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The Wight
Ranked #6 of 29 Hotels in Sandown
South Wales
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic hotel!”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

What a lovely find! The Wight Montrene is a great hotel, with friendly and helpful staff who go out of their way to make your holiday a good one. I stayed for 3 nights with my elderly mother and from the time of booking they went the extra mile, allocating her a ground floor room. Check in was easy with the receptionist giving us lots of useful information regarding our restaurant table, bar opening times and the leisure facilities. The rooms, although perhaps a bit dated, were spotlessly clean and I had a very comfy bed! Each night the evening meal was 5 courses and the food was absolutely gorgeous (unfortunately I couldn't eat 5 courses although I would have loved to). There was also a lot of choice with about 3 starters, 5 mains and 3 puddings. Breakfast was the same, cooked to order and you could have as much or as little as you wanted. We found the bar prices quite reasonable paying only £12 for a decent bottle of red wine. The first 2 evenings we enjoyed our meal accompanied by Steve the pianist, then on the 3rd night we had another gentleman pianist. Both were excellent and very friendly, even playing some Tom Jones tunes when they found out we were Welsh! The hotel is situated about 5 minutes walk from Sandown front and in a great location for travelling around the island. There seemed to be a few places to eat in Sandown but to be honest, when the food is this good in your hotel why bother looking elsewhere? We had a great time in the Wight Montrene and also made some very good friends there. I would definitely recommend this establishment to others.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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London, England, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

We have stayed at this lovely hotel a few times and always have a great time. We checked in on Saturday 4th May for a 7 night stay on a dinner bed and breakfast basis. Check in was good and we were made very welcome by Fran. we were shown where our table would be for meals for the week. We asked to stay in a room we had before and it was perfect very clean everything in good working order. The information booklet in rooms contains all the information you need. All the staff were very friendly. Our waitress who i think was called Tammy was lovely. The food was excellent and we enjoyed all the meals. We used the swimming pool several times we think its great its clean and has clear information around. The bar staff were also lovely and we enjoyed listening to Steve playing the piano whilst having our evening meal. On check out we were asked how our stay was. We had a brilliant holiday and cant wait to visit again hopefully soon. Thank you to every one at the Wight Montrene.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

We had a 3 night stay in April (6 of us) and were really impressed by the quality and value for money. We were looking for an honest family hotel, with great amenities and we found it. There was also a leisure centre with an excellent indoor pool (nice and warm!), Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. The kids had a play area with a slide and climbing frame. There was also a spa centre, with various treatments which my wife made use of one afternoon. I understand there are plans to expand the spa facilities as well.
The breakfast was excellent, cooked to order, as big or small as you want it. I had their "Jurassic" breakfast one morning, it was a sizable plate of food, and I almost had to go back to bed for afterwards for a rest! But there were lots of breakfast options from poached eggs, to kippers, or a champagne breakfast with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. We ate in one evening and again the food was great value, with a 5 course dinner option with choice of dishes, you couldn't really ask for more, especially given the cost being so reasonable. The kids were well looked after with their own menu.
The rooms were really clean, large and comfortable. My daughter and son in-law had a duplex room, with a separate room for our granddaughter. We had a room with a 4 poster bed and a separate room for our the son. There was tea and coffee in the room, and LCD TV's with all the satellite channels.
In terms of value for money, the Wight Montrene is second to none. Its a friendly family run hotel, with staff who just couldn't do enough for us. The beach is a 2 minute walk away, and whilst its not on the front at Sandown, it really didn't matter.
We ate out for 2 of the nights, in the local Chinese Restaurant (China Garden) and also at a cracking pub in Bembridge called the Crab and Lobster. But we came back to the hotel to drink at their bar, and also play snooker (they have a separate snooker room (full size table). We were also lucky enough to be there for their jazz night in the bar. This was on Thurs night, evidently its an open mike night, with musicians from around the island (and visiting) showing their talents. We really didn't expect to spend the night with 10 talented musicians "riffing" off each other - ranging from bass guitarists, jazz guitarists, keyboard players, an organist, trumpet and even a sax player!!!
The island is really beautiful, especially the south side from Benbridge up to Allum Bay. The kids had a great time (as did the parents) at Black Gang Chine, and we had what can be described as THE bucket and spade holiday.
We will definitely go back to the WIght Montrene and will tell our friends and family. It puts holidays in Bournemouth and Cornwall into the shade in my opinion.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Reigate
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Had 4 night break in iow. My daughter had stayed here before so we knew how good it was. For a 2 star it is excellent the food was very good and plentiful. 5 courses for dinner. Take you swim togs as the pool is also very good, and heated.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

We spent a very enjoyable week at the hotel. The staff were efficient and friendly. Our room was comfortable if a little small. Our only criticism would be the shower attachment in the bathroom which did not work well. The breakfasts were excellent with a huge choice of food available. The evening meals were varied and generally good. The swimming pool was brilliant. It is nice to stay in a hotel with a pool that is deep enough and long enough to swim in. The hotel was excellent value for money and we would certainly recommend it

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Mike W
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Southampton, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

First visited this hotel about 21 years ago. And have returned a few times over the years for short breaks . Even though the owners have changed in that time , very little else has changed. It is spotlessly clean . Staff and owners are very helpful and friendly, and the breakfasts are good. The swimming pool is clean and well kept and the temperature is lovely. There s a sauna and steam ro
om too and a jacuzzi ( extra charge of £1.00) we have never used the bar or seen the entertainment as we prefer to go out in the evenings , but it is a nice area.the only thing I would say is that the bed we had was not very comfortable and Creaked a lot. We didn't sleep too well, but on the whole a nice hotel with lots of amenities and a good value break, and they organise the ferry for you too!. A very short walk to the beach and high street .

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

Another wonderful stay at the Wight Montrene Hotel. We've gone back time and time again because the welcome is always so warm. The hotel is small enough to provide the personal touch, yet has the facilities of a much bigger establishment - the indoor heated swimming pool is excellent. We've already booked to go back in the summer.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Wight
Address: Avenue Road, Sandown PO36 8BN, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Sandown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Sandown
#8 Romantic Hotel in Sandown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Wight 4*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A 2 star RAC & ETC hotel for a holiday out of the ordinary – whatever the weather! Set in its own grounds just 100 yards from the sea. 41 comfortable ensuite bedrooms, all with TV, hospitality tray and hair-dryer. Outstanding food. Large bar, entertainment several nights each week, superb indoor pool with jacuzzi, games room, dedicated snooker room, trimnasium, large car park - the list goes on and on. ... more   less 
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