9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Lovely place to stay!
"Had a lovely stay in The Antelope, From checking in to checking out, the staff were lovely attentive and very polite. Breakfast was a buffet and even though we were down at the last knockings there was still plently and not dried and shrivelled - the fruit salad was particularly lovely. We didn't have dinner the the evenings but there were plenty that did, and the food did look lovely when it was bought out. The rooms were very clean, would have no hesitation in staying there again."
- Travel date: 6th September 2007
Great place but beware of the weddings
"We have stayed at the Antelope for 2 weekends recently. The first weekend we thought it was perfect. The staff were really friendly, the rooms were pretty small but nice and had everything you needed (more than expected for a 2 star). The breakfast was good. I thought the waitress that everyone talked about was quite friendly, the only weird thing is how she makes you sit at dark tables right at the back when there are free tables at the front! We had masive fry ups but they also had fresh fruit, cereals, croissants so everything you coudl think of. The rooms are over the restaurant at the back so they were really quiet. There are a few rooms over the bar that face out onto the road which can get busy between 12am and 1am when all the pubs empty apparently but you can ask for a room at the back. We ate a few times in the bar. Its typical pub food so lasagne,fish and chips etc but I really enjoyed it. We also liked the look of Storm fish restaurant a few doors down but couldn't get a booking. On the recent weekend though we did have a bad experience. We were staying in a room at the back. They were hosting a wedding in the normally quiet restaurant at the back and had this disco that was SO load it made things in our room vibrate, when it started turning into a karaokee I had to go and complain. They were good about it and managed to switch us to a room over the bar which was much better. Unfortunately the fire alarm went off twice around 12.30am, they suspected it was caused by people smoking in their rooms, I am assuming wedding guests. I did say to the hotel that they should warn people as I obviously would have stayed somewhere else for this weekend if I had known. they admitted it was a mistake on their part. So I would go again but not when they have a wedding on so I will always ask before booking in future."
- Travel date: 5th August 2007
Great hotel but breakfast service is interesting!
"Great friendly welcome and the twin room we had booked was of an acceptable standard and very clean, if a little small. Check-in was friendly, polite and efficient, helpfully telling us where to park and other information. The hotel room we stayed in was in an annexe so little noise at night and we had a good night's sleep. Breakfast is, um, interesting. The first morning we had an efficient young foreign woman who was prompt taking orders and bringing toast and tea. The breakfasts are massive but very tasy - our advice is to ask for the full english and ask for it without some of the items, otherwise you won't need a lunch! The second morning we seem to have encountered the 'dragon' who others have spoken of. There is little or no malice but she will take what you say literally, i.e. "can I have a couple of slices of toast please" will result in 2 pieces, exactly, of toast being delivered. At busy times she also can't seem to cope, so as soon as you are sat down by her order straight away. Luckily we'd read the reviews on here and were prepared for her so didn't have a problem! On the whole a good hotel, let down by the small room and 'interesting' service from the breakfast room dragon!"
- Travel date: 21st July 2007
Hotel Good, shame about the owner
"We stayed at the hotel 4 nights. The room was fabulous - pleasantly surprised to find lots of extra's in the room. Poole is a lovely place to visit - had a excellent time. The only problem we had was with the owner at breakfast time. She was unpleasant, rude and responded to simple questions very badly. We asked for extra toast as we had only has two slices of bread between us and she was offended that we'd asked. We did this every day and still she didn't get the hint that we wanted more toast. She made us feel very uncomfortable. This was such a shame as the hotel was excellent. We had an evening meal in the pub lounge every night - excellent value and fabulous selections."
- Travel date: 24th September 2006
Great location, Hotel,staff & food
"After reading the posts here, we decided to stay at the Antelope for our 1 night to Poole, August 17th. We are well travelled and normally try to stay in min 4 to 5 star in any country, the UK sometimes worries us at 3 star. We had the four-poster room We was extremely pleased with the room was very clean, it almost smelt like new, and had obviously been well maintained with big fluffy towels & great power shower. It overlooked the high street, which we thought would be noisy, it was not to warm so we closed the double glazed windows and heard nothing. It might be if we had the windows open and it was busy outside. There are 4 restaurants in the same road, we did not fancy the menu and decided to try the Hotels. Luckily we did, the food was excellent and well presented. Also its very good value. We then went through to the bar, that has a friendly warm atmosphere. At 10pm a guy asked for a steak and chips, although the food stops at 10, they said they ok. The Chef personally came out an asked the guy how he wanted it cooked. Something I have never seen before in the UK. The same chef was in the reception when I asked for toothpaste because we forgot ours. He went out of his way to get us some! We came away happy and wish we had stayed longer. A great hotel with friendly staff and good food!"
- Travel date: 2nd September 2006
Excellent - loved it!
"We stayed at the Antepole for 1 night in August. Everything about this hotel was excellent. The room was clean and neat. Not a speck of dust anywhere. We were very impressed as soon as we walked into our room. The bathroom was spotlessly clean. We had a fantastic dinner in the restaurant and the food was of excellent quality. We even thanked the chef before we left! Breakfast was also lovely. The location of the hotel is great. Few minutes walk to the harbour, pubs, bars, restuarants and shopping. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Poole and my husband and I will definitely return if we're in Poole again."
- Travel date: 30th August 2006
"The Antelope is a pub with a series of rooms attached. It is located very close to Poole Quays, which is a popular destination as it has lots of pubs and eateries. Note that there is no beach nearby as Poole quay is a dock. The Hotel was nice, the rooms were small but clean, and the service was friendly. Breakfast was a mixed bag, but I have had a lot worse - Certainly worth staying here."
- Travel date: 6th August 2006
Very nice hotel
"We stayed here in November 2005 for 3 nights on an Olde English Inns B&B deal which proved very good value. Our room was upstairs (no lift) and was on the large side with a huge bathroom. It was more than adequate. The included breakfast was served in the back bar/restaurant which has lots of character and the selection was good (although the hash browns were actually fried sliced potato). The service wasnât topnotch though. We didnât eat in the restaurant in the evenings as we had other plans. The front bar of the hotel was always busy but we didnât hear any noise. (Not sure if this would be different in summer when the beer garden is open.). We arrived by car and the hotel was a little difficult to find (as on a one way street) but is located on the main street (but a quiet location) very near to the harbour. There is a small carpark opposite which fills up quickly and has spaces allocated to a lot of local businesses. One night we were able to park on the street outside the hotel. The reception staff were friendly and helpful. Re location there are lots of pubs and restaurants within 10 minutes walking distance from the hotel and the town centre is a short stroll away, the greyhound track is about 15 minutes walk (a great night out!) We enjoyed our stay and the hotel was everything we expected from Olde English Inns. We would very much like to stay here again when we return to Poole."
- Travel date: 15th June 2006
Cosy hotel with good food
"We stayed here for one night and had a lovely relaxing time. The hotel is well located for shops, restaurants, bars and the water front. I would describe it as a typical pub inn, but towards the higher end. The bathroom was great - spacious with a fantastic shower. The room was very clean and there were some nice touches eg complimentary mineral water and free paperback books which guests were encouraged to take away. The only complaint I had about the room was that the radiator was not working, but they did provide us with an electric heater, which did the job. I particularly recommend the restaurant - we had dinner and breakfast in there - both were great."
- Travel date: 12th November 2005
The Antelope Hotel is also called
- Antelope Inn Hotel