Boutique chain Hotel du Vin (voted Best Smaller Hotel Chain at this year’s Business Traveller Awards) has opened its latest
property, a 38-room hotel in Poole.
Hotel du Vin unveiled it 12th property last
week, with a spectacular opening party which drew hundreds of people from the
local business community.
Positioned as a high-end leisure and business
hotel, it’s not hard to see why Poole was
chosen as the location for the new hotel, with the headquarters of luxury
boatbuilders Sunseeker International next door, and huge yachts moored on the
quay, minutes walk from the hotel. The property is also only a short drive from
the prestigious Sandbanks neighbourhood.
Traveller was at the opening
party for a sneak preview of the hotel’s facilities. The property is housed in
what was formally the Mansion House hotel, a grade II-listed building, once the
mayoral house and where leading merchants resided in the 18th century.
The 38 rooms have been sympathetically
renovated with a distinct nautical design theme, some with the original style
of the Mansion House, featuring beams and ornate iron Juliet balconies. All
rooms feature Egyptian cotton linen, air conditioning, mini-bar, tea and coffee
making facilities, bathrooms with heated floors, rain showers and “take me home”
DVDs can be borrowed from reception, and as
with all Hotel du Vin properties (and its sister brand Malmaison) wifi internet
access is free throughout.
There are 12 standard rooms with queen sized
beds and bath and showers (plus a further six with shower only), five superior
rooms (with king size bed), three terrace doubles, eight deluxe doubles (king
sized beds and free-standing baths) and two open plan studio suites. There is also
an executive suite, which has two free-standing baths side by side opposite a
plazma screen TV, and an 8ft wide bed.
Upstairs from reception there are two private
dining areas in beautifully ornate nautically-themed rooms, while downstairs is
the Bar and Bistro, constructed from restored oak barrels, with French windows
opening out onto a covered terrace. In addition there is a ‘Laroche’ wine
tasting room, a signature of Hotel du Vin establishments. The terrace area
offers an outdoor smoking area in the “Cigar Shack”, complete with comfy sofas,
heated flooring, and a “plasma fire”.
Other Hotel du Vin properties due to open soon
include Newcastle (a 42-room hotel opening on
October 13) and Edinburgh,
due to open in December.
A special opening rate for the Poole property of £109 per room per night, including a
continental breakfast, is available until the end of the year, subject to
Report by Felicity Cousins