First impressions of the Wight Montrene were generally very good indeed; I arrived very late (past check-in time) and was still warmly greeted, as well as being given a free upgrade from a single to a double, which was appreciated.
The room itself was quite basic, but very clean and well-presented. I read other reviews on this website about small bathrooms and thought little of it, but mine was very small indeed, to the point of being almost unusable; it is more of a "lean-to", with a shower, small sink and lavatory, which, when you sit down, gives you little or no room to manoeuvre - I would say that I am larger than average size so this wouldn't be too much of a problem for some. There were good amenities in the room with a strong attention to detail, such as the small jar full of teabags.
Breakfast was of excellent quality and very, very quick to be served. There is a strong choice of options, including which size of breakfast you would like, including the "Jurassic" option, which is very generous and gives you the option to have even more. The sausages were some of the best I have ever tasted, the bacon was thick and tasted of quality, the eggs were perfect and the beans were also a cut above the average. The coffee was also very good indeed.
The hotel as a whole is very quiet, serene and comfortable - the members of staff were always very polite, friendly and welcoming; you felt like nothing was too much trouble and that was appreciated. The bar staff and even the workmen were also quick to say hello, good morning and good evening - this kind of quality of service is quite rare and adds a lot to the ambience of the hotel.
The pool and other gamesroom areas were well-kept and were very popular. The bar area was also well-presented and had a piano player, which gave it an upmarket feel. I didn't take advantage of it and I wish I had on reflection. Sandown itself is quite run-down but has a lot of character, and maintains a lot of independent shops catering for the more mature tourist - it wouldn't be for everyone but it has strong and frequent bus links to travel to most of the island, as well as some good, friendly, pubs.
Overall, an excellent stay at a good price, with a small handful of niggles. There was a bathroom along the hall and downstairs so it didn't feel too much of a problem to have a small bathroom. It could do with some updating in certain areas and the 10.00am checkout time seems quite harsh in an era where people stay up later and sleep in longer, particulary if they have been drinking the night before; I have known people to change their mind on hotels, purely so they can have another half hour/hour in bed so
I think this could be revised, or have an option put in place where people can check-out later, even with an additional charge (I would certainly pay it).
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone. The niggles as described certainly didn't have an adverse affect on my stay and I wouldn't hesitate to stay again - the owners have a strong, common sense approach with a lot of attention paid to the finer points and they deserve a lot of credit for running a very good hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 2 star RAC & ETC hotel for a holiday out of the ordinary – whatever the weather! Set in its own grounds just 100 yards from the sea. 41 comfortable ensuite bedrooms, all with TV, hospitality tray and hair-dryer. Outstanding food. Large bar, entertainment several nights each week, superb indoor pool with jacuzzi, games room, dedicated snooker room, trimnasium, large car park - the list goes on and on. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wight Montrene Sandown
- Hotel Wight Montrene
- Wight Montrene Hotel Sandown, Isle Of Wight