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“Makes Fawlty Towers seem like the Ritz Carlton”
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The Carlton Hotel
Ranked #24 of 29 Hotels in Sandown
Reviewed 11 May 2014 via mobile

I stayed here with a group of friends as part of a cycling trip round the IOW. I know it was cheap but....

It's safe to say I wouldn't recommend or go back but reading the other reviews and based on the bus loads of 70-100yr olds it's obvious some people like. The bingo last night was also popular with the oldies...

Showers are terrible and water is either so hot or so cold you can't stand under the trickle that pours.

Beds are all twin beds with scratchy blankets and squeak when you move.

You can borrow a hair dryer from reception. I'd be amazed if anybody ever stole one and they couldn't just keep in the rooms to save you going to get one (you can't phone down as there are no phones in the rooms).

Some of the rooms have amazing sea views but with patio doors that don't lock or the lock could easily be broken off. The balconies all join the others so you can see in your neighbours' rooms if you stand on it.

Breakfast is only served between 830 and 915 for everyone so with 120 guests last night it was busy. The same goes for dinner only being served between 1830 and 1915.

All seemed odd and just not good.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

The best thing about this hotel is where it's situated. It's across the road from a beautiful sea and pier. The staff are ever so friendly, we keep in touch a lot. We went to this hotel four times a year for he past five years. Best place to be in Isle of Wight. The rooms have also been done up which makes it ten times better. The food is brilliant. And the entertainment is great with regular fancy dress competitions. Tons to do around hotel

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Jenna-may S
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

Hotel was clean and comfortable. Staff were helpful and friendly.
The hotel entertainment was great. Food was a good standard and we enjoyed our stay. would recommend it to my friends.
very good value for money.

Room Tip: must have sea view.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Helen L
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

Hotel room was clean and comfortable but in need of updating, as was most of hotel. Great location,right on the seafront but unfortunately no parking. Food was good, restaurant staff worked hard, were polite and helpful. Entertainment very good. Have stayed in better hotels for less money so probably wouldn't stay in this one again.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Margex51
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Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

Wonderful stay with a very welcoming atmosphere in a large group of 140 people. We well catered for and staff were very efficient and friendly. Sophie went out of her way to keep standards high and for all the little extra requirements.
All in all great value for money and everyone left happy. Rooms very clean with fantastic views over beach.
Will definitely return and cannot understand previous negative reviews.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
3  Thank ThebearsAshford_Kent
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

Hotel is crampy. No place to even carry a stroller. Just came there to have a break away from home... but felt going to home after seeing this place. Beds are very crampy and no place for a child to even walk inside the room. No hot water for half a day and it's miserable. The only good thing is it is just before the sea and staff are really helpful. But hotel is worst.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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4  Thank Sairam G
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

no car park had to pay £6 50 a day if you are lucky to get a parking space breakfast looks like prison food beds are very old springs dig in your back tatty inside rooms no slope outside hotel so you have to lift buggies up stairs the hotel needs updating

Room Tip: dont go there
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank steve s
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Additional Information about The Carlton Hotel

Address: Esplanade, Sandown PO36 8LA, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Sandown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Sandown
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
The Carlton Hotel Sandown, Isle Of Wight

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