The Albert Hotel is something of a work in progress. The current owners have in the last year done a great deal to make it a very good quality establishment. The premises are grade 2 listed so there are major restrictions on what can be done with the premises, but despite this the owners have built a modern bar and high quality restaurant in keeping with the old hotel premises. With pleasant gardens as well it is easy to see why they are also marketing it as a wedding venue.
I also liked the fact that this was a relatively small hotel. I think it has about 14 rooms. So it didn't feel like you were staying in some huge corporate standardised hotel. That said, it has the professional feel of a hotel about it. Don't mistake its size for it seeming like a B&B, it doesn't.
The Albert Cottage was the home of Princess Beatrice, the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria, and very conveniently backs on to Queen Victoria's residence Osbourne House (a must see tourist attraction for any holiday makers to the island). So staying at this hotel gives you a real feeling of history. Guest bedrooms are somewhat dated, with chintzy decor and garish '70s carpets, but I gather these will be refurbished during the next year or so, in keeping with the history of the house but to modern tastes and standards. The bathroom in my room seemed much more modern than the bedroom.
The standard of renovation of the restaurant and bar gives the managements plans for refurbishing the rooms a great deal of credibility.
All parts of the hotel were very clean. I had breakfast lunch and dinner there and found the food to be first rate. Staff are friendly, polite and efficient.
I was charged £99 per night single person occupancy full board. I'd be happy to stay there and pay this price again when the rooms have been refurbished, but I'd be looking to pay less in a currently unrenovated room. I would also advocate reserving a room at the rear of the hotel. Rooms at the front are subject to traffic noise, particularly lorries travelling early morning to and from the nearby ferry terminal.
- 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