Just got back from a long weekend at the Royal Pier Hotel in Sandown with my partner.
Firstly the hotel in is an excellent position, a 5-10 minute walk to the train station (for connections to Ryde & Shanklin etc) and opposite Sandown Pier on the beach front! We recieved an extremely friendly welcome from the receptionist and hotel manager.
We paid for a "partial sea-view room" but were pleased to discover that our room had a fantastic seaview looking onto the pier. The room was clean with a comfortable bed - the decor was a bit old-fashioned for our taste, but given the majority of the clientele seem to be pensioners or on tour groups I didnt really feel this was an issue. The only issue we had was there was no shower (only a bath, and yes it was an avacado suite)- a bit of a pain when you just want a quick wash and go, and the old fashioned television could do with an upgrade too, but it worked perfectly fine.
We stayed on b&b basis - The staff were run off their feet at breakfast and the dining room runs a very tight slot to get in, eat and leave. Found the service to be a little on the brusque side (not even a good morning greeting), but the staff seem to be on the go for most of the day and night so that possibly explains it. The major gripe at breakfast were the portion sizes - a 1/4 of a bowl of cereal, full english served on a side plate etc - I understand that portions have to be controlled, especially for tour groups who may be paying little, but I feel the portions need to be re-assessed, especially for singles/couples outwith the tour groups - however, we never left breakfast feeling hungry. We never had evening meal, but there seemed to be a good variety of dishes available.
There were 2 bars in the hotel, one opposite reception (which does not accept debit cards or allow drinks to be charged to the room....very unusual!) and one which was for evening entertainment which seemed to be exclusively filled with the tour groups, and they seemed to love the entertainment on offer - again very much geared to older clientele of the hotel.
Overall, we enjoyed our trip to the isle of wight and at the Royal Pier Hotel - we found the staff (especially manager) to be friendly, helpful and hospitable and hotel offered a good value break.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal Pier Hotel, originally built by the Victorians for Princess Beatrice as her summer residence, is ideally positioned on the seafront offering views of one of the finest beaches on the Island and the Pier with its family amenities. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool and spa-pool, regular entertainment, choice of two bars and a light, spacious dining room overlooking the seafront. We pride ourselves on our friendly staff and offer value for money. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Pier Sandown
- Royal Pier Hotel Sandown, Isle Of Wight