Stayed at this hotel on 2 day midweek basis with my parents. I knew before I went that the clientele were on the old side but didn't mind this as it fitted right in with what I wanted for my parents who are mid seventies. Given the age of most of the patrons this place still offered lots of activities for all, with a games rooms including ten pin bowling indoor and outdoor bowls, pitch and putt, and of course the swimming pool with Sauna etc., and for the less energetic board games. This is all included in the package along with rifle shooting, archery, palm reading and falconry display. Whilst there we used the beauty parlour, I had a facial and Mum a manicure - her first ever; the staff were very nice and did their best to make you feel relaxed and welcome. The first day we arrived the entertainments organiser hosted an impromptu 'name that tune' game whistling into a microphone as he felt the atmosphere could do with livening up and it worked, some got quite animated including my parents. The views over the sea are lovely from the bar and lounge area which is well laid out overlooking grass with shady trees and the sea, be warned though it can be very windy on the patio. Both me and my parents had standard Ambassador rooms with a patio which had a planted area that thankfully obscured the car park. Although you can get rooms with uninterrupted views of the sea, which were just on the opposite side of our corridor and assume are also Ambassador rooms. Room and bathroom were spacious with tea, coffee and biscuits provided with maid service each day of our visit. TV was portable kind with limited channels but did not watch it a lot so not much of a loss but had been spoiled at earlier location in Portsmouth with big telly and freeview. Food in evening was OK I preferred the a la carte to the carvery, got fed up trying to chase a carrot around the plate after the fork refused on much persuasion to pierce it. Wide choice for breakfast though cereal, yoghurts, porridge or fried food. Lunch time food purchased at extra cost was nice (jacket spud, panini, baguette and cream scone with strawberries) as were the coffees which are very generously proportioned, although can be expensive if eating on more than one day.
Evening entertainment is very much geared toward the older generation, mainly ballroom dancing and bit of old hat comedy Nudge nudge wink wink! This is no reflection on the entertainer he just knew his audience who fell about laughing - unfortunately I could not raise a titter as it was all a bit Benny Hill meets Mike Yarwood. Although the following evening when the in staff entertainers put on a tribute to the musicals the lady singer (sorry forgotten name) was absolutey great as were the others, who did not sing but danced their hearts out whilst carrying out all the behind the scenes stuff too. They did have a late night disco both nights and believe me some of these olduns can really strutt their stuff but when I say disco it is floor fillers of cheesy disco classics played from a tape operated by one of the entertainment staff. We all enjoyed greatly the falconry display and the guy performing the demonstration was very professional and you could tell how much he loved his birds and enjoyed displaying them. My only comment about this is that Warners staff took pictures of patrons with an owl (me included) that could be purchased afterwards. However I left Warners bound for Portsmouth when I called Tom Entertainments organsier after the display the previous evening for the pictures to be sent to my home address which he promised he would do with a Brochure of Warners, unfortunately neither arrived. I was little disappointed not to recieve this picture especially as no charge had been made by Tom (I assume because of damage to my car). The main thing about this Warners location is that the entertainment staff make you feel very comfortable by being chatty and accommodating which allows people to let their hair down which is bit borne out by my Mum playing pool for the first time in years and my Dad attempting the pitch and putt and bowls after many years. My parents liked the fact that everything was so easy and carefree and they could do as much or as little as they liked with everything on tap. Something we did not discover till our last day was the gardens with pond and ducks/ducklings, the gardens are being brought up to scratch by a gardner that used to tend the gardens at Osborne House. If you get a chance you should talk to this man (again name escapes me) as he has a lot of interesting information to impart about his plans for the garden and a little bit of history of Bembridge. There are a few gripes, the fact that everywhere you went you had to clean your hands with alcohol spray/foam to ward off the Norovirus, the dispensers are all over the place, makes it feel a little like a hospital. On our first night, even though the menu states that if you need help getting your meal (carvery) to ask your server, when I asked because my Dad is disabled and walks with a stick, as does my Mum he said that he was busy and could I get it. Of course I did not mind but it made me feel a little bit embarrased about asking. However on the second night we had a different server and he was most accommodating (even though he did look really busy). The bitter my Dad was drinking 'Goddards' ran out on the first night and was still off two days later. I also got my car damaged in the car park, this was only cosmetic and easily fixed but was not a great way to end the holiday as I had to travel about 1 hrs round journey and pay over £30 to get it fixed. Reception staff did not seem too concerned or sympathetic but did ring a garage for me who said they couldn't come out as they were busy, Warners reception staff were not rude, not in the least but they were not interested either. After this knock back I arranged something myself making the relevant enquiries on my mobile to sort it all out. All in all an enjoyable experience for all concerned and seriously considering returning.
- 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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- Warner Leisure Hotels Bembridge Coast Hotel Isle Of Wight