Wight Montrene Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Wight Montrene Hotel Sandown
Is it really Number 1 on the IoW?
I have used Tripadvisor regularl to book short breaks and have always been impressed. On this occassion, my impressions were mixed (we did have a great time, though).
I suppose the fact that the Montrene is rated as the Number 1 hotel on the Isle Of Wight raised my expectations, but I was disappointed on a couple of points;
- The staff and management were excellent, couldn't be more helpful, very friendly and great with the kids
- Breakfast was brilliant, faultless, fantastic choice. Even they even manage to make fried bread that isn't greasy!
- Everything was spotless, very high levels of cleanliness. The rooms were very well looked after, though very dated.
- The facilities, including the swimming pool, sauna, etc and snooker room are excellent, though the pool table is knackered.
- Free wifi, dead useful for checking those last few emails and looking for restaurant reviews.
- The decor is stuck at about 1982, if red draylon and flowery curtains and bed spreads are your thing, great. Not my idea of 21st hotel decor! Might be good if you are looking for a Life On Mars (the BBC series) experience weekend, murder mystery with a bloke in a camel coat.......
- Entertainment - think Blackpool; bingo and a bloke that tried to sing like Elvis and Neil Diamond. The oldies on the coach from Nottingham loved it...not for me, or, I suspect anyone under 70. One evening we managed to persuade the bar manager (great bloke) to play some of my CDs which did improve things.
- Evening meal - we only ate in one night and it was interesting...... I chose ravioli with parmesan for starters - THE RAVIOLI WAS OUT OF A TIN! - maybe I have been watching too much Jamie Oliver, but I had thoughts of fresh pasta....the main was quite nice (red snapper) with nicely cooked new spuds and brocolli (not microwaved!). Though the dreaded mixed veg made an appearance - it tasted of nothing. The really big let down was the dessert, Almond sponge with coffee sauce - the coffee sauce was actually disgusting - it tasted like it was the left over coffee from the morning mixed with some flour to thicken it! The sponge could have sunk a ship, it was that heavy. (My wife's salad was really fresh and lovely, though)
- The bed - I'm not particularly tall, but my feet hung right off the end of the bed (maybe people were shorter in 1982!)
I found it quite difficult to write this review in a balanced way, we had a lovely time in the IoW and in spite of the negative points, we enjoyed our time at the hotel. The staff and management are doing the best with what they have, the current management have only been in place for 12 months and are updating as quickly as they can.
Just be aware of the negatives and perhaps you may be able to set your expectations accordingly, remember this is only a 2 star hotel.
Note to chef, don't use anything out of a tin unless it's baked beans!
booked in to the montrene at the end of march for a four night break and from the moment i arrved i was impressed. the facilities at the hotel were great including indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna solarium and a steam room. we stayed there on a B&B basis and breakfast was cooked fresh and was plentiful(i opted for the gammon on a couple of mornings and it was excellent) we actually booked in to two single rooms but were given two double rooms at no extra cost. the owners and there staff were first class and i would not hesitate to recommend the wight montrene to anybody(families, singles, couples etc.) staying on the isle of wight.
A great new year
Just returned from a New Year break at this hotel and i can honestly say it is one of the Best new years eve I have had for years.
The locatioon of the hotel to the sea and the "Town" was fantastic. The hotel is run professionally and enthusiastically by Fran and John, and although extremely friendly and helpful they were not obstrusive. The entertainment and "Extras" laid on new years eve were great, and I can still hardly move thinking about THE FOOD! I have to say that the quality of the food as well as the presentation and attention to detail were superb. Having travelled extensively I have to say that this is some of the best food I have come across, and I thought you could not beat a cruise for fine food!
Would highly recomment to anyone and indeed already have. We will definetely be back!!
The hotel is one of the best i have stayed ,it has a range of great facilities which cater for everybody , the food served in the hotel is that of very high quality .I would definitley recomend this hotel to any one
Great Family Short Break Hotel
Booked the Montrene after reading the reviews on TripAdviser. All of the complimentry comments I read were justified.
It is a family friendly hotel close to the seafront at Sandown.
The rooms were clean and newly decorated if a bit old fashioned in style.The indoor pool was great and much larger than expected. However the pool does not have any changing faciliites so bring a dressing gown to wear from your room.
The evening meal was good. It was great that the children had a choice of eating from the adult or children's menu. The food was plain but of a very high standard; my kids have never eaten so much fresh veg.
And what a refreshing change to have breakfast served at your table rather than buffet style.
Thoroughly recommended, my children are asking when we are going back.
Pleasure as well as business
Managed to get a booking at the "Wight" Montrene at the last minute for a series of urgent and important business appointments.
Found the Hotel to be an ideal base to visit my clients and the evneings were taken up very socially in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Food first class, room exceptional for a two star and an unexpected opportunity for a swim after work in the large pool and a Sauna on the last evening.
Great experience and will be top of my list for future visits either for business or the odd long leisure weekend.
Fab tme had by all the family
We, myself, wife and 2 children, stayed at the hotel in Aug 2006. Bit nervous about booking online but plain and simple, Contacted by the hotel by telephone, very friendly and so helpful.
Arrived on the Sunday, welcome was fab, made us feel right at home. Room was clean and well furnished with all the facilities you need.
The food at the hotel is incredible!! TO DIE FOR!! I cannot say anymore than that - just Fabulous!
Altogether a smashing hotel - for a two star this is exceptional. I have stayed in four star hotels that are not a patch on this one.
Thanks to all at the hotel for making a holiday a break to remember.
Very family friendly, with great food
Hotel was very good at catering for the needs of a young family. Early meals for children, the option for them to take an adult meal, small playground on site, toddler pool all go to make it a very family friendly hotel.
They obviously pay careful attention to their food - well-presented, tasty food, with large portions served by well-trained, polite and friendly staff.
Why give it 4 stars, then, not 5? The decor is a little dated, especially in the bedrooms. The food could have been marginally improved by using freshly ground coffee purchased from a micro-roaster rather than commercially sourced coffee.
But a great hotel - especially if you have kids!
After telephoning them at the last minute, they talked us into the hotel road by road, so we didnt get lost. No worrying that we were blocking the phone line!
Arrival was warm and friendly and the rooms were the same. Quite spacious and very comfortable.
Dinner was excellent and very very cheap for residents. The bar staff and waiting staff were just right, friendly but not intusive.
A few minutes from the sea and other amenities, we took a stroll after dinner and returned later for a nightcap. The bath ran hot and full and the usual tea/coffee facilities used, a very comfortable nights sleep was had by all.
Breakfast was superb, everything and anything. There was a lovely play park in the gardens and a splash pool. The indoor pool and jacuzzi looked lovely, and the games room next to it was very spacious.
We had a lovely stay and would not hesitate to return.
The Montrene Hotel is a great holiday hotel. It has a really relaxed atmosphere and the Staff are so helpful and friendly. I would recommend it to anyone, especially people with younger children. Also there is plenty to do even if the weather is not as pleasant as we would all like it to be! There is easy access to anywhere out of Sandown as well. Overall a very relaxing, pleasant place to spend a week or two!
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