I changed my mind a few times before writing this review, because it didn't seem as grand at first as i thought it would be.
However on reflection I have given this 4 stars as opposed to 5 for the following reasons.
The George is a very old building probably listed and as such only certain modernisations can be made. Our room was the harbour view Room 27 - not huge but enough for our needs and the floor dipped quite substantially, low ceiling on one side, and a glass of water would slide of the bedside cabinet on its own should it not be propped against something.
Other rooms in the building looked fabulous ( but of course you would pay extra) on average £190 a night. Should I visit again i would opt for the balcony rooms.
There is no concierge which is a shame as i think the place needs 'some one in charge' to address minor issues. One call to reception will get you most things but that doesn't have the 'seeing eye' if things aren't as they should be.
There is no porter and no lift and we were on the 3rd floor.
The stairs are warped with age and would be forgiven for thinking you'd had a brandy too many when negotiating them.
The view of the sea is to die for and that of course is what you're paying for and we had the added advantage of fantastic weather so all this helps.
The gardens are used by locals and non residents alike for drinks and lunch which made it busy at times but pleasant. there is a covered lounging area next to the outside bar which makes it very popular in good weather. the breakfast/dining room is a huge orangery which is bright and contemporary. There are quite a few additional sitting rooms to enjoy peace and quiet. Wood panelled, olde worldly feel but with modern touches and beautiful fresh flowers in the foyer. No one bothers you , one is left to enjoy their holiday unless you ask for something you need to know.
The one downfall is the breakfast/ menu. It is small , uninspiring and on 2 out of the 3 days was over cooked. There is minimal choice.......-enough might one say but I would have liked to have seen something a bit more interesting then kippers and full english. because of this we chose not to dine there in the evening, and as there were plenty of competition on our doorstop I feel we did the right thing.
The staff were polite and helpful, eager to please mostly, if a little young and inexperienced.
We were advised not to bring the car on the ferry as we were only staying a few days and the price was a whopping £100 return. The ferry is literally a stones throw from the hotel so this was good advice. However should I visit the Isle again with family over a longer period it would be worthwhile taking the car- but bear in mind in the summer months the 'places of interest' get mobbed and the car queues were long for the unfortunate few that did have a car. plus there is limited parking in the main town of Yarmouth. None in the hotel.
Saltys bar is next door and this gets busy and rowdy at weekends but it was all good fun and the noise didn't bother us as it quietened down after 12. All in all a nice , chilled laid back hotel, with fabulous views and a nice quiet civilised atmosphere.
Just one last thing it does have free wi fi but its shockingly poor - well on 02 it was anyway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The George Hotel is a 17th Century town house in the bustling village and Harbour of Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight. A Traditional environment of warmth and atmosphere is found in each individually designed bedroom. Meticulous attention to detail perfects a marriage of comfort and relaxation, and caters for your every need. All rooms offer: full room service, bathrobes, hairdryers, direct dial telephone, satellite TV. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- George Hotel Yarmouth
- The George Hotel Isle Of Wight/Yarmouth