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“Great value and location - variable service” 4 of 5 stars
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The Fountain Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   High Street, Cowes PO31 7AW , England   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Cowes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Wateringbury, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Great value and location - variable service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Stayed here for a couple of nights. Friendly service at very good rates. Good location in heart of Cowes. Only gripes were breakfast was small and beans stodgy, room service was unavailable due to staff shortage, and there is no parking at hotel (which was not clear when I booked it).

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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OEIGK, Guest Relations Manager at The Fountain Inn, responded to this review, May 29, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us, we are glad you recieved our usual friendly service. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. Lawrence Griffin, General Manager
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014 via mobile

We loved spacious superior Room No. 1. It is in a superb central location so can be noisy but I used ear plugs so no problem at all. Breakfast excellent and all the staff where fantastic. I absolutely loved this place and it far exceeded my expectations. Thank you, We will be back.

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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OEIGK, Guest Relations Manager at The Fountain Inn, responded to this review, May 29, 2014
Thank you for your lovely review. I am glad you enjoyed your stay with us, and look foreward to welcoming you again soon. Lawrence Griffin, General Manager
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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

We stayed at The Fountain with our 2 greyhounds for a couple of nights and will definitely be staying there again next time we visit the Isle of Wight. The newly refurbished rooms are lush! After our first night, we were offered a much larger room which had become available, to give us more space with our dogs. This was such a lovely gesture by the hotel and totally unexpected. The majority of the staff gave excellent service and we ate supper at the Fountain Inn on both nights from their very reasonably priced menu. The breakfasts are delicious and we can recommend the Eggs Benedict, Full English and Smoked Salmon with Scrambled Eggs. Our stay represented really excellent value for money and we were happy to give quite a substantial tip to the staff to reflect this. The only downside, which is to be expected staying in a centrally located hotel adjacent to the ferries, buses and taxes, is that we found the traffic noise a little disturbing at night. But we do live in a very quiet rural location and so are unused to town living. It's not a criticism just an observation. Overall we would not hesitate to recommend this hotel for its comfort, fantastic location overlooking the water and marina and being right in the heart of Cowes with all it has to offer in the way of shops, restaurants, pubs etc. A really great mini-break and we'll be back.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. I am glad that you (and your surprisingly large dogs!) enjoyed yourselves. I will enjoy seeing you all again soon. Lawrence Griffin, General manager.
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Beverley
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

I've stayed here on a number of occasions and it's perfectly fine. What i would advise anyone to do though is pay the extra tenner for the superior room, well worth it. My colleagues room was the size of my bathroom, I had a suit with a king sized bed and very large tv.

The food is ok, bog standard nothing special but very much ok. There is a selection beers which is good for real ale lovers.

As I get the foot ferry from Southampton the location is ideal, less than a minutes walk and you're in the bar!

A pleasant enough place to stop when on the island for business.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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OEIGK, Guest Relations Manager at The Fountain Inn, responded to this review, May 29, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. I am glad you enjoyed your superior room, and look forward to your next visit. Lawrence Griffin, General manager.
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Nice, France
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Had a very good time at this hotel.
Bedroom was clean, good bed, perfectly located next to the ferry arrival/departure and on Cowes main street.
I had the chance to be there for the carnival and had a bedroom with a view on the street.
Had a really good time.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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OEIGK, Guest Relations Manager at The Fountain Inn, responded to this review, May 29, 2014
Thank you for your lovely review. I am really glad you enjoyed your stay with us, and glad you liked our comfy beds. We look forward to seeing you again. Lawrence Griffin, General Manager
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We pop over to the island usually for a day out from Southampton, we decided to stay for the night and booked in the fountain hotel. The room was just right ,clean and all things you needed was at hand ie hair drier soaps , tea coffee biscuits !! Food was good had an evening meal and breakfast was hearty, staff were really nice too. Will definitely stay again.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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OEIGK, Guest Relations Manager at The Fountain Inn, responded to this review, May 29, 2014
Thankyou for your good honest review, I am glad you chose to stay with us, and hope you choose us again, when you next visit from Southampton. Lawrence Griffin, General Manager
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We posted a review some months ago after a dreadful dining experience. At that time there were no redeeming aspects of the evening. Food, staff, and atmosphere all poor.
However, we tried the Fountain again last weekend and were very pleasantly surprised. The staff were attentive warm and efficient. The food was well cooked and reasonably priced. In fact the person who served us, brought my attention to a deal that by making a small change to our selection saved us several pounds. We noticed the difference in the atmosphere as we walked in, which helped us to have a more positive disposition. We were seated next to a small group of friends visiting the Island, and it was clear they were also pleased with how their evening turned out. To sum up, this was a very pleasant evening. We will return.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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OEIGK, Guest Relations Manager at The Fountain Inn, responded to this review, May 29, 2014
Thankyou for chosing to come back to the Fountain. I am glad you had a pleasurable evening, and I hope to welcome you again soon. Lawrence Griffin, General Manager
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Additional Information about The Fountain Inn

Address: High Street, Cowes PO31 7AW , England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Cowes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Cowes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Fountain Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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