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Priory Bay Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Seaview
Reviewed 21 November 2011

We went to the Priory Bay Hotel in October, out of school holiday season, and it was our first trip to the Isle of Wight. We stayed in a room with views in five different directions (work that one out!) and we loved watching the lights of the ships out at sea at night. I have to admit that five windows made the room feel a bit like a goldfish bowl, but we put the shutters over the unusual octagonal one (that had had a huge bird strike) and felt a bit less exposed. There was a very ornate carved wooden panel above the bed, which could have done with some dusting, but generally we were very pleased with the size of the room and the bathroom. Being out of season the hotel and restaurants felt a bit empty, but that's not their fault. The staff we found to be all very friendly, smiley and helpful, without exception, one even going out of her way to help us find the tourist information room and give us useful tips on what to visit. We also appreciated the fact that the hotel gives one or two young, inexperienced people a chance to work, under supervision - everyone has to get experience somehow!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 November 2011

this is the most amazing building in an amazing position but that is where it ends. We stayed 2 nights in room 4, supposedly the best in the hotel, although from the outset it is a beautiful room with fantastic views, once you start looking at the details it goes downhill. Tatty decor, cheap linen, plastic flowers and a leather travel trunk that looks as though it wouldnt make it out the door let alone off the island.
On arrival we ordered drinks to be brought up to the room, after 45 mns we called recpetion to be told they were forgotten, i assume that if the older chap on reception cant remember to bring his smile or personality to work then why should he remember our drinks! 30 minutes more and the wrong drinks arrived with The Kitchen Porter(?), no english so no point in requesting anything different.
Dinner was OK, the hype they make about the Island Room is not worth it, ok food, tatty walls, floor, chairs and curtains, dire service and pricey. The only saving grace is the french (we think) restaurant manager - good humor and wine knowledge.
The Breakfast chef needs a gold medal as this was one of the best ever but again tatty walls, floor, tables and chairs. on a sunny morning breakfast on the terrace would be stunning with the distant sea views - BUT, youre not allowed to eat outside!
The receptionist on departure has the same problem with remembering his smile but maybe he is too embarrased about the state of his place of work to smile while taking nearly £800 from me.
I dont know who owns the dogs that seem to live on site but if i wanted to walk in dog poo and have them poke thier nose in while in the garden, drawing room, car park, i would have bought my own.
This place has so much potential that with just a bit of cash spending on everything, the staff might smile and the place would be bussier and then maybe worth the price tag.

Room Tip: 4 is ok, aparantly 12 is good.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled on business
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5  Thank Garth M
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Reviewed 2 November 2011

We had a lovely weekend break at Priory Bay. We have two very lively small children and stayed in a beautiful converted tithe barn next to the main hotel so could relax despite all the shouting and general hurly-burly. The food was great and they went to great lengths to come up with food that my very fussy four year old would eat. I felt the staff were exceptionally kind and warm to us and it helped me relax. It was expensive but I felt that the price was not excessive given the level of care and attention that was taken. They also referred us to an excellent baby sitting service and the nanny that looked after the children both evenings was really wonderful. I'm planning on going back - possible to try 'glamping' in one of their yurts next summer, if they do them again. Also, a wonderful beach, and a great falconry display.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 October 2011

Stayed for three nights and enjoyed two large bedrooms 17 and 19 in the old part of the manor. A maximum of six steps for invalid father to negotiate but staff very helpful with assistance. Character building and beautiful setting and walk down to wide beach. Golf course has some way to go before adequately maintained. Breakfast and oyster restaurant menu good.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 September 2011

Lovely setting for a wedding. Food was great and Reception staff were excellent especially for all their help with our 2 month old baby. Just watch the service charge added to drinks served at the bar!

Room Tip: Room 14 - very spacious!
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

We had a 2 night stay with our 2 young children in the first week in September 2011, Priory Bay is a delightful place to stay, we loved the shabby chic look, the service, the private beach and swimming pool. The high tea for children at 5.30 was excellent, the staff were flexible and responsive. We stayed in rooms 14 and 15, which worked well as the kids were at the end of the short corridor, 15 is noisy in the early part of the evening, however we were undisturbed after 9pm ish and not at all at breakfast. Room 14 is lovely, airy and light with mute shades and very relaxing. We enjoyed both restaurants, seafood was excellent. We would recommend highly and will be returning.

Room Tip: I would avoid room 15.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

If you want to have a relaxed and enjoyable break with the ability to dip and and out of the facilities as and when you choose, this is the place for you. Service was excellent - understated and not intrusive; the hotel may not be pristine but reflects the qualities that you want - to feel at home and not in an interior design masterpiece; the beach superb - on a warm day with the boats bobbing at anchor, it is not too far a leap of imagination think that you are somewhere far further south. The hotel is what you make of it - if you want to enjoy it, there is everything there for you to do so.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Priory Bay Hotel

Address: Priory Croft Priory Road, Seaview PO34 5BU, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Seaview
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Seaview
Price Range: £78 - £110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Priory Bay Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Priory Bay is the Isle of Wight's leading country house hotel. Set within a 60-acre estate, it's period buildings have spectacular views out to sea, with gardens and woodland running down to the bay. It inspires our chefs to use the finest seasonal ingredients, whether foraged, farmed or fished we are passionate about local produce. ... more   less 
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