Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort
(Lymington (New Forest))
4 4 Star:
- Set within 23 acres of private grounds
- On-site bar & restaurant
- Free parking at hotel
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Sat within 23 acres of private grounds just outside the magnificent New Forest the Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort is a fantastic country retreat.
With the stunning Solent Coast and quaint town of Lymington also within walking distance from the hotel, this is the ideal spot in which to enjoy a peaceful getaway.
Spend a leisurely day at the Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort which boasts an array of fantastic facilities onsite.
Soak up the fresh air, enjoy a lovely meal and then retreat to one of the spacious, tasteful and thoughtfully designed guest room, situated only a minutes walk from the Main Manor House, at the Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort. To help you sleep well and feel at home each room is fitted with a large bed, en-suite bathroom, TV and complimentary refreshments.
Relax and rejuvenate in the swimming pool, sauna, steam room, tennis courts, gym or beauty therapy rooms.
The Waterfront Restaurant at the Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort is the place to be for a flavoursome fine dining experience. Meanwhile the Sails Bar and Brasserie offers a more relaxed fare whilst the Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort’s Tudor Bar is a comfortable spot ideal for a relaxing night cap.
Hotel Facilities & Services
- Total Floors Number: 2
- Total Rooms Number: 42
- Non-Smoking throughout the hotel
- 24 hour front desk
- Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
- Room Service Not 24hr: Yes
- Non Smoking Rooms
- Ground Floor Rooms
- Direct Dial Telephone
- Iron/Ironing Board
- Trouser Press
- Laundry/Dry Cleaning Services
- Housekeeping (daily)
- Sofa Beds Children Only: 10
- Parking at Hotel Free: Yes
- Indoor Pool Free: No
- Open to: September (depending on weather)
- Open from: May (depending on weather)
- Free: No
- Treatment Rooms
- Tennis Free: No
- Sauna Free: Yes
- Solarium Free: Yes
- Table Tennis Free: No
- Steam Room Free: Yes
- Gym Free: Yes
- Childrens' Play Area Free: Yes
- Name: LYMINGTON PIER
- Distance: 300 metres
- Name: SOUTHAMPTON
- Distance: 25 miles
- Cots/Cribs Free: No
- Interconnecting Rooms
Bar and Restaurant
Breakfast served from
- Saturday/Sunday: 08:00
- Monday to Friday: 07:00
Breakfast served to
- Saturday/Sunday: 10:30
- Monday to Friday: 10:00
- Bar in Hotel
- Restaurant in hotel
- Children's Menu available
- Highchairs available
- Nearest Rail Name: Lymington Pier Distance: 300 metres
- Nearest Airport Name: Southampton Distance: 25 miles
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SuperBreak Customer Rating
- Overall: SuperBreak Overall Rating: 4.4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews
- Sleep: SuperBreak Sleep Rating: 4.1 out of 5
- Breakfast: SuperBreak Breakfast Rating: 4.5 out of 5
- Staff: SuperBreak Staff Rating: 4.3 out of 5
- Location: SuperBreak Location Rating: 4.4 out of 5
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
- Overall: based on 1454 reviews
- Sleep Quality:
Stay Date: 20/01/2017, a customer aged 45-64 from GB who stayed in this hotel wrote this review.
The Macdonald Elmer Resort Hotel is set in a beautiful location on the edge of Lymington in the New Forest. The grounds are beautiful and the hotel is next to the sea. Great play park for kids in the grounds. We stayed in one of the outside chalet st… See more
The Macdonald Elmer Resort Hotel is set in a beautiful location on the edge of Lymington in the New Forest. The grounds are beautiful and the hotel is next to the sea. Great play park for kids in the grounds. We stayed in one of the outside chalet style rooms which was lovely, if the French window entrance took a bit of getting used to and in busier times may make privacy a challenge. The food in the hotel was great and the staff very welcoming. It may have been that there was staff shortages the weekend we stayed as the staff did seem overworked and struggling to keep up which didn't make for a relaxing atmosphere. The main hotel building itself could do with some sprucing up. Regardless of this we had a great weekend. Collapse
Overall Hotel Rating: 4 out of 5
- Destination: 4 out of 5
- Sleep: 4 out of 5
- Breakfast: 4 out of 5
- Staff: 4 out of 5
- Lymington Town: 4 out of 5
Relaxing spring break in the New Forest
Stay Date: 22/03/2016, a customer aged 65+ who stayed in this hotel wrote this review.
