We stayed here for one night for my husband’s birthday in June (I’ve only just got around to writing a review!). We booked a package including the ferry, dinner bed and breakfast and two spa treatments (I had a massage and manicure)
The hotel itself is a typical seaside hotel, a little dated apart from the spa area which was wonderful, we happened to go on a very sunny weekend and were able to sit outside and relax and use the pool. I had a manicure and massage both of which were ok but the massage was pretty short.
The room was terribly dated and pretty grubby, we were very disappointed, the room was boiling hot, unbearable even when we had a fan going, when I mentioned this to the receptionist she shrugged and said we had a fan and that was the sum total of the response. The heat made for a very uncomfortable night’s sleep or lack of sleep! The bathroom again was tired and needed a good bleach! The standard of the toiletries was fairly poor but I always take my own when we travel so this doesn’t really bother me. The instructions to use the jacuzzi in the room were so complex we didn’t bother in the end!
There was a very good choice of breakfast with hot food cooked to order which meant that it was fresh. The evening meal was tasty but fairly uninspiring, like the rest of the hotel the menu was dated. I think if you were staying for any more than two nights the menu could be a little restrictive as it remains the same. The bar service was very very slow and there didn’t seem to be a dedicated barman/woman.
Sandown itself isn’t great, if you want nice restaurants and bars this isn’t the place for you, it’s pretty run down and as a couple in our 30s on a romantic weekend away we felt it wasn’t really the place for us, all the bars were loud and full of youngsters which probably would have suited us 10 years ago! Although we did have fun on the pier and found a nice bar to have a quiet drink in.
If you want a sleek modern hotel this isn’t the place for you but it is a typical seaside hotel and could be wonderful with a little modernisation to match the spa. However I do appreciate that some people may like the more traditional look, I myself prefer more boutique hotels. All in all it wasn’t terrible and the package was a good price but I’ve stayed in better hotels!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Melville Hall Hotel is located a few minutes stroll from the beautiful sandy beach of Sandown Bay, almost opposite Los Altos Park. With a wide range of facilities including Utopia SPA, you are guaranteed the relaxing break you deserve. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melville Hall Sandown
- Hotel Melville Hall
- Melville Hall Hotel Sandown, Isle Of Wight