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Albert Cottage Hotel
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Cowes
Certificate of Excellence
Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“perfect wedding venue”
Reviewed 6 June 2011

my daughter had her wedding at albert cottage in april. it was so perfect and the staff were exceptional as was the manager who helped me endlessly with his experience and patience. the 10 bedrooms were so beautiful and spacious. we had an evening meal for 45 people which could not be faulted. the 10 rooms were taken by family members other guests who could not get a room at albert cottage stayed in nearby bed and breakfasts within walking distance from the hotel, living in oxford should have made it difficult but i wasnt we only travelled out twice while organising my daughters big day and within the two visits and a couple of phone call the big day was ready and waiting. when looking on Albert Cottage website the photos of the venue looked amazing and we hoped it was like them in real life and it certanily didnt disappoint. i would highly recommend Albert Cottage.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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London
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Reviewed 31 March 2011

I was married at the hotel last year and the rooms are truly beautiful. The ones I saw were all spacious, with luxurious bathrooms and a gorgeous touch of Victorian character. The gardens were lovely, with a well kept lawn and the ceremony rooms was very romantic. The service and bar staff were also very good.

Service was somewhat lacking however. My Mother booked a room for me and my bridesmaid to stay in the night before the wedding some months in advance. when I called 2 days before the wedding to confirm numbers however, I was advised that no booking was on record and there were no vacancies. I was left with no where to stay the night before my wedding!!

The planning process was somewhat stressful, as it was difficult to get a cal back from the manager and I waited for 3 or 4 days to hear back on urgent matters. Staff do not seem to communicate much. We had some disputes over money and there was a definite feeling that we were being squeezed for all we were worth and when we discussed this with the matter we were initially met with a degree of hostility though changes were eventually made.

I would definitely recommend this hotel for a wedding as it is simply beautiful, though suggest you keep a close eye on the bill as they may overcharge for things you did not ask for.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 October 2010

This was a last minute booking for the night before a sponsored bike ride (in aid of the Mission to Seafarers) round the Isle of Wight. The hotel was just fabulous. They allowed us to put our bikes safely in a covered courtyard, and accommodated us in comfy, spacious rooms with immaculate bathroom facilities and an excellent breakfast to set us off the following morning on our bike ride. Nothing was too much trouble and I can highly recommend this as a base for families to explore the island.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2010

Stayed with small family group of adults when we were visiting Osborne House.My room was equisite and had a bathroom you only dream about.........
The staff were friendly and efficient and the breakfast was plentiful and delicious.It was served in a small comfortable room with bags of character. On the 1st night we had booked dinner but felt it was overpriced and lacked pzazz!.It was served in a large dining room, which because there was only 8 of us in that night total eating in, lacked atmosphere . One word of warning you are only allowed 2 courses for your DBB price and then charged £6 for your pudding so if you want value go elsewhere eg The Folly Inn like us and get more for your money and a happy friendly less formal atmosphere with a good choice of food.
The rooms do not provide paper tissues or bottled drinking water ( perhaps a cost -cutting exercise that does not befit such grand rooms) so do bring your own.
We would visit the hotel again and indeed hope to do so soon but this time for B/B only.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
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South of England
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2010

This little hotel is wonderful. Well over a year ago, we booked our daughter's wedding at this venue. We needed exclusive use of a facility for the bank holiday weekend and Albert Cottage provided it. At the time, the hotel had just transferred to new ownership.

Last weekend the Wedding took place and it has to be said, the new owners have turned this from a good hotel into an outstanding one. Our guests travelled considerable distances to get to the Island and were really delighted with their rooms.
All of the arrangements were handled with great expertise and everything that the hotel promised, they delivered 110%.

The catering for the Wedding Breakfast was outstanding and and a hot evening buffet for guests was of exactly the same quality and could not be faulted. The hotel has won an award for the standard of breakfast catering and it is thoroughly deserved. No trays of tired sausages here and served by friendly, unobtrusive staff who really did surpass themselves last weekend.

The building was once the home of Queen Victoria's daughter, Princess Beatrice. The interior is beautiful and the outside and the grounds are a delight.. Our party of nearly 80 people had nothing but praise and compliments for every aspect of the hotel. The only downside to it all, was leaving!

It is so rare to find such high standards in a hotel. I have no hesitation in rating this as an excellent venue and its hard to imagine that anyone could be disappointed with a short break or longer holiday in this lovely venue.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled on business
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Bedford, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2009

Small hotel with only 10 rooms. Some rooms have recently been done up, although we stayed in one of the older style rooms.

Modern annex for dining/bar area. Long corridor to reach it. Large grounds and a nice outdoor area outside the bar. Feels quiet and relaxing - definitely recommended.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Dorset
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 March 2009

My Husband and I first stayed at The Albert Cottage Hotel in September 2007 for our honeymoon. We did not book but the tourist board put us in touch. We were very pleasantly surprised. Very good first impressions and it just got better when we saw our room. Everything was spotlessly clean and fresh. We had our meals in the restaurant, every bite was heaven. Breakfast was equally amazing. The grounds are lovely to relax in and just a short walk into Cowes. We returned for our anniversary in September 2008 for more of the same and will definately be returning in the future. My only complaint was the food a little expensive. But with the town so close there was no need to eat at the hotel every night.

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Albert Cottage Hotel
Address: York Avenue, Cowes PO32 6BD, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Cowes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Cowes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Albert Cottage Hotel in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight was once part of Queen Victoria’s Osborne Estate. The Grade II listed building - set in two acres of gardens - is now a stylish ten bedroom hotel and home of the Consort Restaurant, with a fine reputation for its affordable à la carte menu. At Albert Cottage Hotel you can enjoy a relaxing stay, freshly cooked food and explore the beautiful Isle of Wight. The hotel is also an ideal venue for weddings, celebrations, meetings and conferences. Whether visiting for business or pleasure, you're assured a warm welcome. ... more   less 
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