Lovely hotel situated on the edge of the Solent. We had an excellent suite (which we had not anticipated!) - spotlessly clean - beautifully equipped - really peaceful - warm and relaxing. Just what we needed. See more
Lovely hotel situated on the edge of the Solent. We had an excellent suite (which we had not anticipated!) - spotlessly clean - beautifully equipped - really peaceful - warm and relaxing. Just what we needed. Collapse
Overall Hotel Rating: 5 out of 5
- Destination: 5 out of 5
- Sleep: 5 out of 5
- Breakfast: 5 out of 5
- Staff: 5 out of 5
- New Forest: 5 out of 5
Nice hotel, let down by certain staff!!
Stay Date: 11/09/2015, a customer aged 45-64 from United Kingdom who stayed in this hotel wrote this review.
In general a nice hotel but our experience of it was marred by a certain rude bar man. Upon arrival we were greeted by a very efficient and friendly pleasant receptionist - 10/10 We had a top floor chalet room that was very nice, good facilities, r… See more
In general a nice hotel but our experience of it was marred by a certain rude bar man. Upon arrival we were greeted by a very efficient and friendly pleasant receptionist - 10/10 We had a top floor chalet room that was very nice, good facilities, roomy & clean - 10/10 We chose not to eat in the hotel restaurant as it looked a bit grim and looked as if it would lack atmosphere. So we made a reservation at Stanwells restaurant in Lymington.. Thank goodness!! We went to the hotel bar whilst we waited for our taxi, due to arrive at 7.15. We walked into the bar that had an overpowering smell of body odour.. Rather unpleasant!! We were greeted..if you can call it that, by a very angry faced barman who rudely told us to take a seat. Anyway a long story short, the barman was very rude in the 20 minutes we were in the bar to ourselves and 2 other lots of couples that entered the bar, one being a young couple who quite honestly looked petrified. We had ordered our drinks but never managed to get them by the time our taxi turned up, the barman said he couldn't find keys for part of the bar but his supposed apology was delivered again in an extremely rude manner!! Barman's hospitality - 0/10 Barman's body odour 0/10. We complained to the man on reception but he gave us a frankly uninterested apology. Hotel therefore very pleasant but totally let down by certain members of staff. Don't eat or drink in this hotel for an evening you will probably have a miserable time, go into Lymington and try Stanwells, every aspect there, service, food, ambience etc 10/10 Collapse
Overall Hotel Rating: 4 out of 5
- Destination: 3 out of 5
- Sleep: 4 out of 5
- Staff: 1 out of 5
- Stanwells boutique hotel & restaurant: 5 out of 5
Elmers Court Hotel
Stay Date: 13/03/2015, a customer aged 45-64 from Bracknell who stayed in this hotel wrote this review.
The hotel was nice and the room was very comfortable. The leisure facilities were very good. The evening meal was excellent but the breakfast was disappointing. See more
The hotel was nice and the room was very comfortable. The leisure facilities were very good. The evening meal was excellent but the breakfast was disappointing. Collapse
Overall Hotel Rating: 4 out of 5
- Destination: 3 out of 5
- Sleep: 4 out of 5
- Breakfast: 1 out of 5
- Staff: 3 out of 5
- Lymington: 3 out of 5
- Elmers Court Hotel: 5 out of 5
Great Location But......
Stay Date: 14/02/2015, a customer aged 45-64 from Hampton who stayed in this hotel wrote this review.
Access to outside room was up steep staircase which would have been an issue for some. The room nice and large... the pillows were bricks and the bed very hard. There was terrible water pipe noise... I mean very loud when people were using the bat… See more
Access to outside room was up steep staircase which would have been an issue for some. The room nice and large... the pillows were bricks and the bed very hard. There was terrible water pipe noise... I mean very loud when people were using the bath/showers. The on switch on the shower was almost prohibitive to use due to its stiffness. The breakfast was average and totally chaotic on the Sat (as wedding guests) but not an excuse as thats what they do ! Tried to go to the Steak Restauarant on the Sunday but were told we should have booked so went to town instead. The restaurant/breakfast room is 'soulless'. The grounds are lovely. Collapse
Overall Hotel Rating: 3 out of 5
- Destination: 4 out of 5
- Sleep: 2 out of 5
- Breakfast: 2 out of 5
- Staff: 4 out of 5
Accommodation from the 90s, Food from the 80s
Stay Date: 04/2017, Andy B wrote this review.
