The Tarvik 2 really is a budget hotel. You get what you pay for. Payment is preferred in cash otherwise there is a charge - even for debit cards. The rooms are relatively clean and the staff are very friendly and polite. The hotel itself is extremely tired. The beds are extremely hard. The heating works. The breakfast is hot and plentiful. If you are on a budget this is the hotel for you, however, there is better accommodation available for a similar price if you shop about.
We had requested a sea view and a room with a bath. The view we got was absolutely remarkable. A wonderful vista of derelict and rotting buildings with rubbish and rubble filling the rest of the space. We were asked if everything was ok with the room so we mentioned the view. The guy on Reception had the grace to look embarrassed and then said the sea view rooms were family rooms and cost more.
It has to be pointed out that the hotel was not exactly overflowing with guests, if bookings were in double figures it would have been amazing. Thus we were surprised to have been given the room we were with the view, no bath, on the top floor at the very end of the corridor. Surely there must have been a better room available? To be fair to the hotel staff we were asked if we wanted to change rooms, but as we were uncertain as to whether this would incur an additional charge, we declined.
The bed was the hardest bed we have ever encountered - Fred Flintstone would have been proud. However, it wasn't lumpy so did not prevent sleep. The en suite was ok. The shower door took a lot of closing as it had dropped and was very, very tired with some nasty looking parts that had built up over time. The worst thing was the absence of a bath mat which made the whole shower experience very perilous indeed. Thankfully a bath mat appeared on the second day.
There was no entertainment whilst we were there, unless you count the guests swapping stories about their rooms and comparing. We decided that we came off the best as our shower worked, albeit rather pathetically, both lights in the en suite worked, our windows opened, and we got a bath mat eventually. Other guests had the some lovely view. No one managed to gain wifi access which was a little annoying as it is pretty much expected that it would be available at least in public areas.
All in all, this hotel is ok but very, very tired. The staff are great, this must be stressed, but they can only work with the facilities they have. Our main complaint really is that if the hotel has hardly any bookings, for goodness sake, upgrade the rooms dished out to guests. It would create a better impression and may encourage repeat visits. Certainly if the room had been better we may have considered returning, but as things stand, this is not a hotel we would choose to stay in again.
Overall, the hotel provides pretty much what it says it will provide, but with no frills, but as we only paid £125 for 3 nights including breakfast for 2 of us, that isn't bad. We unfortunately will not return to the hotel as there is better accommodation to be had for not much more money, however, someone did not read tripadvisor before booking............!!
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- Also Known As:
- Tarvic 2 Hotel Sandown, Isle Of Wight