This is a very nice hotel set in large grounds with a swimming pool and access to the beach.
The staff are very friendly and helpful ;the public rooms are furnished in a typical ‘country house’ style and there are several places where you can sit outside to enjoy the great view of the sea.
We had room 5(a principal room), which is a good size with a lovely comfortable bed (I am very fussy about beds!) and lovely views of the gardens and sea. There is also a good size bathroom with robes provided, lovely Molton Brown toiletries and a double sink.
On the hospitality tray, you have a proper teapot so you don’t have to dunk teabags and the wardrobe has a full-length mirror.
The not so good
Because of its grandeur, this hotel seems like it should be 5 star, but it is actually only 3 star, so some of these comments may seem rather fussy, but I feel they are worth a mention:
There are some area where renovation is urgently needed: e.g. the carpet in the fine-dining restaurant (which also happens to be a rather old-fashioned clashing colour) and the chairs in the Priory Oyster which are very dirty in places. On some of the stairs the carpets are very threadbare. Room 5 desperately needs to be re-wallpapered especially in the bathroom.
They seemed to be rather keen on rules, some of which seemed to be there just for the sake of it. E.g.
There are a lot of signs around the swimming pool telling you that you can’t eat and drink there, that it isn’t manned, that everyone must be accompanied… ( yawn).You are not supposed to use the pool after 6pm ; while this may make sense in November, in June 6pm is as light as midday, so what’s the problem – it is not staffed anyway, so who would know??? I would be more concerned that they swimming pool has a very rickety ladder to get out of it and the plaster inside is considerably crumbly. Also you are not allowed to use the towels from your room for the pool or beach (which I understand, as they are white) but then the hotel charges you for pool and beach towels!
This hotel is in no way unusual in thinking that people who pay £200 per room per night want to drink instant coffee with UHT milk on the hospitality tray…. but it is still annoying. Also, for that price, I don’t want UHT orange juice or cheap paper napkins for breakfast!
Despite the above, I probably would still recommend this hotel because overall I did like it, but not until is has new wallpaper in room 5 and new carpets where needed.
- Also Known As:
- Priory Bay Seaview
- Hotel Priory Bay
- Priory Bay Hotel Seaview, Isle Of Wight
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Priory Bay is the Isle of Wight’s leading country house hotel. Set within a 60-acre estate, it's period buildings have spectacular views out to sea, with gardens and woodland running down to the bay. It inspires our chefs to use the finest seasonal ingredients, whether foraged, farmed or fished we are passionate about local produce. James Trevaskis and Oliver Stephens have both returned to the Isle of Wight to run the restaurant and kitchen at the Priory Bay Hotel. James and Oliver started their careers at Priory Bay and then went on to hone their skills in London, Paris and Copenhagen. ... more less
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