I booked a break for my family to have a long weekend visiting Peppa Pig World, I thought I'd bought us a little taste of luxury in an exclusive Spa Hotel. How wrong I was. On arrival we drive up to the grand hotel entrance, the main building is bea… See more
I booked a break for my family to have a long weekend visiting Peppa Pig World, I thought I'd bought us a little taste of luxury in an exclusive Spa Hotel. How wrong I was. On arrival we drive up to the grand hotel entrance, the main building is beautiful and has opulent surroundings, we were greeted by promises of locally sourced fine foods and excellence on the reception notice boards. My wife checked in and we were allocated 25a which was in the grounds of the hotel, a good walk from the car park especially with bags for a couple of days and two hungry young kids to move. We made it to the room to find our 'Family Suite' was actually a sofa bed squeezed into a double room, the hotel had made up the sofa bed but it then occupier almost all the free space in the room. Whilst very disappointed, we decided to make the most of it and dumped our bags to go to the restaurant for some well deserved food after a long day of travel and Peppa Pig. We went to the Scottish Steak Club in the hotel ground on the recommendation of the receptionist who described it as a burgers, ribs kind of place - perfect after a long day. What we found was a bizarre and dated building interior that felt like an empty version of a caravan park club but with less class, TVs on the walls at half volume and big gaps where furniture is sometimes but not that night. I ordered an Amstel whilst reviewing the menu, but unfortunately that was not available, so I had the IPA - it was terrible, either the barrel was 2 months out of date or their pipes hasn't been cleaned for weeks. I swapped out for the 'Scottish Lager', which had a strong taste of vinegar. My wife ordered the house white, which was quite simply the worst wine I've had in years, not corked, just awful. I read the menu, which looked like a photo copy of a Bernie Inn menu from back in the 80s - prawn cocktail, gammon, morning modern, no ribs it was so dated. At this point, I debated with my wife ordering a dominos to the hotel and leaving the restaurant, but it was well past the kids dinner time, so we went ahead anyway. My wife had the flat iron steak special, it came with an attempt at triple cooked chips, which were almost black, I'm not exaggerating, yet at the same time being almost undercooked, from experience this suggested they hasn't changed the oil in the fryer in months, her steak was tasteless and tough. My children had sausage and mash, the sausages also tasted of out of date oil so were obviously deep fried in the same vat with an undertone flavor of fish strangely. The sausages were served with a man that may have been made with potato, but tasted like instant mash mixed with olive oil and pepper. On the side were frozen diced vegetables reminiscent of Iceland or farm foods basic selection. The sausages themselves were also incredibly low quality with very low meat content. I ordered the burger, which was a sad grey thing obviously cooked from frozen and also very very low quality, Iceland strikes back. We ate the parts we could stomach, which were the fries and some bread and got the bill - £62! The dreadful house white was £8 a glass and the other items massively overpriced. I'm not averse to paying good money for a good meal, but this was beyond abysmal and ludicrously priced. The whole experienced left me so enraged, that I took the kids back to the room then made my way to meet the manager to make a complaint, unfortunately only the Night manager was available. He was attentive and listened to my complaint, but it was obvious this was a regular occurrence - the poor guy has to take the brunt of folk complaining and is it of his control, so I requested to see the manager the next morning, setting up a meeting for 9am. I got down at 9am the next day only to be told the manager was busy with another guest, I said not to worry I'll wait and sat for 20 minutes. Eventually a lady came down to see me, who I complained to, who said she'd relay my complaint to the manager - she was head of housekeeping, the manger wouldn't even make time to see me. I was astonished at this, if I was running the hotel and I had a complaint this serious, I'd be chasing down the guest to resolve it, not hiding away. I was granted a token discount against the previous night's meal, but after the experience device to check out - 2 nights early ending my short holiday with the kids early. This hotel and it's management agree an absolute disgrace, some staff are fantastic and very friendly (front desk staff), but the whole place needs a huge shake up. Even a great chef can't make good meals with terrible ingredients. The real tragedy here is the hotel had the right general ingredients to be fantastic but is totally ruined by corner cutting, bad practices and a manger who doors not care at all about welfare of visitors, they couldn't get us out of the hotel quick enough. Collapse
Very expensive, for no frills break.......very disappointing for a Macdonald venue.
Stay Date: 04/2017, Jacqueline b wrote this review.
