Just got back from a girly mini break and stayed at the Melivlle Hall after finding an excellent offer of £69 per person for dinner, bed, breakfast and a spa treatment.
The hotel and gardens are beautifully maintained and very clean although perhaps a little dated, net curtains and artex ceilings are not really my thing!
The staff on reception and in the restaurant and bars are very friendly and helpful, the new outside pool area is fantastic and the menus imaginative and using locally sourced produce where appropriate. Portion sizes were rather small though although this suited as neither of us are big eaters.
I would say that the weak spot was the manicures and pedicures that we received as part of the package. They were really just file and paints, no massage at all and the standards of both were really not very high. Rough nails, claggy nail varnish that was past it sell by date were examples of this.
Sandown itself is rather run down and many of the hotels on the sea front look as if they are in dire need of a refurb and some tlc. The resort itself was very quiet despite the lovely weather (come 8.30pm on a Sunday evening, everything was more or less dead!) and I think in general Sandown could do with some re-invention to tempt people not to holiday abroad. The whole concept of burgers/chips/pies and slot machines just came across as tired and dated. That said, can recommend the Salt Rock Cafe on the sea front which is fresh and clean with a lovely menu and also Sunday night at the Tag pub for some fab music!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Deserve some pampering? the friendly Melville Hall Hotel & Utopia Spa is the number one choice for a relaxing holiday with lovely bedroom suites, free breakfast, excellent restaurant, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, free Wi-Fi, free car park, and all just a few minutes walk from Sandown beach and High Street. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melville Hall Sandown
- Hotel Melville Hall
- Melville Hall Hotel Sandown, Isle Of Wight