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The George Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Yarmouth
Certificate of Excellence
south england
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“1st Class”
Reviewed 19 September 2013

Although I am based in London, I visit Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, about every 3 weeks, and always manage to lunch out at least once during my stay. I must admit, our (my friend and I) usual eating venue is "Salty`s", but for various reasons, we have had lunch in the "George" on quite a few occasions.
The restaurant should be packed out every day, unfortunately it is not, I really can not understand why, superbly situated overlooking the harbour, with outside seating for those who enjoy wasps etc whilst they are eating, sorry, not for me. The "George" has a first class chef, presenting very imaginative and very tasty dishes, a first class wine list, I have always found the staff very attentive and charming. I have read other reviews of this establishment, and they complain about the price, but surely, £40 to £50 per head including wine in a decent restaurant is not unreasonable these days. Trust me, the "George" is well worth a visit.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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NELSON LANCASHIRE
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

September 2013, we had a fabulous 3 night stay here, the staff were excellent, nothing too much trouble, the room (no.12) was spotlessly clean./large with neat dressing room and large bathroom It overlooks a busy steet right next to ferry terminal but there was no problem with noise. The food was excellent if not a little pricey as were drinks. We had fabulous weather and made use of the lovely outside bar/ gardens on the seafront. We did however just walk in and got brilliant B&B rates much less than their brochure price, will go again late season and hope for the same sort of deal, fabulous!!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

Staff were friendly and attentive and the lounge areas looked warm and cosy. The bed was comfy but the room was fairly small and the bathroom even more so. The food was nice but overpriced. The WiFi was not connected as we were told our room was too far away, I dont think its unreasonable to expect a hotel that costs this much to invest £30 in a WiFi repeater! Can't quite put my finger on the specifics of my rating but it just didn't feel a total 4 or 5 star package.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 September 2013 via mobile

The food in the restaurant is good, no denying it. But the rooms are not of the standard required to really justify the hefty price tag and the service could really be better - lacks a firm hand on the tiller. I understand people get very excited about the location, but really, come on everyone - get real; if you keep flattering the hotel abut the quality of its accommodation (and those signing the guest book in the lobby certainly do) then why would the management ever seek to fix the issues and make it the great hotel it really could be. Oh, and refuse room 28. It's in the eaves, cold, bl**dy noisy ( blame the ferry) and has no wardrobe space- it appears to have a gun cupboard in the hanging space. You might get three things hung if you're lucky.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 August 2013 via mobile

Small room tucked up in the eves. Wifi useless during our stay. General service charming but poor in the restaurant.
Guessing like lots of seaside hotels it benefits from decent weather which sadly we didn't get.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2013

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.

Room Tip: pay the extra go for a balcony with a view of the Solent
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cotswolds UK
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

We regularly have lunch there off the boat but this time with the boat full we left the "kids" and had Room 28 at the last moment which was small but charming with spectacular sunset view over the harbour. The receptionist were excellent but somehow there is a strange "not welcome" atmosphere particularly from the breakfast staff.

As said elsewhere the back garden is charming with castle walls and a lovely view over the water BUT we seemed to have committed a cardinal sin by asking to have breakfast outside....it was a lovely sunny day and clearly the managemnet cannot be bothered to set out breakfast tables on the sunny terrace.

The place feels like "look we are only top hotel around here.........take it or leave it?!

Finally they have an anti dog policy even in the garden so we couldn't have a family breakfast...in the sun.

Room Tip: as stated avoid the street side. Room 28 is 2 floors up but nice.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Property: The George Hotel
Address: Quay Street, Yarmouth PO41 0PE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Yarmouth
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Yarmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — The George Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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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