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The Union Inn

Watch House Lane, Cowes PO31 7QH England
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#12 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Cowes
Recently under New Management, with a great vibe and a new menu, the Union Inn is the first pub you come to on your way into town from Cowes seafront. Its just a short walk from the Red Jet passenger terminal in West Cowes. Ideally located in Cowes Old Town it is close to all the Yacht Clubs and in easy walking distance of the Marina.The Union Inn offers 6 newly refurbished, individually themed, en-suite letting rooms all designed and furnished in a boutique style. A haven for yachting enthusiasts, business people and holiday makers and an ideal all-year-round base from which to explore the Isle of Wight.Now re-open after a month long refurbishment the owner and staff are ready to welcome you to the cosy fireside inn, a peaceful retreat particularly during the seasonal hustle and bustle of Cowes’ many yachting regattas.Cowes has been seen as a home for international yacht racing since the founding of the Royal Yacht Squadron in 1815. Cowes comes alive each June for Round The Island Race. The town famously gives its name to the world's oldest regular regatta, Cowes Week, which occurs annually in the first week of August. Later on in the summer, powerboat races are held.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free internet
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Public wifi
Wine / champagne
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Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, German
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Just moved to the Isle of Wight, and found the union as my new local. The atmosphere is friendly and familiar which is just what I was looking to find! Great staff behind the bar, couldn’t be lovelier or more attentive! The menu also full of great options!
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We booked the Union as visiting mother in Hospital and decided to stay over. From the moment we arrived the service was excellent. We checked in at the bar, Rachel came up and showed us to our room. It was a triple room and ideal for us and our daughter. The room was spotless with lots of tea/coffee/hot chocolate, biscuits, bottles of water and some fabulous toiletries. The bar is lovely with a roaring log fire perfect on a cold December evening. Rachel served us our drinks then came over a little later to top us up, she’s a credit to the pub. We asked her for a recommendation for an Indian, she told us the Bahar just down the road, again she was spot on. We had our breakfast next door in the cafe could not fault the full English , nothing was too much trouble. Will definitely be back in the new year & for £89 for three of us including breakfast a bargain.
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Stayed here for a night. You literally walk in to a tiny pub and ask the barmaid for your reservation. They lead you up these stairs to your room. My room stunk of stale cigarettes. I don't smoke. The room continued to smell like this whilst I was there - when I returned home I could still smell it. The bed was fairly comfortable but had a very firm mattress. The bed also had orange stains on it - I didn't have time to speak to the staff as I was just about to get in to bed. I just put something on top of it. The window slid up but didn't lock and they left a wooden block for me to prop it open. The shower and toilet was beautiful though - just very, very, small. They did leave some toiletries which were nice. The lightbulb was making a loud buzzing noise when I switched it on - again I didn't have time to speak to staff. WiFi was awful as well - and these needs to be improved given the poor signal on some parts of the island. The breakfast was an odd setup. In that you had to go nextdoor to the cafe - and show your room key. I was presented with a basic menu, I wasn't given any cereals. I was given two plastic bowls one of butter and one of marmalade? No other choices. The breakfast was average. To the owners credit he was nice. I was quite disappointed to say the least. The island is beautiful and the people are welcoming. I will go back to the island but I won't be staying there again. With that said, if they renovated it and made more modern and clean - they'd do really well.
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In the past have stayed in Seaview but as visiting with our 21 year old thought Cowes a better destination especially in mid November. We certainly struck gold....we arrived at the Union Inn late on a cold wet Friday evening to be greeted by a warm and cosy pub atmosphere. Our rooms were cosy, warm and inviting. The location of the Inn is perfect for exploring both Cowes itself and the island. As our exploring was limited to one whole day we decided to use the island buses (tourist buses closed for the season) to get around and were not disappointed. The bus terminal was a few minutes walk away and we purchased a Day family Rover ticket which meant we could hop and off the buses all day long. Dogs are welcome with lovely walks on Victoria Parade on beyond one minute away. Although a short visit this time, we enjoyed our stay at the Inn so much we hope to return again soon and stay longer. There is so much to do on the island and the Inn is a perfect base for getting around. The rooms were immaculate, with every small detail for our comfort taken care of. We chose not to have breakfast downstairs but as a kettle with lovely large mugs and a choice of coffee, tea and bicuits provided (replenished daily) we decided to plan our day from the comfort of our bedroom. Good water pressure in the shower, plenty of hot water and lovely warm rooms with adjustable thermostats. We thoroughly recommend the Inn to any travellers whether from the UK or further afield. You will enjoy a unique experience of english seaside with all modern comforts.
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Please, please do not book this hotel. Before we have even had the chance to eat to our date we are £69 down and could not possible stay. The director is just horrible! He is hateful and rude. Our booking was cancelled by the hotel over the phone to me on the 8th due to the fact they could not take the money when they wanted to (fine.) I was told our booking could not be made and would not be held. As you can imagine I was disappointed and shocked but thought fine, we will leave it there. 6 days later they took the money. I called to find out what was going on and spoke to the director Matthew Parker. He accused me the whole conversation of being rude! It was literally his go to comment. It was all very bizarre. I was really trying to explain things to him but it was just impossible. He has made things extremely upsetting, I cried! I actually cried and cried after coming of the phone. This was a treat before a major operation, for my birthday and my wedding anniversary. Suddenly it has all become so horrible. Please read Facebook reviews! I’d really urge everyone to do that. There are so many people with similar stories to mine.
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$76 - $129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United KingdomEnglandIsle of WightCowes
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Union Inn
Which popular attractions are close to The Union Inn?
Nearby attractions include Cowes Ale House (0.3 miles), Sir Max Aitken Museum (0.08 miles), and Northwood House & Park (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Union Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Union Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to The Union Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mojac's Restaurant and Bar, Number 3, and The Harbour Kitchen.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Union Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and German.
Are there any historical sites close to The Union Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Osborne House (1.3 miles), Osborne House (1.6 miles), and Newport Roman Villa (4.9 miles).