We have stayed at the Bembridge Coast Hotel about three or four times now and each time we enjoy our stay. I agree that it is mostly over 60s that stay there, but I am in my 20's and my husband in his 40's and as we go on holiday to relax and enjoy OURSELVES rather than to make friends or mix much with the other guests, this doesn't bother us. It's actually nice to know that our holiday won't be ruined by badly behaved children running around the place.
We usually try and avoid the themed weekends as there is rarely anything on that we are interested in and the prices are usually more expensive during these times. However we did once go to a Baron Knights weekend and were extremely upset and disappointed to find that the hotel had changed the night and time of their appearance without making it very clear, so we ended up missing the performance. When we complained, the Duty Manager was not very sympathetic and did not take us seriously. We did receive a money-off voucher for our next stay in the end, but this had to be used in such a short time that we were unable to make use of it.
We cannot fault the cleanliness as both the rooms and the public areas all seem to be spotless. The restaurant is large and airy and the food choice good, particularly the carvery buffet.
The location is perfect for us as we bring our own car and can access all areas of the Isle of Wight from the hotel. The hotel has a large car park which always seems to have enough spaces to accomodate all of its guests. I love the grounds and gardens and sea views - these are my favourite at this hotel. When the weather is warm it is lovely to sit outside and admire the gardens and views.
We generally stay in the standard rooms which are enough for us as we do not spend much time in them. They are quite a good size and clean and comfortable. I have stayed in an upgraded room before and found them very nice, but too expensive for a regular stay. I would upgrade for a special occasion, though.
As mentioned previously with the Baron Knights mix-up, we do not think too much to the service. Luckily we have not had cause to deal with the staff much apart from this so I can't comment on what they are like at other times.
I did once enquire as to what had happened to the Jacuzzi in the pool area, as we arrived one year and it had gone and yet it was still being advertised in the brochure and on the website! The leisure facilities are the main reason we choose this hotel and we were extremely disappointed to find that it was no longer there. We were told that all of the Warner Hotels had removed/were removing their Jacuzzis due to health and safety reasons but the receptionist seemed unconcerned about the misrepresentation in their brochue. This occurred during a stay a few years ago and not during our April 2008 stay, but I am using it as an example of the staff's general attitude.
As previously mentioned, this hotel is expensive. The lunch meals in the bar are reasonably priced, as are items sold in the little hotel shop (a very useful commodity) but we could only ever afford to spend a long weekend here rather than a week. Although I don't think that there is enough at this hotel or on the Isle of White to keep us occupied for a week anyway.
They have a good range of entertainment and themed weekends at this hotel (not much of it appeals to us, but I can see that there is a wide range of types of entertainment available) and it is a nice, relaxed, comfortable hotel and a good base from which to explore the Isle of Wight.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With spectacular views over The Solent, this secluded, shoreline Character Hotel is just the place to take in the sea air. As well as the sea views, enjoy the beautiful Spanish gardens and the indoor bowls complex. Midweek and Weekend breaks inclusive of breakfast and 3-course dining, live evening entertainment and extensive leisure activities. ... more less
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