Just returned from a New Year break in the Bayshore Hotal with Alfa coach holidays. Coach and driver (John) were first class. John’s knowledge of the Isle of Wight was impressive; he made the trips around the island very interesting. The hotel is very dated and in need of refurbishment, but was kept very clean. The room we were allocated only had a bath, no shower. I suffer with arthritis so found this very difficult. The food was very good, well cooked and always hot. Where the hotel really failed was the lack of choice of drinks in the bar. Only one draught bitter and one lager. They had no Guinness although there was a pump, no port, no single malt whisky, no Baileys, no Archers, although the manager did go out and buy a bottle. This is a problem with other Alfa hotels where I have stayed. Needless to say we found other pubs in the area. There were five in our party and we spent over £200 on drinks on New Years Eve alone, this could have gone in the hotel’s till had they had a better choice.
The weather did let us down but that is no fault of Alfa and it was the end of December. I’ve been to three Alfa hotels but because of their poor choice of drinks I will not be going again. It’s back to Lochs and Glens in Scotland next New Year, they really know how to celebrate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bayshore Hotel - Sandown [3 Alpha Symbol & AA 3 Star). Situated in a magnificent position on the seafront, opposite the beach and pier and close to the shopping centre. All 80 bedrooms are centrally heated with TV, hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities and private bath or shower and WC. The hotel has a light and spacious cocktail bar and lounge area with a large dance floor where entertainment is provided most evenings. There is a sun lounge and attractive restaurant overlooking the sea and a games room and TV lounge. Lift serves all floors (a few stairs on split level floor) A Leisureplex Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bayshore Hotel Sandown, Isle Of Wight