What a mare! After travelling overnight to the Isle of Wight we arrived at the hotel rather tired, and in need of a nice refreshing shower (or even a bath) before heading off to the Inter County Darts Match we were there for. We checked in and made our way to our room up two flights of stairs, with different carpets, across a corridor and down some more stairs into a dark 'cubby hole' with doors to rooms leading off it. Our room at first glance looked okay, a bit tired with paint peeling off the ceiling and a definite tilt in the floor but we thought that quirky. The note on the window reminding guests to close them before heading out lest the pigeons fly in, was a bit unnecessary seeing as how they were nailed shut and so dirty the pigeons wouldn't know they were there! But the worst was yet to be discovered ....Now desperately in need of a shower I ventured into the bathroom, to find a shower curtain over the bath but no shower - so turned the hot tap on to run a bath and nothing happened - not just no hot water, but no water at all in either the bath nor the sink! Went down to reception (no phones in the rooms) to report this and was told if I leave the water running it will eventually get hot! Explained that there was no water at all so the receptionist asked a colleague to accompany me up to the room to check (like I don't recognise water when I see it). Then went back downstairs to reception to be told they would have to call the maintenance man ........ enquired what I was supposed to do about getting washed and was asked to wait while another guest checked out and they would let me use that room for a shower (and I use that term lightly because it was a hand held attachment that you had to sit in the bath to use, but it was better than nothing). Duly refreshed (ha) we set off for the venue. On my return I was told by the receptionist that the problem had been sorted and I shouldn't have any more trouble - great, thank you I said. Awoke early next morning and went to run a bath ...... only to find no water, again! Really ticked off by this point, I was getting dressed to go downstairs when I heard a gurgle from the bathroom - water had started to dribble out of the tap, so decided to just wait ..............AN HOUR for a bath of tepid water! Ah well, let's go for breakfast .......Nice dining room and tableware and staff really friendly, if a little embarrassed at the size of the plate (huge) and the size of the breakfast on it (tiny). Two skinny chipolata sausages, 1 egg, half a tomato and 1 rasher of burnt (black) crispy bacon that would have passed for shoe leather! Fortunately, they weren't charging extra for toast so filled up on that instead. General conversation in the dining room seemed to centre around the plumbing and the lack of hot water or the time it took to run a bath, so it wasn't just me affected.
On the positive side - the bed was really comfortable!
This is possibly one of the worst hotels I have ever stayed in - and I've stayed in a lot!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Calverts Hotel on the Isle of Wight is located centrally in Newport adjacent to the High Street with a wide range of shops as well as the courts and the bus station hub are in easy walking distance from the hotel's front doors. Calverts offers budget accommodation for short stays as well as business trips. Free high speed Wi-Fi is avaliable in the public areas of the hotel and has large lounge, bar and reception areas to relax in after a long day exploring the Island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Calverts Hotel Newport
- Calverts Hotel Isle Of Wight/Newport