"At the heart of old town Poole"
It was a special two nights away for us as a couple, so we upgraded to a "studio" which had two TVs, a large bath in the bedroom itself as well as a massive monsoon shower - very comfortable and quiet, though not much of a view from the window if you were wanting one and a bit of a trek to get to it, so no good for anyone with mobility issues.
Hotel car park is small, so if there's no spaces, you end up so offloading bags parked on double-yellows (not great in the rain), but hotel has a deal with local multi-storey. Staff (reception) were courteous, but slightly distant, may be because they get mostly business customers? Bar and restaurant staff more affable.
Location is excellent - at the heart of old Poole, which is Georgian and pretty, a stone's throw from the Tourist Info Centre which also houses an interesting and free museum on Poole's history. There's also a Sainsbury's supermarket nearby - handy for snacks, etc, if you are doing any day-trips into Dorset (a must if you have a car and time)
Only bad experience was - we paid for half board, knowing that Hotel du Vin Bistros normally do excellent food - but we were offered a different menu for this which was incredibly mediocre (bordering on bad). Since we were staying 2 nights, we mentioned this to the Night Manager, who instantly "upgraded" us to the normal menu at no extra cost for the following night. The food second-time round was predictably delicious.
Cooked breakfast v tasty, continental breakfast was ok.
Traveller from Brighton, UK