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“Our Stress free break was just what we needed”
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Marina Bay Hotel
Ranked #13 of 29 Hotels in Sandown
Havant, England, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Our Stress free break was just what we needed”
Reviewed 12 November 2013

We stayed in this family run hotel for 9 nights Oct/Nov 2013 in a ground floor room as I am disabled, the room was clean and tidy with a new fitted shower and sink and toilet, perfect for my and my husbands needs, the food was very good and the staff, friendly and helpful, we could not gave been better looked after, and were made to feel part of the family, we will definately be going back and encouraging friends and family to visit, The hotel had been recommended to us by a friend and we were not disappointed, and we came away planning our 2014 stay, so to the lovely family who run the Marina Bay, many thanks, kind regards and see you in 2014 - Magic!!!!!!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

Frankly, I've been to better youth hostels than this "hotel".
Never mind the bad taste reception lobby (call it personal preference).
Paying 85 pounds for a double room in November??!! (that was supposedly with a groupon discount, and lowest season!).
Climbing to our rooms and entering...
...it became apparent, this place forgot to renovate about 30 years ago.
Well, "I'll have a shower and forget about it" I thought.
-Next surprise is lurking in the tiny showerroom: the towels are changed ONCE PER WEEK so I now have to share this towel with one or more previous guests!!
I think 'disgusting' is a good word here.
-The shower itself?
Electric, and baaad...waited and waited to get the water temperature right.
(Bring your own soap and shampoo by the way, they won't provide any for you).
-Ok, fine, let's have dinner instead?! '
Oh, sorry, it's only served between 6:30 and 7:00 pm! It's now 7:15! What are you thinking?
-Same for breakfast. Be there at 08:30 SHARP or goodbye breakfast (well, on second thoughts, it might have been better if we missed their disgusting breakfast anyway).
The staff made an effort, but it didn't look like it's up to them-I think it's a management problem.

Do yourself a favour: avoid this place!
IoW is full of better options.

Room Tip: Avoid altogether if you can.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Galashiels, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2013

This hotel caters for quantity not particularly in quality, so if you are looking for individual tastes this is not for you. Cannot complain about staff , tried hard for 2 days to change time of return ferry journey, or cleanliness, in our room anyway, but some parts looking very tired. For conservation reasons towels are only changed once a week, and although agree with this principal the bathroom needs to have way of hanging and drying the towels. Also no point of having sea view room if bay window has net curtain and dressing table in front of! Didn't eat dinner in the restaurant because of limited set menu and had to be 6.30pm to 7pm and everyone sat down ready and waiting!! As far as breakfast is concerned, poor at best. These days you have to offer people the chance to choose their own juice (choice of!!), cereal etc, not bring both to table pre measured and poured! The porridge was inedible and didn't taste like any porridge I have ever eaten. The cooked breakfast which my partner had was of the lowest quality products available I imagine. The last morning we decided to skip it all together and eat out! Great that they provide 'entertainment' for those who want it, but if you just want a quiet drink in bar to end your evening there is no chance, no quiet lounge or place to sit and relax. Ok not 3 or 4 star hotel but not advertised as budget hotel, and that is what it is, everything supplied as cheap as possible. Maybe wrong choice on our part, a Groupon Deal, but no way would we pay the full prices charged at this hotel. They say ''you get what you pay for'' , but think they need to upgrade the quality of breakfast provided at very least. Shame because with little more thought in way of quality and could be good place.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bristol
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

We stayed here on a Groupon for the last weekend in October. We had a great time, largely due to the friendly staff.
The rooms are a little jaded and in need of a refurb, but clean and comfortable. The bathroom had been refurbished over the last year or so and was modern and clean. The only complaint about the room was that it was very warm - we couldn't open the windows too much as it was the weekend of the storm!
Breakfast was great. We didn't need lunch as we had eaten so well. I'm not sure what people who don't want the "Full English" will eat! We didn't eat dinner in the hotel so I can't comment on that.
Our welcome was friendly and gave all the information we needed. The young couple running the hotel (with the help of an older relative) are very friendly and helpful.
Bar prices are reasonable - less than £3 a pint ! We had a line dancing group there at the same time as us, and they took over the bar and dance floor. We had no entertainment as they hogged the sound system and stage; mind you they were entertaining in themselves!!!
If you want a 4 star hotel hotel, this is not for you; but if you want a cheap break in a clean, friendly hotel with good service, you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2013

The staff were very helpful.
The hotel and rooms very clean.
Ideally situated away from the centre of town, but within very easy walking distance.
Hotel has been owned by present family for appx 10 years. They have updated each year and the result is pleasant, fresh and clean.
The bar prices on the Isle of Wight are lower than the mainland. The Marina Bay prices are better than the other hotels.
Plenty to do in Sandown for a mini-break.

Room Tip: We paid extra for a Sea View, and it was lovely.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 November 2013

A short end of season break, the staff were friendly and had good local knowledge, there was entertainment every night which made the stay memorable, rooms were clean and comfortable, the town, was very close by as was the iow zoo, sea views of the bay were excellent.
In short a great stay, that we tend to repeat.

Room Tip: Choose the front with sea view a little extra but worth it.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

My partner and I had a lovely time staying at the Marina Bay Hotel for the weekend of 11-13 October. The hotel is brilliantly located on the seafront in Sandown, and as we had booked a sea view room we had a lovely view of the sea. The breakfasts, which were the only meals we took at the hotel, were fine, but nothing special.

It was a bit unusual that the seating for breakfast was only between 8.30am and 9am, which meant that we often rushed down for breakfast before returning to our room to relax before heading out to explore the area.

Our room also had a fantastic view, but this was not made the most of as a net curtain had been installed across the main window - I'm sure this was to provide privacy, but as the view was the reason we'd booked the room in the first place it did seem a bit bizarre that the only way of getting the net curtain out of the way was to effectively tie it around another bit of curtain. There was also a very large gap under the door to the room, which had the unfortunate effect of letting in a great deal of light from the hallway.

Overall, we greatly enjoyed our stay. The staff were polite and friendly, the rooms seemed a bit run down but were clean, and the hotel itself was in a fantastic location - it was perfect for an inexpensive weekend away, but had we been looking for something special we would not have chosen the Marina Bay.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Marina Bay Hotel
Address: 17 Culver Parade, Sandown PO36 8AT, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Sandown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Sandown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Marina Bay Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 36
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