We were recommended to stay here and although it was pleasant I was left feeling that for the price paid, there were other alternatives and perhaps we might not make it our first choice to return to on another visit to the island.
The location is lovely (a two minute walk to the sea) as is the charming exterior appearance and downstairs decor.
The double room my friend stayed in and charged £90pn for - should only be sold as a single. It's particularly small as is the shower room. However, my twin room was vastly superior in all ways with a large bath and strong pressure shower. Good towels - nice white bedding, toiletries, coffee/tea/biscuit. Full length mirror. In my room, plentiful power sockets for re-charging and a lamp on the desk too. Unusually Tiny TV's. Free WiFi. Comfortable bed - I slept well.
It was very clean. It had new management a couple of years ago and was refurbished apparently but why leave open pipework? Box it in - not expensive to do. And the glass tumblers in the bathroom - do appreciate supplying them but wet hands and heavy glass with a porcelain sink - unwise. Suggest quality disposable cups. The noise in the very early hours of the morning of the refuse truck bottle collection right by the window didn't go down well. Or the staff chucking stuff into the bins - the noise travels right to the rooms which are not double glazed. Hazard of staying in an old building though.
Neither did the plumbing water noises. Neither did the lack of choice at breakfast. No croissants or danishes. No fruit - stewed or fresh either. None of the locally baked Artisan breads boasted of on the menu - just bog standard toast. In fact the Chef didn't turn up for work till 8:45am on a Saturday morning - so it was a choice of cereal - or a yogurt or sliced toast with foil wrapped butter. For their prices I feel they need to up the game on breakfast. Though having said that they obviously meet a demand locally because by 10am there were plenty of people coming into the inn for coffee and breakfast.
The staff are lovely and hard workers. And it's in a brilliant location for the Portsmouth ferry - two minutes from it.
Final constructive message I hope - suggest cutting back the oak tree branches overhanging the car parking. The acorns drop heavily onto roofs as do branches. Umbrellas over tables outside.
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