We stayed at Calverts at the end of June, beginning July.
In March of this year, I heard the news that I had terminal lung cancer (I don't wish for sympathy, this is just to explain our situation). I made a bucket list as that seems to be the thing to do these days! My biggest wish was to go to the Isle of Wight for a holiday and especially to Newport. We live in The Netherlands by the way. My mother was born in Newport and I visited my aunt there once or twice a year when I was young. I have such happy memories of the Island. My husband decided we would go for a couple of weeks. It was an expensive trip for us. He left the booking of crossings and the hotels to me as his English is not go good.
I found Calverts after looking around and finding a lot of places booked up or too expensive for us. It doesn't have a great website but what I did see looked ok. It said you could have breakfast, lunch or dinner there which turned out to be untrue. Nowhere did it say it was a budget hotel. I booked for 12 nights which was a great mistake. I did ask about parking and they did tell us that we would have to use long term car parks.
We arrrived at the hotel and found the boy on reception very friendly and very helpful. In general the staff were very good, I must say that. He helped us to our room, I believe it was room 14 but there was not room to swing a cat in the room so we asked if he had a bigger one as we were staying so many nights. I believe we were put in room 15 and this was bigger. Only when we were alone and looked around did we see the dilapidated state of the room and bathroom. You can find photos on this site as I uploaded them a while ago.
The first thing that you notice is the sign in the window asking you to close the window when you go out because of the pigeons flying in!
The bathroom was in a real shabby state. There was no shower at all. Strangely, I had never thought that you have to request this when booking your room! We had to go out and buy one of those rubber showers you attach to the taps. I can no longer get in and out of a bath.
The bathroom and bedroom were cleaned every day and I think the girls did their best in the circumstances although we had a dead spider from day one until day 12 on the bathroom ceiling. We got to know him so well that we christened him Colin after a while.
Sadly we had a lot of rain so were not able to get out as much as we had hoped. One afternoon, it was raining and I was tired so decided to stay in our room and relax. We put the tv on but there was no signal. We were told at reception that there was frequently no picture when it rained although they did have a perfect picture in reception.
There was new furniture in the room as the owner says somewhere in the review section here but the shabbiness of the room took away from that. There was glass missing from the window, everything looked so dirty. The bed was too soft and you felt you were lying on a slope. The pillow was almost non existant, so thin was it.
After a couple of days, I really wished that I had booked another hotel, we were finding it so depressing. We had to pay up front which is very unusual for a hotel. I worked in a large hotel for 15 years so know what is acceptable and what is not. We were both counting the days until we could leave and come home again. We broke out journey back to Holland in Rye and stayed at a wonderful bed and breakfast, so friendly, beautiful rooms and a huge English breakfast. It worked out cheaper than Calverts.
All in all, I was sad and disappointed. I had not been to the Island for more than thirty years and this was a big trip for me. I won't be able to do it again. If I had felt stronger I would have complained when we were there and try to get our money back to stay somewhere else.
I forgot to say that the breakfast was ok, not vast quantities but reasonable and the breakfast staff were excellent.
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