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Albert Cottage Hotel
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Cowes
Certificate of Excellence
London UK
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“A really great and unique hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2013

My wife and i had a very relaxing weekend and were made to feel very welcome on arrival by Richard who was there to greet us and pass us the keys - after that we were left to be very much on our own which was exactly what we were expecting.

Our room was luxurious and very large and so was the bathroom and overall probably quite a bit bigger than many flats people live in permanently - the style and fittings matched and nothing seems worn or faded or dusty at all - so really top marks

This hotel feels like a positive hybrid of a hotel and private cottage both in style and facilities and it has style and atmosphere in abundance ... because you're right next to Osbourne House and it was part of the royal estate it feels like it has the continuity of that heritage.

After checking in we decide to head out and explore and it was with slight surprise that one of the maids explained we couldn't go into Osbourne House through the truly enormous entrance gate right next to the hotel as this is reserved only 'for the Queen' ... instead we walked the long way round (not really long at all) and walked in the 'proper' entrance and had a cup of tea in the Osbourne House tea rooms.

The weather was better on our second day which always makes a difference with one's positive mental attitude. and also started well as the breakfast was really excellent in (again) a very well decorated and in-period breakfast room - the breakfast options were extensive (smoked haddock/porridge/ full english) with breakfasts individually cooked and not from a buffet - it all added to boutique atmosphere of this very charming and affordable hotel.

We really had nothing to complain about at all but the only thing that would have been great to experience was their restuarant which seemed to be closed in the evenings whilst we were staying - there had been good reviews and even menues on the website - we'll have to come back another time to have dinner - and wont be a hardship at all !!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Isle of Wight
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2013 via mobile

We held a family wake here for a beloved elderly relative and felt it was a perfect venue...it was formal and dignified but relaxed at the same time. For a smaller occasion you could use the bar and patio area. Really convenient for the crematorium and the ferry.

The grounds are beautiful, especially on a sunny day...and the hotel has a lovely atmosphere, so much history. We peeked in through the windows of Queen Victorias summer house.

The food was excellent with gluten free food provided as requested. I don't drink normal tea and I was shocked at being charged £2 for a green tea but we hadn't requested this originally so there you go.

We were shown some of the bedrooms when deciding on a venue and they looked lovely, all individual, very tasteful and full of character.

On the whole the staff were really good, unfortunately there was one girl who seemed moody and so this let them down somewhat, especially considering the occasion.

The cost was very reasonable.

Would love to go back for a happier event next time!

  • Stayed June 2013
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2013

We were both 64, so, in the spirit of fun and romance, we decided we needed to go to the Isle of Wight and rent a cottage if it's not too dear... as the Beatles sang. We went without reservations. As luck would have it, we stumbled upon Albert's Cottage as soon as we drove off of the ferry.

The rooms were nicely filled with antiques... each one is different. The garden setting was nice and quiet when we were there... though they do have facilities for receptions in their Consort Restaurant. We ate in their smaller hotel restaurant and the meals were good for dinner. The service was good too... we were told much of the staff is training for the hotel business... I think they're learning well. Breakfast was nicely presented too.

It is also right next to Osborne House. Apparently Albert bought it as some sort of a little addition for Victoria's guests at one time. Definitely a cottage worth staying at.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2013

We travelled over to the Isle of Wight for a family wedding May 25th, on the Friday the weather was absolutly awfull wind, rain and very cold but awoke on Saturday to lovely warm sunshine. The reception was held at Albert Cottage Hotel and what a perfect location it is. The staff could not have done more or been anymore professional. Everything was handled smoothly from handing out the welcome drinks and canapes to the military precision in which the main meal was delivered to guests. The venue was beautifully decorated for the wedding breakfast and afterwards was cleared away so quickly and efficiently that the room was soon clear and available for the disco to set up. A fish and chip supper appeared later again without fuss. Each meal or snack prepared by the hotel was delicious.
When 4 of us needed a taxi back to our hotel ( bride/groom, brides parents grooms parents bridesmaids and best man had used all the rooms :) ) The manager who made himself known all evening to make sure everyone had all they needed, immediately phoned around for us. He came back and said the prices he'd been quoted were unreasonable and offered to take us himself......this was the funny part, my shoes were off by then ( why do posh shoes do such nasty things to poor little feet ) anyway as we walked or in my case hobbled across the gravel driveway I noticed the manager moving seats in his " SPORTSCAR" there were 4 of us !!!!!!!! well 3 of us wedged ourselves into the back and 1 in front, when we got to our hotel the poor manager had a real struggle to unwedge us and pull us out of his car. In my opinion The Albert Cottage Hotel is first class hotel with staff that are willing to go the extra mile to make sure their guests are happy.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Province of Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2013

This is a really suitable accommodation for Osborne House visit and it is in theme with its architecture and style. It was once part of the ancient property. Our room (n. 7) was very nicely furnitured, bright and comfortable. The breakfast and restaurant can be improved but it is well worth spending your holiday there.

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2013 via mobile

I stayed at the Albert Hotel a couple of days before Christmas. I had intended to write a review back then never got the time or chance. Three months later, still in my mind that I had a lovely stay in a truly beautiful hotel. I would recommend The Albert Hotel as one of the finest hotel to stay . Beautiful room, beautiful grounds and excellent and very welcoming service. I will be back one day soon. Fifi

  • Stayed December 2012
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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2013 via mobile

Stayed here at the beginning of march. The hotel was very quiet but we enjoyed the quiet. Great location- short walk to east cowes and Osbourne house. We had a huge, clean, lavish room with a huge bathroom. Service was friendly and professional, only feedback would be a reception and desk as it was a bit strange checking in and out in the lobby! Other than that, the hotel ties in nicely with its historical neighbours and the bed was very comfy! We didn't eat in the restaurant but the breakfast was fresh and cooked to order and the open fire in the breakfast room was a lovely touch! Thank you Albert Cottage.

  • Stayed March 2013
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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 #2 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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