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“Nice breakfast, shame about the rest of the hotel.”
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Calverts Hotel
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Newport
Southampton
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Nice breakfast, shame about the rest of the hotel.”
Reviewed 13 August 2006

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:

FOR

Nice breakfast
Staff are courteous, particularly for breakfast
My wife liked the pillows

AGAINST

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 lift
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.

  • Liked — Service at breakfast
  • Disliked — State of decor, concerns over hygeine and cleanliness, dated and poor facilities
  • Tips/Secrets — Don't go here
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 January 2006

From the moment we arrived we knew we had made a mistake. The main reception was situated in a back room with no wall covering on the wall, just chipped plaster, the two receptionists were more interested in where they were going that night than checking us in. On entering the room we could not believed what we had paid for:
The room was a fair size but someone had dumped two partial MDF walls at one side of the room and called it a bathroom, my partner and i found we had to leave the room if we needed the toilet due to the complete lack of privacy.
The bed was so old you could only lie in the middle in the dip and the bed was covered with a rubber sheet, we thaught these were only used in hospitals or for people with Incontinence issues or to hide whats actually infested on the matress and we were only allowed one ancient pillow each.
Our room was cold due to the fact that it was impossible to close the window on the middle of february.
Next morning we were woken early by the sound of the very young housekeeping staff running up and down the corridors then to have them burst into the room without warning in a fit of giggles due only a lock and no door handle to hang a do not disturb.
The Bar and Bar/Restaurant were in desperate need of redecoration pub stalls included in the restaurant. the day we departed did not come quick enough we returned to the restaurant for breakfast to find a dinner plate including the half eaten food still on one table to be told breakfast was in another room but we had to walk through a half finished building site to get there. I would never recommend this hotel, i would feel too guilty!

  • Stayed February 2004
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Additional Information about Calverts Hotel

Property: Calverts Hotel
Address: 27 Quay Street, Newport PO30 5BA, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Newport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Newport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 32
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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