We stayed here for 3 nights last October as part of a coach package - DB&B. On arriving to the hotel, we were given tea/coffee etc whilst we completed the registration form. There is only 1 very small lift, so it took quite a long time to get everyone sorted to their rooms etc.
We went down for dinner later and was a bit surprised that all "tour groups" have to eat together and we had to "double up" on tables - bit weird and a bit off-putting if you were planning on a quiet chat, but I suppose it helps you make friends. This combined with the fact that our party was given the tables in the corner, not the ones overlooking the sea, I imagine it must mean that overall our tour was was much cheaper!
The food was okay - nothing wrong with it - decent portions and quick service.
The room was small but serviceable - big sash window at the back of the hotel - nothing in the way of view, but at least you could get plenty of air - some hotels you can barely open the window at all!
The TV reception was not great - we don't tend to watch TV other than whilst we're getting ready to go out, so not a huge issue - but worth noting.
The breakfast next day was standard - grapefruit and cereal to start - followed by your choice of cooked.
The main reasons we chose this deal/hotel was the great value for 3 nights (£100.00 per person for 3 nights DB&B including coach travel and crossing!) and even more importantly however was the location. You step out of the front and there is the beach. It's on the prom in Sandown, which for those unfamiliar with IOW, is a very quaint lively resort. The pier is also just to the right of the doors, so plenty to do.
Basically, I think this hotel is aimed at older couples (based on the evening entertainment) and those looking for a good time on a shoestring. It's not all bells and whilstles, but if you can put up for a mini-break, it's worth a shot.
- Also Known As:
- The Carlton Hotel Sandown, Isle Of Wight