We have just returned from a weekend break on the Isle of White. We went with Just Go Holidays and stayed at the Riviera Hotel in Sandown. The holiday was easy to book and included one excursion, The Island Tour, with an optional tour to Osbourne House (five hours) which cost £15 per person. Communication and information with Just Go was very good. They text the day before to confirm pick up time and place. The coach was not a Just Go livery but a local operator however the coach was comfortable and the driver was communicative, attentive and very friendly. We took both tours and they were thoroughly enjoyable and complete even though the weather was cold and blustery. We were picked up at 09.25 and had a 45 minute stop-over at Fleet services. We boarded the 15.30 Ferry and arrived at the Riviera Hotel at 17.15.
I had read reviews regarding the Hotel and took the advice to phone them and request a sea view the day before, offering to pay extra. I was informed that no charge would apply and We were offered a sea view on the first floor. The room was actually better than we expected. We had a double and single bed with sea views at the side and front aspect. The room was clearly recently refurbished and the beds extremely comfortable. There was plenty of storage space and an en-suite shower room with toiletries, the bedroom had a small flat screen TV as well as hairdryer and Tea and Coffee facilities.
During our stay the staff were exceptionally friendly, helpful and attentive. Everything was fast and efficient, the bed was made during breakfast with clean towels etc every day.
Every evening there was a choice of two starters, three mains and two desserts.
On the first day (Friday) the choice was either Chicken curry (bit spicy), pork or a vegetarian option. Between us we tried all three and were disappointed. The second night was Plaice Goujons or steak pie (both nice) and on Sunday we had a choice of Turkey or Poached Salmon in Dill sauce (again nice). The starters were soup (Potato and leak, Minestrone and vegetable) or Waldorf Salad, Mackerel and Prawn Cocktail with a choice of Ice cream each night, cheesecake and a cheese board on Saturday, with coffee to follow.
The breakfasts were good with a varied selection all served at the table.
All in all, a great hotel, good value and very enjoyable. I would recommend this mini-break with Just Go Holidays and this Hotel was exceptional for the price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Wight Bay Hotel committed to provide customers great value for money Our hotel is located in the famous town of Sandown known for its award winning blue flag beach. Our hotel offers it's guests a fantastic location, being within 2 minutes walk of the town centre and the steps which lead to the esplanade and cliff top walk, which runs between Sandown and Shanklin. Our spacious and bright dining room looks out to the front of the hotel and serves breakfast and dinner specially prepared for you on the premises. We also have a large bar and seating area, which is a great place to relax and unwind. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riviera Hotel Sandown
- Wight Bay Hotel Sandown, Isle Of Wight