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Melville Hall Hotel
Ranked #2 of 29 Hotels in Sandown
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 16, 2010

My friend and I decided we needed a few days away at the beginning of the year - a real girlie break. We found this amazing deal on Travel Zoo for the Melville Hall Hotel. What a bargain. I rang the hotel and booked a three-night spa break. This included half board and a half hour treatment on each day. We also had our return ferry paid for by the hotel.

I rang the spa and we talked through the various treatments. I was able to upgrade our treatments to whichever ones we wanted and just pay the balance. On arrival we were a litle perturbed by the awful Christmas decorations in the grounds of the hotel, but once we were in the hotel we were greeted by the reception manager and made to feel very special. We had a lovely twin room, flat screen tv, hospitality tray with two large wine glasses which was great as we'd brought a few supplies with us! The bathroom was big, bit chilly with tiled floor, but lovely jacuzzi bath.

The Utopia Spa was fabulous - good sized splash pool, jacuzzi, sauna and the most amazing Detox box - fondly called 'the Sweat Box'. The various therapists that we had the pleasure of meeting were amazing - best massages and facials we've ever had - and we decided the whole atmosphere was more relaxed and friendly than places like Ragdale Hall.

All members of staff went out of their way to make our stay as special as possible. Breakfast was great with a good choice and if we wanted to we could have ordered from a varied lunch menu including fresh juices. The only slight downside was the evening meal menu. The choice was not as good as the rest of the hotel deserved - and as the hotel calls itself a Spa Hotel it really could have done with some great, interesting salads and 'good for you' choices.

During the mornings we drove out and did a bit of sight-seeing. The weather was beautiful - blue skies but freezing cold - and we drove around the south of the island along the coast road visiting Freshwater Bay with the famous Isle of Wight Pearl shop.

We can't wait to go again and are already keeping watch on Travel Zoo for the next great offers for this hotel.

Don't take any notice of bad reviews - we had the best time and a great new year break

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Janet H
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Reviewed December 1, 2009

Lot's of mixed reviews on here. Led us to expect a mix between Fawlty Towers and a Rest Home - so we approached our two night break with that in mind !

With those expectations, we were pleasantly surprised and had a great couple of days despite the poor weather.

Good points -

Very friendly and accommodating service. Particularly the restaurant and bar staff, most were locals and were professional and concerned we had a good time.

The spa facilities were good for this type of hotel. Wide range of treatments and pleasant lounge. The therapists were also very good.

The breakfasts and dinners were decent quality and offered plenty of choice.

The winter special package including ferry, room, breakfast, dinner and reduced priced treatments was excellent value.

Less good -

Slightly odd layout, the spa facilities were not in a separate location. So much moving between the main hotel and the various treatment/leisure areas.

Throw back to the '80's (or earlier), plenty of anaglypta wallpaper, artex ceilings, highly patterned carpets and dated furnishings. Boutique hotel it isn't. Though it does fit in with the general feel of the Isle of Wight.

Bathroom could have been cleaner.

I would go back and would recommend to a friend, but would set expectations it is not a luxury destination.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 29, 2009

All in all, i was majorly dissapointed with the hotel. I booked a few days stay for my fiance's birthday and it was awful. One room smelled and the bed was terrible, the next was covered in damp. The third was ok.
Food was awful both morning and evening, and waiting staff on the evening were rubbish.
Spa was amazing, and my partner enjoyed the health suite. No gym, could benefit hugely from this!
No one cared about our complaints, the simply allowed us to leave early suggesting this was not the first time they had to make this call.

Personally, no matter what money you pay, i wouldn't bother. We left after the first night. Stay away would be my advice

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank BBNEngland
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Reviewed October 24, 2009

Stayed at this hotel for a 3 night break with a view to revisting parts of the Isle of wight we had visited many years ago.
Hotel was easy to find from the ferry terminal, reception staff booked the ferry crossing for us and managed to get discount on the crossing fare.
Excellent free wifi, wish larger chains offered this !
Very good touch with free water cooller (at top of stairs) and free tea and coffee available during the day in the lounge.
On a negative our standard double room was very small, but comfortable. The Jacuzzi in the swimming pool had a ridiculously high level of chlorine, making it impossible to use.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled with family
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Thank AA10
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Reviewed October 21, 2009

My husband I stayed midweek at the beginning of October as part of a Travelzoo deal. Our £99 per person included 2 nights accomodation, car-ferry travel, 3-course dinner each night and a ful English breakfast, and at that price was worth every penny. Yes, the hotel was a bit of throw-back to the 70s, and some of the food choices were...erm...interesting, but we were quite happy with the cleanliness of the rooms and the quality of the food on the second night was a huge improvement over the first. There was a strong sense of camaraderie among guests, who were of all ages and walks of life. The staff too were friendly, although the kitchen and dining room in particular were understaffed,leading to a few hiccups with food delivered to the wrong tables, people ordering from menus that should no longer have been in use or the absence of sauces at breakfast, but nothing that was not easily rectified. We did have an issue with the ferry booking before we travelled, but once I phoned the issue was dealt with politely and efficiently and my ferry tickets were emailed to me within 10 minutes.

Our only real issue with the hotel was the size of the spa. After a long day's walking we were looking forward to a massage, sauna and swim. The massage was lovely, but the sauna and pool were both so small: we had to queue to use the sauna or jacuzzi and the pool was more like a plunge pool (and as cold as one too!). It didn't matter so much to us, but if this had been the focus of our stay I would have been disappointed.

The hotel was relaxed and comfortable rather than luxurious, but as a base to get out and explore the island, with the convenience of a 3-course meal and a hearty breakfast, it was ideal for the price we paid. It had a friendly feel which I actually preferred to the clinical feel of some of the big chain hotels, and I would be happy to stay there again.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank JOdd76
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Reviewed October 20, 2009

I took my Fiance for her birthday to relax and enjoy some spa treatments, booked a superior room with a spa bath. When we arrived the first impression was of a faded old peoples home. Our room was tiny and sweltering hot, there was a tiny window and a sad little fan which did little to help. We had a foul three course meal in about 20 minutes. The pool area was depressing and as for the spa treatments we didn't hang around to find out. We move to the luccombe hall hotel which is in the same chain, costs the same but is much nicer and worth a visit.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2009

My wife and I visited this hotel earlier this month and had a really lovely stay. We hadn't been to the Isle of Wight before and this hotel looked after everything for us. We had a lovely room which was very clean and had been newly re-furbished. There is a spa centre and outdoor pool at the hotel but we didn't use them. The highlight of the stay was the fantastic food and the great service you get in the dining hall. We will definitely be returning here and recommend it most highly.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jayay
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Address: Melville Street, Sandown PO36 9DH, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Sandown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Sandown
Price Range: $68 - $185 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Melville Hall Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Deserve some pampering? the friendly Melville Hall Hotel & Utopia Spa is the number one choice for a relaxing holiday with lovely bedroom suites, free breakfast, excellent restaurant, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, free Wi-Fi, free car park, and all just a few minutes walk from Sandown beach and High Street. ... more   less 
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