4 day break at the beginning of this month for me, my husband and our 15 month old. Issues to start with r.e. not receiving booking and ferry info and having to chase the hotel for details the day before we left. On arriving at the hotel there was some confusion on parking, when asked for a reserved space in their car park I was directed to the area to the front of the hotel and informed it would be £3 per night, only on leaving did the cleaner tell us we had been in the free car park all week and the chargable one was up the road. The car park is a really bad idea and the fact you have to track down the guests who are blocking you in yourself (knocking their rooms, interrupting their dinner) is really thoughtless for guests trying to enjoy their break. Reception gets really busy but only had 1 member of staff on at all times even though others were seen in the back room reading newspapers. Most staff were lovely and went out of their way to assist us but on checking out I had a run-in with a really rude receptionist. The hotel is really big and the swimming area very nice with a small jacuzzi but needs a good clean as the floor of the pool is very grimy and bits of tiles have cracked and become loose, lots of space for more activities to be put in, I assume cost is the issue holding them back. The room was big enough but the bathroom really outdated with carpets and no shower. Damp on the walls and no air con - the room was so stuffy at night but too noisy outside to open the windows.
The lift nearly closed on an elderly lady as the 'open doors' button didn't work (reported to hotel) and sounded like it could break at any point - take the stairs! Location is the best thing this hotel has to offer, just a few steps across to the beach, although if you walk further down to the left for about 5 mins the beach is much cleaner and quieter.
This hotel would suit people who literally only need a bed to crash at night, too noisy if you have kids that go to bed a bit earlier and too many stairs to get to the ground floor - and your room- for people who struggle with mobility.
Local attractions I would recommend the I.O.W. zoo and a drive along the coast, stopping off at the view points.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sandringham Hotel is located directly on Sandown seafront and is just footsteps away from the hotel's front doors, offering friendly accommodation for any occasion. Guest can enjoy the use of the heated indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna. The high street is located to the rear of the hotel with a variety of shops. The large lounge and bar areas are perfect to relax in after a long day exploring the Island, with a variety of hot, cold and alcoholic beverages available to purchase. Free Wi-Fi is provided in our non-budget rooms as well as the lounge. Meals plans are available and can be booked at discounted rates for hotel residents. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sandringham Hotel Sandown, Isle Of Wight