We stayed at the Broadway Park Hotel from 10th - 14th of March after booking a late deal with Shearings Coach Holidays.
When we arrived at this hotel we were impressed with the main building and 4 acres of gardens. Our check-in was speedy and because we wanted to walk into Sandown town and buy some water rather than spend £2 on a small bottle of water at the hotel, we found our own cases and took them to our room, which was at the very end of the 2nd floor in the main building.
It was a short walk into town, where there are 2 supermarkets, the Co-op and Sainsbury’s. The walk back to the hotel was uphill, but we didn’t find it difficult.
We didn’t bother to upgrade our room and found it to be just as we expected after reading previous reviews. It was a reasonable size, tired, but functional and clean and we had very hot water throughout our stay. However, we found that the rooms weren’t adequately sound-proofed as we could hear our immediate neighbours in their rooms. Fortunately, this wasn’t a problem for us as we didn’t spend much time in our room.
We were allocated a table on arrival and this was our table for the full duration of our holiday. The meals are waiter service (a special mention for our waiter Marcin who worked tirelessly), except for breakfast cereals, which you helped yourself to from a central table. Fresh fruit on the breakfast menu was a small bowl of prepared grapefruit and scrambled egg on toast tasted very odd and not as if fresh eggs had been used. However, the kippers and full English breakfast were exceptionally good. Dinner was basic but acceptable, but loved the starters and desserts.
At check-in, we were given a card each that allowed 4 free drinks a day, which included pints of draught beer, wine, soft drinks and spirits. Service at the bar was speedy.
The lounges were spacious with plenty of comfortable seats, free daily papers and The Cloud free Wi-Fi. The evening entertainment in the ballroom was excellent especially the comedy vocalist Simon Howard on Tuesday night. We never went to bed before 12 because the entertainment was so good.
The hotel is close to the local bus stops and we used our free bus passes to travel around the island. We caught the number 8 bus at the bus stop opposite the Rock Shop down the hill from the hotel, to Newport which was the hub bus station where you could catch a bus to most other parts of the Isle of Wight including bus number 7 to Alum Bay for the Needles.
Overall, we found the hotel good value for the money we paid. The plus points easily outnumber the negatives, especially if you can get a late deal.
- 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