We have returned today from a 4 night stay at the Carlton Hotel in Sandown Isle of Wight and had a lovely time. I had read some of the reviews posted on here before we went and was expecting to be disappointed with this hotel. Well we weren't- from the first impression of our room and our first meal there. We were lucky enough to have a sea view room with balcony which literally was a stone's throw from the beach. The view was beautiful and when we were in our room it was great to watch the small boats and even the cruise ships on the horizon setting off from Southampton. Each morning the beach workers were litter picking and setting up numerous loungers, deck chairs and windbreaks starting before 7am ! The drawback as mentioned on a previous review was that due to security reasons we were unable to sleep with the balcony doors open and as there was no other window the room was very hot at night but in the day it was cool and airy. The shower room was small and those of us more rotund would find it a tight squeeze between the wash basin and the toilet! The bed was comfortable and the room very quiet at night with no compressors or air conditioning units making that horrible whirring sound. All we could hear was the gentle lapping of the tide. The meals were fine but not generous. Breakfasts consisted of cereals, grapefruit and porridge followed by a plated cooked breakfast which slightly varied each day. Toast was served with butter and marmalade in portions. No croissants, pastries etc! Dinner was 3 courses with 3 choices in each. I ate the vegetarian option which was delicious apart from the veg lasagne which was average. The veg curry, spicy rice and mushroom en croute and veg cannelloni were great. Our waitress Charli was a joy and very friendly and efficient. There was entertainment each night which varied in quality but there are a lot of hotels and venues around to visit if you want to try something different. I would be happy to revisit the Carlton if we return to the IOW.
- Also Known As:
- The Carlton Hotel Sandown, Isle Of Wight