We had a lovely time in the Isle of Wight, but, when we choose to return, we will not likely be staying at the Tarvic 2 Hotel again.
The food was very average, ranging from a poor 1st meal to a lovely last meal (all of which are perfectly designed for the older customer e.g. soft veg and deserts such as rice pudding or ice cream). So if you are young couple (with a full set of teeth!) you may find the food a little bland, although we are not too fussy and so found most of it fairly enjoyable. We did feel a little "2nd best" to the large party who arrived on the coach and had full use of the large restaurant. We were kept with 3 other separate couples in a smaller restaurant, with limited view to the sea. Breakfast was served in our restaurant at 8:30am and dinner at 6:30pm.
The 1st room we were put in (I'll come to why we had a 2nd later...) was on the 1st floor at the back of the hotel. We had a view across the bins and general refuse area to the countryside and the room was quite small. On our 2nd afternoon, as my husband (who weighs 14 stone) sat down onto the bed, it broke. We informed reception who arranged for the maintenance worker to fix it, which he did during our evening meal. That night it broke again at 3:30am. We had no choice but to re-arrange the room and drag the mattress onto the floor where we tried to sleep for the rest of the night. It was fixed again in the day whilst we were out, and, on our return we were offered a new room, which we accepted. This room was on the 2nd floor at the front with a gorgeous sea view (normally an extra £5 per night). It was more spacious and generally better, (e.g. the towels in this room had no holes in them unlike those in the cheaper room). When we later saw the manager the next morning she apologised for the trouble with the bed and offered us a bottle of wine from the bar, which we again accepted.
I must say the rooms were clean and the hotel was in an amazing location in between the pier and the local Zoo (which we visited twice). Sandown on the whole seemed a little run down but this may have been due to the time of year we visited (mid October). The overall quality of the hotel did not affect our time in the Isle of Wight too much and we were not put of returning to the island, which we hope to do soon.
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