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“A tale of two sides”

Prince of Wales Pub
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Prince of Wales Pub
Ranked #2 of 2 East Cowes B&B and Inns
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“A tale of two sides”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

This was a weird experience. the pub is tired, dated and pretty rough. we walked in on a Friday night and everyone just stared at us. Room paid for on arrival and an effort to show us the room - girl from bar got half way up stairs then handed us the key and said it was on the next level!! We wondered what we had come too! the room itself was delightful . Very recently refurbished , great shower bathroom well stocked with toiletries, drinks tray in room. All we could want for the night, spotlessly clean. Unfortunately, the night was a sleepless one as this pub seems to be a meeting ground for the area - loud music and meet ups of all and sundry outside our window well passed midnight and the language was foul. This was then followed up by constant traffic - lorries in the night and dog walkers at 5 am,
No point creating such beautiful rooms if the rest of the pub lacks the same standard of cleanliness or welcome. I hope the re furbishment continues to the rest.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Midlands, Ireland
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

Stayed here thinking it a pub/restaurant/B&B
Rooms are of good standard having been recently refurbished.
Bar is very poor English bar- hardly enough Ice in the gin to cool it down. Breakfast is about the worst I have ever had- not just me of my companions one had the fry -only half edible. Our 3rd companion took one look at our breakfast and ordered tea and toast!!! There was no cereal or
fruit on offer

Room Tip: Traffic noise all night in rooms on left of house- no idea if any others are quieter. Traffic passes...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Romsey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 May 2014 via mobile

We stayed at The Prince of Wales for a wedding planning weekend due to its convenient location and free parking. The room was a double en suite on the top floor.

The staff were slightly absent, but nice.
The breakfast was accommodating and good value for money.
The room was clean and freshly decorated in a tasteful style.

On the downside, there is a fair bit of road noise and the tea was not restocked. It is not a luxurious resort, but it is convenient, affordable and nice for a weekend away.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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East Cowes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

I'm not reviewing this as a hotel more as a place to eat/drink.
After a long day on the mainland we returned to East Cowes by bus and decided to call in for a drink and something to eat.
We arrived around half six and were disappointed to find the carvery was closed (it was Wednesday and they advertise their carvery Monday - Saturday!). Having purchased our drinks, which were reasonably priced, we sat at a table in the bar area. After ordering a snack meal (again reasonably priced) we waited to be served. My wife visited the Ladies but found there was no toilet paper in any cubicle and the Male toilet was in a "cabin" in the car park.
The bar area was grubby and the windows looked as though they hadn't been cleaned for months - the bar itself was populated by men whose language was not tempered by the presence of a female.
Our snack was excellent - hot and tasty but I regret that the overall ambiance of the place doesn't make a return trip likely.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

An interesting B and B/pub - connections to Osborne house in the room names. Nice decor. Stayed one night as doing the Walk the Wight the next day. Staff helpful as we were leaving very early in the morning so made sandwiches for us the night before, which were very much appreciated. Room had tv, tea, coffee, hot chocolate. Although it was in a pub, I did not hear any noise, even though my room overlooked the smoking area. Would recommend if looking for reasonably priced accommodation.

Room Tip: Very nicely prepared rooms with tv. Mine was a single - room enough to move around and ensuite was s...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

Stayed at the Prince of Wales over May bank holiday weekend. The rooms are beautifully decorated and a great position for Osborne House and public transport into Ryde and Newport. Bus stops are right outside. I can not fault the food, the breakfast was the best I had ever tasted. If you are a light sleeper ask for room at the back as the road at the front is very busy, even at night. The staff are very friendly but there seems to be a lack of management. Lots of workers with no one at the helm. Someone needs to be in overall charge of the cleaners especially to check rooms after them. Other than that a great place.

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the back for a quiet nights sleep
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

We had a short stay of four nights here. The bedroom, although small, was well decorated but unfortunately it was on the front of the hotel on a very busy main road and there was no double glazing, it was very noisy. If you intend staying here, ask for a room at the back! We had clean towels every day but the waste bin in the bathroom and the one in the bedroom were never emptied for the entire time we were there!
The most disappointing part of the stay was the lack of space in the bar to have a drink in the evening and the rather chaotic breakfast routine. I never want a cooked breakfast but like a glass of decent orange juice, some cereal/fresh or dried fruit and some toast/bread with butter and jam. There was no one person in charge of the orders in the breakfast room but several people including the chef sometimes! The cereal seem to be a major problem, nobody working there ever seemed to know what they had in store. There was no menu and no table with little boxes of cereal for us to choose from and no fruit or bread. I settled for Special K on the first day (there was no Muesli) but next day that had all gone and was never replaced. Once I was offered the choice from four small boxes, Coco Pops or Corn flakes or two other cereals which were very sweet. The toast was like cardboard and completely tasteless! There were never more than two or three other people in for breakfast with us so there was never any pressure on the staff.
I do appreciate that the price of the Bed and Breakfast was not very high but I would never go back there. With better organisation and better bread the breakfast could have been better!
The people working there were very pleasant and were doing their best but seemingly without any guidance.
A very convenient place for a visit to Osborne House.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Prince of Wales Pub
Address: York Avenue, East Cowes PO32 6JT, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > East Cowes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in East Cowes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Prince of Wales Pub 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
From June 2013 bed and breakfast accommodation is available in our tastefully refurbished en suite bedrooms at competitive rates. With a separate main entrance there is a mixture of single, double, twin or family rooms. Where else can you stay in comfortable, historic surroundings opposite a Royal Residence, within minutes of a yachting mecca, the town and ferries to the mainland? ... more   less 
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