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 !!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Albert Cottage Hotel Cowes, Isle Of Wight