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Reviews - Antelope Inn

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8 High Street , Poole, BH15 1BP
The Antelope Hotel Poole near Bournmouth is situated on the Quay at Poole Harbour within easy each of the busy seaside resort of Bournemouth via the A35.The Antelope Hotel has a 500+ year history, arguably the oldest inn in Poole. The deposed French King Charles X was once a guest, and it was regularly used during WWII by the Special Operations Executive, which had a ship in Poole Harbour. The Antelope Hotel is a famous old coaching house in the High Street of Poole and has been a popular meeting place through the centuries. It still retains part of its original 15th century building. Situated so conveniently for Poole Quay, the hotel was used by the horse coaches as a stop off for Lymington, Southampton, Bath, Bristol, Weymouth and London. Whatever the reason for your visit or stay at The Antelope, we can guarantee a welcoming atmosphere, delicious food, a roaring open real fire in the winter, comfortable rooms and unique relaxed style of hospitality, which makes The Antelope a favourite with locals, business people and visitors alike.
The Antelope holds Weddings and other functions on a regular basis, most often at weekend but can also be on other days of the week.
- these function will normally have music which continues until midnight. If you require a quiet room during your stay please contact the hotel direct.
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Guest Reviews Based on 34 reviews
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78% recommended this accommodation to a friend 80% would stay again
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Nice but a little overpriced
We stayed for one night for a family party nearby. We paid £120 for a small double room. The room was clean but a little cramped and the bath was a bit damaged and had a plastic shower curtain (the sort that sticks to you as you shower). Breakfast was just OK, the portions of the cooked food were small and the toast a bit soggy. The hotel's location is great and the free parking a bonus. The room was very quiet and the building has been restored to a high standard. Overall we had a nice time but I came away thinking it was about £20 dearer than I'd expect to pay for what it was.

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Julie B

From London, UK
Who stayed in September 2014

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Last minute one night impulse get away
Booked late, took last available room which was a standard double. Didn't expect anything fantastic especially as during peak time.
Pleasantly surprised, room comfortable, largish bathroom, perfectly adequate for short stay. We have paid a lot more for a tiny (late booking) room elsewhere during peak time. Staff informed us at check- in that there was going to be a noisy disco until midnight (wedding) - it was very loud - but at least we were warned. We had a look around at a few restaurants but due to the rain we decided to be lazy and eat at the hotel. Main restaurant shut for wedding but we ate in the 'snug'. Delightful meal, lovely staff, short power cut - waitress apologised said it had happened four times that day ( but it was stormy), candles all around so cosy atmosphere. Meal was good value, used wine voucher that was in room. Seemed a happy pub, very close to harbour and definitely would stay there again for a night or two.

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Nicolette Hughes

From Portsmouth, UK
Who stayed in August 2014

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very friendly
Found the staff very helpful and friendly, the room was very spacious and tastefully decorated. I would certainly recommend The Antelope Inn

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Lisa S

From Rushden, UK
Who stayed in August 2014

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sunny Poole
Good size room. Nice view courtyard. Good free WiFi in room. Needs a lift.

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judy a

From UK
Who stayed in July 2014

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Woud stay again
I recently stayed for 3 nights at the Antelope and would definitely return. The staff were friendly and helpful, the room was clean and of a good quality and the food was excellent.

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Alan Roberts

From Llangollen, UK
Who stayed in July 2014

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business and leisure trip with my wife and youngest son over 3 days
receptionist was good and info given was spot on, parking no problem with parking permit for private car park across the street from hotel, room excellent and clean, breakfast selection poor, bad service from elderly waitress who was rude, cold toast and a long wait on you order, the toast was given you as soon as you sat down it would be better to get your own, plates were cold for your English breakfast how ever the quality of the breakfast was good except for the Danish pain au chocolat and croissants etc which were over baked.

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peter ekins

From Colwyn Bay, UK
Who stayed in July 2014

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Our stay at the antelope
Upon our arrival at the hotel staff were friendly. And helpful the room was clean and tidy.
Very clean bathroom . Tea and coffee facilities were good. Though there was a large stain .
on one of the walls . But good central heating . We had a pleasant stay

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Michael Davies

From Cheltenham, UK
Who stayed in May 2014

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Excellent all round Central location Parking opposite

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David G

From Shrewsbury, UK
Who stayed in March 2014

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Another excellent stay. The hotel is very close to the quay and has ample charm. The room was beautifully decorated and quiet. The staff looked after us and our dog very well.

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J kaye

From Barnsley, UK
Who stayed in March 2014

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Great place
Very good all round, food, room,staff and position.

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martyn bell

From UK
Who stayed in January 2014

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