We got a deal from LivingSocial for a two night break with dinner 1 night and breakfast, ferry crossing and mini spa treatments included. We upgraded our spa treatments and were both very happy we did so, total cost almost £250. We travelled mid April 2013.
Parking - There does seem to be a lack of parking on the premises but we always found a spot and never needed to park outside on the street, not sure if that would be the case at peak season!
Staff - The dinner staff were exceptional! Really friendly, polite and professional. The Spa girls who did our massages were very knowledgeable and gave fantastic massages. Reception were a little hit and miss and sometimes gave an 'offish' air and I found it wasn't always easy to approach them. Otherwise, all very helpful.
Room - Ok sized medium room with a wardrobe, dressing table, and 2 bedside tables. Nice big bed which was very comfy. Bathroom, although a little narrow, was a good length, excellent shower and nice sink. Seems like the bathroom was new but the room was very dated. Nothing looked tatty and grimey though so we were happy. Never heard anything from neighbouring rooms and we had a very fitful sleep both nights!
Food - The dinner on the first night was excellent (and a lot of it!) Breakfast was nice too, nothing to wow about but hot breakfast was still tasty.
Spa - Small, sometimes busy, tiny jacuzzi that couples went in one at a time. You did feel watched and timed sometimes as other people wanted to go in next, so doesn't really help on the relaxing front! The jacuzzi was very foamy and there was a filmy oil on the pool but I did see a sign that the Spa would be closed for cleaning for a few days at the end of the month, so it should hopefully be as new again and running perfect! The evenings in the spa (generally after 5pm) seemed alot quieter which was nice! The Dr Detox chambers seemed very popular and were always busy also. I didn't like being in my robe in the "relaxation" area. Reception is right there and the bar around the corner. This area is communal and anyone could sit there, not just spa members and people would walk by you to go to the bar, I find that a little mis-leading and want to relax before and after my treatment, not be cold and have people going back and forth through there.
Hotel overall - This is a dated hotel (blue curtains and carpets if that tells you anything..) Which I found really let the place down! It really needs an uplift and I wouldn't suggest it for young people in there 20's. This is more of an "oldy" hotel, quiet and dated. For a relaxed and early night, it's good to go. Unfortunately, we wouldn't stay here again and would be happy to pay more for a more updated hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Melville Hall Hotel is located a few minutes stroll from the beautiful sandy beach of Sandown Bay, almost opposite Los Altos Park. With a wide range of facilities including Utopia SPA, you are guaranteed the relaxing break you deserve. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melville Hall Sandown
- Hotel Melville Hall
- Melville Hall Hotel Sandown, Isle Of Wight