I had never been to the Isle of Wight before and only had 1 night for our stay prior to a cruise from Southampton. As we were just coming to the island to see Osborne House, Albert Cottage seemed like a great option. I had very professional assistance and communication with the hotel prior to our stay.
When we arrived on the IOW I decided to take the chain ferry which left us in East Cowes but too far for my mother to continue up the road to the hotel. I called the hotel from Waitrose and they sent a taxi and in a few minutes were were being shown to our room.
The website while not exactly false advertising does not convey what the rooms actually look like. We saw two rooms and settled on the second one. The website describes the rooms having antiques but the only thing old may be the design which needs an update. Room 11 was supposed to be our room for the night but it had two little twin beds that were almost touching the floor. I lived in Japan so that was not new to me but it was not appropriate for this kind of hotel. They also had two chairs against a wall and two ottomons also against the wall but not in front of the chairs. The room seemed more like a storage room. The bathroom looked well kept and everything seemed very cleam.
Our eventual room was #10 and had a nautical theme and was much better than the previous one. It was for a family with two separate rooms and a living room area. We rested for a bit and then took a walk to find something to eat at Osborne House, We arrived just before they had stopped service in the concession. We had tea and a little pastry. Once back at Albert Cottage we were hungry for dinner and were shown to the sitting area to enjoy a cocktail.
This was all very British and proper but I was famished and just wanted to eat. We were polite though and had our drink and then shown to the dining room. We were the only diners for the night. The food was exceptional! Very delighted by the choices and the service. I had paella and my mother had fish. The dessert was also very good. Breakfast the next day must have a different chef as it was just adequate. We did see a few other guest though in the morning.
As this was just a short visit, Albert Cottage was adequate for our needs to see Osborne House but not what we expected. I thought it would be more charming and the rooms would look a lot different. However, it was clean and we a had a great meal so all was not lost.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Albert Cottage Hotel in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight was once part of Queen Victoria’s Osborne Estate. The Grade II listed building - set in two acres of gardens - is now a stylish ten bedroom hotel and home of the Consort Restaurant, with a fine reputation for its affordable à la carte menu. At Albert Cottage Hotel you can enjoy a relaxing stay, freshly cooked food and explore the beautiful Isle of Wight. The hotel is also an ideal venue for weddings, celebrations, meetings and conferences. Whether visiting for business or pleasure, you're assured a warm welcome. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Albert Cottage Hotel Cowes, Isle Of Wight