ £280.00 per night bed & breakfast, and it was a bit of a let down. There is no way this is an executive room. Very dated decor. Polysteryne ceiling tiles, chipped furniture, a pokey bathroom and curtain's like your granny's! The bed, a standard double. (4 feet 6 for American readers.) Comfortable but not big enough. I would have expected better. Perhaps a fruit basket, flowers, comfortable chairs, a cd player, mineral water, executive lounge, that kind of thing.
Just back from 3 days away and had a great time on the Sandbanks beaches. It did help that we were close to the beach at the HEAVEN HOTEL but apart from the location, this hotel has little going for it....
We are from the sates but have lived in England for 8 years--why no one mentioned the Haven and Sandbanks to us before this summer, I have no idea, but we've been missing out.
This is a spectacular hotel, in the sense that it is spectacularly badly run. Don't even think of trying to book a room by email: such messages go unanswered. The pricing looks typical, until you realise it is per person, making it twice as expensive as you might expect. The common parts are decorated in truly poor taste, and there is cheesy background music everywhere. It's not uncommon to find buckets catching rainwater in the corridors, or stains on the ceilings, which at the price point is amazing. The food is acceptable but not great, and pricey too.
A fantastic family weekend
We've just returned from a fantastic easter Bank Holiday weekend at the hotel. The location is superb, food is excellent and the staff are friendly, helpful and efficient.
The Haven manages that rare combination - it's stylish and grown up, with plenty of scope for pampering, but it's also relaxed about the kids.
Our 4 and 7 year old boys had so much fun they refused to leave!
We'll definitely be going back
We have just returned from a 3 night stay at the Haven, my wife wanted to get away from London for a few days, she wanted luxury, pampering and plenty of shops to give my credit card a bashing. We looked at several options before we choose the Haven, it seemed to meet the first two of our requirements and I found out when we arrived that the third was going to be met with a vengence.
The best hotel in the area, but not worth the advertised £260 per double room per night - That's £520 without an evening meal!
The Haven should give an honest impression and price the rates "per room" like every other hotel.
We stayed in the Savoy for less!!!