Whilst we had a splendid weekend with Shearings once again, in another of their faded glory hotels, we do feel quite cheated over their All Inclusive drinks policy. When we booked we paid £20 per head extra for the all inclusive package which advertised a free bar from 7.30 -10.30pm. In the week preceding the trip we received a letter saying that this had changed and that they now offered a much better idea of giving all inclusive clients 4 free drinks per day to be taken at any time during the day. I called was reassured that this was not a cheat nor cost cutting excercise but had been done in response to customer feedback, and how good was it that the drinks could also be tea and coffee, which actually is available in the rooms.
The next problem came with what the drinks tokens could be used to buy, only drinks from the optics which, certainly in the case of the gin, was much watered down, or one type of lager, one type of beer. Soft drinks were also included from the pump, but a pint of coke or lemondade cost two tokens!! Indeen what a rip off the coke etc was, should we have bought it would have been £3.20 per pint dearer that the spirits. If you wanted to drink cider etc that was not included. We found this very limiting. The weekend was as usual excellent value for money, but avoid the all inclusive drinks package it was not worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bay Broadway park is a former Victorian mansion house, once home to a wealthy entrepreneur. Today this handsome hotel retains many of its original features and is set within four acres of picturesque grounds. The gardens are home to a variety of wildlife including rare Isle of Wight Red Squirrels, foxes and badgers. This is the perfect setting to get away and relax and you are always assured of a warm welcome. The hotel has three comfortable lounges and a recently refurbished ballroom in which to enjoy the regular evening entertainment. The leisure facilities include an outdoor swimming pool (open from May to September) and a snooker room and there is also parking within the grounds. Whilst here you are sure to enjoy the tranquillity of the setting but it is just a 15 minute walk to the town centre and seafront where there is plenty to see and do.Please note all prices quoted for Bay Broadway Park Hotel include free ferry to and from the Isle of Wight. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bay Broadway Park Hotel Sandown, Isle Of Wight