We have previously had breaks in Macdonald complexes. Admittedly the last one was about ten years ago. We expected what we paid for. We booked a two night break at this hotel in the New Forest to end our all too brief trip to England. It was expensi… See more
We have previously had breaks in Macdonald complexes. Admittedly the last one was about ten years ago. We expected what we paid for. We booked a two night break at this hotel in the New Forest to end our all too brief trip to England. It was expensive £464 for two nights, 2 adults and one child. Our arrival was a little disappointing as the welcome at reception was mediocre, 2 staff members,the woman more stressed than the man, telephone ringing interrupting their ´flow'. In the blurb I had read about the beautiful views over the Lymington river......it is very small, if you are standing in the garden.....but certainly not from the rooms. Agh! The rooms....very dated, bathroom very small, bed not as good a quality as a Premier Inn......needs replacing. Linen was good quality and clean, which is why I give them a 1 star review. If you wish to have privacy in your room, you need to close the curtains, especially in the evening. Perhaps we were unfortunate in being given room 22a, because above this room it appears there is a room inhabited by a slightly eccentric gentleman who wandered around with his bathrobe flapping all evening.....we even encountered him in the Scottish Steak Clube. Be warned he walks like an elephant. The first night we ate in the Scottish Steak Club. The service was lovely, the staff merit that star alone. The atmosphere was dire.......think 1970's pub in the suburbs. The food might be made from the finest ingredients but somewhere along the line it lost its ´fineness'........mediocre pub food at best. The biggest shock was yet to come. Breakfast time we duly presented our selves in the same Scottish Steak Club. We found that our £464 did not include breakfast. We could pay for the full English buffet at £19.99 a person, or go continental at £13.99 each. Imagine 3 of us.....that's another £60 onto our bill.......the fabulous breakfast we found in Lymington the next day cost £17 for all 3 of us, including some extra toast, tea and a strawberry milkshake! My daughter and I did use the swimming pool and thus the changing rooms and showers. Dirty, sand in the pool, hair on the sides. Not a member of staff in sight.....we signed ourselves in at about 6pm on Saturday afternoon,We just helped ourselves to towels. Still no one to talk to at 7.15 when we left. When I went to the reception to settle our bill, for one dinner (x3 and continental breakfast x3) I willed the man to offer the minimum amount of courtesy and ask if I had enjoyed my stay.....nothing......just the bill, no courtesy whatsoever. It was I who wished him a happy Easter as I left.....to no response. That's it! I am done with trying to treat my little French family to a good British break......embarrassed that I ever had the audacity to say that British hotels know what service is........ Never again will I use the Macdonalds group, that is how disappointed I am. Collapse
Stay Date: 04/2017, Carolyn B wrote this review.
Very relaxed breakfast room,man sat in his bath robe enjoying his breakfast.Called in for morning coffee,very nice,served by friendly staff with a shortbread biscuit.The room was sadly in need of refurbishment with a couple of huge wasps flying about… See more
Very relaxed breakfast room,man sat in his bath robe enjoying his breakfast.Called in for morning coffee,very nice,served by friendly staff with a shortbread biscuit.The room was sadly in need of refurbishment with a couple of huge wasps flying about and many cobwebs up on the triangular windows. Collapse
Overpriced and Over rated
Stay Date: 04/2017, David G wrote this review.
We were disappointed with our stay, grossly overpriced and definitely not 5 star. The room was spacious and comfortable but spoiled by the noise of people moving about in the room upstairs, not rowdy drunks just normal foot fall. The next issue was t… See more
We were disappointed with our stay, grossly overpriced and definitely not 5 star. The room was spacious and comfortable but spoiled by the noise of people moving about in the room upstairs, not rowdy drunks just normal foot fall. The next issue was the dangerous over bath shower, totally unacceptable at this price. The excuse that it covers those who want a bath or a shower is not good enough. The food was good enough but not better than many other hotels we have used at half the price. Cannot in all honesty recommend this hotel at this price level. Collapse
Stay Date: 02/2017, Peroni_Lad wrote this review.
We have stayed in many MacDonald Hotels around the UK and found them to be really good in terms of overall experience. However the Elmers Court was a disappointment to us. Do not expect to stay in the Manor House which dominates the advertising and b… See more
We have stayed in many MacDonald Hotels around the UK and found them to be really good in terms of overall experience. However the Elmers Court was a disappointment to us. Do not expect to stay in the Manor House which dominates the advertising and brochure as rooms are separated from the main building in chalet style blocks. Ours was a little tired and we felt detached from the usual MacDonalds experience where you can pop down to the bar or restaurant, or sit a read the newspaper in pleasant surroundings. The bar and main restaurant lacked atmosphere and we ended up eating out on each of our three night break. Plenty of good places to eat locally and the general area is excellent for exploring. My wife and I were so looking forward to the MacDonald experience but on this occasion we did not get it. Collapse
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