My wife and I booked this hotel in order to attend a friend's wedding. We did not choose this hotel ourselves and, looking at the flyer that they send out, there are a few warning signs: a photograph of one room only (not that special), photos of bar with wide-angled lens and a photo of the exterior taken from distance on a bright day. They also had rooms free in the busy week that we booked and, most suspiciously, there was not a single tourist star to be seen.
However, this is the world where every room has an en-suite and everything is neutral, clean and tidy. How bad can it be?
On arrival, the sunshine of a pleasant summer's day was soon eliminated by the dark and sapping colours of the early 1980s. The corridors were dark and tatty. The staff on reception seemed to be helpful, although unable to help with the fact that there is NO FREE PARKING!
There was no lift so we dragged the case up the stairs to our room. I must describe the scene in some detail:
There was a Yale style lock which turned but had to be turned in conjunction with a rickety, hanging-off, plastic doorknob to allow us into the room. Upon entering the room, we were struck with the dismal, sub-magnolia-over-woodchip wallcoverings, the tatty G-plan furniture and the absence of any white on the gloss. Certainly, the gloss was no doubt once white but is now nicotine yellow; the bathroom was once state-of-the-art but is now many years behind (ie. no shower!!!); the television once was a nice feature but now, as it only seemed to go 'up' channels and there was no remote control so had to be switched off to return to BBC1 from ITV...etcetera. There were many rawplugs and holes in the walls where once shelves or furniture or clocks or mirrors or stags heads or whatever had once been but, now, merely holes and cracked woodchip paper.
We had a sash window that just about could be raised but, with one supporting cord broken, may or may not have slipped down at any time. Also, the 'central location' boasted of in the supplied flyer failed to mention the Newport idiots who insisted on playing R and B at the top volume while alternately screaming obscenities and then giggling at one another for the two nights that we were in the hotel.
The hotel restaurant (which we only used for breakfast) was pleasant and had obviously recently been redecorated, the staff were extremely courteous and polite, and the food was appropriate with a decent choice - this was the major positive on the hotel.
I shan't bother about the bar - worth the experience to get a 'taste' of the establishment.
To sum up:
Staff are courteous, particularly for breakfast
My wife liked the pillows
Terrible, dated and scruffy decor
Rooms stained with (in some cases smelling of) smoke
General state of accommodation terrible
No free parking (have to run out to feed the meter or buy a permit from the council!)
Alley down the side of the hotel frequented by deaf drunken yobs night upon night
No showers in any rooms
No telephones in rooms
Television only goes 'up' channels
Room choice extremely 'hit and miss' (none of our party managed a 'hit')
Issues with cleanliness in the rooms - look in the overflow of the sinks, for example
Worryingly not inexpensive
I would not recommend this hotel.
- 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